First of all, thank you for talking to us, for viriAOR it is an honor to be able to interview a young musician, but who has already made a mark in the recent history of the AOR.
– Your known beginnings were in Sahara, to tell you that lovers of the most exquisite Aor, we enjoyed it very much. And we would like to know, was that your first musical project? How did you become part of it?
Yes, that was my first real serious project. I had some bands earlier, when I was younger, but this was the first time I really concentrated on my singing and my songwriting.
– Why was there no continuity with Sahara, after that first album?
We were working on material for a follow up, but sort of had our differences where we were going musically. It sometimes happens in musical relationships and partnerships. No hard feelings, it just didn’t work out I’m sad to say.
– From Sahara to Code Red, your last job, what hapenned in between? Were you involved in any way in the music business at that time?
Well, I started writing songs by myself, and then with different songwriting partners like Hal Marabel, Morgan Jensen, and Jake E to name a few. Then I started shipping songs around to artists and producers, and eventually got a number of songs on different albums. I sang most of the lead vocals on all the demos we sent, except for some more pop-oriented songs.
– What about your partner who produced and composed half of the record with you, Peter Lidstrom? Do you have contact with him?
No, we haven’t had any contact for many years. I wish him all the best.
– Why have you been back after the microphone after 16 years? Are you a singer or a composer, how do you define yourself?
Haha, I guess I’m a little bit of both. I can’t stop writing and composing and I always try every song out first. I love singing. What can I say. And I’m glad people around me pushed me to record the Code Red album. It means a lot to get the recognition. I loved the new material, and felt it was the right opportunity to do this.
– Code Red has been a discovery for the melodic parish, with the review of our album placing it among the best of the year in its genre. Did you expect something like that?
No, all of us are completely overwhelmed by the positive response. And from all over the AOR community in so many countries. It’s amazing. We knew we had som strong melodic tracks, and it felt right when we put them down. We were very happy with the album, but then again, you never know. And hopefully there were a lot of people out there who liked the same songs, melodies and vibes that we did.
-Is there a possibility to see Code Red in live or is it just a study project?
We won’t be touring for the time being, and are a bit scattered around Sweden. We have been asked to do shows, and will try to do so after our next album. Because it will be a next one. Me and Morgan have been writing songs for the next Creye album and also the next Find me album where Daniel Flores is also producing.
-What future plans do you have?
We have just finished our next video, which will be released this week actually. And then me and Morgan are currently working on new material for the follow up which we will start demoing during and after the holidays. We already have a lot of material, and feel very thrilled about it. Also we will use Ken Sandin on bass on the next album, whereas Palace will focus more on backing vocals. Apart from that the line up is the same.
-As a last question, we have a huge curiosity, and we wanted to ask a Swedish musician, here in Spain, few hard rock bands are born, young audiences connect less with rock than before and it does not seem like a prosperous market, however in your country, hard rock seems natural, because many bands are still emerging, is our perception that rock is on the rise or not? What do you think is different?
Yes, it’s strange fr such a small country of ten million people, but similar to Ireland I think Sweden has a strong sense of melodic and melancholy music in our roots. It’s quite amazing that Sweden has managed to produce uccessful artists like ABBA, Europe, Roxette and many talented musicians like Yngwie, Mathias Eklund, and writers and producers like Max Martin in different genres from melodic to more heavy acts like Amaranthe and In Flames. Hard rock and Melodic rock has the most loyal fans of all, and our festivals and arenas draw huge crowds every summer. There’s great rock venues in most cities and I bier it’s a sort of revival for the 80’s AOR genre – a lot of new bands making great albums.
Nothing more, just to thank you for dedicating part of your time and if you want to leave a message to your fans in Spain, you can do it now.
We really appreciate all your love and support, thank you so much! Hopefully we will come to Spain to play eventually. And a very Merry Christmas to you all!