YES – Alan White

Alan White of Yes Interview – Tuesday 26th April

Alan White has been a member of YES for over 44 Years and is now the longest surviving member (Steve Howe has left as few times and returned to the fold again) after the sad loss of of Founder member and Bassist Chris Squire last year

DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith caught up with alan in Glasgow for a brief talk about te upcoming tour that kicks off in Glasgow on Wednesday and proceeds via Liverpool and Manchester and ends up at the Royal Albert Hall in early May before embarking on European dates thereafter Alan was in fine form as you can see from this conversation.

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KIAMA: Robert Reed & Andy Edwards

Sign Of IV artworkRob Reed is the driving force behind Welsh proggers Magenta as well as instigating various side projects including the highly acclaimed albums by Chimpan A and Kompendium. In 2014 he released his debut solo album ’Sanctuary’ which conspicuously tipped its hat to Mike Oldfield and the seminal ‘Tubular Bells’.

Andy Edwards is one of rock’s most respected drummers having recorded with IQ, Frost* and Magenta as well as a world tour with Robert Plant. He also teaches drums and his students have included Leo Crabtree (The Prodigy), Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers) and Simon Fox (Be-Bop Deluxe).

More recently they combined their talents to form new band Kiama joined by guitarist Luke Machin (Maschine/The Tangent) and vocalist Dylan Thompson (Shadow of The Sun/The Reasoning).

Our interviewer Geoff Feakes took the opportunity to talk to Rob and Andy.

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Eyevory

Eyevory Selfie-tour_thanks“Eyevory is a progressive folk rock band from Bremen, Germany.

The Music is a colorful mixture, combining joyful flute melodies, two outstanding female voices and catchy hooks with hard rocking guitar riffs and complex instrumental.
With many other influences such as folk, classical, pop and hard rock. To sum it up: a total work of Art without boundaries and barriers.” youtube

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Tom MacLean

TomMacLean-LiveThomas MacLean is an English born guitarist and bassist. He is best known for being the guitarist in the progressive metal/jazz fusion band To-Mera and for being the former bassist of the progressive metal band Haken.
Our Chat took place at the time of the Generation Prog Festival – featuring Tom together with Michael Schetter (Relocator) – bass, Frank Tinge (Relocator) – drums together with Sebastian Halbig (Time Shift Accident) – keyboards and PV Bhaskar – percussion.
Hello Tom, my name is Peter, from the DPRP – Dutch Progressive Rock Page, thank you for taking your time to give us some information.

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Ethernity

Ethernity 02 (Kopie)Ethernity is a Progressive Power Metal band from Belgium founded in 2000 by brothers Julien Spreutels (keyboards – Epysode) and Nicolas Spreutels (drums). In 2013, Ethernity started to work on their debut album « Obscure Illusions » which was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) at Domination Studio (IT). Their debut received best reviews all over the world.
Enjoy deep inside views into a band which is ready to enter the big stage 🙂

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Panzerballett

PB-beton_1 (Kopie)As complicated as possible – as comprehensible as necessary.

PANZERBALLETT sounds as if a jazz combo would cover Meshuggah. Or like Meshuggah would play jazz standards. Simply, as if Panzers would do a ballet dance. The only difference is that the stage or orchestra pit will stand it without devastated. What’s going to happen to the ears or synapses of ingenuous listeners is written on another page. The title of the new album surely is a consistent tip of the sustainable consequence of consuming the band’s music. The album has been released via the Gentle Art of Music label. Reason enough for a chat with mastermind Jan Zehrfeld.

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DispersE – Jakub Żytecki

DispersEDISPERSE were founded in the Polish city of Przeworsk in December 2007 by guitarist Jakub Żytecki, vocalist / keyboarder Rafał Biernacki and Marcin Kicyk on bass. During the next six month the group composed four songs, which formed the basis of their first demo release “Promo 2008”. For their first shows including the prestigious GO-Rock Festival DISPERSE worked with session drummer Konrad Biczak, who was permanently replaced by Przemek Nycz in summer 2008.

Dprp: Hello guys, I am Raimond from the DPRP – Dutch Progressive Rock Page.
We’re doing this interview in a series of all bands that play the Generation Prog Festival, together with our German partners powermetal.de.

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Chris Braide – Downes Braide Association

DBA vinyl.inddChris Braide is a prominent singer songwriter and producer who has written and produced songs for such popular artists as Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Paloma Faith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, David Guetta, Sia, Afrojack and Marc Almond. In his accomplished career, he also been awarded Ivor Novello, ASCAP and Billboard Awards. Most impressive though, is the music that Chris writes and records as a performer. From his excellent work in 2012 on ‘The Producers – Made in Basing Street’ with Trevor Horn to his entertaining solo albums, Chris Braide is a man of many musical talents.

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Solaris Special – Interview with Attila Kollár

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On a wet afternoon on the day before the Solaris concert, Attila Kollár took time out from his busy schedule to travel to the Continental Hotel in Budapest where I was staying, to provide an extensive interview for DPRP to cover numerous topics including the bands history and future plans.

He was charming throughout and eager to answer the questions as fully as he could. It was a fascinating experience. Our detailed discussion ended some fifty five minutes later and I hope that DPRP readers will find his answers as interesting as I did.

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Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller

aristocratsSo the question was asked, who would you like to interview and throw five questions at?  Guthrie Govan and and Bryan Beller came Alan Weston‘s cry; Plot hatched, questions compiled and answers attained.  A BIG THANK YOU must go out toRhiannon Jenkins of RJPR: Music Promotion and Tour Production for making this happen.

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