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The Mellotron, has become an icon..a pseudonym to great music in prog music circuits. Whats your thoughts on that and the particular instrument?

The mellotron is a great instrument. But one can of course do fine music without a mellotron too J.

If the ultimate choice were given to you, which comes first, live performances or studio work? I realise that is 2 sides to one story, but please
do tell...elaborate!?

Well…I have already been placed in that situation. As you probably know I was struck by a disastrous hearing problem a couple of years ago and even if I am almost restored now I’m not very keen on daring to try touring again. Not only being on stage but also rehearsals are situations with very loud music for several hours and if that would damage my heraring, again, I’m not sure if it could fully recover…ever. But, composing and creating studio albums is what I love the most so, in that sense, I’m very fortunate.

In many interviews Beatles comes up as as the ultimate forerunners of prog!? In other words...without Beatles, no prog scene as we see it today! Do you concur? Please elaborate!

I totally agree. If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life it would probably be The Beatles. They had it all and they were truly progressive. It had to some extent to do with them working together with George Martin but one must not forget that they were open to his suggestions.

In a given concert, with you CROSS headlining, whom or which band/artist would you most like/love to see on that imaginative event/ poster! Please feel free to name several!.  

At this very moment I’d say Brother Ape and Eggs & Dogs. That would be a great evening I think.

In this day and age of progcircuits, I guess most of your fans, friends & musicians would like to learn the instruments of your choice, I’m of
course talking make and brand. Please elaborate individually!

Oh…I’m not sure what to answer to that question. I believe this is very individual how one develops one’s skills.

Finally the new CROSS album has arrived, but it took some time...mostly due to your hearing problems! Tinnitus as it was! Please elaborate on that ailment and your troubles going through that phase! I know (since we are friends) that it was a long and hard road for you!

True. It was the worst period of my life. The most common reason for tinnitus is that it is connected to a hearing loss, mainly a sudden hearing loss. It is very strange and I am leaning towards that there is some corruption going on within the western health care system. Doctor’s claim that there is nothing to do about it except learning to live with it, some of them has adopted the psychology based idea that tinnitus has something to do with the brain. A few of them, among these we find the German hearing loss specialist Dr Lutz Wilden says that tinnitus is a form of pain signal, or alarm signal, that is sent out by the severely overstressed cells in the inner ear. When these recover the tinnitus fades away and ones hearing becomes better again. This makes perfect sense to me. He also developed a treatment with low level laser that works as follows. When the laser light (very mild laser) “hits” the cells these starts to produce an energy named ATP, and with this energy the cells can become strong enough to recover. It’s a slow process but it works. It’s a method to “help nature”. I have been using this for 2 ½ years now and are 85% recovered today. I was struck by a severe form of tinnitus and hyperacusis (where one can not stand even normal sounds - they kind of hurt) so there was no way whatsoever I could finish of the album or even listen to music. In fact, things were so bad that singing birds bothered me to the level where I could not be outside. But after almost 2 years of Low Level Laser Therapy I was well enough to start working
with music again. And that was a true blessing! I am so inspired with my musical work now, after the 2 year break, that I have already written the basics for next album.