Anneke van Giersbergen interview – April 2015


I spoke to Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen shortly before she played the Garage in London with The Gentle Storm, her new project with Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen.

The Gentle Storm is your latest project with Arjen Lucassen. You’ve worked together before haven’t you?

A few times. The Ayreon album “Into the electric castle” was my firstI spoke to Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen shortly before she played the Garage in London with The Gentle Storm, her new project with Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen. The Gentle Storm is your latest project with Arjen Lucassen. You’ve worked together before haven’t you? A few times. The Ayreon album “Into the electric castle” was my first time working with him. As you know he’s great, he makes great music and is a fantastic guy to work with, so we kept in touch over the years and sang on each others albums, or played in his case, and now we said why don’t we do a full album together. This is the first really dual album we’ve made. The album itself has a concept with a story running through it, but you’ve also done something which I think is a first, which is to do two versions of the album. Whose idea was that? It was Arjen’s idea from the first moment. He was writing songs – I wasn’t involved yet, he had finished two or three songs. He had the inspiration but didn’t know where to go with the songs – he had made some really basic demos with […]

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