Q & A with Oliver Palotai!
Due to the huge success of the Q & A with Thomas Youngblood we have decided to continue this kind of interviews with other members of the band! Today Oliver Palotai gave us an insight about who he is. Lots of questions are similar to those of Thomas, but there are also some new sprinkled in between. Enjoy reading!
01. What did you want to become when you were a kid?
02. What schools have you attended?
03. Have you been a good student?
At the Gymnasium only in my favourite subjects, on the university my final exam (a concert) got the highest possible grade
04. Do you do anything special to prepare before going on stage?
I read a book. It became a kind of running joke within the band.
05. Did ever anything really embarrassing happen to you when you were on stage?
First gig in the US ever, with Uli Jon Roth in L.A. The intro was coming from a computer, I was standing alone on stage, and the laptop suddenly started to loop the same part of a sentence again and again.
06. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with family & friends, reading, sports, playing computer games. Nothing unusual.
07. Can you sing?
I record a lot of background vocals and vocals as a guideline for other singers. My range is very limited, though.
08. Can you draw?
Anything beyond smileys is on primary school level.
09. Are you interested in art history? If so, which is your favorite period?
It’s something which is a bit of a white spot on my educational map. I like the Romantic period, painters like Caspar David Friedrich and the Surrealism.
10. Did you ever got intimidated by meeting someone famous?
No, not intimidated. But meeting Gonzalo Rubalcaba was a trip; in my opinion he’s the best piano player in the world.
11. Do you have any nicknames that you hate?
Yes, my girlfriend is great in finding new ones all the time. Can’t tell you, though.
12. How tall are you?
13. If you were reborn as an animal, which animal would you like that to be?
14. We know you love to read books. Why is reading so important for you?
It is very intense, if it is a good book. Much, much better than the best movie.
15. What are your favorite books at the moment?
Steve Erikson’s “Malazan” series, Patrick Rothfuss’ “The Wise Man’s Fear”, a couple of books about the history and mythology of my home region.
16. Can you cook?
I try. Some results are very good (people say), some are bad. I found out that I cook better when I improvise than cooking out of a book.
17. Can you speak any other languages than English and German?
Hungarian, some Dutch, some French, some Spanish.
18. What do you like most about the area where you are living in Germany?
I love so many things there. The forests, the old cities and towns, the endless possibilities of the regional capital city Stuttgart regarding art, food and entertainment.
19. Do you believe in God? If not, what do you believe in?
I believe in something higher, but not in the traditional way. I think our brain evolved on the basis of our five senses, and is thus limited. Like ants wouldn’t understand a car engine, we can explain things just to a certain point. At least I think that the world is too complex to be sheer chance.
20. Describe your perfect vacation day!
Hiking or biking through a nice landscape. No lying on beaches, though – I’d die of boredom.
21. Which traits do you like/dislike most in other people?
I dislike it when people try to pretend something to be which they are not. I like good humor.
22. Are you a romantic?
As long as it is not too cliche, I’d say Yes.
23. What do you think about celebrities like Britney Spears or Paris Hilton?
Not much. Out of my own experience I don’t want to form an opinion about a person without knowing him or her personally.
24. Do you play any other instruments than guitar and piano/Keyboards?
Electric bass. And a specific German instrument, called Darmflöte.
25. Did you ever color your hair?
26. Why did you cut your hair so short lately?
It was a spontaneous idea. I always thought I learned to sleep over impulses like that. I didn’t.
27. What is your opinion about casting shows?
I am sorry for the participants. They shoot from 0 to 100, and after the inevitable decline follows. Other musicians go through a long learning period, starting in small clubs, building up a real fan base etc. I read that many “winners” have a pretty disturbed biography by now.
28. What is your best and worst childhood memory?
My best were the days at my Grand Parents. My worst some disease I had for ten years.
29. If you could choose three things to change about yourself, which would that be?
Better memory for names, more patience, and that my German accent would be a bit less 🙂
30. What do you prefer – Lord Of The Rings or Star Wars?
I love both. But, yes, Lord Of The Rings (the book!)
31. Tea or Coffee?
32. What kind of presents do you like to get the most?
33. Do you have pets? If not, which kind of pet would you like to have?
No pets. Too much touring. I’d like to have an aquarium again.
34. Do you like to dance?
35. What’s your favorite food?
Käsespätzle (Swabian/ South German specialty)
36. Do you have a phobia or something you are really afraid of?
No, not really.
37. Which is your favorite place/room at home?
My office, where all my instruments are.
38. Have you ever done horse riding… or would you like to try?
Done it as a kid. But I am not so crazy about it.
39. Are you a Cartesian or do you believe in the supernatural?
See 19. Supernatural are things which we can’t understand or explain. Already the relativity theory can’t be understood in human ways, just by formulas. Doesn’t need non- materialism.
40. Do you have tattoos?
41. What’s your guilty pleasure?
42. Who’s the boss at home – you or Simone?
We change that position when it comes to different subjects.
43. Is it easier or more difficult to have a partner who’s in the music biz too?
Easier. My former girlfriends didn’t get the lifestyle of an artist.
44. Do you want to have kids in the future and if so… when?
Maybe two, three years from now.
45. Who’s the first who listens to a new composition when you are writing songs?
46. Where do your ancestors come from?
Germany and Hungary.
47. Do you have brothers and sisters?
48. Does she like the music of Kamelot?
Yes, she does. She was a Metal fan since teenage years.
49. All you guys in Kamelot are really nice and down to earth guys. Why do you think success makes some people more arrogant than others?
I’ve noticed when people become successful who have only mediocre skills, they mostly can’t handle that. For example, really good instrumentalists are most of the time nice and humble persons.
50. If your music career never happened, where do you think you would be at this point in your life?
I think I would write, as a journalist or author.
51. Aren’t you afraid that your fans find out about your vampire origins?
If they try to hunt me down I just have a better excuse to suck them dry.