Deep in the heart of Finland lies a village called Kitee. Situated on one of the thousands of lakes and near the border with Russia. It was on a summer-night in 1996, a camp-fire was burning, that Tuomas Holopainen made a start to realize his dreams. What he had in mind was to set a new standard in rock-music:’gothic- metal’. Together with guitarist ‘Emppu’ Vuorinen and singer Tarja Turunen Nightwish was born………….
To date, Steve Hackett has had an amazing musical career that shows no sign of abating. From his first solo album Voyage of the Acolyte to his latest opus Wolflight, we find a musician who is very much firing on all cylinders and the fuel gauge is still registering full. Steve reckons this is the best thing he has done and it certainly is a fantastic album that will not only please but will also surprise Steve Hackett fans worldwide. It is a fascinating musical journey that touches on many cultural landscapes, bringing some world music elements to the recognisable sound of Steve Hackett’s guitar work, that once again demonstrates the man’s formidable compositional skills. I was very fortunate and privileged to be able to interview the great man. Many thanks to DPRP (and Steve) for this memorable interview.
On a rather nice March afternoon in London DPRP have travelled to London to interview Tommy Karevik, lead singer of the band Kamelot before the band play their only UK date on their current tour at the O2 Islington Academy. We talk about the new album Haven (released May 2015), touring and life outside music.
On the 21st of January of this year Steven Wilson held a press day in the Vondel hotel in the Dutch capital. About ten minutes before 10 am Steven came downstairs in order to have some breakfast before the interview. Of course, all preparations for the interview had to be in place and that would include the interviewee having had his breakfast. Not until that was secured the interview could start. So around 10 o’clock, we came to Steven Wilson’s temporary home in Amsterdam, a fine apartment in the Vondel hotel.
An 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.
A 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
‘The 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.
Jaap 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)………..
DPRP’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……..
It 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.