I believe that every person has uniqueness – something that nobody else has.
Depression is something that makes you lose your sight.
If you copy then it is not self-expression.
I view life as a learning experience. It is not so much all about music; it is about what happens when you are doing the music.
Even when I was very depressed, I could hold on to something. It seems that I have always had that streak of gold that I could hold on to.
In order to get somewhere in life, you need to have a vision. The vision brings you to the table. Without a vision, you just do what everybody else does and you are just there.
If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world.
I have made stage adjustments which allow me to hear myself better onstage so that has made playing live much more enjoyable.
If you are in a band like my brother, Rudolf, who is in the Scorpions, then you have a kind of umbrella and you cover each other. You have five people to discuss things with and you are all in the same boat, and therefore make much wiser choices.
I love to be creative.
I practiced for at least two hours every day for twenty years, before then I practiced maybe four to five hours a day, and before then 14 hours a day. It was all I had ever done.
I have always known that it comes from deep within myself. I always knew what sound I wanted, and how I wanted to play. I knew everything, it just had to be developed.