Mega-selling German newcomers Nevada Tan have been burning up the charts in their native country, hot on the heels of their freshman release Niemand Hört Dich.


In the prerecording stage for their second album, Nevada Tan bassist Christian Linke dialed in to chat about his screaming teenage fans, mishaps of life on the road, and his instrument of choice—that five-stringed Tobias bass that’s never far from reach.

What were your first musical experiences?

Thanks to my parents, I grew up with Buddy Holly, Chubby Checker, and Simon and Garfunkel. Afterwards I slid into that modern rock scene. Nowadays I pretty much listen to everything that features a guitar.

When did you first learn to play guitar?

I got my first guitar at the age of six. I really didn’t play very intensely until I was 15. I never took a lesson; I just started practicing a few hours every day. I used to put on a CD and try to play along. Later on I started playing the bass guitar and soon realized that both instruments had their sex appeal. The most deciding part was that the ladies love the deep warm tones. [Laughs.]

What kind of setup do you play on stage?

I play my beloved Tobias Classic 5-String bass and a Yorkville Bass Amp.

What do you like about your Tobias bass?

The sound of course. It’s just pure energy! Unbelievable output and unbelievable tone. I’ve played so many different brands during my life, and Tobias is just the best, period.

What was the funniest thing that happened to you on the road?

David, our guitar player, was on stage and accidentally pressed the demo button after finishing the song. So we had some weird Spanish piano song on our in-ear system while playing the next song and just kept exchanging confused looks at each other.

How do you feel when you go on stage and thousands of teenagers scream at you?

Stunned. Nothing but stunned. But right after you put one foot on stage, every feeling is blown away and you play and enjoy performing. Our fans mean everything to us. They just rock.

What can we expect from Nevada Tan in the future?

Rock ’n’ roll, baby! We just shot the video for our next single. It will be released in about three weeks. After that we’re starting an extended tour through Europe.

Are there any other projects you’re involved in besides Nevada Tan?

When I’m at home I really like to sing and play acoustic guitar with my Masterbilt. You can hear snippets on my personal Myspace page.

For more info on Nevada Tan, please visit the band’s web pages.