Interview with Vincent DiGerlando

The Man who created the Kiss Army logo

As I wrote in the intro for the the Dennis Woloch interview I have always been fascinated by all the design done for Kiss in the 70′s and 80′s. A time that everything Kiss related seemed to be real quality stuff when It came to design. I have always thought everything was done by Dennis Woloch. But I was wrong. So I must admit I have been wrong all the times I have been asked who made the Kiss Army logo. It wasn’t Dennis Woloch, It was Vincent DiGerlando.

It’s really cool to be able to present a new person in Kisstory. At least for me. The first time I heard about him was when Dennis Woloch mentioned him in the interview I did with him earlier this year. So It’s a pleasure to present Vincent DeGarlando who worked for Howard Marks Advertising as an Art Director.

Q. Please tell us a little about your background before you started working at Howard Marks Advertising.

Donʼt know how far back youʼd like me to go, but in retrospect, art and music have always been a part of my life. I was inspired by an artistic uncle, had an Italian mother that would sing to me, and my brother, and sister, also had an aunt that became a well known opera singer.

I grew up in a neighbourhood where doo wop groups such as the Plurals, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were discovered. Did a lot of drawing, and painting during my early childhood while being encouraged by my grade school art teacher, who suggested that I attend Arts High School of Music and Art. After high school/college I had jobs in small studios, creating ads, working on magazine designs, creating some logos/letterheads, and doing a few illustrations.

Q. Did you know Dennis Woloch before you started at Howard Marks?

I first met and befriended Dennis Woloch in grade school. We both were fairly good artist, accomplished enough to pass the tests to be accepted in to Arts High School in Newark NJ, as well as have exceptional portfolios to get into Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn NY. Continue reading

Interview with Dennis Woloch

The design wizard

Ever since I since I discovered Kiss in the 70′s, the design and packaging of the albums and merchandise have always fascinated me. And the ‘magic world’ of illustrations and typography It showed me had a lot to do with my own choices later in my working life. So It’s a real pleasure to be able to publish this interview I have done with the Kiss design ‘mastermind’ in the 70′s and 80′s, Dennis Woloch. It’s a dream I have had since I read the great interview he did with the ‘Kiss This’ fanzine in the beginning of the 90′s. And thank you very much Dennis for being to willing to answer these questions. You have made my day.

Q. Tell us a little about your background and what kind of work you did for you did for Howard Marks before you started working with Kiss.

I was the Art Director at Howard Marks Advertising in New York for 22 years. Eventually I became the VP/ Creative Director.
As an art director, my job is to come up with concepts for the project at hand, then design it and do the layout. If the job calls for an illustration or photograph, it’s the art director’s job to select the right person for that particular project. You bring it to life.

Some of our clients were Wall Street firms, Women’s shampoo, Cosmetics and Diaper Services (they competed with disposable diapers) So my experience and challenges were all over the place. We also had a greeting card Company (American Greetings) for a client. We did a large project which used pop star music celebrities, their photos and lyrics to some of their music on posters and greeting cards. I was getting experience in showbiz. We had so many projects and clients that I could not remember 5 percent of what we did in those days. We were busy. Continue reading

Gene Simmons interview 1992

Part I  – Fra ‘Kiss Army Norway Magazine’ #3 – 1996.

This is the ‘blast from the past pages’ where we take a look at things that have happen in the past. We would like to open this spot with a interview that was done for one of the biggest radio station in Norway, NRK P2. The interview was done at Lip Cafe, when Kiss visited Oslo the 11th of June 1992 on their promotion tour for Revenge. The interviews was sent on the radio the same mouth, but the Gene Simmons interview was mighty edited. As I were there together with Steinar Fjeld from NRK, I were lucky enough to take a part in a separate interview with Gene and Paul. Exclusively for the Kiss Army Norway members will I here give you for the very first time the hole unedited interview with Gene I hope you enjoy it!!

After shaking hands….This was how we started the interview with small talk…

Steinar Fjeld: As you see have I brought a sample of a fan.
Gene: Yeah…He’s Crazy…. Continue reading

Interview with Vinnie Vincent

vinniesignVinnie Vincent on the phone

By: Stig Karlsen
From: ‘Kiss Army Norway Magazine’ #3 – 1996.

On Monday the 12th of February was Kiss Army Norway treated to a phone call from Vinnie Vincent himself. He called us to tell a little about the past with Kiss and about the future plans for Vinnie Vincent. At 6.15 p.m. (CET) did the phone ring. I was informed about the call, so you might understand that I was very exited as I picked up the phone

K.A.N.: Hallo!
VINNIE: Hello Stig, its Vinnie. How are you doing?

KAN.: Fm doing fine! How are you?
VINNIE: I’m fine, very very fine.

K.A.N.: It’s great to hear from you again!
VINNIE: Thank you very much. Thank you so much. Continue reading

Interview with Ken Kelly

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The man behind the Destroyer and Love Gun Covers
By: Stig Karlsen – most questions sendt in by norwegian fans.

What are your personal relations to KISS and their music? Are you a fan?

I have great admiration for them and their achievements and feel as a friend to both Gene and Paul. The other two I never really got to know that well. Yes of course I’m a big fan. Continue reading

Interview with Peter Criss 1994

Peter Criss 1994Peter Criss “The cat is back”.

Fra ‘Kiss Army Norway Magazine’ #1 – 1995

Last August we were lucky enough to get a interview with Peter Criss. The Cat himself. We meet up with him in Copenhagen when he was doing the Kiss Convention tour last year. We did a interview for the Norwegian Hardrock magazine “Scream”. As our time with Peter was quite long, couldn’t we fit the whole story in that issue, so here is your chance to read the whole interview totally uncensored. Continue reading