Saturday, 20 September 2014 20:09 | Written by Michel Scheijen |
STEVE ROTHERY HAS MORE FUN AND LESS ARGUING WITH GHOSTS
MARILLION GUITARIST STEVE ROTHERY RELEASES HIS FIRST SOLOALBUM ‘GHOSTS OF PRIPYART’ ON SEPTEMBER 22ND 2014. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN HIS LONG CAREER , STEVE IS TOTALLY IN CHARGE OF MUSIC AND PRODUCTION. STEVE REVEALS SOME SMALL FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT HIS FIRST ‘REAL’ SOLOALBUM.
*EMI approached you for doing a soloalbum back in 1985 and so did Miles Compeland in 1994. With the exception of the Wishing Tree-albums, why did it took almost three decades before your self titled soloalbum finally saw the light of day?
“Marillion takes up most of my time and having two children seemed to take up most of the rest! Pete Trewavas's touring with Transatlantic earlier this year gave me the time I needed to get my solo album underway and I've just worked on it when I can for the last six months.”
*How did you get the band together?
“Dave Foster, the other guitarist, is an old friend of mine. Drummer Leon Parr used to be in a band with Dave called Mr So & So. Yatim Halimi, my bassist, was playing in a band called Panic Room when Dave and I both turned to each other and said, if we ever do anything together Yatim and Leon would be the dream rhythm section. When I had to put together the band to play the Plovdiv international guitar festival, I knew who I wanted.”
*What’s the main difference between playing in your own band and Marillion?
“Less arguing and more fun!”
*Is there a certain kind of theme or story on the new album ‘The Ghosts Of Pripyart’?
“It's a collection of themes inspired by the idea of short movies. I wanted to create something quite cinematic and tried to create atmospheres that reflected that.”
*Crowdfunding seems to be the alternative way for musicians to gather a budget for recording an album. Isn’t this a tragic development in a certain kind of way? In the early days record companies would guarentee costs.
“Yes, and they would own the album in perpetuity and pay pitifully small royalty rates and if by any chance there was a change in the A & R department of the label your album might not even get released. Crowdfunding puts the power back in the hands of the artists and fans.”