German rock legend Udo Dirkschneider has been speaking about just one of the brand new songs which makes up an important part of the new album “Steelhammer”, released this week.
“Basta Ya”, which features Spanish vocalist (and member of band Warcry) Vitor Garcia in duet with the vocalist, is sung in Spanish and has particular poignancy for Dirkscheider, as he and bass player Fitty Wienhold have lived on the island of Ibiza for some four years.
“Basta Ya” is a typical rallying slogan known in all Spanish speaking countries, and although a protest against injustice, is also a cry of motivation to force change. To Dirkschneider, who sees a lack of opportunity for Europe’s young people, it’s an important slogan and topic…
“This is something I really think about a lot”, Dirkschneider says of the reason for writing the song, and singing it in the native language. “I’m a family man myself, a father of two, now adult kids, who both just started their working life. Young people need chances, opportunities to reach something. What’s happening in Spain right now, is a long way away from this. It’s obvious that a whole generation is in fear of losing their livelihood.”
And he’s certainly not wrong… Spain is a country where the effects of the Euro crisis have left their mark unmistakably, with an unemployment rate of 50% among adolescents and a real lack of prospects for young people.
““The youth of Europe is in a unique situation at the moment”, Dirkschneider continues. “They are the first generation to grow up in a united Europe and therefore the first who have to deal with the circumstances this brings. However hard their respective situation might be, they hold the future in their hands.”
A special fan-video has been released to accompany the track, and this can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-3__jaY0Q