Russell Allen von ALLEN/LANDE und SYMPHONY X hat sich Zeit genommen einige Fragen für Melodic-Rock-Inside.com zu beantworten.
1.What are you currently up to?
At the moment I'm wrapping up the new Symphony X record and then finishing my solo album
2. Could you take us through your excellent new album "The Showdown" and some of the ideas/stories behind the songs please...
Well, to be quite honest with you Magnus would know more then anyone the stories behind the music since he wrote it. My journey began when I recieved the demo recordings and started the sone selection process. I was drawn immediatly to Copernicus. I felt I could really do that song justice. I love the release in that song. Turn all into gold is another tune I heard some magic in. If a song has that special somthing it inspires me and there was no shortage of that on this album.
3. How has the reaction been so far, from reviewers and fans to the album? Are you pleased with the reviews and reaction to it?
The reaction has been great. I'm very happy with the response we've been getting. It's very exciting.
4. What is your plan in the next years? Are you plan some more ALLEN/LANDE Records?
I hope we are. I enjoy doing them. This year will be very busy for me as I start touring with Symphony X and releasing my second solo album later in the year.
5. Where do you get your songwriting ideas from and who musically is an influence on you?
I'm very much influenced by classic rock. I really feel a connection to the early roots of rock music. It has inspired me my whole career. I've always tried to put a little bit of that magic in everything I do.
6. What's in the pipeline now?
New Symphony X and touring
7. How hard/easy has it been to get yourself and your music known? How do you view downloads do they help or hinder new artists?
It's all good. The more people know about you the better. You'll make your money eventually but you need an audience to play to and good music will find an audience. You just have to perceiver.
8. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?
Reality shows on the History Channel... It's driving me crazy :)
9. Message to your fans...
I can't thank you enough for your support and I hope you all enjoy the album as much as we did making it
Thank you Russell, good luck with your album and all the best for the future.