Happy Christmas from icethesite and thank you to each and every contributor to the website and of course, each and every visitor. By way of a Christmas gift, please enjoy this exclusive 60-second interview. Thank you Benny!
How did you first became interested in art and horses?
I was always, as long as I can remember, interested in art. The interest in thoroughbred horses started as a family thing, as Mona’s son, Johan’s father, is married to a racehorse trainer. I thought it to be good family politics to have a horse with her in order to have something more in common. In retrospect, a good decision, as our families have been very close friends for thirty years.
How did the building of a new recording studio come about?
I believe that Stockholm needs a state-of-the-art studio of some size and I need a place of my own, even if it will be available to anyone who likes a 64-channel vintage Neve console with everything that comes with it. It will be a great place!
Could you bring us up to speed with what Ludvig is up to at the moment?
Ludvig (and Mats) will soon release a new CD on the RMV (Riksmixningsverket) label, which is a subsidiary of Mono Music.
Do you ever do the cooking at home and do you have a speciality?!
I do the cooking every day. No specialities really.
What’s the latest with Kristina från Duvemåla in Helsinki and when can we get tickets?
The opening is planned for February 28, 2012. I have no idea when ticket sales start but a good guess would be 12 months ahead of the opening.
What about Kristina in English?
We will not do anything with an English version until after the Helsinki opening.
When do you start recording the new BAO album?
We will start recording January 10 in the new studio on Skeppsholmen! We will be the first band in, which is a good way to check that everything is ticking along nicely. The name of the studio is Rixmixningsverket (RMV)
Would you ever seriously consider doing a piano album?
I have thought about doing just that now and again, but it seems that time is the enemy.
I am grateful for the survey you did though, I’ll bear it in mind if the recording ever happens…
Have you managed to see the UK touring production of CHESS?
I haven’t seen the UK production yet but I intend to. I’ve heard a lot of good words about it.
What may come up in the future, is a remastering of the original CHESS recording with bonuses such as videos and TV specials etc. added. It’s 30 years soon, isn’t it?
What is the one question about your music that you wish you were asked? And then you could finally answer it!
I’ll have to come back to you on that!