Sel Balamir (Amplifier)

amp coverAn interview that never got its transcript up till now, which is something that is very much regretted and now apologised for in no small way. The band play the Netherlands on the 31st of January as they enter the stage at the ‘Monsters of Mariaheide’ festival. This interview however harks back to August 2014 with Sel Balamir, singer and guitarist with Amplifier in a particularly good mood.

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Erik Norlander

norlander_keyboard2013_nielsen_photo-800x500A few weeks back I had the opportunity of talking with Keyboardist Erik Norlander of The Rocket Scientists about their latest release after a 7 year gap – Traveller on the Supernatural Highway, Erik proved to be a very articulate informative and amusing interviewee.  Read on to hear about the history and future of the band, his thoughts on fame and his admiration for a famous pop star

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Steve Rothery

srb 11The Ghosts Of Pripryat‘ by the Steve Rothery Band was prequelled by two live albums by the band, the latest of which was ‘Live In Rome‘. On the event of releasing that album DPRP got the chance to talk to Steve.

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Jaap Van Eik (Traces)

1974 Trace Oor4Jaap van Eik was born on the 17th of October 1944. In the late sixties en early seventies he made fame as bass guitar player for several bands. Among others Blues Dimension, Cuby (Harry Muskee) + The Blizzards, Livin’Blues, Solution and finallyTrace, with one of Holland’s most renowned keyboard players: Rick van der Linden. Van Eik began studying at the art academy in Arnhem, just as Herman Brood did. From 1966 he played bass with a group called the Moans where he teamed up with Herman Brood (keyboardist, painter)………..

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Dave La Rue (Flying Colors)

Main2DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith talks to bass maestro Dave La Rue where they discuss the New Flying Colors album, the possibility of a third release and bass guitars.  In addition to Flying Colors, Dave is also a long-time member of the instrumental groups Steve Morse Band and Dixie Dregs. LaRue’s technical prowess is formidable among other jazz-fusionists, but his unique talent is to project his virtuosity with remarkable soul and feel.  Sit back, read and enjoy……..

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Mike Holmes (IQ)

mikeIt was the evening of the 6th of May and just a week or so before IQ had played De Melkweg in Amsterdam where they premiered new album The Road Of Bones to an enthusiastic crowd. 18:30 sharp and the telephone rang. Mike Holmes presenting himself on the other side of the line as I thanked him for taking the time to talk to DPRP.

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iamthemorning

iatm_pic2Formed in 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russian duo iamthemorning has just released its second album as part of the ever-growing Kscope records roster. Featuring Conservatory-trained pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina, Belighted was recorded and mixed by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and also features Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) on drums.
Taking influences from an equal measure of classical and progressive rock greats, Belighted is a rare gem of chamber Prog which lyrically and musically offers sadness, loneliness and pain, amidst beauty, happiness and hope.  Andy Read puts the questions. Marjana provides some answers.

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Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee)

11I recently had the good fortune to speak to Joel Cummins, keyboard player with American band Umphrey’s McGee, freshly returned to the US after a three-night stint in London, England.

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Rob Reed

reedWhat Rob did next, after the Kompendium and Magenta albums, Magenta’s bass player Rob Reed is releasing an album that is very personal to her him, a Mike Oldfield and Tubular Bells inspired epic called “Sanctuary”.  DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith caught up with Rob recently and he had this to say about this new album

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The Psychedelic Ensemble

201055tpeWith a fourth release coming up it is high time for an interview with The Psychedelic Ensemble, after receiving raving reviews for the first three releases we all are wondering what is up next.

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