Power of Metal.dk Interview

Interview with
Hans Lundin - Kaipa, December 2014

Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new album: "Sattyg".

Kaipa has been around for a long, long time, but could you never-the-less please start off by introducing the readers to the band?

Hans – Kaipa is a Swedish progressive rock band, originally formed in 1973, playing music with influences from Swedish folk music, rock and fusion.

I started to play in my first band in 1964. In 1973, after nine years of touring and playing I had grown as a musician and songwriter and I wanted to start a new band. Kaipa was originally a trio (Hans Lundin: keyboards & vocal, Tomas Eriksson: bass & vocal and Ingemar Bergman: drums & vocal). In the summer of 1974 guitar player Roine Stolt joined the band. Kaipa was active 1973–1982, performed   more than 500 concerts, recorded five albums and became the leading Scandinavian progressive rock band.
After a hiatus of twenty years the band returned 2002 with a new line-up and the album “Notes from the past”. The new album “Sattyg” is the 12th studio album by Kaipa.

Next year we will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Kaipa's first album that was released 1975. In 2015 all our five albums from 1975-1982 will be re-released both on LP and CD.  

"Sattyg" - strange title, even for a Dane, could you please tell us the meaning behind?

Hans - I wanted to use an old Swedish word like on the previous album “Vittjar” for the new album. Very early in the writing process I decide to use “Sattyg” as the title of the album but I didn't want to have a song with Swedish lyrics this time. So I decided to use a short instrumental song as the title track. One day suddenly some lines of Swedish words came falling like from the sky using the melody from this track. I liked them very much but I realised I had a problem. So I tried to translate them into English but it sounded very strange. The dictionary told me that “Sattyg” should be translated into “Mischief” in English. I sent my translated version to my old friend Erik Benettsson who lives in Venezuela nowadays. He use to help me to avoid those small mistakes you sometimes do when English is not your native language. He replied and told me that the best word to use in this case is “Screwed-upness”. I used that word and recorded a demo of the vocals and after a while I got used to it. I decided to rename the song and use this new version on the album. The song developed and became 13 minutes in it's final version. After this I had to write a new short instrumental song I could use as the title track.

What inspires you to write music and lyrics?

Hans - The music I write is probably a reflection of me as a person. I never sit down and try to write music going in a specific direction. I let the music and ideas come to me, often when I'm not expecting it, and then I take care of them and develop the songs out of these first ideas. Often they are one of those characteristic and memorable melodies you can recognize in Kaipa's music. The rest of the song is often built around different variations of this main theme.

Could you please give us some info on the album: Where did you record the album and who has produced and mixed it?

Hans – I always do a complete demo of all the songs where I play and sing everything. This is just to show the other musicians my ideas. Some parts are strictly arranged and are not changed much in the final result, but other parts can sound completely different according to what the others have brought to the table. I have the honour to work with some of the greatest musicians of this world so it would be a shame if I didn't let their talent and inspiration flow free sometimes.

All keyboards, vocals and acoustic instruments are recorded in my studio in Uppsala. Morgan, Per and Jonas have their own studios where they record their instruments.

I produce and do the basic mixing of our albums and since the album “Angling feelings” 2007 I cooperate with sound engineer Martin Igelström at MI Sound Design in Uppsala. This is the fourth album where I'm working with him. I give him an open mix where he has access to all channels in the production and I give him free hands to do the final mixing and change whatever parameters he wants to make things sound better. He's also responsible for the mastering of the CD and a special mastering for the vinyl version of the album.

- Let’s play an association game, please tell us your first spontaneous thoughts about the following key words:


Hans – My homeland.

Folk music

Hans - A great joy and inspiration ever since my childhood.


Hans – I never talk about politics.

Progressive Rock

Hans – An important and inspiring part of the music scene especially during the 70's. I'm not sure Kaipa is playing “Progressive rock” according to the rulebook. I use to describe our music as “Progressive folk fusion rock” and all these elements are important to form our unique sound.

Tell us a bit about the artwork – who made it etc. and how important do you feel it is to have a cool artwork?

Hans – I have made the artwork to our three last albums and for me it's important that the artwork harmonizes with the music. On “Sattyg” I have used details from several different photos taken by my daughters and their families in Tanzania and South Africa.

Any last words you want to round this interview off with?

Hans – A big thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our loyal fans around the world for your support, without you we would not be able to continue our work.


Kaipa - Sattyg

Label: InsideOut Music

Link: www.kaipa.info.


Patrik Lundström - Vocals
Aleena Gibson - Vocals
Per Nilsson -
Electric and acoustic guitars
Jonas Reingold - Electric basses
Hans Lundin - Electric and acoustic keyboards, vocals
Morgan Ågren - Drums

Sattyg (2014)
Vittjar (2012)
In the Wake of Evolution (2010)
Angling Feelings (2007)
Mindrevolutions (2005)
Keyholder (2003)
Notes from the Past (2002)
Nattdjurstid (1972)
Händer (1980)
Solo (1978)
Ingen Nytt Under Solen (1976)
Kaipa (1975)


Interviewed by Kenn Jensen