first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album “I
AM”. This is your 5th
solo album, but to fans who doesn’t know your background could
your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Thomas - I guess I'm best known through my role as a
composer and keyboard player with The Flower Kings. As well as
this, I have also worked within film and theatre as a composer,
conductor, scriptwriter and actor both in
and abroad. I have released 4 previous solo albums.
ordinary night in my ordinary life” (1996) (InsideOut Music)
Guru” (2002) (InsideOut Music)
Boulevard” (2003) (InsideOut Music)
Family-Vintage Prog” (2004) (Helikon House Music)
reason for working with this kind of music is simple, I just love
it! I have a lot of influences from both rock and classical music.
So I guess the symphonic/progressive rock suits me just perfect!
has your new album been received by the media?
Thomas - I'm very pleased with the response so far. Also it
feels great to get in contact with new countries such as
. Actually, The Flower Kings have never played there. So I hope to
meet some new fans now!
know artists don¹t like to put a label on their music - but a
spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and
is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to
an alien from another galaxy?
- Ha ha ha, well Mr. Alien I would say my music is a mix
between traditional progressive rock (I.e. bands like Pink Floyd,
Yes, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer) and the blues based hard
rock they used to play during the 70ies. (Bands like Deep Purple,
Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath).
your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
Thomas - Sadness!
and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the
creation of a song?
Thomas - First I need to get a “pictures” in my head.
From that inner picture I can create an emotion and from there I
go on to the music.
always compose the melody first. For me the melody is the most
important part of the music. If you have a good melody, you should
be able to play that song with just an acoustic guitar. Today it's
easy to produce songs based on rhythms. Get along with a groove
and do some hip sounds, put in a lot of attitude and crown it with
you will sell a lot but back to the acoustic guitar… Can you
play it? For me that's important.
songs on this album are they written with this project in mind, or
are they sort of songs that didn’t fit into the Flower Kings
Thomas - No all the songs written on this album was
composed for its purpose, so no leftovers.
know the lyrics on this album have been kind
of a therapeutic experience for you - why is that, and how come
did you choose to deal with so deep topics? I think they can be
interpreted both from a philosophical as well as religious stand
point, do you agree?
Thomas - Yes, you're
right. This trip has been very important for me to do. The thing
is that I was using drugs & alcohol a lot when I was younger.
I started when I was 13 and kept on going with this for 15 years.
Then I felt I needed to change my lifestyle completely. And so I
did… Now I have spent a lot of time, looking for answers to a
lot of existential questions. I would say the result is very much
has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end
- I produced it myself. I guess I had a pretty clear picture
about how it should sound. Also and for the same reason, I mixed
it myself but I was assisted by Petrus Könningson. (The Flower
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
Thomas - The artwork was made by Thomas Ewerhard after an
idea I had. I believe the artwork is very important. It all has to
be as one unit. I have seen example of artwork when the music is
going in one direction but the cover shows another. Besides, I
think there is dangerous to get stuck into stereotypes. I.e. you
can easily find certain colours that are frequently used in let
say the metal music. The same goes for the motive itself.
this strictly a project or do you have any touring plans?
I A M” is a band and we are going to play this music live! I
still don't have any dates and places but we are having
discussions with several promoters. Also, “I A M” is the first
CD in a trilogy. The second album will be YOU ARE which will be a
closer look at certain behaviours among people of today. ”I A
M” is a "take a look at myself" kind of album. ”YOU
ARE” will be more like an extrovert experience! The third album
in the trilogy will be HE SHE IT. This album will deal with
different aspects of love. (I hope that love will override the
madness in the today's world).
speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your
own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Thomas - Could it be YES?
do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
Thomas - InsideOut have grown very fast lately. This of
course very positive since the label will get better contacts /
distribution worldwide. I feel I have had a great support from the
InsideOut crew thru the entire production of “I A M”.
internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do
you use the internet and how important is it for you and other
Thomas - Well the importance is equally big! There is a lot
of webzines that are reviewing albums, making interviews and are
in a close contact with both fans and artists.
the internet is a living thing in the today’s metal/progressive
how do you feel about the progressive metal/rock scene in general
at the moment?
Thomas - I think people should take bigger steps finding
there own style. During the 70ies you could listen to a band for a
couple of seconds and instantly recognize the band. So I think
each band used to have more personality in those days. Sticking
out is of course a big risk. Still you need to risk in order to
song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Thomas - I think that is found on “I A M”. Perhaps part
2; “A” is a good candidate. Still I don't know if this is
an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your
life … and why?
Thomas - The album “Jesus Christ Superstar” was
something big in my life. I was totally hooked on that album. I
believe I was strongly coloured by its impact!
Good music, good musicians, good concept!
music do you personally listen to at home?
Thomas - Right now I listen to MUSE. I like them lot!
They have this sadness thing…. There is something in it
that goes into my heart.
I know I'm very broad in my musical taste. I like Korn, Burt
Bacharach, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, and Prokovief…
has had a small comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old
sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
Thomas - Hmmm, it was more physical with the old vinyls.
The artwork was great! But I still must confess my self to be a
happy victim for the digital revolution!
question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Thomas - Well I'm a man of many sayings….
“Perfectionism is lethal, progress is good”!
huge thanks to Thomas Bodin, and all the best of luck
in the future to him.