Dieter Dierks (Hans-Dieter Dierks) was born on 9th February 1943 in Stommeln, Germany. Between 1969 and 1975 numerous ‘Krautrock’ recordings were produced at Dierks’ Studio including albums by Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Guru Guru, Popol Vuh, Amon Düül and Floh de Colgne, but he is most renowned for his work with Scorpions.
Dieter was the producer of Scorpions between 1975 and 1988. His work with them was so invaluable he became known as “the sixth member”.
In 1999 Dierks took out a patent on DVDplus. The DVDplus patent is a combination of a DVD with a regular CD, which by bonding enables double-sided play back of the sound and the image carrier. Sony USA is using the Dierks’ licence under the trading name of DualDisc.
1.) WHICH RECORD HAS HAD THE MOST PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON YOU?
‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac. Each song a hit, unforgettable melodies, great arrangements, swell performance. A classic!
2.) HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU SPEND A WEEK RECORDING/PLAYING/CREATING?
28 hours a day…
3.) WHICH OF YOUR OWN CREATIONS IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
4.) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET?
May I quote Ole Blue Eyes: “…Regrets I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention!”
5.) WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
Sex and rock’n’roll, no drugs.
6.) OTHER THAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION?
My 80 year old Fender Precision bass.
7.) TELL ME THREE OF YOUR HEROES/HEROINES?
Paul McCartney! I hate him dearly cos he can do everything. Same goes for Phil Collins…too good.
8.) WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
My home is my castle.
9.) IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE YOUR ART WHAT OCCUPATION DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING?
Acting, I’m an educated actor.
10.) IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU HAVE NEVER CONVEYED IN AN INTERVIEW BEFORE WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
There must be a reason why no one raises this question and no one tries to answer it.