Rock That Metal had the pleasure to have an hour-long talk with Amanda Somerville (AS in the interview transcript below) who just released her 2nd collaboration effort with Michael Kiske – City Of Heroes (review here) and here is the first paryt of that pleasant chat.
RTM: Congratulations on your marriage to Sander Gommans last year…and we heard there is a baby on the way. When is it due?
AS: Beginning of July, I just got 3 months left. I just got back from the Rock Meets Classic tour and yes, considering the last few shows it is good that it was coming to an end.
RTM: How will the new family member affect your career?
AS: I guess that remains to be seen, but I plan on continuing to tour and to make music…and basically kind of plug on as I always have been doing. But you never know what kind of a parent you will be and what kind of a baby you will have, so there is a lot of leeway in those plans.
RTM: Are you willing to do Rock meets Classic in the US?
AS: I wouldn’t say no, it is a really great tour and it’s a lot of fun to work with the original artists who did these huge hits, you know, from when I was growing up and earlier. Working with people like Steve Lukather, Ian Gillan and various artists – Alice Cooper – shoot, that I have had the privilege of touring with…it is really exhilirating, it’s very cool. It makes for great lounge talk after the show, on a day off when you are sitting around and they are telling stories over the course of their careers, it’s really a lot of fun.
RTM: We have heard that you might be releasing a solo album this year…
AS: Well, the goal is this year, but again…the best laid plans, but the question is wether or not it is gonna come to fruition. I hope that by the end of the year it will be finished, but that might be a little bit optimistic.
RTM: Will this be in the Trillium style or different?
AS: No, this will be more like my last solo album, which was kind of all over the board genre-wise. Trillium was actually supposed to be my next solo album, but I kind of decided to keep the lines clean and I had amassed soo many songs that were metal compatible, that were heavier and that’s why I decided to make Trillium a project. I though, this way..I would not freak out metal fans with a reggae song or a jazz ballad.
RTM: Will there be a Trillium follow-up?
AS: Definitely! Actually, Frontiers [Amanda’s record label] and I talked about it when we were doing the Kiske/Somerville recordings for this latest album and they said “Hey, once this is done we want to talk about the next Trillium album”, so they are planning on it and I am planning on it. I think Sander and I already have six songs ready in demo form for that album, so I am so busy with many different things and unfortunately my solo music suffers for that because it always gets pushed back.
RTM: One more question about Trillium. How was working with Jorn Lande?
AS: Jorn is great, he is such a sweetheart, we toured together with Avantasia several times in 2008 and 2010 and he has just got such a fabulous voice. I said, “Jorn, I’ve got this fabulous song that is like destined to be a duet and I’d be honoured if you would sing on this song with me”. And he was like (Amanda impersonating Jorn Lande’s voice) “Well of course Amanda Somerville, I would be more than happy to do it”. You know, he is the jolly viking, he is a great guy.
RTM: Did you listen to his latest Dracula release yet?
AS: I saw a video on that and I think it’s really cool. I am surprised that he did that, because he had a couple of other projects in mind that he was gonna do.
Much more coming up over the next days when we will continue this conversation with Amanda and Michael Kiske as well!