May 2003
interview by Ian C Stewart

German melodic rockers At Vance came together in 1999, at the behest of guitarist Olaf Lenk, settling on the name At Vance. "Well, that’s a kind of funny story. We first thought of the name Advantage. But it just reminded us too much of like a Wimbledon type of tennis name. Then we thought of Advance. But there is a German bank called that. So we ended up with the name At Vance which was kind of a mix of both."

Lenk writes the songs that make the whole world sing. "Mainly I do most of the writing, because I’ve got a pretty detailed vision of the At Vance sound. Sometimes the guys add their part but most of the time they’ll stick to my ideas, influenced mainly by classical composers like Bach, Chopin, Vivaldi, Grieg and Brahms. As far as rock music goes I’d say Deep Purple, Rainbow & Black Sabbath."

At Vance doesn't play much locally, instead opting for life on the road. "No, we’re not playing in the local club scene. We just go on tour or play festivals. That’s were we reach most of our fans. We played some festivals were we’ve played in front of 7000-8000 people so far. We’d like to go out on tour with the new lineup and blow everyone away!"

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