U.D.O. has just released its fifteenth studio album, Decadent, and last week Metalholic caught up with founder and frontman Udo Dirkschneider to talk about his passion for making new music as well as the new record. He slyly skirted around the question of his son, Sven, possibly becoming the U.D.O.’s new drummer in the wake of Francesco Jovino’s retirement from the band. However, today, U.D.O. has confirmed our suspicions and announced Dirkschneider’s son as the band’s new stick-man:
“His drumming has simply convinced us most“, the band says. “His style of playing drums is fresh and really grooves heavily. It simply is exactly what we need for U.D.O. We also know that Sven fits perfectly into the band family. He has been working as a drum tec for us for more than four years and we know from several world tours that everyone likes him and gets along with him perfectly.“
Sven Dirkschneider is 21-years-old and is now the youngest member of U.D.O. From the beginning, Sven was in touch with his father’s job and ran around backstage at his shows. His father´s world, consisting of tour buses, lots of event techniques and travelling has been normal to him since he can think. And he felt at a very early stage that this could be his world as well. After his high school diploma, he started studying media design and event techniques. Now Sven is a permanent member of U.D.O.. His debut show for U.D.O. will be on March 6th in Wuerzburg/Germany.
“It is a very special feeling to be a part of my father’s band,“ offered Sven. “I somehow have always been around with the band since I can remember. But I have never dreamed of being a real band member one day.“
During our recent chat, Udo spoke about his motivation to create new music and what drives him:
“What can I say? I still have fun to do this. This is my passion. I love to sing and create new songs. I don’t wanna [be] stuck on my back catalog and go on tour, maybe, and tell the people this is the last tour and go forever on a farewell tour. No, I wanna keep going. I mean, I still have fun to do this. And I think that’s the point that keeps me going.”
You can check out our full interview with Udo below.