By Andrew Catania
I remember seeing Steelheart at Toads Place in New Haven, Connecticut before they made it big. I didn’t know what to expect when I interviewed Miljenko Matijevic. I could tell he’s a perfectionist and expects the people around him to be as well. We all know Miljenko has one of the powerful voices in rock. Steelheart’s Rock N Milan was the last recording with the late Kenny Kanowski on guitar. We recently spoke with the Steelheart frontman about his current and future plans.
I know when Frontiers artists play at there annual “Frontiers Fest” they usually record some of them and release throughout the following year. Yours sounded much better, and I couldn’t get my finger on it. Did you bring your people in on this recording?
MM: Wait until you hear the DVD we put out next year from the Sweden Rock Festival. But, this show was great. I put those guys through hell at Frontiers, but they’re going to learn to love me because I don’t allow shit out. It’s just like okay, it’s good enough. No, it’s not good enough. This is our lives and this is forever. I like taking the extra moments and just saying, let’s give it the right energy.
And that’s why I had my mixing engineers mix it; I watched over it to make sure that it comes out sounding good.
I’m a different animal I guess. When we’re recording a Steelheart record, I’ll fly the whole band to a location to record their parts. I’m old school like that. We don’t do this stuff in our bedroom and email it back and forth. You can hear it when you do it like that. Making a record is from being a gift.
Going back, when you wrote I’ll Never Let You Go, did you ever think it would be a massive hit as it has been?
MM: Yes!!! Yes, I did! The first day I wrote it, I wrote the early parts of it in Massachusetts. I was in a hammock writing and just playing around with a guitar. I started writing the song, and I wrote Angel Eyes, and I remember waking up, my girlfriend at the time, I go, you got to hear this.
She thought I was out of my mind. Anyone that heard it then said it’s going to be a beautiful song.
There’s a lot of songs that I’ve written that I still feel even to this day, like on the last album Through Worlds Of Stardust their songs on there that are a true song that needs to be heard to the world in that genre. The only downfall of it is not enough promotion power behind it.
By all accounts you shouldn’t even by alive after the accident you had in 1992.
MM: I should’ve been dead the way I was hit on stage. Then they put me on an airplane. With the pressure of the cabin on
I don’t want to have that title of the most famous unknown singer in the world. They hid me from being the voice of Mark Wahlberg in Rockstar. They had a gag order on it but by now everyone knows I was the voice of Mark in Rockstar.
I’m actually looking into putting something together about that. When I get more details I’ll be sure to share them with my fans.
Are you putting a movie together about your career?
MM: I have a whole movie that we need to finish cutting. It’s all about my entire journey up to where I am today. 14 terabytes of raw footage for ten years. I’m excited to finish that for everybody so you can see what I went through.
Tell me about Steelheart Records.
MM: I owe Frontiers another record. I’ve had Steelheart Records. At this
Do you have any pre-show rituals for your voice?
MM: I’ve been using steam rooms and jacuzzi’s to relax and meditate before a show. I don’t like to talk to anyone before the show. We do our meet and greets after the show.
What do you have planned for 2019?
MM: I have the movie about my life that needs to be cut. I have another film about the making of Through Worlds of Stardust. I had a camera guy who lived in my house for six months just filming me during the process of making the record. I have theMiljenko solo album coming out. I’m releasing a song on Valentines Day called I’m So In Love With You. It’s a song from Through Worlds of Stardust. I re-recorded it with four cellos,