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Interview with Steelheart | Miljenko Matijevic: «Everything I do is lived, loved and then given to the world»



Miljenko, we are happy talking to you. You are an amazing singer – songwriter and it’s a big pleasure to us.
Let’s start this conversation telling us some things about the current situation in Steelheart. Where are you now? Are there any plans you would like to share with us?

Miljenko Matijevic: Yes Thank You, as always, working my butt off on several projects. So much I want to do in this lifetime, I'm not sure if I will have time for it all. Nevertheless the current project right now is the SteelHeart 30th Anniversary package. We are putting together a live DVD and a live album from shows around the world. Also in the package we are considering a SH coffee Table book or a huge montage poster of all the photos and magazines from the last 30 years. This would be for a December 2019 release.




What about the future? What to expect from you?
Miljenko Matijevic: More Music for sure!! I feel its time for some Miljenko solo projects. Also there are movies on the horizon as well.


Your music in unchanged through the years in spite of some alterations which were necessary, I believe, so to fit in today. Did you ever temped yourselves to change your music style in order to get more sales?

Miljenko Matijevic: I always wrote what came from the heart. However, I always have to keep in mind when producing albums to not go too far from the what Steelheart was. We don't want to go backwards but we also don't want to lose the integrity what made the band in the first place. As far as Miljenko new music, there are no boundaries!!


You write the songs. Could you please describe us how a song comes up and which are your influences?
Miljenko Matijevic: A song can spring up at anytime anywhere. There are no rules and the key is to listen when it comes from the universe and not to be lazy to write it down. I sing into my phone, write it down. Whatever it takes to not lose the information. Inspirations are everywhere and trigger me in so many ways. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night with a lyric or a melody. I always get up and record it or write it down, from there the song writes itself.



You stand out for your great and powerful ballads. Are these songs personal experiences?
Miljenko Matijevic: Everything I do is lived, loved and then given to the world.



What do you think about recording nowadays? It’s easier or not?
Miljenko Matijevic: It all depends. Sometimes yes and sometimes you have way too many options to start fucking with things that should be left alone. So you end up wasting hours just to come full circle where you started. Back in the day you needed to get the band tight, basically everything ready to record. What you lay down is what it is and basically no fixing. Either you got it or you don’t. Honestly I don't like to be in the studio 14 hour days anymore. I like to get in, knock it out and get out.


Which musician would you like to share the stage with?
Miljenko Matijevic: Amadeus, Jimmy Page


If you have to pick off a song from your discography, which describes your life, which one would you pick off and why?
Miljenko Matijevic: Difficult to answer as all the songs I have written are a part of me. They all have a special place in my heart. For just one song to describe my life is impossible. All the songs create the book of my journeys through this life time of my music.


Here, in Greece, you are adorable and people really like you. Will we ever be able to see you in Greece?
Miljenko Matijevic: I Love You Too Greece!!!!! I sure hope I will come back. I would love to perform and connect with the people. Yes I believe this is in the future.


What would you like to say to your Greek fans?
Miljenko Matijevic: Thank you all for your support throughout the years. I truly appreciate it!!! I am happy to be able to share my gift with all of you! I hope I and my art will always bring you joy, happiness, vision, Love and peace. Love You All, Miljenko 




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