WITH TOMAS BODIN (italian version)
by Giancarlo Bolther
The first thing i've thinked listening to Sonic Boulevard is that
this album is very romantic and quiet and less progressive...
Well you might be right, Compered to "Pinup Guru"
I was searching for another kind of atmosphere. Also I was in love
A second thing I've thinked about is that it has got a spiritual
Yes I´m glad you asked. I was in a very special mood
when I composed the music. If this was a spiritual touch or not is
hard for me to tell but I could feel a sense of security and calmness
How much time did you take to realize it?
I composed the music during 3 weeks. Then I was in production
for another 2 months.
How do you manage the compositive process?
I have music inside myself all the time. It´s just
a matter of how much time I can spend composing. So if I sit many
hours a lot of music will come out. Of course, not everything is good
but mostly I get something I can use.
What kind of problems have you faced off?
During this production there was actually no problems. It
all went very well. But I had a sort of problem....I didn´t
know if this CD was going to be released as a regular CD or a smaller
"internet edition". I´m glad it turned out to be the
Would you like to tell us about the new songs?
I can say that song number 1, 4, 5, 9 and 10 have partly
the same theme worked out in a different way. In that sense it´s
a sort of concept album. Also I have used a couple of themes from
my compositions in the Flower Kings. One theme is from the song "Garden
The song "The Horses from Zaad" remembers to me
the great western soundtracks, in particular from Morricone, were
you insipired by his work?
Well I always liked Clint Eastwood and also cowboy music
a´ la Morricone. I guess Jocke JJ Marsh guitar play put the
song in a hip cowboy mood. Yii-how!!
The last two songs were "Morning Will Come" and
"The Night Will Fall", are they linked together?
No not from the beginning, but when I was listening to them
I felt they where going to be great as "semi-linked". Iguess
it was more like an atmosphere thing.
The cover of the album, like the one choosed for Pinup Guru,
was inspired by etnic subjects, what does it mean and why you usually
choose that kind of subjects?
I like worldmusic very much and have also used etno influences
since many years back. Thomas Everhard is the man behind the coverart.
I really liked his ideas because both Pinup Guru and Sonic Boulevard
looked as they was somehow related. And I guess they are ...it´s
only one year in between.
Which are the musicians involved in your new album?
I have worked with the same old guys from Flower Kings but
also some new names like Anders Jansson (vocals) , Jocke JJ Marsh
(lead guitar) and Jonas Knutsson (soprano saxophone). Another friend
is Lars Bjurhäll which was doing a sort of african rap so well
that I changed his name into Nógogo Bjurhäll. Jocke JJ
Marsh is well known for the audience and fans to Glenn Hughs/Joe Lynn
Turner. He also plays with Uli Roth. Anyway, he´s an amazing
kind of guitarist.
Which are the differences between your solo albums?
I guess I have becomed more musically matured on this one.
Today I know what I want. Also I know that I can achive this by myself.
Also there is a more homogen touch on Sonic Boulevard. (I have variations
on a theme)
A lot of young (in the rock history) keyboard players are
doing solo albums in these years: Ryo Okumoto (Spock's Beard), Erik
Norlander (Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater),
Derek Sherinian (Planet X), Clive Nolan (Arena) and others. There
is something that you like?
Yes they are great players all of them. Also, this could
be the anti-guitar-players conspiracy The Great return of the Mighty
Keyboard Wizards!!!!!! Ta-ta-tam-dita! (trumpets)
What do you think about the actual progressive scene?
It could be more experimenting. I think people are a little
bit afraid to make music out of the "winning concept". In
that sense progressive has a little bit becomed "regressive music".
the bands wants to sound like it did during the 70-ies.
According to you what developments will be for progressive
music in the next few years?
I hope there will be a better blend of different styles like
jazz, world and rock. Perhaps I could call it Beatles-ish kind of
ideal. Also I would like the scene to get more "entertainment-like"
(Imagin a singer a la Freddy Mercury) Anyway, It should be fun to
In my opinion the new progressive rock artists of today seem
to be more interested on the technical aspect of music and don't concentrate
enough on the beauty of the songs. What is your opinion?
I do agree... Music or should I say the song are not in fokus.
It´s more important to stay "secured" as a musician.
Play like hell and people will talk good about you.
I like a lot the Flower Kings, but i haven't liked very much
the last album Unfold the Future, in my opinion it lacks in ideas,
it seems to be a little tired in comparison to your previous works,
what's your opinion?
I think Unfold was a sort of statement we did. We had done
both Space revolver and Rainmaker which was mostly fokused on the
"songs" Now we needed to put some focus on the tradition
of jammin. This was how it all started during the 70 ies. I would
say that "Thruth will set you free" is probably the best
song Roine ever did with a lot of fantasic ideas and a very mature
way of making the composition stay interesting. But I can also understand
that some parts are not so easy to get into. One thing for sure ...the
next album will not be in the "Unfold..." tradition.
At this point of your career which are the projects that you
still want to realize?
Ohhh that is sooooooooooooo much. I want to do a pianoalbum,
the Gustav Holst project.... a synth album in a Tomita tradition....
More albums in a Sonic Boulevard tradition, but with lyrics. Perhaps
work with other keyboardists.
What is the greatest challenge for your future?
Staying cool in a world that is more and more turning into
Interviews: 2005 (only in italian)
Reviews (in italian): Pinup Guru; Sonic
Related Artists: Flower Kings