7. If the ultimate choice were given to you, which comes first, live performances or studio work?
Studio work. Although we really love playing live so we can meet the audience. It's a very exciting thing to be able to perform something you have made as an album. It gives it new life and allows you to find new dimensions to music. We recently performed at a festival and it was so incredible to meet the listeners and people who have been generous enough to come and hear us.
8. In many interviews Beatles comes up as as the ultimate forerunners of prog!? In other words...without Beatles, no progscene as we see it today! Do you concur? Please elaborate!
Well, The Beatles really were there at the right time and had the exact perfect tools to help effect the revolution in popular music. I think the drug scene helped to expand the consciousness of the time. Of course, drugs are a tricky thing because only a very lucky few can use them and escape without some sort of damage or baggage. But, those song writers, with that producer, seeking to expand their own craft within the context of that era in the UK where those wonderful recording machines were being invented... It was a magic time, no?
9. In a given concert, with you PHIDEAUX headlining, whom or which band/artist would you most like/love to see on that imaginative event/ poster! Please feel free to name several!
So, we are curating a festival? Natually we want to see our friends and our favourite artists. But, since we are headlining we are apparently a very arrogant band! However, on the same bill we'd want Discipline/Matthew Parmenter, Guy Manning, Rebsie Fairholm (a haunting folk artist from UK), Edensong and a solo warm up set from Arjen Lucassen (Ha! he'd never do it, but he might if it was simple enough and he didn't have to play his complex epics). Basically, this is a list of our respected friends and comrades.
10. In this day and age of progcircuits, I guess most of your fans, friends & musicians would like to learn the instruments of your choice, im of course talking make and brand. Please elaborate individually!
I like using Martin and Taylor acoustic guitars. Gibson Les Paul for electric (and I love my double neck). For bass it would be Fender. I have no particular piano, what a pleasure to have an acoustic piano under your fingers! The keyboards I personally like are Nord Electro, Moog Voyager and Memotron. I have not had an affinity for Roland... We use Brauner VMA microphone for my vocals. I am VERY particular about that. I have a difficult voice to record and Brauner brings out the good qualities and helps cancel out the boomy and nasal qualities.
11. I realise that " Number Seven" is NOT the third and final part of the trilogy!? "The Great Leap" & "Doomsday Afternoon" being the first two! What happened to the third part?
Infernal is the music I wrote as the follow up to Doomsday Afternoon. I haven't written the lyrics and the music was pretty complicated and I got lazy and didn't want to work through it with the drummer, so we decided to do some simpler music. That became Number Seven. It was supposed to be a quick and easy album.
12. "Number seven" is..at least to these trained ears, is a bit different musicwise from the former albums. Mind you it is excellent, but I hear a more folkrock/60´psychedelic vibe on this release! Is that an accurate assumption?
I don't know what to make of Number Seven. I love it as the pinnacle of what I've been wanting to make. I see it as our "Passion Play". It is sprawling and circuitous. I think it is psychedelic in the sense that there are short weird linking bits and things that come out of left field. It is definitely an attempt to make an "album" that you put on and experience as a whole. There are really only a couple of songs. We split things up so it would be listened to modularly, but in truth there are only 6 or 7 songs. For me there isn't really too much of a folk vibe except in Gift Of The Flame. I was going with inspiration from some of the Italian progressive masterpieces of the 70s. Le Orme and Banco were inspirations on this one. Number Seven is exactly the album I wanted to make. That's the first time that I looked back and was mostly happy.