With 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.
Being ever the courteous man I expected him to be, the phone rang 9:30 sharp and as I answered the call, there was the unmistakable voice of Ian Anderson asking me whether he was phoning to a landline. As I answered “Yes, most certainly” a “Good” was muttered and we ventured into the interview.
A good friend from Spain, called Rafa, noticed the Progdreams III festival that I was going to had Harvest on the line-up. He congratulated me on that and urged me to do an interview. And although I was not familiar with the band, I’m glad I followed his orders! So here I am at a table of the cosy venue’s café, a few hours before the show, facing singer Monique van der Kolk and Jordi Prats (lead guitar). And Toni Munné (bass) on my left.
Alan White has been a member of Yes since 1972 joining after the classic Close to the Edge album but just in time forYessongs, prior to joining Yes he was the drummer in John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band appearing on three albums with the legendary ex-Beatle, some forty years on he still fills the same drum stool despite all the comings and goings throughout the years only Alan and Chris Squire have remained constant, On the eve of their world tour where they will play three classic albums in their entirety DPRP’s John Wenlock-Smith took time to speak with Alan White about these shows and future prospects for Yes
In the second part of our Transatlantic special we bring you DPRP’s Basil Francis in conversation with the indefatigable Neal Morse. Keen eyed readers may notice that we asked both Neal and Pete some of the same questions – we’ll pull these together on Facebook later in the week.
In a first instalment of Transatlantic we bring you Marcel Hartenberg’s interview with Pete Trewavas. Tune in tomorrow at the same time for Basil Francis in conversation with Neal Morse!
Voted ‘Top Tip for 2014′ in Prog Magazine, Synaesthesia have just released their eponymous debut album. DPRP’s Basil Francis was able to catch up with 20-year-old lead singer, keyboardist and founding member Adam Warne to share a few words regarding the band.
For the past 40 years, American multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew has been one of the pioneering artists in experimental rock. Mostly known by prog fans for being a member of King Crimson since 1981, Belew has also worked with many other talented artists from Frank Zappa and David Bowie to Talking Heads . Soon, he will tour Europe with The Crimson ProjeKCt celebrating the music of King Crimson. DPRP’s Basil Francis was able to get the low-down on this new tour and discuss Belew’s philosophy of music.
After hearing The Root, The Leaf and The Bone, Manning’s new opus I seriously felt that I needed to speak to this prolific and very, very talented man. As ever Guy Manning was very accommodating and cordially invited me across to his abode to talk. On arrival, the door opened, I was graciously welcomed and in I stepped. What followed was an hour and a half of non stop chat, believe me, I could of talked to Guy all night, as not only is his music / lyrical prose interesting, something that is very much mirrored in his personality, but he is also a very amusing man……… Put your feet up and enjoy
Vienna Circle is a project of Paul and Jack Davis. The brothers grew up in the rural Wiltshire (UK) and got hooked on progressive music from an early age onwards. Paul and Jack recently released their second studio album Silhouette Moon and are eager to start writing music for their next album. Paul & Jack were kind enough to explain how it all started and how they manage to control the whole process from writing music to selling an album.