One on one: Marike Groot.

By: Aleyda Ortiz.

When we found out it was official that Marike Groot was part of the Red Page Project for the first álbum “Beyond the Black”, the news themselves brought joy and satisfaction among Danny Heksolson and all the staff members because we have always rejoiced with her work ever since her participation in the dutch band The Gathering. “We are recruiting a very unique and awesome line up” said Danny at the time.

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So, “One on one” requested an interview with Marike Groot in order to get to know better about the substance of the album, about her and the songs that she will record. Being always friendly and profesional, she agreed on talking with us about her childhood and her early approach to music, about her dreams, about her life:

“I cannot remember when my fascination for music started, it probably was at a very young age. I do know that my parents listened to The Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and jazz music round about the time when I was very young.”

“I probably sang along with those from a very early age. At the age of six I was already actively looking for music and my father started introducing The Beatles’ albums to me, which I devoured one by one. I remember thinking at that time that it would be no more than natural for me that I should do what The Beatles were doing: playing the guitar, singing, performing and recording. Ha ha!! How convinced you can be at that age!”

“I was born in IJmuiden in the Netherlands, on 28 January 1968. It was the place where I was born but I had never really lived there as a child, now I’ve come back here for the last five years. Actually it can be a boring place, I sometimes miss a nice place to have a drink and all, but apart from that it’s lovely. People are friendly but they also leave you to yourself; We live close to the beach, a lovely park and a wonderful nature reserve; historically it is also a fascinating place.”

The Marike´s route inside the musical world, it is not limited by her time with The Gathering, it is more, like she says: “a history of ups and downs” that has carried her to develop her voice, to improve her performance quality and ultimately, to experiment with writing and arranging her own tracks.

“I joined my sister’s band when I was eighteen. My sister Tetje played bass, we had a fantastic guitar player, Wieger Janse, and we were called The Grabbits. We recorded a single in the days of punk rock, when fellow musicians The Vernon Walters set up their own record company LMOOR.”

“After The Grabbits split up I joined Thank God For Us, with guitarist Jacob de Greeuw who later formed the wonderful Johan. We renamed the band Little Mary Big when bass player RJ van der Woud joined us and we really got going, I mean, we were doing quite some gigs and we felt that we were really getting somewhere until we split up in January 1992.”

“By some wonderful coincidence the last demo we recorded was brought to the attention of The Gathering, who were recording Always in the very same studio, owned by Han Swagerman. They were looking for a certain something and found it in me; I was heartbroken from Little Mary Big’s split-up and my break-up with my boyfriend at the time so I welcomed the opportunity to record with The Gathering, who I did not know before then. I listened to their demo and just jumped at it. I was not at all familiar with death metal, but I was intrigued by what they were doing and immediately felt that I could do something for them. The Gathering had only just begun as a band and we were from such different worlds, geographically and musically, that we never expected to do more than just record a CD together, but I joined them on stage for fun one day and just stayed. I think we never expected the way things turned out and we were probably overwhelmed by success, then one day you find out that although you feel it is absolutely great to be on stage together, you drift apart again because you view things differently and back then I found it hard to communicate this sort of thing. I also thought that in the end the music and the band itself would become too big and too loud for me to handle, and that at the same time I would not find fulfillment with the minor role that I played, contributing to just half of the songs and half of each gig. But I felt I could and should not change the way they were, so I decided to leave The Gathering. Because I wanted to take composing and recording in my own hands I started learning to play the guitar.”

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“I took a while off to graduate in English linguistics and think about my future in music, I always seem to have periods in which I don’t do music at all followed by periods in which I am totally going for it, so I started composing and joining and forming bands, and playing and rehearsing as much as possible. I formed a band with guitarist and singer Tjarko Edzes, drummer Reinier Claessen, and one of the best bass players in the world, Arry Niemantsverdriet, who now plays in The Jig. This band was called Mae West and it did not last long: sadly Reinier, who is my favourite drummer ever, left in 2002 and the band fell apart.”

“A few years later I got together with Tom van der Nulft, my cousin, and Sander Brink, who is now my partner, and decided to form a The Beatles tribute band, The Weavils. We took on Maikel Voors and after he split Erik Seyferth on drums, this was so much fun! “

“I really learnt a lot playing guitar and bass in this band, I discovered my voice really blended well with Sander’s and so I felt like starting my own band again, together with RJ van der Woud and Maikel Voors, called Wonderlust. This is when I first started to really enjoy writing songs and working them out together, however, in the end we felt rather pressured by work and other activities and so in 2008 Wonderlust broke up.”

The Weavils lasted until the end of 2010. By 2011 I gave birth to my son and decided to concentrate on raising him and devoting my energy to my work as a translator for a while. I have taken up singing lessons again and now and then perform as a singer for the Liedjesdag, a workshop in which translators translate songs from several languages into Dutch.”

You have already explained about your “The Gathering” contribution, could you tell us, which is your current perception of the band?

“We reunited in 2012 to do a series of concerts performing the CD Always in full. We had not really parted on very friendly terms in 1993, but I think we all loved to see each other again and perform this magical CD once more.”

M3“It was so great that all of us were enthusiastic about the reunion, even though four of us were no longer part of the present Gathering! I was really impressed with Bart Smits and how he led The Gathering onstage, superb! I felt so much at home again with them all, perhaps even more so now that we were all a little older.”

“They are great guys and I would very much enjoy to see them all again sometime, onstage or off. And though I have a different taste in music to what The Gathering are doing now, I love the passion with which they craft their music and I hope they will reach even more people than they are doing now.”

Talking about musical tastes and preferences, what are your musical influences, favourite bands, singers and composers?

“I already mentioned The Beatles, who will always remain very important to me. It’s funny when you think about how out of style they were in the seventies and how they are now kind of like ‘classical pop music’ as if they have always been so.”

“I never used to listen to female singers much for inspiration, funnily enough, because I never intended to ‘sound like’ anyone, I just admired certain musicians and bands, like U2 and The Smiths (and many more) when I was in my teens, and Soundgarden, The Posies and Alice in Chains (and many more) when I was in my twenties. When I was in my thirties I discovered Joni Mitchell and she really blew my mind, I delved into her work as I did with The Beatles before, and I still get a lot of inspiration from her. But there are lots of other influences as well, for I will be influenced by any music that gets to me.”

Do you have any favorite mexican or latin-american rock band?

“No, I don’t, I’m ashamed to say, that’s because I don’t know any. In The Netherlands we are so much oriented to English spoken popular music that it is almost self-evident that you look to British or American bands or artists or at least English spoken music, perhaps you can name me a few I can explore?”

Tell us about your collab with Red Page, about the “Beyond the Black” songs that you´ll be recording and about your long distance work with Danny Heksolson.

“I think it’s been a year ago, or maybe it’s been two years already? Danny asked if I’d be interested to work with him, I listened to what he was doing and I said yes. I will be performing Will to Deny, a beautiful song which I fell in love with right away! I went to my favourite rehearsal studios, the Rock Supplies in Amsterdam to get really inspired and recorded vocals on four tracks, I sent them to Danny and he was inspired in turn to add to the song again.”

“I have also been working on a song called Strøm, but that proved a lot harder. I like the song, but it didn’t get me as much as Will to Deny, so I was not really satisfied with the first take, so we keep on working with them; to my surprise I have been engulfed by work these last one and a half years so that sadly (well of course it’s a good thing, really) I have little time for anything else but my son and my work. Luckily Danny is the most patient musician in the world!”

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“I find that the distance up until now is not a problem at all, Danny is very easygoing and we have a lot of fun communicating. I must admit that we haven’t got very far up until now, but it amazes me that nowadays you can communicate so easily and send bits of music right around the world for someone else to work upon. It’s wonderful!”

For Danny, the guest singers selection was a long process which resulted from an organic way: a song conceived with a voice in particular and the circumstances were in charge of finding the ideal performer, such way was no different with Marike, her voice captivates the listener:

“It’s safe to say that I am a soprano, which you probably already know from my work on The Gathering’s Always, but as far as I know I can also manage the lower ranges. I think I have a wide range, but I couldn’t tell you how wide exactly.”

What does a normal day looks like in the life of Marike Groot?

“A normal day… that’s easy, because my life nowadays is highly regulated most of the time. Because I have a little boy my life partly revolves around him: me and my partner share the responsibilities equally! I wake up when my son wakes up and then I or my partner takes him to the daycare centre three days a week, after which I sit down behind the computer and work all day translating books, together with my partner. Or we take care of him at home. We have dinner, the three of us, which is always very enjoyable, and then spend some time with him before taking him to bed and reading him a bedtime story. Then we work for another one or two hours before sitting down on the couch to watch tv and then go to bed, is that exciting or what? When my son doesn’t go to the daycare centre we spend the day caring for him and playing with all kinds of toy cars at home, or making trips to the beach or the playground, or go cycling or swimming, or visiting friends or family. These days we usually work seven days a week. It’s a simple life, really, but we enjoy it very much.”

What are your future goals Marike? What are your dreams to achieve both professionally and personally?

“I’m not sure, I hope to be a good mother and continue doing the job that I love, which is translating books. I guess you could say that my dream is to combine the peace and quiet of the life I have now with the excitement and satisfaction of making music that I really love and feel good about, and getting better and better at it in the process. But all that may just be a dream…”

Certainly, real dreams are those that Marike produces with the gentleness of her voice and her stage presence. I let you all with this piece that I´m sure will make you fly! We read each other on the next “One on One” interview.

Photographies: boekblad.nl / Bart Smits / schaikr.home.xs4all.nl / Lijst van de Boekvertalers (as well as the vid).

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Emmanuelle Vigneron: Vocals

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Name: Emmanuelle Vigneron
Country: France

Emmanuelle was born in Strasbourg (France) and moved to The Netherlands 10 years ago, where she currently lives.

She started to play keyboard and to sing in some bands during high school for fun, but she already knew at that time that music was all she wanted to do.

She played in several bands, but never found her place until she met Dutch guitarist Peter Bloemendaal. Together they founded Chemical Days in 2012; a shoegaze, alternative pop rock band, difficult to tag.

Their first album produced by René Rutten ( The Gathering ) should be available this 2014 spring.

Emmanuelle has this soft but passionate color in her voice that would make you fly through out  the sound textures, our understanding was unique.” –D.Heksolson.

As for being part of the Red Page project, this is what Emmanuelle tells us all:

I feel honoured being a part of Danny’s musical universe. I really like the diversity of his music, and his open-mindedness. I like musicians who are receptive to new ideas, and I like this one!

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!

Marike Groot: Vocals

Picture by: Oscar Anjewierden.

Picture by: Oscar Anjewierden.

Name: Marike Groot
Country: The Netherlands

Marike Groot was born and raised in the Netherlands. Until 1992 she was part of Little Mary Big, together with Jacob de Greeuw who later created Johan.

In 1992 she was asked by The Gathering to add vocals to their first album Always. After recording the cd she also joined them on stage until 1993, when she left to pursue other musical styles and activities.

She started several musical projects, among them Battle, Mae West and Wonderlust, and joined The Beatles tribute act The Weavils in 2003.

In 2012 she took part in the joyful reunion tour of the first line-up of The Gathering and performed the entire album Always on stage with them.

She is currently working as a translator and taking care of her young child. Now and then she performs translated songs for the translation workshops at the Vertalersvakschool, a Translation School in Amsterdam.

Marike is such an impressive singer, she dominates several styles and what else can I say? Simply she is part of the history of dutch rock; it is a pleasure to work with her!-D. Heksolson.

As for being part of the Red Page project, this is what Marike tells us all:

I am singing with Red Page because I was grabbed by the music, and because I am curious about working with talented people from all kinds of different countries.

What about the singers? and the staff…

And as our “first accoustic pre-demo” gets in shape, we´ve been working on the previously mentioned selection of the guest singers carefully, as well as working the part of the staff configuration; from our steady photographers to our new public relations manager to our designer; each one of them talented women whose names we´ll reveal officially at the proper time.

The singers issue is what has been on the mind of our followers and we have received some mail with this kind of questions. So, remembering our short history we can see the singers that have been involved one way or another with us and our development, we have names like the famous Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) and Marjan Welman (Autumn), with whom due to their multiple professional tasks and because of this project was mostly merely an idea, we never put together a finished song or demo; then our beloved ukrainian singer Larisa Shelest came to scene, whose voice captured us inmediately from the very first time and who have been working with us long distance and countinously since 2007; later there were as guests singers on the live stage for the The Gathering´s tribute parties from Anna Laura Aguirre (Bisana) & Marcela Bovio to Michéle Ávila (Melandrolia) or Sharon Quintero (ex-Periadam). As time went by, the idea of recording in studio with everyone of them has been on my mind but for any reason we hadn´t finished something strong but for the The Gathering´s cover versions. More recently, our brazilian friend Tatiana Berke recorded also with us and we even developed one of her songs together in studio and yet again, long distance.

Nowadays, we have defined the action plan to finish the recording of our very first album with a clear path, and because of that, we are going to work with four or five guest singers who represent different geographical areas. At the moment we have already three spots filled up, with one or two spots remaining; of course as soon as the final line up is ready we´ll publish it here. I can tell you that in order to provide the project with a powerfull voice that can even be the lead singer to cover live events in México if needed, we have searched hard for our ideal singer, a mexican one of course.

So, we are living exciting moments of sustancial advance in these two firsts months of the year 2013, filled up with the recording of our “first accoustic pre-demo” in which our guests singers are currently and finally working, with the addition of people who loves the project and has put their knowledge in our favor and with the selection of our definitive core of singers (we are waiting only for a pair of confirmations to make it official).

Dont stop reading our blog to obtain the latest news about our “Beyond the black” debut album development and recording, it should be out some time near the last part of this year.

UPDATE: You can check the guest singers updated list here! 🙂

KEEP ON ROCKIN!

-Danny Heksolson.

An old bootleg re-released!

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Dear all:

We were remembering our The Gathering´s covers in our facebook page, so after three years here you have the official bootleg for our live Mexico City gig at the 2009 The Gathering tribute party. Unfortunatelly, it was recorded with the video camera audio, so the quality is not that good; we had the great ocassion of having Michele Ávila, the singer from mexican metal band Melandrolia, as our singer that night!

We are giving it away totally free! You can download it complete here, and remember, keep on rockin!!

DOWNLOAD LINK (MP3 ONLY)

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Fourth Cycling Colours Tribute to The Gathering album finally launched!!

It took the crew of Dark Rock Productions a long time but finally the result of months of hard work are there. The fourth The Gathering tribute album in which musicians from different countries record numbers of the dutch rock band is ready for free download and you all can visit the site now!

DOWNLOAD OFFICIAL SITE.

ALTERNATIVE LINK IN MEDIAFIRE.

This time, Red Page participated with a couple of numbers: The “Shot to pieces” version recorded with the brazilian singer Tatiana Berke and the lite versions of “The Colorado Incident” sung by the ucranian singer Larisa Shelest. Both numbers are among my favs in The Gatering discography and appeared in the If_Then_Else album back there in 2001 (Also, my fav album of the dutch band).

Keep tuned to this site, soon we´ll be posting more news about the project! 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy the Tribute effort covered with great music and good musicians from all over the globe!

Working with Brazilian musicians!

Dear All:

I´m glad to let you know that we are currently working on the recording of our version of the song “Shot to pieces” by the dutch band The Gathering. Yes, again Red Page will be part of the Cycling Colours tribute album by Dark Rock Productions, and we are excited about it.

This time, brazilian singer Tatiana Berke is joining the project as the perfect fit for this bluesy-version I arranged having in mind my two favourite soundscapes: Led Zeppelin and of course The Gathering. Hope you like the final result of this experiment!

Recording and mixing this whole new thing is our friend Marco Nunes, a great musician and producer also from Brazil. The following is just an advance “behind the scenes” of the vocal work, enjoy it as Tatiana and Marco ride us:

Third Cycling Colours Tribute to The Gathering Vol. 3 launched!

This time we couldn´t participate on it as a band, but Danny recorded a number along with singer Mavi Solano and Guitarist Curro García from spanish progressive rock band Overdub. Make sure to download this Dark Rock Productions effort that includes the hard work of many musicians from around the globe who enjoy the music of the Rock Dutch Band The Gathering, one of our favourites!

Click on the cover art to download the full album directly from the Dark Rock Productions management.

Cycling colours Vol.2 launched!

This is our first post of the new decade, and we are very pleased to announce that the tribute album to the dutch act The Gathering produced by Dark Rock Productions in which we have a number, has been launched and available for free sharing.

We were suppoused to have a couple of songs there, but for health issues our second track did not make it; surely it will be out as soon as Larisa can record her part and we´ll find the best option to offer it to you for free.

Meanwhile and hoping everything is happiness in your start of this new decade, we let you know the official Cycling Colours Vol.2 web site, where you can download the whole album for free:

DOWLOAD THE CYCLING COLOURS VOL.2 THE GATHERING TRIBUTE ALBUM!

Red Page to play @ the fifth annual TG FEST!!

 

Dark rock productions, as they did the last four of five years, will host the annual musical tribute to the dutch rock band The Gathering in Mexico City on Friday, November the 13th, 2009.

Red Page was invited to play there some songs of one of the most influential metal bands ever! It seems like the other guest band will be an ensemble of talented musicians called Forgotten Beauty ; making a great combo for such a night! It should start at 21:00 local time.

We will keep you informed, and lets begin with the singer for the band whenever we play in Mexico and if Larisa Shelest is not nearby 🙂 We will have the great voice of Michéle Ávila; former singer of mexican goth metal band Melandrolia. Michéle and me attended to the same art school when we were younger, and now it will be very exciting to finally work together.

The rest of the band is formed by my long-term friend Edgar Lovi (Keys), the great Rodrigo Díaz (drums), and the technical Marlon Antonio (Bass guitar), both of this guys play also in their own progressive metal band named Iwokha.