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Interview : Patrick Moraz (solo, YES, The Moody Blues)
Δημοσιεύθηκε 18 Ιουνίου 2014 | Από thodoris | In English
HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: June 2014. We had the great honour to talk with a great keyboardist: Patrick Moraz. He was a member of YES from 1974 to 1976 and of The Moody Blues from 1978 to 1990. Previously he had formed Mainhorse with Jean Ristori and Refugee with Lee Jackson and Brian Davison, former members of The Nice. He has an interesting solo career and he has recorded with Chick Corea and Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson). This year, he took part in the “Cruise to The Edge”. Read below the very interesting things he told us:
Was it an interesting experience to record “L.A Woman” with Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) for the tribute album, “Light My Fire – A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors”?
I think it was a great experience because it made me rediscover The Doors, of whom I knew the music before and I was asked to do the keyboard part without copying Ray Manzarek. The record company wanted us to keep some of the original passages, the instrumental passages and so on and I had fun doing it. I did all the keyboard parts: you know, solos on the keyboards, on the electric pianos and searching sounds. I think it was my idea to have the door opening and shutting in the very beginning of the track. I did all the piano lines and so on. I had a very good rapport with Billy Sherwood, whom I know personally of course, because he was also in a group I used to be a member of as well, YES. I was having a lot of fun experimenting with the song they provided me, with the basic backing track. I think it was a very rich sonic experience for me to do that. I think Jimi Jamison did a very good job, as well as Billy on bass and the guitarist and the drummer as well. I just heard it for the first time yesterday (ed: 15 June), would you believe? It’s a really-really good surprise.
What are the current projects you are involved in?
I’m currently in Los Angeles to finish some big productions on my own, where I composed all the music. I have one project I’m finishing actually until the end of the month. And I have also the continuation with my own soon-to-be-released solo album. You know, I’m in the finishing progress right now.