25th Anniversary update:
I have spent the last year working on remixing eight albums as
part of the 25th anniversary of my first record deal in Japan as
my albums "Eternity" and "No Surrender" were released over there
in 1989. These are the albums I have been reworking and their
From now on we are
only dong digital releases as I have seen the interest in
physical albums fall rapidly.
Next year I plan to not be chained to the studio 24/7 as I have
been the last year. Of course I wouldn't have done it if I
didn't want to, but it was more a matter of wanting to have it
done than wanting to do it:-) Hopefully I will be able to do
something completely different, but then again, you never know
what tomorrow brings...
End of an era:
One thing is clear, times will always be changing. We are now
entering the end of the CD format era. I know many people say
they still want to have a physical product to hold in their
hands, but the numbers say something very different and you can
feel it very clear when you have a look at the state of the
music industry and talk to the professionals. I can't change the
world, but I can accept it and try to understand it. For the
first time I am releasing and album exclusively in digital
format (EPICENTRE, September 20, 2013).
Where will I go from here?
Impossibe for me to say. I am not really doing music for any
other reason than to please myself, I have never strived to make
a "hit" or sell out to get more fans. I just try to do my own
think the best way possible. On the other hand I have been going
through phases when I have had different goals and as I am
always trying to learn new things I do love to experiment, so
things have not always been constant. However, I have come to
notice that I do have a big back catalogue of which some stuff
could have had much better audio quality so I hope to be able to
revise some albums doing the next years in order to present
updated masters of some of my back catalogue eventually. That is
in case I won't get caught up in something else of course :-)
I have been doing music for a very long time and gone through
many different phases in life, with both ups and downs like most
people, but music has always been the healing power and the one
thing that has kept me going despite all the challenges of life.
It has probably never been more fun than now to create while the
process at times can make me feel very empty at times. This is
because when I am deep into a creative flow I just can't stop to
breathe or sleep. I think my music kind of gets written by
itself, I just channel the ideas and I have never found it hard
to come up with ideas.
I am a total perfectionist and something of a control
freak, for good or bad and prefer to make all the decisions by
myself. On the other hand I love to be a "band guy" if the
chemistry is right and (as most of the time has been the case) I
am expected to do all the hard work.
I would not mind touring but only if the circumstances were
Personal reflections on the state of the music business
It's no big news that sales have been falling for everyone for
years now, and it's more or less impossible to make a living as
a musician unless you are able to tour on a decent level. Some
other things I believe are making things worse is that it's too
cheap and easy to record now compared to in the past and
everyone wants to be a star without much quality control taking
place. One of the things I think is killing the interest in
music is all these "project bands" that are flooding the market.
Some guys appear as a member of 5-10 (or more) different bands
which makes you question how much they really did put into a
certain album, and even though music of the music is "good" it
quite often kind of sounds like it was manufactured after a preset formula.
If the members of the legandary bands from the 70-ies for
example would have played in 10 bands each none of them would
have been considered essential in the way they are tought of now.
I might have done a few (!) side projects myself in the past but
when it come to my two last albums "Aurora Borealis" and "Epicentre"
I spent about a year on each of them and I don't think I could
have worked any harder on making them better.