In what words would you describe the music and moods of "Baptism by Fire"
for someone that has not heard the album yet?
Tommy: I would call it double bass drum polka jazz with deep dance beats ha ha... NOT!! :-)...
If you're a fan of Toto's Isolation, the first 2 Giant CD's, early Van Halen and
just high quality melodic rock you can't go wrong with this album I think!
And if you're a fan of Fergie's great voice you will absolutely love this album
cause it's Fergie at his best!!!
Where did you record "Baptism by Fire"?
Tommy: Most of the album was recorded in my studio THE HIT MEN in Stockholm and most of
the vocals were recorded in Minneapolis but we travelled to Los Angeles and recorded
some vocals there and Steve Porcaro plus Michael Thompson did their parts in their
own studios in LA, Dennis Ward mixed the album in Germany.
How long did it take from you to write and get the material completed before
entering the studio?
Tommy: This album took a long time to do for various reasons so we spent 3 years from
start to finish...the next one will only take 2 years ha ha…
Where any songs scratched during the writing/recording process?
Tommy: Yes... during the last 6 months I felt that 5 songs didn't hold up to the standard
in my opinion so we wrote 5 new and much better songs which I am very happy about!
Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Tommy: It's my dear friend Andre "Monowasp" Beckston and I absolutely love his work... he
is absolutely brilliant and has a deep passion for his work, he also understands what an album looks like... pictures that matches the sound. He did my last Radioactive album and has done many other great covers for Journey, TNT, Avalon etc.
The artwork is just as important to me as the music and the lyrics, it's all one big product and I hate how CD's compared to LP's has ruined artwork plus I don't get people who download and miss the booklets...
Our cover is in ways a tribute to the loss of my and Fergie's fathers, the signs above the doors are their births years...
Can we expect a follow-up to "Baptism by Fire?
Tommy: Absolutely, Fergie will do a solo album first and then we will start on another.
How do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Tommy: Absolutely great to work with!!!...most other AOR labels are pretty crappy these
days but Frontiers are very good... at least to me ha ha...