David O’List – On The Road Again

David O'ListHi Davy, my name is Rick Collins and I am representing the DPRP/ the Dutch Progressive Rock Page.

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your career, and about your exciting new lp, “Second Thoughts.”

DPRP: I’d like to begin the interview by asking you what exactly made you want to play guitar for a living? Was there any particular record, musician, or band, who stood out as an early career influence, for you?

Davy: I think that Scotty Moore, James Burton, the Beatles… read on

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Glass Hammer (Steve Babb and Fred Schendel)

sm-Steve-Aaron-credit-Karel-ZuiderveldTwo of the dinos of the progrockcosmos – Glass Hammer and DPRP (Peter Funke) – met in our virtual DPRP-Lounge and here you can join: read the full exclusive story. Just a few months after the release of the by now top-album “The Breaking of the World” you will get to know why GH wants to tie two of our reviewers to the stake (luckily they didn’t do it at last) and you will get some insight views of GH. And of course some very exciting news are waiting. Here is the great stuff for you:

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Tuomas Holopainen and Floor Jansen (Nightwish)

Nightwish2015h (Large)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………….

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Steve Hackett

Band Photo - Steve HackettTo 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.

 

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Tommy Karevik (Kamelot)

KAMELOT photoshoot 2 c Tim Tronckoe 2014 (3)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.

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Steven Wilson

© Naki Kouyioumtzis.Steven Wilson, on location, oxfordshire.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.

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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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