MARKUS GROSSKOPF (HELLOWEEN): “Surviving All Of This Gets Me The Feeling To Be Indestructible”

Markus Grosskopf - Robert Jaenecke photography
Photo: Robert Jaenecke

Metal Legend Speaks

Over 35 years and the Power Metal founders; Helloween have made a lot of fans happy by becoming a 7 man super-group. They surprised everyone when Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske joined for the Pumpkins United tour, and have taken it another step with the release of their 16th studio effort simply titled Helloween. Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten talks with Markus Grosskopf, bass player and founding member of the band. Markus talks about making the new album, about being in a 7 piece band, his inspiration for writing “Indestructible”, life with Covid, and a whole lot more.

Helloween Lineup

Andi Deris – Vocals
Michael Kiske – Vocals
Kai Hansen – Guitar, Vocals
Michael Weikath – Guitar
Sascha Gerstner – Guitar
Markus Grosskopf – Bass
Daniel Loeble – Drums

Markus Grosskopf and Bryce Van Patten 2013
Markus Grosskopf with MER’s Bryce Van Patten.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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