new album is coming out on a new label. Why did you part ways with EMI?
nowadays a lot of people are moving from one major label to another. First of
all, you need to know who youíre working with. A record company is an entity
without face, but you need to know the persons youíre dealing with. The people
who worked at EMI two years ago are no longer there. They didnít know which
deal they have to offer us, what we had done at the past. And also their master
is in Los Angeles, which is too far from us. At Edel it is totally different:
people are excited and have the knowledge to do their job and to work with us.
They had done everything we could ever expect from them so far, so weíre really
glad with them. But letís see when the album will be released. (Laughs)
it the first time you were about leaving EMI or you already thought about it in
think nowadays itís not like the old days when you signed a record deal for
2-3-4 albums. Nowadays to sign a record deal for 2 albums is really amazing. So
have to get ready for the change all the time, because you never know what will
happen in the future. Youíre planning by one record to another. Of course, you
must have the feeling that you will stay longer at a company. But these days,
you just canít be sure.
many albums have you signed for?
have signed for two albums, which is great, because weíre sure that whatever
happens, there will be another record. (Laughs) Nowadays, itís good to know.
only read good things about your previous album Bananas. How do you feel about
the press reactions?
Bananas, some people did not like it too much, but most of them enjoyed the
variety of the songs of Bananas. It was really good to hear that. I think with
Bananas it was more like a learning process. We tried something we never used
before. This time, when we went into the studio, it was really easy to work.
Which means, if you can easily work and record, then you can enjoy it much
more. You can be more relaxed and songs are coming one by one. The musicians
also like playing and are really excited to work again on new material, which
you will hear on the album. And also you can experience the feel of creating
something new. When you play a song first, itís an amazing feeling that will
never ever come back. We had really good moments doing this new record.
came out in 2003, so you were relatively fast with a follow-up. Does it mean
you are back in writing mode and we can expect Deep Purple releases more often?
I think. (Laughs) We have to work, because time goes by. (Laughs) We usually
release album in every couple of years. So in the gap between Bananas and the
new one, we had done a pretty big tour. After that we took of a few weeks and
there was 4-5 months for the recording of the new album. I think if you have
the ideas, you have work and make the record. Thereís no time waiting these
days. Probably weíll release the new one around 2007. But no one knows.
do you see your writing style has changed throughout the years?
really. Writing style changed in the band by nature. Like what Steve could
write Ritchie never could write and what Ritchie could write Steve never could
write. And so on. So itís the chemistry of the band and the personalities as
well. But it always comes out as Deep Purple. You donít want to do exactly the
same thing you had done before. And music that became fashioned.
member came up with the most ideas for the new album?
impossible to say. Everyone is doing different things. A lot of ideas come out
when Steve and myself are jamming or some of the ideas come up when Don and I
are jamming. But Roger comes up with his bass parts, and then Ian has his own
ideas. So it's hard to say. It's kind of a bounce of musical ideas together.
Especially with the Rapture. Ian got all 5 members in the studio. So it worked
out together. The songs were recorded in one or two hour's time. But itís
teamwork. There are different views from each people, but all comes in one. So
it's difficult to say.
really love the new album, which is traditional Deep Purple for me. What was
the initial idea for the musical direction when you sat down composing new
donít usually have a direction before. We have an idea and we try to keep that
opportunity, so we sit down and write the songs. The only thing that we usually
do that we leave ourselves enough space for everything, for some keyboard
parts, some guitar solos, whatever. In a 4-5 minute song, that we usually do,
you can do that. It is the only direction we had in the past and have nowadays
as well. But we donít go to the studio that we know what weíre going to do. We
write the songs and at the end, when you know the page is full written, we know
what we have done.
would be your favourite song on the album?
do have from the 12 we recorded, but I think 11 will be on the record, one will
be kept for Japan. So from these 12 songs 4-5 I enjoy and the rest I like much.
If you would ask in a few months time, I would tell you. For two reasons, I
must tell you. First, that I got to know the album better and second, that we
have to play the songs on stage. The completed work with a new album is that
you give each song 4-5 months on stage, for living and developing. If you give
me that 4-5 months, then I will tell you.
think Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye could be an ideal choice for a single. Itís classic
Deep Purple and my favourite at that...
that is great that everyone is choosing another track as their favourite one.
(Laughs) For us itís one of the most difficult things to choose a single. You
know we all have our favourites, different song from different point of view.
So itís really hard to decide unanimously.
time the songs are in the 4-5 minute range, so it seems you donít really
believe in radio airplay anymore?
long time ago we tried for a couple of albums to write one or two songs, which
we can say are radio friendly. But the radios didnít like it. So we decided not
to worry about it. The funny thing was when we had Smoke On The Water and
someone did a three minute airplay cut of it and the radio started to play it.
So we had a radio single. (Laughs) But you know, we try to focus on our job,
what we can control. Radio play cannot be controlled by ourselves, so we do not
worry about it. We have our fans and a quite big market whom we can sell our
albums, so it will not depend on radio airplays.
song MTV is about classic rock radio, which doesnít really exist anymore...
true in Europe, but in America, classic radio is still No.2. But the problem
with these classic radios, that even if they invite you for a radio interview,
they talk about your new stuff, but they usually play the old songs, not the
new material, which is a bit frustrating. Itís really good to know that they
play our songs and we have the money from that and has nothing to worry about.
But if you have a new album, no one wants to play it, they just want to play
your old stuff. Another thing is that we live in a video generation, where a
good picture sells an average song. Music what comes in the ears and creates a
picture in your mind by your imagination. Not a picture where you cannot really
focus on the music. If I show you a really erotic picture then Iím sure you
will not remember the song. It is the biggest problem nowadays.
album is called Rapture Of The Deep, which is a phrase taken from Jacques
Costeau. Whose idea was to name the album like that?
was Ianís idea. Itís about diving, getting out from a wrong state. Rapture is
another word for feeling happy. Itís like somehow, going to another world, not
this world. So this song symbolizes somehow this feeling.
did very extensive touring with Bananas and you played two shows in Hungary. Do
you have any memories of those shows?
the big problem with Hungary is that we never had enough time to look around
the city and the country. Even if this is a very beautiful place. But the crowd
is always been great there. Sometimes you go out on stage and you donít feel
that great, but in case of a good crowd, you forget all of your problems and
you could have a great show.
each album you have more and more songs to choose from. What kind of setlist
can we expect from you when you hit the stage on the upcoming tour?
more records you make the more choices you have to make. Itís really hard to
put together a list, because you have to play all the classic big songs, that
is about 60% of the show and of course 4-5 new songs from the new material,
because thatís why youíre there and touring. And thereís only a small space for
less popular songs. So we have to find the right balance between the old and
the new songs, but we have to somehow satisfy the crowd.
we ever see you doing Child in Time live again?
say never. Itís a very emotional and personal thing for Ian. Last time we did
it was about 4-5 years ago, but at that time he got a very serious virus
infection. I think this virus was somehow in connection with that he so much
wanted to sing that song excellent that made tired his voice. You know because
of those high notes in that song, which is not so easy to sing. He got very
sick and since then heís afraid of singing that song. But it is his choice to
sing. So if comes in one day that "Guys I want to sing this song",
then weíll do it of course. But itís truly up to him. It is a very emotional
song for him, actually his song. So he wants to play it, we will do it. No
problem. So thereís no pressure on it. We will not force him to do it. (Laughs)
in the music business for a really long time. How can you keep it up?
know why, because I donít have anything else to do. Music is my hobby. I do it,
because I enjoy to play. But Iím not fanatic, I donít practise every time. So
it happens that after a tour I go home and for about 4-5 weeks I donít play the
drums. Iím lucky that my body is a good friend of mine, thanks to the nature.
So I donít have to be a fanatic and play every single day. I really enjoy my
hobby and Iím very fortunate that people pay for it. (Laughs) So Iím a lucky
person, I can say.