After a while: 2017 update!

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Dear all:

We have been very busy after this long and winding period for the project, which means everything changed a little bit since all the original guest singers and myself have been working outside Red Page all of this time. As for now, I am redesigning the strategy, and that includes potential changes on all levels: from the songs we are going to include to the guests and maybe the line up for live events!

But don´t worry, as always, I´ll let you all know when it is all figured out and working! Right now I am rebuilding the studio, this time it will be better and in a great location which will have its own magic added to the recording environment as well; this time, I won’t commit with dates or processes, but I will update this site more often.

As for today, the single “Black Idyll” has been our only one official release and as you could see, it was a free download for all of you interested on a true collection item; for the next album, a new version of BTB is a very possible idea; until today, we almost ran out of free downloads for Bandcamp, which is good, but don´t worry, if you want it and the page does not allow you, you can reach me or go to our Soundcloud page and download it from there.

Stay tuned, as this year we are going to continue the pendant work, I´ll let you all know any new thing that comes across the Red Page horizon!

-Danny Heksolsson

November update!

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So, what has happened with Red Page and the Beyond the black recording? Well, it has been a lot of work, from finishing the first ideas of the songs to send them to the guest singers, to listen to their ideas, to re-arrange the music, to learn to use the software tools for recording, to record a solo EP along with a good producer in order to learn more, to make some budget for the production, to design the recording rooms, to design the album covers!

Yes, lot of work, but very constructive and pleasant; aiming to build this from its very roots and let it grow naturally, giving it all that it needs to see the light! I don´t know yet if the album will be finished by february, but we are going to try hard.

Now, let me share with you all where we are musically speaking: We have a total of 9 tracks, one is instrumental and the other 8 with vocals, we have 7 guest singers as you know and each one of them will sing a number except one who is singing two pieces; from those tracks 7 are already structured or at least composed fairly well, and two are still merely good ideas but we are getting into them finally. Regarding lyrics it will be almost the same thing, with some singers writing their own tracks or me giving them the already written one. About production we have a clear soundscape panorama, but it can vary from song to song following our “flowing” idea, I expect to record, mix and master the whole thing using a very limited gear which make it a true challenge that I really love!

So well, in order to practise that part I´m finishing a 25th anniversary -as a musician- EP along with producer Dhan Ericksson who has guided me specially with the drums and rythms, one of the most difficult parts to record and mix; this EP is comming out by December and will include four tracks that have been historic tracks through all my years as a musician, having a small reunion with my first band ever to record one of our “classic” tunes. Once it is finished, I will go back to the BTB work to apply those techniques.

In the meantime our guest singers are developing chemistry and ideas with their tracks -except the two who are still waiting for the musical idea to develop-, a medular part in the creative process that has been very fortunate until now, I feel honoured that the music inspires something!

Welcome November, please stay tuned for more news and be patient, this is the price for being an independent project that flows organically, with no other goal but the music itself! KEEP ON ROCKIN!

-Danny Heksolson.

One on one: Bhetzy Velvet.

By: Aleyda Ortíz.

After a short pause, we are back with our interviews series called “one on one” where we go deeper into each one of the parts that form “Beyond the Black”, the first Red Page album, which everytime is closer of being out and available.

Quoting Danny Heksolson: “From the very moment I am designing the music, I imagine it with certain type of vocals already; based on that I make the selection of the probable singers that could fit into it. The music itself has asked for a voice in particular, it is a judgment matter, of being receptive to your creation; but as Red Page is a rock music project, generally I´m looking for voices that are able to sing what I believe is rock music in a more “pure” state from which it can transform into whatever required sub-genre. Bhetzy Velvet for instance, one of our guest singers, she impressed me because her voice synthetizes this whole concept: her voice seems pure rock to me.“

There is when we have to open our ears to one of the most portentous voices that this album will include: Bhetzy Velvet´s, a mexican woman interested in music since very early, who throughtout her history has done singing a way of living, her passion and the strenght that day after day makes her a very persevering person with very clear goals in life.

Bhetzy tells us: “My parents listened to music and I always said that when I grew up I would be like Donna Summer, Janis Joplin or Demis Roussos. In fact, it was with the “I feel love” song by Donna Summer when being 3, I heard it and I wanted to be a singer and then I started my early participations with estudiantina bands; soon after with mariachi bands and rock bands; as years passed by, when having no regular job I used to sing on the Subway.”

Bhetzy LiveHer musical career have not stopped since then, Bhetzy joins AeroSoul, a soul, blues, bossa nova & funk project, that no mattering its short existence, allowed her to perform on big stages and to have success for several times. Nowadays she performs at karaoke bars.

Why did you choose the Bhetzy Velvet name for your artistic activities?

“My younger daughter, named Samantha, likes to dress in velvet, she says it is soft, warm and nice. When she listened to me singing Black Velvet by Alannah Myles, she asked for the meaning of the song´s title, I answered her, then my older daughter, named Natasha suggested: -Why don´y you call yourself Bhetzy Velvet?, then Samantha replied: -“Yes mommy, that´s how your voice is: soft, warm and when I hear it, it makes me feel as if I`d touched velvet.” I liked what they suggested and how it sounded so, from there on, I am Bhetzy Velvet.”

Certainly, a velvet like soft voice but at the same time filled up with overtones and nuances, makes Bhetzy a very unique singer: “I can sing very low tones as well as high pitches. There are people who thinks I´m a contralto, other ones say mezzo and a bunch of others say I´m a soprano. You´ll have to help me find my tessitura.” -She is kidding.

Which ones are your musical influences?

“I really hear every kind of music, but I would say the mariachi music and of course rock music; this one I have sing always, as well as its predecessor, of course I´m talking about blues.”

And speaking about performing, whic musical genre do you prefer to sing?

“That which have good sense, a genuine feeling, words that come from the soul; the one in which the harmony chords and the melody notes carry you through its history. Because of those characteristics I prefer to sing the blues and the mariachi music.”

Beyond the vocal and artistic qualities of Bhetzy (not everyone can sing mariachi music), we know about her love for the animals and strong commitment to them, How do you think music can support causes for these defenseless creatures?

Imagen 3“People have a strong credibility in artists, music is transparent and people perceive that, it is a universal language, it moves hearts and beliefs, also it joins life philosophies. Singing is what I love the most in life, so I have no best way to help other than doing it with all my heart, using the tool with which the change could be achieved, in this case: music.”

Bhetzy Velvet is one of the three mexican voices that will be featured on “Beyond the black”, she was the last one in joining the project, but her participation could be vital, (we know that Danny Heksolson contemplates her as the full album live singer if the project has live shows in Mexico). But… How did Red Page arrive to Bhetzy´s life?

“Currently I sing at karaoke bars, the original music project in which I was the lead singer (“AeroSoul”) stopped for causes beyond our dessire. Then, I decided to find more opportunities to continuing my career with an original project. I contacted and interviewed with Danny Heksolson, I heard his music, I realized that he is really very straight and professional. His vibe, his clearness, convinced me that he was somebody to have trust in. So I did not hesitate in having the honour of being invited to join his Red Page project.”

The song that Bhetzy will record in the album it is called “Forever Blues”, it is just a “A-la-Heksolson” blues, which is about what we all have inoculated inside the human brain: the learned stuff.

“Speaking about blues experience, I´ve had my own singing it with my previous band, however with Red Page it is quite different, with a different energy, one very cool and attractive. I´m commited to reach beyond, to transmit and leave a part of myself in every note.”

What are the future goals for Bhetzy Velvet, her artistic and personal dreams?

VelvetI want to consolidate the original project, to create sensibility about the animal situation in Mexico, to grow up as a singer and as a person. I wish being heard by millions, that my music could be able to join people, countries, ideologies and strenghts. To keep me updated and growing up day after day; reaching different stages and leaving a smile when someone listens to my voice. To achieve a point in which I can help more to the animal wellfare causes.

Personally, I wish to raise my family with high values, make my daughters good citizens of the world, with ethics, with moral. Give them a heritage and strong bases. I wish to have a needed animal wellfare foundation and that way to be able to join my three bigest loves: family, animals and music, with the blessing of God.

That way does Bhetzy conclude, a dedicated to life woman and strongly commited to music, decided, strong, with the voice and courage required to achieve her goals.

We read each other at the following “one on one” interview, in the meantime enjoy the following performance of our beloved Bhetzy Velvet to one Gun´s N Rose´s classic number:

One on one: Daniel.

By: Aleyda Ortíz.

In order to properly talk and understand about any given project, it is needed to know about its origins and to get sharp when looking for the exact moment of its creation, to dive inside its own history and inside the creative mind behind it to watch from that perspective the growth of the creative seed that every day is watered with talent, effort and dedication.

Surrounded by an unbeatable weather and an impressive scenery as it is a wooden cabin located in the middle of a rain forest in the beautiful state of Hidalgo in Mexico, we go to our meeting with Daniel Martin del Campo to do the third chapter of this “One on one” interviews series for the Red Page musical project, headed by Danny himself.

woodsRed Page was born since 2004, when I was in Norway working as a musician; I had the opportunity of being part, as the bass player, of a band that got formed in the Oslo community: The Intergalactic Movement, which reunited several music styles, it was totally eclectic; we had diverse influences: there were african rythms, norwegian singers, rock guitar players, etc. We performed at the yearly Karlsøy Festival, held up in the north of Norway, precisely at the Karl Island. There were norwegian musicians and more musicians from the whole Scandinavia; in a rehearsal we played a Jam Session and there I realized how international collaboration could drop something of every culture into the music: It was a blues that sounded to each one´s influences; it sounded as the origin lands of each one of us. I got impressed by that. Some days after that, in the very same Karl island, I composed “Oceanic Idyll” the openning track for the first Red Page album while watching to the sea. This track is an instrumental rock blended with baroque influence. That´s how the idea of inviting singers and musicians from other countries to perform my music generated in my brain.

Tell us about the name selection.

The Red Page name synthetizes a lot of my history as a musican and as an individual. My favourite rock music band is Led Zeppelin by far, and obviously my preferred guitar player is Jimmy Page; from there comes the “Page” part, that in a double reading is a clear reference to my literature fascination. “Red” comes from my favourite color and it has to do with the NFL team The Arizona Cardinals from which I´m a big fan since I was 5; the football philosophy is as well an important part of my life. The red color means fire, passion, irritability, protesting… all of that is part of my personality and it reflects in my music. Even the Red Page logo has a cardinal bird and a plant, because the fauna and flora are important components in my life development too.

Who designed the Red Page logo?

The logo is a Marlene Parra´s creation, she is a designer from Guanajuato, México –who by the way is against getting so much credited-, inspired by the project´s idea, she asked me to hear some music by Red Page and on top of that she designed the current logo; the result was magical, because from her sketches, Marlene draw a little bird that a while after I asked her to complete as a cardinal, adding the little tuft over its head; but everything just flowed in such a natural manner, the whole process was always very organic: The strokes seems to be bio-natural structures.

That is why with the singers I just follow the same process, first I deliver the raw song to them so they can hear it, to see if the feel it and if the song says something to them, if the music leads them, that´s what I love about this concept!

Speaking about that, which one is the Red Page essence? Which are the strenghts and the characteristics that are different from other projects?

Inside Red Page I´m looking very forward for the natural conection of my guests with the music, what does it tell to them? most importantly, what do they feel? Musically speaking there is something about improvisation too, due to the huge creative freedom; I´m searching the craftsmanship for the album making and the fact that we dont know exactly where any given song is leading us it is simply excting.

I just don´t foresee, nor ever has been my idea, the massification of Red Page, I´m convinced that the most important thing is the pure artistic expression, and that implies a sensitive, select audience, and because of that scanty; now, if the massification happens because the music itself opens a self way for a lot of people to enjoy it, that would be good! that way we still following the organic route.

Were you always interested in being a musician, Danny?

Artistically I started with the visual arts, as a child I loved to draw and I was serious on it, I drew everything, but the music always captured my senses, overall the TV jingles; so I went to the academization at the National Fine Arts Institute (INBA) from where I ended up being a musician. On the academy I understood I´m a born musician, that´s kind of my mission, I don´t have any doubt abou it; still, linguistics and literature were always art fields that I enjoyed a lot too, but I couldn´t study them precisely because of the musical studies. So, let´s say I alwas have been attracted to Arts, in general.

biblioBecause of that interest in literature, I started a bachelor degree on spanish linguistics and literature at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM) and I discovered it has a lot to do with the musical work; for instance, you understand that the poets feed themselves with images, personal experiences, things that they observe and that they try to transform, with impossibilities, existencial anguishes; well, a musician suffers those sources too in order to capture a musical idea. Also, when analyzing literary or musical works, we see with a major clearness their similarities, specially with the poetry, that allows us as the music does, the access to unthinkeable possibilities, allowing the transformation through the aesthetic enjoyment.

The today´s most important construction in Daniel´s life, is the first Red Page album: “Beyond the Black” each one of the pieces are part of a puzzle that will give birth to a unique concept and that should be joined in a perfect and armonious manner.

The creation of “Beyond the Black” has been a very long process due to different life situations that in one way or another have delayed the whole process. However, these “delays” have a lot to do with the music itself, whenever a song does not tell me anything it gets static for a while.

It is so difficult, technically speaking, the making of a project with such characteristics, the ambitious thing here is to invite a lot of people who is located in diverse geographical points, this of course without the internet would be impossible to achieve.

I like musical variety and the possibility of choosing among different soundscapes without being locked or commited to only one. I feel that in this year -2013-, we have had great advance, we are working in the distance sending demos, enhancing the songs and making the first stage of the production: an accoustic demo for internal usage.

How do you do the selection of the voices that will perform each one of your songs?

poseFrom the very moment I am designing the music, I imagine it with certain type of vocals already; based on that I make the selection of the probable singers that could fit into it. The music itself has asked for a voice in particular, it is a judgment matter, of being receptive to your creation; but as Red Page is a rock music project, generally I´m looking for voices that are able to sing what I believe is rock music in a more “pure” state from which it can transform into whatever required sub-genre. Bhetzy Velvet for instance, one of our guest singers, she impressed me because her voice synthetizes this whole concept: her voice seems pure rock to me.

Tell us about them, who are the “Beyond the Black” singers? Where did you meet them? How they arrive to your life?

Some of them I met them through the net, others I met them at her countries, others referred by others, others, such as Marike Groot, because they were part of important rock acts in my life, but lets get clear on this:

The first one I worked with was Larisa Shelest, the ukrainian. For her I´m very proud of being her “discoverer”; she was too young when I met her, her natural talent impressed me so much that I knew it was only a matter of waiting for her develop as a more mature singer; what she is now. It is so nice being part of her development and musical growth, UPDATE 1: unfortunately, she won´t be on the first album available, but I hope we can work together for the second one, let´s see what happens.

I met Maly Reyes in México and I invited her to Red Page because I had seen her work closely at the The Gathering tribute parties -that we have done as a freelance work thanks to our fabulous admiration for that dutch band-; I always felt attracted by her voice, ideal for the melancholic expression. She represents and brings with her that part of the gothic dark mexican rock branch.

Alis Heded is an impressive soprano, I heard her and just loved her operistic approach and got fascinated with her taste for metal music. Without any problem she could perform her song and whatever new version of it.

Bhetzy Velvet, continuing with the mexican singers, was the last one joining thinking mainly that, when this project gets to the live stage in Mexico, due to its own characteristics, it will be very hard to bring all the singers together, so she could carry the weight of the whole album live and loud. Her voice is so powerfull! I guess she is one of the best rock singers that I´ve heard in Mexico, capable to sing whatever you put on her.

Mavi Solano is a friend from Málaga that I met several years ago, while visiting Spain for a The Gathering live show. She, along with Curro -her boyfriend and guitar player-, gave me her Overdub band demo CD and when I heard her voice, I identified a very special timbre on her, so special that I inmediately wanted to record something with her. I´ve always wanted to work with Mavi and it is until this album that we will finally do it.

This year also joins Simone Alves, a world music singer who represents three different cultures: the lusitanian, the bretonnian and the turkish; I contacted her because I´ve got engaged very much with her Astrakan Project whit its whole oriental charge; anybody could think that Simone is not for singing rock but that is the delicious point of this experimental try, we´ll see to where this song leads us all.

And well, Marike Groot is part of the dutch rock history and I think that alone validates this whole project. The fact that she enjoys my music until the point of composing together is simply apotheosic to me, something that without any doubt revitalizes me.

UPDATE 2: Emmanuelle Vigneron expands the core of guests singers for the debut album, she has a beautyful voice and her approach to a track that I envision as a very important and weird one has caught my ear, she is from France.

I don´t know if everyone of them will appear at another Red Page album again, but for the debut, they had precisely to be, organically.

Speaking about this album creation implies not only the selection of the tracks and vocals, but the part of the musical assembling. Will this Red Page debut album have the presence of guest musicians? How the prduction part of “Beyond the Black” will be?

For some tracks I´ll invite musicians, for instance that play Harmonica, maybe we´ll have two or three more guests, but I´ll play all the regular instruments as a base.

Regarding the production phase, I´ll do it personally, the whole of it; after touring several studios, after talking to prefesional producers, even with independants, one of them Yann Gourvil, a great breton musician who lives in Turkey and who has become the audio assesor for the project, let me very clear why you, as the creator of your project, should be its own producer too, ideally.

danmicsTo me, it was something I had a strong respect for, overall for the software managing, the seting up of a decent home studio with its special requirements; but, I found that there is a lot of technical myths surrounding the audio engineering of capturing sound, I mean, think about how they used to record in the Rock and Roll days, for instance? Personally, a bunch of those recordings are true artworks, diamonds. So, as I already said, I´ll go the path of craftsmanship in order to keep it pure and simple regarding the technical processes in my self-producer debut, while I obtain a non repeatable atmosphere on the studio, which I am designing and constructing already, this will be delicious.

October the 12th of 2014 is the expected release date for the debut album by Red Page, “Beyond the Black”, that will be available trough the official website.

Exactly in 2014 I´ll have 25 years of musical career and I´ve never released one of my projects officially,– says Danny- I think this album synthetizes all of that, is a work that implies a lot to my very own history.

There is music that let us something and there is inconsequential one, I hope that all the numbers that conforms Beyond the Black let something for those who want to listen and permit them being part of their lives from there on.

Thank you all for reading, let´s wait for the next One on one!

The first part began

Many have asked what is happening, if anything, on the first pre-demo recordings, therefore I thought it was a good and interesting thing to update you all about where we are right now. So, here we go!

First of all, from the seven guest singers, are Larisa and Mavi the only ones whom I´ve worked previously with, so thats why we need to find some sort of equality in the processes, and that means letting the songs at the same level of construction with all the singers.

Since the very begining, I wanted everyone to be involved with the creation process, and thats why I´ve chosen creative artists who feel how the music takes you all along the waves. Lets say we are in that part of the recording process where all the singers are about or have received their songs from me in its primary form, (except of course the one with Larisa ShelestCaged blue girl“) so they can add new ideas enriching and making them theirs. We are there and we have no rush. That means we have no dead lines yet and we all can let the music do the talking.

Besides, we all have been very busy with activities outside Red Page and the idea is to avoid forcing things under any kind of pressure, working with our music at our own path just having in mind we want to release this album by the end of this year or the begining of the next one.

We are there now, developing slowly the songs. For how long? Lets see, the music itself will say!

Bhetzy Velvet: Vocals

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Name: Bhetzy Velvet
Country: Mexico

Bhetzy was born on february 22nd, 1982 in Mexico City. She caught the eye from very small, performing for different estudiantinas and mariachis bands.

In order to pay her studies and feed her two children, she started to sing in the Subway & in local small markets with her amplifier, cover music and a microphone. Later on, she studied dancing and acting at the CCA and a pair of years later, when finishing the college degree she started her bachelor one on Performing Arts at the CNA (National Center of Arts) but her singing passion was urgent, so she started to look up for singing opportunities with rock bands as she wrote rock and blues songs, that later would give birth to the “AeroSoul” project.

Playing in very different stages such as TNT, Six Flags, Palenques, CableCom, mexiquense TV, among others. Recording for the “Denver” record company the numbers of AeroSoul, her songs were broadcasted trought Radio Kaos and Radio Zapote (internet radio stations) as well as Exa F.M. inside a new bands votation.

With her natural gift, she searched people specialized on the voice in order of keeping the voice healthy. Thats how she met Dr. Karina Rocha (her phoniatrician) and John de Loza Meruvia (Producer).

Music and animals are her passion, “the voice of the voiceless”, that’s how people sees Bhetzy , for defending the rights of the most defenseless beings: the animals, and when presented with the opportunity to combine these two loves she don´t hesitate. Extroverted, enigmatic, rebellious, honest, are defining characteristics for Bhetzy Velvet.

Her mental strength and determination have helped her to reach each of her goals to this day, keeping in mind her unique charisma that enchants more than one with the strength of her performances on stage and her powerfull voice. Her flag: “ respect “, her motto: “ nothing stops me“.

As soon as Daniel interviewed her for the guest singer spot, her willingness and commitment were obvious as well as her desire for doing great rock music. But it was her impressive vocal range what defined her participation in this project, as Daniel was looking for a mexican singer who could be capable of carry the load for possible live shows within the country.

“Bhetzy just impacted my senses when I heard her singing classic rock, she has a powerful voice filled up with contrasts and with a highlighted technical handling, very hard to find overall in our land; it is a true pleasure to have her in Red Page and surely yuo will enjoy the power of her voice live and loud.” -D. Heksolson.

About her invitation to Red Page, Bhetzy tells us all:

I feel blessed for being collaborating with such a real project, so professional but first of all, with musicians who, love music as much as me, the one that goes beyond the sounds, beyond a good music score, beyond any word, beyond

Our BTB guest singers!

So here we are, proudly announcing our guest singers team for the upcoming “Beyond the black” (BTB) album! It has been a long trip for the previous three months of the year, and finally we reached this point; tons of hard work are ahead us but now you have a better idea of what to expect! All right, this is assumed to be as simple as name them, so lets lose no more time, in order of confirmation, they are:

1. ALIS HEDED from Guadalajara, Mexico.

2. BHETZY VELVET from Mexico City, Mexico.

3. MALY REYES from Mexico City, Mexico.

4. SIMONE ALVES from Istanbul, Turkey.

5. MARIKE GROOT from IJmuiden, The Netherlands.

6. MAVI SOLANO from Málaga, Spain.

7. EMMANUELLE VIGNERON from Strasbourg, France.

8. LYALL from Guadalajara, Mexico.

So there you have it, the complete list! I have been working with everyone of them and I can tell you they are all born with the music inside, they have different styles but each one of them have captured my mind and soul with her singing, pure magic!

Click over every name to obtain a full bio of them all, feel free to leave them your comments and Keep on Rockin!

Please have a nice Week!

-D. Heksolson