Welcome to Croatia, welcome to our portal.
Thank you very much, it's great to be here.
A Brit Floyd show is a truly genuine reincarnation of the Pink Floyd live experience..those are words from your web page. Have you ever experienced Pink Floyd live?
Yes, a number of times. The first time was in 1988 in Manchester in the UK when Floyd where touring A Momentary Lapse of Reason. I saw them again twice at Earls Court in London in 1994 on The Division Bell tour and I got to go back stage on both occasions. I was also fortunate enough to see them at the Live 8 show in London in 2005 when they reunited with Roger Waters.
How did you come up with the idea to play Pink Floyd tribute shows?
I first started playing Pink Floyd music in a tribute band when I joined the Australian Pink Floyd Show back in 1994 and I went on to play with them for 17 years all over the world including a few shows in Croatia. However, 2 years ago it felt like it was time to move on and have a fresh start playing the music of Pink Floyd and that's when Brit Floyd was started up.
Is it a hard thing to do? There can't be any mistakes; after all, we are talking about Pink Floyd, one of the greatest bands of all times!
It's hard to do it right, to do it justice. It's not just about learning the notes, it's also about getting the right feel, the right emotion into playing the music and also getting the sounds right. Pink Floyd where such a pioneering group in the studio, so to recreate all those different soundscapes that they created over the years on their albums is quite demanding.
Touring is demanding, that's a fact. But is it always fun on the tour?
It's demanding, it takes over much of your life and the travelling can become tedious sometimes, but it' also so much fun and it's amazing to get to travel to all these wonderful places that I get to go to, such as Croatia!
Tell us something about your DVD. It was recorded on 22 January 2011 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool in front of 6 000 people.
Yes, it was Brit Floyd's launch show and we decided to film it. It came out really well, amazing really for our first show. Liverpool is always a great place to play, there are lots of really passionate Floyd fans there and of course the place has such an important musical history.
Do you know if any of your shows where visited by a member of Pink Floyd?
No members of Floyd have been to see a Brit Floyd show as yet, but I did get to play for David Gilmour at his 50th birthday party back in the 90's and I got to play Comfortably Numb with Rick Wright on keyboards on that occasion.
In the case they did, would you be more nervous than usually? Or would it just give you more strength and focus to enjoy it even more?
When I played at David Gilmour's party I was a lot younger and less experienced and it was probably the most nerve racking gig I've ever done, but I think if one of the guys came along to a show now I would be a lot more calm about it. It would certainly inspire me to try to play the music that much better though.
How intense is your stage performance, regarding the elaborate light show, projections and inflatables?
We have a very big light show; you have to if you want to recreate a Pink Floyd concert experience for people in the right way. There's also the circular video projection screen which is such a familiar part of a Pink Floyd stage. It has our own custom produced animations and videos projected onto it. The show wouldn't be complete without a large inflatable pig too.
How do you see all other Pink Floyd tribute bands? As a competition or inspiration?
I don't know about an inspiration, Pink Floyd is the inspiration after all, but competition is definitely a healthy thing. It makes you try harder and not become complacent in what you do. There really are only 1 or 2 Pink Floyd shows that are touring at our level around the world though.
In general, what is your opinion of tribute bands all over the world?
Well obviously I like tribute bands; I wouldn't be doing what I was doing if I didn't. There are some fabulously talented ones out there paying tribute to all sorts of artists. There's a real place for these bands, classic rock music should be heard live in front of an audience and most of the bands that came up with this music in the first place are disappearing fast.
What genre of music do you listen at home?
I listen to all sorts. Classic rock, prog rock, blues, jazz, folk, classical music, all sorts. I've always had a diverse taste in music.
Are you familiar with genres in metal? What do you prefer, which genres, what bands?
I'm not so familiar with that many modern metal groups, but I certainly like bands such as Black Sabbath that inspired a lot of modern metal music.
Ok, thank you very much for your time, for this interview, and see you next time in Croatia!
Thank you, it's been a pleasure and I'm looking forward to playing the shows in Croatia, it's a beautiful place.