13. Are you yourself, classically trained or selftaught?
I learned to play guitar as a small child from group classes at the recreation center in my home town. I left that class and studied with the teacher who taught me to finger pick so I could play songs by Renaissance and King Crimson. My training was strictly folk guitar and I never practiced. I later picked up the piano, well anyone can make music on a piano with a little experimentation. I am atrocious at playing piano, but I can compose on it. However the fact that I am not a trained player makes my approach very simplistic and that may impact my music -- for good and bad.
14. In that respect, either way. I find it quite impressive that you orchestrated the 10 piece unit band this album boast´s. Would you care to elaborate on that particular part of the album creation?! One would think that it was hard work and long hours!?
It is long long long hours. The band contribute a lot of ideas. Sometimes I will have a plan and ask someone to play a certain thing, but usually the members will start to play and I might make a suggestion to slightly change it. Number Seven has some great contributions from every band member and that's what makes it exciting. I don't even play a single instrument on Love Theme From Number Seven. I am very proud of that fact, 6 minutes that I am not on at all!
15. Valerie Gracious, has an amazing and beautiful voice (which of course led me to ask the former question on the folkrock feel) that made me think of Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention). But there are also remindings of Renaissance (with Jane Relf) both musically & vocally. Where did you "find" her and how? Please elaborate.
Valerie has a great voice. I love Jane Relf. She is massively great! That song Wanderer is so beautiful. Valerie is my oldest friend. I have known her since I was four years old. Lucky for me that she has such a wonderful and luminous voice!
16.I read somewhere (the booklet?) that this album, are to be followed by a " Seven and a half" album!? Is that true?
7½ is in the process of being finished. We left the Number Seven sessions with a few extra bits and some unfinished ideas. They were intriguing enough to follow up on before we begin the recording of Infernal. That is the third part of our trilogy. I didn't think I wanted to finish the world of Doomsday immediately. I wanted some other music to bridge the gap and maybe to keep people guessing. That is the only advantage of not being signed to a record label. There's no one to tell us what to do. No commercial considerations to have to worry about.
17. Which leads me to the next question, when will we "see" the third and final part of the famous trilogy?
18. Why the Italian lyrics on track 14? Did I miss something?
When we did that song I was singing along with it. I kept singing some mock words that had the ring of Italian, so I contacted an Italian person I knew and asked her to help me create the lyrics. We listened to the music and I sang the gibberish I heard in my head. She and I found lyrics that had a similar sound. I don't speak Italian, but the language is beautiful and I love Italian rock from the 70s. After we finished the lyrics, some of which are slang and perhaps of a specific region, Lili coached me on my pronounciation. It was a bit of the surreal humour and psychedelia surrounding the spirit of Number Seven. We thought of this as a Dada album. There was nothing we could not do. It didn't have to make sense. The lyrics we came up with worked in the context of the concept story because the main character is having a life crisis and the lyrics question our own personal "stories".
19. What would you like to tell your fans, friends, progfans from around the world and our readers?
I want to say that we love making music. We do it because we loved listening to music as we were growing up. Music was a companion when I was younger. It is coded in my memories. The idea that I can be involved in making music is a true life's dream come true. The fact that someone out in the world might hear it and be interested is so exciting and humbling. I want to say that we appreciate everyone who takes the time to listen. We are happy to get notes about your experience with the music. We apologise when you hate one song or another. There are times when I love all our music and times when I think, what was that? We hope to see you live one day. We would love to be able to perform around the world and meet the listeners. Thank you for the encouragement.
20. Thanx so very much Phideaux, for taking the time to do this interview!!
Thanks Tonny for the questions and feel free to submit more if anything came up that you want more info about.
All the best,
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