2007.11.29 – TORBEN ENEVOLDSEN (interview)

To tell you the truth – Torben Enevoldsen is one of my favourite guitarists, since I heard first Section A album. He’s really talented guy, playing as well hard rock riffs as prog solos. And by the way he never resists to answer some questions. I did an interview with Torben about two years ago, so this is my brother’s turn… enjoy

How did you start your adventure with (playing) guitar?

I started playing guitar some 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until the early 90’s I got serious about it. I then started practicing every day and also began writing my own material. In 1995 I recorded a few songs that I released as a demo cd. I got a lot of
positive response but no record deal. In 1997, I went back to the studio to record some new songs. Soon after, I got my first record deal and my debut album was finally released in 1998 by the Dutch label Roxon Records. The rest, I guess, is history…

Who are your favourite guitarists?

Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Frank Gambale, Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert, Dan Huff, Andy Timmons to name but a few…

Did someone’s guitarplaying influent your style?

My main influences are Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather and Yngwie Malmsteen. Early on however I was heavily into Tony Iommi, Richie Blackmore and Edward Van Halen.

You are recording hard rock albums and progressive albums at the same time.
Is any of your band the most important for You?

I guess you can say that whichever project I am working on at a specific point in time, is the most important one. They all however mean a lot to me in different ways.

Doesn’t Your projects colide within each other?

They haven’t so far, no. I am trying to coordinate the projects in a way, so that they won’t collide. Sometimes projects do overlap, but that’s never a problem. In fact, I think it’s quite necessary for me, because I am always working on one project or another. I like to keep busy! 🙂

How did it happen, that you invited Mats Leven to sing at Fatal Force album?

I had Mats in mind for this project from the very beginning. I had already had the pleasure of working with him on a previous occasion and I really love his voice and thought that he would fit the bill perfectly. When I had completed the first 4 songs, I contacted him. Luckily he was interested in working with me again…

You are working on second Fatal Force album…
Can we expect, that Mats Leven will sing on this album?

I am not working on a second Fatal Force album. I am currently working on the third Section A album, the second Decoy album and a brand new project…

Section A and your solo albums were recorded for Lion Music,
but Fatal Force and Decoy’s label is Metal Heaven.
Weren’t you happy with cooperation with Lion Music?
What was the difference between working for these two labels?

Again I have to correct you, sorry. Fatal Force was released by MTM Music and Decoy was released by AOR Heaven. I am happy working with Lion Music and I am actually very good friends with the label manager. I do however make a living playing music, so I have to make some strict business decisions once in a while. That’s all. There’s quite a big difference in working with these three labels, but it has a lot to do with different ways of dealing with a release.

What about Your touring plans?
Did you play any concerts with Fatal Force or Decoy?

We haven’t played any concerts yet unfortunately. I would love to go on tour with either one of my projects, but so far it hasn’t been possible. I work with very busy people and it’s sometimes very hard to align all the various schedules.

What are your nearest plans?
When can we expect new albums of Fatal Force Decoy and Section A?

I am currently working on several projects as well as a total of three new albums, so my immediate plans include working on my studio tan some more 🙂
There are no plans right now of a second Fatal Force album. The second Decoy album is in the works, but due to the fact however, that everyone involved are extremely busy people, we have decided not to push too hard on the completion. We want this second album to be very strong, so we will take our time and do it right. The third Section A album is now in the hands of Andy Engberg and Conny Welén. They are working on the lyrics and vocals at the moment. It’s very hard to predict when any of these albums will be released.

Or mabye you are planning to create brand new band/project?

Yeah as I mentioned earlier, I have just begun working on this brand new project. I am very excited about it, but it’s way too early for me to reveal any details.

About a year ago there was news that you join Danish band Pangea…
And we don’t know if band still exist, or so… Can you say what happened?

The band doesn’t exist anymore. I was a part of Pangea for 8 months, but I found it very hard to find the necessary time needed to make it work. Also we had very different views on how to do things…

Please tell me, are your album’s cover connecting with lyrics of the tracks?

Do you mean on the Decoy album? If so, then I can say that the cover is connected very much with the title of the album. Carl-André Beckston has done most of my covers and he really digs deep when he comes up with a cover. I’m a big fan of his and I always love what he comes up with!
What do You think about promotion via Myspace?
Did Myspace help You to reach new fans?
I think that MySpace is a very useful tool in order to get your music heard and to reach new people, yeah…

Rock Area wishes you good luck.
What do you want to say your Polish fans as an outro?

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this interview and I hope that I will see you on tour some time soon. I would love to visit your country and meet the fans in person.
Also, please check out my web site and MySpace pages for news updates and whatnot.
www.torbenenevoldsen.com / www.myspace.com/torbenenevoldsen
Thanks Mariusz! 🙂

Mariusz Spyra „Modyspy”

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