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We got hold of Per Gessle during the rehearsals for the coming Roxette performance at Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding this Friday and Saturday and asked him about the new Roxette album, the upcoming tour and Per’s online activity. Here is the interview!
RoxetteBlog.com: We would like to start with questions about the recordings. How does the production of a Roxette album compare to an English solo album – apart from Marie’s input? Does it take longer to record and prepare? Do you have a bigger focus on commerciality? Do you get special requests from EMI or do you only show the finished product?
Per Gessle: Every record I’m involved with gets basically the same preparation. I’m sure it has a lot to do with me writing most of the stuff. I’ve always loved top-40 pop and great rock music, so being “commercial” has never been a big issue for me. If a song is good, it tends to be “commercial” in my book. I love a somewhat intelligent lyric, a brilliant melody line, exciting chord-progressions and a fitting production. If you can achieve all of that, you’re most likely to wind up with a “commercial” record.
EMI? I usually (not always) discuss my demos with Kjell Andersson at EMI Sweden. He signed me to EMI back in 1979 (!) and he’s a good sport, he knows when I’m getting lazy… but we always deliver the finished “product” to EMI and get no artistic input from them whatsoever.
RXB: Did the sound change – with new ideas – during the recording sessions this year, compared to the sound you originally planned/recorded during NOTP?
PG: No, not really. When Marie and I decided to make a new Rox-album last year, we inmediatelly went for a “classic” one. We haven’t worked together for many years, so musically the main thing we have in common is the love of the old Roxette-sound… that’s where we came from. Hopefully, I can write some decent songs, Clarence & Chris can provide superb production as always and Miss F. will deliver her beautiful voice. You’ll be the judge if it worked out!
RXB: OK, we will let you know if it worked out, but we are sure of that! Let’s move on to the tour and Roxette live. You are going to play for Princess Victoria and Daniel’s Wedding, how did it happen?
PG: Åsa and me have been friends with them for many years. They’re very nice people.
RXB: The six tour dates for Roxette in 2010 promise to be the first round of something bigger, maybe the “never ending tour”. In the past you said a Roxette tour needs a certain number of dates to be lucrative – which won’t work with a few dates here and then. How do you handle that now?
PG: Nobody knows if it’s possible for Marie to do a two-hour show, so we’ll do something like 70 minutes this summer. It’s all a test.
If you told me 18 months ago that these upcoming shows were gonna happen, I wouldn’t have believed you! It’s unbelievable that Marie is back on track. And she sounds terrific!!! So… if things go well, it might lead to a “proper” tour next year when the new album is released. I, for one, would love that. But it’s really up to Marie to decide.
RXB: Could you tell us about the rehearsals? Have you looked at the list of song suggestions from fans for the summer tour? Could you tell us if you already tried any of the Top-10 songs or if we can expect some of them? (Let’s help Roxette to make their playlist! or Facebook)
PG: Of course, we checked that list out. It’s really exciting!!! Quite surprising choices, I must say. We’re rehearsing right now and have tried a few of them, let’s see what happens down the road…
RXB: Are there finally plans for some live DVD release(s) and to record this summer tour? It’s a pity Roxette shows can only be found on the dead VHS format!
PG: I know, it’s such a shame. We have to work on that! Yeah, we’re talking about recording some upcoming shows for a DVD-release. Maybe something more, private pics, docu-stuff… Time will tell.
RXB: You spoilt us with entertaining videos from NOTP and the studio – of course without showing any song fragments, yet. In what form could we expect to see these making-of videos when the album is out? Deluxe album edition, future DVD release or just on the web…?
PG: I don’t know, I like the idea of communicating regularly with people who are interested in what I do, that’s basically it. There are so much more material lying around that hasn’t been shown yet. Eventually it will be released… One way or another. I’ve toyed with the idea of releasing 500 demos on the net!
RXB: Do you have plans to re-launch www.roxette.se with more content and multimedia (e.g. videos, song streaming, tour agenda/history…) with the tour/ new album? As much as we enjoy your activity on services like Snowfish or Facebook, one would expect Roxette content at the one and only official site…
PG: I guess so, but I like the Snowfish-idea so I’ll stick to that for a while.
RXB: Why do you think we – the fans – are still longing for new Roxette songs after all these years?
PG: I don’t know. Like I said earlier, I’ve been doing this professionally for 31 years. I’m very grateful someone is still interested in my humble work. I’ve been very lucky to run into the talents of lots of people… Marie, Clarence, MP, etc…. It’s been a great trip. A great trip indeed.
RXB: Per, thanks a lot for your time!
PG: My pleasure.
Judith, Kirsten, Tomasz and Sascha @ RoxetteBlog.com
Pictures taken from Snowfish.com
Billboard.com published an article about Roxette’s new album. You can read it here: Billboard.com
She did it again. Danyela Etchart, Brazilian fan, created an amazing documentary about Roxette “Join the Joyride!” tour concert in Porto Alegre, Brazil on May 6th, 1992. It was 18 years ago. More on that concert you can read on Dany’s fan blog.
Here you have a chance to watch 8-minutes-long interview with Åsa Gessle in Swedish on TV4.
Thanks to Dany and Rosina for informations.
Head over to www.roxette.se to read a brand new interview with Per, talking about Roxette touring and recording again – and Marie & Per’s motivation behind it!
In the first part of “Night of the Proms 2009” from Hannover “Wish I could fly” as well as Deluxe Music TV id with Per Gessle and very short interview with Man himself were broadcasted today. Tomorrow at 7 PM CET the second part will be shown and most likely we will be able to watch “The look” and “Joyride”.
If you would like to catch tomorrow’s show, check this site out. And if someone has recorded the programme in high quality, just feel free and post a link for downloading in comment section 🙂
NEW YORK – January 23, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that Per Gessle of the multi-platinum band Roxette and music journalist Sven Lindstrom will host a two-part special celebrating the 100th episode of Nordic Rox, SIRIUS XM’s exclusive Scandinavian music show. Nordic Rox airs weekly on Sunday nights at 8 pm on The Spectrum on SIRIUS channel 18 and XM channel 45.
“One hundred shows! Can’t believe it! We started out as rookies with this simple mission to bring Scandinavian pop and rock music to the U.S. It’s been a blast,” said Per Gessle. “We’ve had great response from listeners all over the country. The best thing, however, is to put these shows together. To dig out thatspecial track we just know is happening and demands a bigger audience than just the tiny local radio station in the north of Sweden. That, to me, is what it’s all about.”
“One of the original goals of creating Nordic Rox was to bring the most original and exciting English language music from the rich musical history of Scandinavia to SIRIUS XM subscribers,” said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS XM Radio’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Per and his team have built the artistic bridge between the music of Scandinavia and the music fans of North America.”
The two-part special will spotlight the 50 best Swedish songs of all time. In addition, broadcast highlights will include Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist of The Hives and rising Swedish rock star Lisa Miskovsky as well as archival interviews featuring several of the recording artists from the list.
The first part of the Nordic Rox special will debut on Sunday, January 25 at 8 pm ET, with encore presentations on Wednesday, January 28 at 11 pm ET and Saturday, January 31 at 8 pm ET. Part two of theNordic Rox special will debut on Sunday, February 1 at 8 pm ET, with encore presentations on Wednesday, February 4 at 11 pm and Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm ET.
Thanks to Majdy for recording the show and shirley for the press release.
Magnus Börjeson, musician from Malmö and Lund, founder of Beagle (the Swedish band), actor in “Music for one apartment and six drummers”, has played with e.g. Per Gessle, Son of a Plumber and Brainpool. “Mad Men” is at the top of his favourite TV-show, alongside with Danish “Matador”. He tells Sydsvenskan about its phenomenon.
Why do you like “Mad Men”?
– The tone of the narrative above all. It tells about the by-gone times, the junction of pure 1950’s and 1960’s stories. “Happy Days” are gone but the Beatles have not landed yet. This is echoed in the characters, in the script and in the design. There is a deceptive calm over everything. The charming, simple surface is fantastic to watch, but there is uncertainty in everything that makes it more dramatic.
Why did you watch this tv-series over the internet?
– I got the American iTunes-account just after the first season was broadcasted in the USA and I got addicted just after the first scene. When the second season started, I have quickly bought the subscribtion. Then downloading a new episode every Monday was like having Christmas Eve every week.
More on Mad Man on Wikipedia.
If you would like to download the interview and songs, please read comment section here.
ROXETTE REUNION PERFORMANCES TO AIR ON SIRIUS XM’S NORDIC ROX SHOW
Listeners to hear highlights from “Night of The Proms” tour and an in-depth interview with Roxette’s Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson
WHAT: Roxette, the Swedish duo consisting of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, returned to the stage for the first time since their 2001 “Room Service” tour and headlined the “Night of the Proms” tour in Europe, the popular show featuring a full symphony orchestra and blending a classical and pop/rock theme. Nordic Rox, SIRIUS XM’s exclusive Scandinavian music show, will play songs recorded along the tour, including the number one hits “Joyride” and “The Look.”
During this special edition of Nordic Rox, SIRIUS XM listeners will also hear an in-depth interview with Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson, the founding members of Roxette. The duo will share stories about the tour and discuss their upcoming project and new material.
WHERE: The Spectrum, SIRIUS channel 18 and XM channel 45.
WHEN: The special episode of Nordic Rox with Roxette will air on Sunday, January 10 at 8:00 pm ET, and will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, January 13 at 11:00 pm ET.
MORE: Each week, The Spectrum’s Nordic Rox turns the spotlight on the quality and depth of Scandinavian music, expanding upon the success of both established and up-and-coming artists. The specialty program has become the destination of music fans in the U.S. to hear exciting new music emanating from Scandinavia.
I have not listened to the X-mas interview with Per Gessle from P4 Halland yet, but from this what I read it seems the Man promised that there are going to be more tours from Roxette in the nearest future. 25th celebration in 2011 is not the bad idea, what do you think? 🙂
More at P4 Halland. A short translation will come up a little bit later, when I will be at home.
Edit: There is a possibility to listen to the whole interview here (about 5-6 minutes into this broadcast).
Update, December 29: The Daily Roxette offers a summary.
…Christoffer Lundquist back in 1994 with short hair and no beard 🙂
The word from the Man:
The mighty Swedish Television, SVT, will premiere its new series “” (“Story of the hit”) with the fabulous fairy tale of Roxette’s “The Look.” This broadcast is on January 16 with repeat on January 20. SVT1 is the channel. And yes, it’s quite good
The programme will last for 30 minutes and will start at 21.45 CET.