Royal Hunt' s Andre Andersen
Interviewed by Dave Attrill on 14th April, 2003
(Andre is pictured far right)
Dave: This year marks your 1st time playing the 'Gods' show - why has a UK appearance been so long in coming?
Andre: I have no idea - every time we were planning European part of the tour with different promoters, UK was excluded. Therefore for many years you were excluded from our "rock map of the world". But you can see now - things come to ones who wait...
Dave: What can we expect to hear in the set?
one or two new songs - nobody knows them yet - and a "greatest hits mix"
from all our albums.
we have pretty good idea of which song will work for a particular crowd, but being
in UK for the first time... We'll play it by ear.
lot of musical styles/moods on this one. The whole thing is like a "Headline
News" - and every issue has its own musical signature. We are in a mixing
studio now. The album will be released in Europe on June 16, 2003. In the UK it
will be distributed by Cargo Records.
became too difficult to work together - nothing really dramatic.
was recommended to us by Y.Malmsteen`s manager, and after we`ve listened to some
of John`s earlier albums we've invited him to Copenhagen - to work and hang out
a couple of days... And here we are - almost 5 years later.
Andre: Not at the moment - don`t have time.
Dave: What bands were you of before Royal Hunt and how do you reflect on them now?
single band or project I was involved in gave me certain experience - be it a
studio session, a live gig or just meeting new people. I`m glad I`ve met so many
talented people in my earlier days - I still see some of them.
got together around '90 and the name...We were looking for something colorful
- and I saw this painting in one of the museums in Copenhagen: Royal Hunt - horses,
lots of people, flags etc. It seemed to fit the bill.
Andre: I'm writing almost all of the bands material and it has a lot to do with me. I was classically trained, than I've discovered rock - D.Purple, Zeppelin, etc. I've started to combining those things and later on, I've heard some albums of Yes, Rush and such. Also the new sounds that are coming on the rock scene now are somewhat incorporated in our later albums and definitely in the new one. You can't stop progress and I'm all for it. All of the above mentioned elements are present in Royal Hunt's unique identity - it gives this large classical perspective with traditional rock backbone plus some progressive twist`n `turns and new & fresh sounds.
doesn't matter how written and arranged the songs are and how twisted, surprising,
complicated or simple they are, it always comes out to be Royal Hunt. That's the
key to our success.
started playing piano at age 5, so I didn`t chose the instrument - my parents
did ( I thank them for that). My favorites were Rick Wakeman - classical/progressive
and Jon Lord - rock.
always been here - and it always will. Bigger, smaller, with or without MTV.
be able to work with something you really love - as playing music - and get paid
Electric and Bass Guitars
- great band, great people.
Andre: I wish. We love to tour and play live - but it's not up to us. It's up to you and the fans in the UK. Please, buy our records and make some noise and you'll see us definitely coming back.
A Big Thank-You to Mark Ashton @ Now and Then Records for setting this up.