|Roine with The Flower Kings (2014)|
Roine Stolt – For the moment The Flower Kings is not active. Let’s never say never - but right now I feel no urge to work on any Flower Kings album or touring. There are so many other interesting avenues to go down - much more than Flower Kings. As you say the other guys have their projects - and that was one of the problems for me - I wanted ONE band that we all worked hard to take to the next level -
but it seemed that egos got in the way. It’s very human - part of life - but it made life very uncertain for me - and with the money I invested over the years I just couldn’t see myself investing more emotionally or monetary - without the rest following.
Progshine – So, moving on, I would like to start talking about your recent projects. Since 2014 you have had a pause from Flower Kings and you have recorded again with Transatlantic, toured with Steve Hackett, recorded an álbum with Jon Anderson and put Kaipa back on the stage. Is the young Roine trying to fulfill dreams of the old days or just a 'I should do this things before it's not possible anymore'?
Roine – I try do things the way the offers comes up. I had a great time touring with Steve Hackett - playing the old Genesis tunes and stuff from Acolyte etc. - Steve is a wonderful guy and very generous. - before that I had already started working with Jon Anderson - he is likewise a terrific guy - and I sometimes smile - because I see so much of myself in him - we are really “brothers” in a way - the way we see music
and all that is connected. Jon is a perfectionist, just like me - very dedicated and a true artist. As for Transatlantic - I have no idea - it’s not for me to say - but I doubt anything soon - or at all.
Roine – The Whirlwind was a great experience - both album and the tour - that I regard as our best work our best playing and our most relaxed time. The addition of Daniel Gildenlow live was genius- The Kaleidoscope was a good album but the way it was constructed a bit weird - the 100% “band feel” wasn’t in there - and that tour was successful, but same thing - there were moments not as great as “The Whirlwind” - The band has an almost infinity of capacity - but not all is realized - imho. Maybe we could(have) benefit from an outside producer.
|Roine playing bass with Steve Hackett (2015)|
Roine – As said; I had a great time touring with Steve Hackett for more than 85 shows in America & Europe - I loved playing the old Genesis tunes and stuff like “Ace of Wands” from “Voyage of the Acolyte” etc. - Steve & his wife Jo are wonderful people - I could tour forever with these guys. I’ve known Steve for almost 10 years and played on his Genesis revisited 2 - and surely at the Royal Albert Hall show. It has all been great. Playing bass was extra fun for me - as I was initially a bass player at age 15 before switching to guitar at 18. I loved doing that and playing Rutherfords bass lines on “Cinema Show”, “Get Them Out by Friday” and “Firth Of Fifth” - on my Rickenbacker bass was cool.
Progshine – I imagine recording with Jon was a dream come true. How did this idea came up to be and for how long have you known Jon?
Roine – We met once briefly backstage at a ABWH concert in 1989 ( I doubt he remember that… ) - but then again at the Carribean boat gig we both did - where
Transatlantic joined him and we played an hour of YES music - including “Revealing Science” - “And You And I” , “Long Distance” and “Starship Trooper” . - Our record company suggested I’d work with Jon on an album - and they didn’t have to ask me twice - and Jon responded quickly to - so obviously we “connected” on that boat gig - and rest is history. It’s been hugely popular and commercially successful. An album every Jon/Yes fans should have. It a “landmark” album as Jon would put it.
Progshine – And talking about 'Invention Of Knowledge', was it intentional to have 4 long songs? Just like in the Yes days?
Roine – It all evolved from a few basic ideas - and songs grew longer - and both of us were happy with the idea that it became more of a symphony - or suite. Long form music is part of our DNA - both of us.
Progshine – Any chance of playing these songs in a live environment? Any chance of a tour with Jon at all?
Roine – Jon have spoken many times about it - Last we met (in London) he again said we must do this live - with a band & orchestra - a special “installation” at a selected few cities - as soon as time and ARW permit. I do hope it materialize - we will have a fabulous band
and playing this album - maybe adding a few YES classics or even a few of Jon or Jon/Vangelis tunes.
Progshine – Do you see yourself doing this kind of musical partnership in the future?
Roine – If you mean Jon & myself - yes we have already started mapping out our next album. I you mean in general - sure I can see myself
doing things like this - In particular a collaboration of writing and performing - as I did with Jon. With Hackett it was more about realizing
live things that was very clear - stick arrangements, so not much room for my own input. But surely I’m open to all invites - (did you hear that Mr. McCartney ?)
|Roine playing with Kaipa Da Capo (2016)|
Roine – This new Kaipa Da Capo is the original 70’s Kaipa members :; Ingemar Bergman(drums) - Tomas Eriksson (Bass) , Roine Stolt(Guitar,vocal) - and new members Max Lorentz (Keyboards,vocal) and Michael Stolt (Vocal,guitars)
We made 3 classic albums in the 70’s - the band made 2 other albums after I left before caving in - then there was a big gap - of silence - Then the bands keyboardist made a few albums again under the name of Kaipa (but thats another band - that is just hired studio musicians and not a real live band ) - So Kaipa now exist in 2 entirely different versions - But this Kaipa DaCapo is a living band that actually tours and play music together in the studio and functioning like a democracy - just like in the 70’s.
Roine – We have been writing music all of us for this new album - We have had a plan to make it less of a technical affair and more focus on the songs and the feel of the music. We wanted to make it very “organic” like records were made in the 60’s and 70’s. There is a retro vibe going on, no doubt - but we try to be open and put the music in focus, not to make the retro thing a gimmick. We have played the music together in a real studio and also on 90% real instruments including Hammond organ, grand piano, rhodes piano, pipe organ, sitar,harmonium,flute,dobro,lap steel,accordion,saxophone and of course all sorts of guitars and bass and drums.
Progshine – I was really happy to see that 'Dårskapens Monotoni' was sung in Swedish, I love to hear bands from different parts of the word singing in their own languages. Was this an easy decision when writing new material for the album?
Roine – Yes - We wanted to sing in Swedish - because we used to in the old Kaipa days- but also to distinguish it from some of my other bands that are entirely english lyrics… From reviews I’ve seen it seems 99% think this was a great move - and salute it.
|Kaipa Da Capo (2016)|
Roine – Yes we’re actually in rehearsals right now - I’m going there today for more practicing and getting ready for production rehearsals with full crew next week . We will play about half of new album plus another hour of old songs from 3 first albums ( 1975-79) - it will be a blast - and I enjoy so much to be able to play old tunes like “Korståg”, “Sist På Plan” and “Skenet Bedrar” - it sounds so much fuller and
better today than back then. Sounds and technology of sound systems and amps have taken giant leaps - we sound great today - and we can now have all the grand pianos and mellotrons etc. that we could not bring on the road back then.
Progshine – And for the future Roine? What do you think future holds for you? Do you have any plans already?
Roine – Right now I mix alternative takes, 24/96kHz and 5.1 surround mixes of the Anderson/Stolt for a LTD edition big art book
of this album . It sounds insanely good at 24/96 and the mixes are clean up and with way less compression - so dynamics are staggering. A must have for all Jon & all hiFi fans. Then I’m in a new recording/band/supergroup project that a still cannot reveal quite yet. But it will be great - or
da bomb as they say.
Progshine – Now, before we finish, I love to know more about my favorite artists and the music that makes them happy, so is it possible for you to give me a top 10 from your favorite Prog albums?
Roine – Well that’s a tricky one ……I love so much music - some of it is prog - but much is not prog - but OK here are great prog albums:
Procol Harum - Shine on Brightly
Hansson & Karlsson - Man at The Moon
YES - Topographic Oceans
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Refugee - Refugee
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow
Vangelis - Mythodea
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Yes - Close to the Edge
ELP - Brian Salad Surgery
Progshine – First I would like to thank you for this interview and I would like to leave this last question to you. Feel free to give your message to the Lusophone community.
Roine – Be the light you want to see in others !