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Roine Stolt - My 2018

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How was 2017 for you?

Roine: 2017 was a strange year in many ways. Being used to be a touring musician, 2017 didn’t offer much in that regard besides a short tour and some scattered gigs during summer with Kaipa Da Capo. On the recording side we started album number 2 with Anderson/Stolt, and of course as you know by now the preparation and recording of The Sea Within.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

Roine: No, I never do. I rather try to just remind myself to be a good person - good father, good listener and true friend, each day. On a music note - I try put my guitar playing back in focus.

How do you view the state of the progressive music scene at the moment?

Roine: Ah - I really don’t know how to define progressive, however I know many new young bands go about doing great stuff - progressing pop, rock, metal and folk. Today prog is anything between Bjork and Mastodon.

What do you have coming up in 2018?

Roine: We’re doing a beautiful limited edition of the 1st Anderson/Stolt album - plus working on the second album. We will most likely do shows/tours with The Sea Within - and if time permits I plan a possible short tour playing some music from my past 20 years - from Flower Kings - and solo material - a “best of”.

If you could achieve one thing for you or your band, absolutely anything, what would it be?

Roine: My aims are usually very realistic - as a touring and recording artist I like to keep busy - go out and play - and also I like new collaborations. On top of my wish list is to take the Anderson/ Stolt music to the stage - with a grand visuals show too.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.