Author: Paul Bonrud

Bonrud Featured in Force Magazine

Bonrud Featured in Force Magazine

Bonrud: Force MagazineBonrud Featured in Force Magazine (Entrevistas en Espa帽ol).聽 Renowned rock journalist Mariano Crespo recently interviewed Paul Bonrud for the latest issue (number 82) of Force (Hard & Heavy) magazine in Spain. Bonrud is featured along with Dio, Tyketto, Europe, LA Guns, Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp of White Lion, Jeff Scott Soto of Soul Sirkus and Mickey Thomas of Starship.

Rock-Is-Life Interviews Paul Bonrud

Rock-Is-Life Interviews Paul Bonrud

George Dionne of the US based rock web site Rock-Is-Life interviewed Paul Bonrud regarding the new Bonrud CD. The interview with Paul is available on the 聽Rock-Is-Life web site.

“Lions Pride Music” Features Bonrud

“Lions Pride Music” Features Bonrud.聽 Carsten Nielsen of Lions Pride Music interviewed Paul Bonrud about the new Bonrud CD. A copy of the interview has also been archived below.

1. When were Bonrud formed as a band and are Bonrud today a fulltime band or more a studio project?

Bonrud has been together in its current line-up for the past three years. So far we have concentrated solely on writing and recording this CD but we are planning to start playing some shows once I get done doing all of the promo work

2. Who have been the main musical influence on the band and you on a personal level and where do the ideas for the lyrics come from?

Journey is my favorite band and Neal Schon is the one who first inspired me to play the guitar as a teen. Other bands that have influenced me are Def Leppard, Foreigner, Boston, Van Halen, Bryan Adams, The Eagles, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, and Giant (Dann Huff is an amazing guitarist!) Dave Hendricks was very influenced by Foreigner and Lou Gramm in particular but he is also a HUGE Styx fan. Dave’s favorite album was by Foreigner but I think Styx is his favorite band. Paul Higgins loves the rockin’ stuff and always seems to show up to sessions and gigs wearing Iron Maiden, Kiss, or Ozzy t-shirts. He’s really a student of the drums though and has taken tips from lots of great drummers like Kenny Aronoff. The lyrics are inspired by real life experiences but are also sometimes born out of our imaginations

3. The band’s debut is about soon to be released, what are the bands hopes and experimentation for the album as on how it will do in Europe and Japan?

We are absolutely thrilled with the CD and can’t wait for everyone else to hear our music. So far the reviews have been favorable and people seem to like the songs so I think we’ll do fairly well for the melodic rock genre in today’s current market climate. Success is definitely relative since melodic rock doesn’t sell in the huge numbers that it once did. But there are still many fans around the world who love this style of music and this CD is for them

4. Could the band take us through the album track by track and tell us a little about each of them and what songs are personal favorites?

Leap Of Faith – This is an upbeat rocker that is about believing in yourself and having faith that things will work out. It’s a great way to open up the CD. The music for this song came to me very quickly which is typical of the really good songs…they’re just gifts from God

The Phoenix – I think this is one of the coolest tracks on the CD. It’s the heaviest and darkest but I wrote this loosely around the “Dark Phoenix” saga from the X-Men comic book series. I used to collect comic books when I was a kid. I wrote this with my good friend Tim Compton from the band Lynn Allen and Mariah. Tim is a fantastic guitarist and he really took me under his wing when I was first playing clubs back in Minnesota. He’s the one who really taught me how to rock!

Desperate Heart – This is my favorite track on the CD. This is an AOR power ballad filled with emotion. Dave really shines on this track and I’m pleased with my guitar solos on this song as well. This song is about the heart break we all feel when a cherished relationship comes to an end and the hopeless feeling it often leaves us with. I think you can really hear my Journey / Neal Schon influence on this song

I’ve Changed – I really think this is a fun song. It’s the second fastest song on the CD with a spirited guitar solo but more than anything, the lyrics are fun! This song is about groveling back on hands and knees to your girlfriend, begging for forgiveness, and telling her you’ll be good from now on “because baby I’ve changed!” I really had fun writing this song and my girlfriend loved it. Girls love it when their guys beg for forgiveness!

Give Me A Chance – This is a fun rocker written about that girl we all had a crush on in school…you know, the one who didn’t know you existed and would never go out with you? When I was in ninth grade I made the mistake of falling hopelessly in love with the prettiest girl in school…who was already dating a guy four years older than me. I never won that girl’s heart but I at least got a cool song out of it! 馃檪 Who knows? If I did win that girl I may never have found the need to learn to play guitar in order for girls to think I was cool! P.S. guys…this really does work!

Take Me Home – This is a power ballad that Dave and I wrote one day when he said that he wanted a song that featured his voice. I sort of thought every song featured his voice but okay…this one was for you Dave! 馃檪 Anyway, it’s about longing for home and more importantly for a better time when we were young and the world seemed to be a much better place. I long for those innocent days Date With Destiny – This is a real rocker with harmonizing guitars and a story about a bad girl named Destiny who leads a guy astray (actually gets him involved in crime and his life quickly turns into a mess). I wrote this song with a friend of mine from Germany named Dieter Rehrl. Dieter sang many of my earlier demos. He also had a small hand in the writing of “The Phoenix” as well. He’s a great guy and is full of energy! This song is a great example of lyrics that came solely from my imagination and not a real life experience. I just wanted to add that for clarification.

Once In A Lifetime – This is another big rocker. This song is about not realizing what you had until it was gone. It’s sad that we sometimes appreciate how special someone was only after we lose them

Live Your Dreams – This is a rocker that builds and builds and builds to the very end. I really hear the Styx influence in Dave’s singing on this track and I hear a bit of late 70’s Journey in my music. He wrote a good portion of the lyrics for this song and I really like the second verse in particular where he sings “Aurora Borealis”. I’ve never heard that in a song before and therefore I feel that was one of his brighter literary moments. Good job Dave! The long note he holds going into the big build up before the solo was also a first take. It was his warm up take and he didn’t know I was rolling tape. Good thing I was because that was a winner!

Look Me In The Eyes – This is the biggest, fastest rocker on the CD and when Keith mixed this song down he repeatedly made the comment that I had really outdone myself with the guitar playing on this track. That made me feel pretty good! 馃檪 Keith had just told me a story about a high profile rock and roll divorce and I used that story as the seed of inspiration for my lyrics. Of course had I REALLY based it totally on the story as Keith told me, it would have been too raunchy聽 and I wouldn’t have been able to play the song for my Mom. So this is the PG rated version. Hollywood Movie Star – I know this is Dave’s favorite song and it’s also one of mine as well. This is a big, moody, somewhat voyeuristic power ballad about a girl who dreams of becoming a “Hollywood Movie Star”. I wrote all of the music for this song very quickly and gave the music demo to Dave for lyrics. He wrote all of the lyrics and once again, I really like his lyrics on the second verse in particular. What is it about Dave and the second verse lyrics? Anyway, the line that I love is the last line of the second verse…”They stare at you with the lights down dear, dolby in every corner…” I have always loved that line so once again “Good job Dave!” 馃檪 This was the first song Keith mixed for me and he had so much fun, he kept coming back for more

5. The band worked with legendary producer Keith Olsen for the bands debut album, how were all this arranged and how did you get to meet Keith in the first place?

Keith was helping a good friend of mine, Mark Hopkins design a recording studio (Big Rock Recording). I met Keith one day at the studio site while it was under construction and I gave him a CD consisting of four demos. He gave me some suggestions and I went back to work on the songs. Eventually when it was time to mix the CD, I asked Keith if he had some time to mentor me in the studio just for a few hours. He listened to the first song, gave me some suggestions of things to change/redo and then he came out the next week and mixed the song. He had so much fun working with me in the studio that he wanted to mix the rest of the songs. He’s really become a great friend and continues to mentor me. I have learned so much from him. I can’t wait to put what I have learned to use on the next CD. Keith told me just the other day that he’d love to help me produce the next CD from the very beginning. That would be an incredible experience! He’s going to fly out next week and he and I will spend some time with some of my new song ideas but also just hanging out and having fun. He really is a great guy and his willingness to help me on this CD project speaks volumes for the kind of man he is. I really respect him

6. The band got signed to Frontier Records within Europe or is this also for other parts of the world and why sign to Frontier Records, weren’t there any other label interest from Europe in the band?

I was offered record deals from several different record labels but in the end, I decided to sign with Frontiers. Serafino really has a passion for this style of music and I had been impressed with many of their previous releases (I really love the Kelly Keagy solo CD!) I only sent my CD to the labels I thought would do the best job marketing the material so I was very selective and I’m very pleased with the work that Frontiers has done for me. Frontiers signed me for Europe, Russia, and Israel and Marquee/Avalon is distributing the CD in Japan. We will be selling the CD directly through our web site at http://www.bonrud.com for the rest of the world in late September

7. Are there any plans for touring in support of the album and would we eventually see the band also coming through Europe to support it or is it all up to how well it sale?

Touring is very expensive so it does depend on how well it sells. Keith has encouraged us to do a small tour in Japan and Europe but it costs a lot of money to do this. So if the CD sells well, we might be coming to a stage near you very soon!

8. What’s the bands personal point of view on today’s music scene, as it’s seen on MTV and heard on the radios are there any space left for Melodic Hard Rock & AOR?

I think this style of music is starting to make a resurgence. “The Darkness” in particular are bringing back fun arena rock but I hear elements of melodic rock in lots of pop, rock, and nu-metal bands today. It’s there…heck, during the 90’s grunge period I think most of the really good musicians in America moved to Nashville to do modern country which is really just pop music with a bit of a twang. Dann Huff is the perfect example of this since he moved to Nashville to first continue as a session guitarist but eventually turned into a world class producer producing Faith Hill. I hear AOR musical drama in her hits “Cry” and “When The Lights Go Down”. Good music never goes away and neither does great musicianship…it just moves around until it finds its niche so that it can shine for the whole world to hear. I’d love to hear great bands like Journey have big radio hits again but realistically, radio is very controlled right now. I think the internet is the equalizing force and will allow more new music from old bands like Journey and new music from new bands like Bonrud to be heard. The internet is every little band’s best hope to be heard

9. How’s the area where the band is from when it comes to get gigs to play and get it’s music out on the radio waves to be heard?

Seattle is a great town with lots of clubs. It’s easy to get gigs here when you have a great band. We haven’t scheduled any shows yet but once we do, we will be able to play as many shows as we want to locally. I’ve played lots of shows around town with other bands/artists and it is always fun. Our song “Desperate Heart” has been played on the local rock radio station out here

10. Any last words to the fans/people out there here in the end?

I’d like to thank all of the fans who have written to us and are anxiously awaiting the CD. You are the people that make all of the hard work worthwhile and I sincerely hope from the bottom of my heart that you will enjoy the CD. This CD has been a true labor of love. My music is my passion and my reason for being. I thank all of you who are helping make my dreams come true. Anyone who wants to order the CD directly from the band can send us an email at mailto:subscribe@bonrud.comwith “Notify” in the subject and we will let you know when the CD is available for sale on our web site www.bonrud.com. We’ll have the CD for sale on our web site by late September. The CD will be released by Marquee/Avalon August 21st in Japan and will be released by Frontiers Records in Europe on September 20th. Jessica & Carsten, thank you for taking the time to do this interview and keep up the great work with your web site!

Bonrud Nominated for Shipwreck Island Studios Best of 2004 Awards

Bonrud Nominated In Many Categories for Shipwreck Island Studios Best of 2004 Awards

Shipwreck Island Studios has just posted their Best of 2004 Awards where Bonrud was nominated under almost every category.

Bonrud won in the category of Best Album Cover of 2004 along with Velvet Revolver “Contraband”, Shadows Fade, Seventh Key “The Raging Fire”, Bill Leverty “Wanderlust”, Pete Lesperance “Down In It”, Dokken “Hell To Pay”, and Alter Bridge “One Day Remains”.

Bonrud also won the following awards:

Honorable Mention for top 10 albums of the year (Bonrud – Bonrud)
Honorable Mention for Top 5 Breakthrough Albums of 2004 (Bonrud – Bonrud)
Honorable Mention for Top 5 Producers of 2004 (Paul Bonrud)
Honorable Mention for Top 10 Rock Guitarists of 2004 (Paul Bonrud)

Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, and Mike Slamer also won honorable mention for the top 10 rock guitarists of 2004.

Bonrud received the following nominations:

路 Best Album of 2004
路 Best Breakthrough Albums of 2004
路 Best Producers of 2004 (Paul Bonrud)
路 Best Guitar Work of 2004 (Paul Bonrud)
路 Best Vocal Work of 2004 (David Hendricks)

And the following songs were nominated under the category of Best Songs of 2004:

路 Desperate Heart — Bonrud: Bonrud
路 Give Me A Chance — Bonrud: Bonrud
路 I’ve Changed — Bonrud: Bonrud
路 Leap Of Faith 鈥- Bonrud: Bonrud
路 Once In A Lifetime — Bonrud: Bonrud

In addition, a brief review of Bonrud is posted on their site which gave Bonrud a score of 4 out of 5 and stated the following:

鈥淥ne of those albums that make you go wow where did this come from? Coming from left field and just kicking our butt with great songs and catchy lyrics.鈥

Our many thanks to Tony & Jere at Shipwreck Island Studios for these many awards and nominations.

 

Bonrud Featured in the December Issue of Fireworks Magazine

Bonrud Featured in the December Issue of Fireworks Magazine

Fireworks Magazine Issue18Bruce Mee of Fireworks Magazine interviewed Paul Bonrud regarding the new Bonrud CD. The interview with Paul is available in the December 2004/ January 2005 issue of Fireworks Magazine with Ritchie Blackmore featured on the cover.

Jutze of Vampster Interviews Paul Bonrud in Germany

Jutze of Vampster Interviews Paul Bonrud in Germany

Jutze of Vampster interviewed Paul Bonrud regarding the new Bonrud CD. The interview with Paul is available on the Vampster website. An English translation is available here.

Paul Bonrud Interviewed by AORMusic.com

Paul Bonrud Interviewed by AORMusic.com

Paul was interviewed by Johan “AORSweden” Nilsson at AORMusic.com. That interview has also been archived here.

Paul Bonrud Interviewed for Strike Up the Bands

Paul Bonrud Interviewed for Strike Up the Bands

Strike Up the Bands own Rock Angel sat down for an interview with Paul.

Rock Servatorio Interviews Paul Bonrud in Spain

Rock Servatorio Interviews Paul Bonrud in Spain (Entrevistas en Espa帽ol)

Mariano Crespo of Rock Servatorio interviewed Paul Bonrud regarding the new bonrud CD. The site no longer exists.聽 An English translation is available here.

You have been a musician for a long time, though it is now when you make your solo debut. First of all we would like you to tell us about your career: when did you start in music, records you recorded for others, collaborations, compositions you have made for others, etc…..

 

I started playing music as a child. I sang, played piano, violin, and baritone horn. I began playing guitar as a teen and I was hooked immediately! I began playing in bands and eventually ended up doing session work. I鈥檝e played on CD鈥檚 for Jennifer Hunter, Side Show, and Jim Evans among others. I co-wrote three songs on one of the last Jim Evans CD鈥檚.聽 I鈥檝e collaborated on quite a few other songs for other artists that haven鈥檛 been released yet.

 

Not only you play guitar, we could say you are a multi-instrumentalist. How did you learn how to play all the instruments?

 

I鈥檓 primarily self taught on the guitar, bass, and drums. I鈥檓 actually a pretty bad drummer but I love getting behind the kit to bash out an AC/DC beat! I took piano, violin, and baritone horn lessons when I was younger. I got some great pointers on the guitar from my good friend Tim Compton. I was already playing in bands when I met Tim but he really took me under his wing and taught me how to rock. Tim is a gifted guitarist who played in Lynn Allen and Mariah. If there was any justice in the world, he would be a household name. Tim cowrote a song with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora along with Jimmy Dilella back when Jimmy and Tim were in Mariah. Incidentally, Jimmy played in Waysted and was a founding member of Tyketto and wrote their hit song 鈥淔orever Young鈥. Johnny Dee ended up playing drums for Mariah once he split with Britny Fox.

 

What instrument do you feel more comfortable with?

 

Guitar without question! I consider myself primarily a guitarist but play all of the other instruments when necessary.

 

You are also a producer. Tell us about it.

 

It鈥檚 actually a lot of fun playing the other instruments and I feel my familiarity with them is a real asset when it comes to writing, arranging, and producing songs. The more skills you have, the more valuable you become. I鈥檝e always been the musical leader in every band I鈥檝e been in since I tend to see the big picture more than anyone else. I鈥檓 the guy that suggests changes, fills, how things should be played, etc鈥o, it was only natural that I became a producer. I also hear music three dimensionally. I feel like I鈥檓 in the middle of the songs and hear all of the parts around me and how they all interact. It鈥檚 all of these skills (combined with my engineering background) that really allow me to produce.

 

 

Do you also sing? If so, why didn鈥檛 you record the vocals?

 

I sang the background vocals and lead vocals on some of the demos but my voice isn鈥檛 outstanding enough for lead vocals. That鈥檚 why I found myself a great vocalist like Dave Hendricks. Part of being a good producer is knowing when someone isn鈥檛 cutting the mustard. In this case, I realized my lead vocals weren鈥檛 going to be good enough. It鈥檚 always harder to tell someone else that they aren鈥檛 doing something good enough. Some people take constructive criticism well while others do not. Occasionally you run into problems where someone thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread and they don鈥檛 see their own weaknesses. That鈥檚 when problems arise.

 

For a long time you have worked for others, when did you decide it was time to release your songs under your own name?

 

This has always been my goal. I鈥檝e just been so busy with other bands and recording projects that my goal of recording my own CD was put on the back burner. It feels so good to have finally accomplished this goal. I鈥檓 really proud of it!

 

For the album you have counted with David Henricks on vocals. He sang with bands like Showdown, Emotion, Project one…..what else can you tell us about him? Why did you decide for him to record the album?

 

Dave answered an ad I had placed searching for a lead vocalist who could sing like Steve Perry, Lou Gramm, or Brad Delp. I received exactly one demo in my PO Box and that was Dave’s. It was a demo he recorded back in the 80’s but I was very impressed with his vocal range. He鈥檚 quite a bit older than I am. He鈥檚 in his mid 40鈥檚, has a wife, and is the father of two boys in their late teens. This is the only project I鈥檝e worked on with Dave.

 

David has helped you compose part of the album. How was this process? Who had the first ideas, etc?

 

I always wrote all of the music by myself first. Occasionally I’ll get the title or part of the chorus lyrics popping into my head at the same time the song first develops. That’s what happened for “Leap Of Faith”. I wrote all of the music for that song very quickly and immediately came up with the title and chorus lyrics. I gave the completed musical demo to Dave who wrote the lyrics for both verses. I then wrote the bridge lyrics and the outro lyrics. So, that’s how that one came together. As time went on I began writing more and more of the songs by myself or mostly by myself. However, in the beginning Dave Hendricks contributed more lyrically like in the case of “Hollywood Movie Star”. I wrote all of the music for 鈥淗ollywood鈥 very quickly and gave Dave a completed musical demo and he came up with the title and lyrics for that one. Ultimately it鈥檚 very satisfying when you write a great song by yourself. I鈥檓 very proud in particular of 鈥淒esperate Heart鈥 and 鈥淚鈥檝e Changed鈥 which were written entirely by myself.

 

On the drums is Paul Higgins, session drummer who has played with Battery Kate and Jim Evans. Tell us about him

 

Paul Higgins is a great guy and a very good friend of mine. He and I played together in both Battery Kate and in the Jim Evans band. We鈥檝e done lots of recording sessions together so it was only natural that I would have him play drums on my CD. Paul loves hard rock. He usually shows up to recording sessions and rehearsals wearing rock concert t-shirts. It鈥檚 always fun guessing which shirt he鈥檒l wear each day. If I鈥檓 betting with the guys, I usually guess it will be an Iron Maiden shirt! J Paul鈥檚 a single father of a ten year old boy.

 

Keith Olsen is also in the credits. How did you get him to get involved in the album?

 

Keith and I were introduced by a mutual friend while at a recording studio. I gave Keith a CD containing a few songs and he gave me a few suggestions on how to improve them. So, I went back to work on the CD and when I was nearly completed, I gave Keith a call to see if he’d be willing to mentor me a bit in the studio. He was kind enough to come out to listen to “Hollywood Movie Star” and he gave me a few suggestions for last minute changes. I implemented his suggestions and then we got together a week later to mix it. He had so much fun he wanted to mix the rest of the CD too! We became very good friends in the process and I learned an incredible amount from him. It’s really difficult to summarize everything I learned from him because I was learning constantly. He’s an excellent teacher and a brilliant individual. We both studied Electrical Engineering at the University Of Minnesota so we have similar backgrounds which made it very easy for us to get along and understand each other. Keith can go from telling a cool rock and roll story, to discussing musical theory, to discussing physics and electronics at a drop of the hat.

 

What鈥檚 your opinion of him as a producer?

 

He鈥檚 brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I grew up listening to the music he produced. Now having worked with him, I have an even greater appreciation for him as a person, engineer, and producer. There鈥檚 a reason why he has been so successful and that鈥檚 because he鈥檚 very talented and HIGHLY intelligent. I still get chills looking at the back of the CD where my name is right next to his. It鈥檚 hard to believe鈥e鈥檚 such a legend!

 

The album is on the AOR, Melodic Rock from the 80鈥檚 wave. Which bands did influence you for the album?

 

My greatest influence is definitely Journey but I will also add Foreigner, Night Ranger, Def Leppard, Boston, Whitesnake, Rick Springfield, Sammy Hagar, Bryan Adams, and Van Halen. There are so many more than that鈥t鈥檚 really hard to name them all.

 

Any of the songs of this album were supposed for other bands or musicians?

 

All of the songs on this CD were written specifically for this CD. I wrote so many songs that I ended up giving many of them away to other artists because I just couldn鈥檛 record all of them. Three of them went to Jim Evans, several went to Deanna Herold (that鈥檚 a CD project that is still in the works) and some of them went to Battery Kate which is a modern rock band I was playing in before I really kicked things into high gear on this CD.

 

We find influences from Journey, Survivor, Boston….do you agree?

 

Oh yes, definitely! Journey and Boston were especially big influences on me. I have an older sister and I grew up listening to her records which is why my musical taste runs a bit older than that of my contemporaries. She鈥檚 the reason I started listening to those 鈥渙ld鈥 bands at the time.

 

Many bands that make music in this style have those influences from the bands we mentioned before. Why do you think it is this way?

 

Journey and Boston in particular wrote classic, timeless music that stands up as well today as it did 25 years ago. They were fantastic bands with incredible musicianship and great song writing. I definitely learned much of my craft by listening to those records and learning to play their songs.

 

Dave鈥檚 voice is alike Lou Gramm鈥檚 in some songs. How would you define Dave鈥檚 voice?

 

The Lou Gramm comparison is right on the money and comes from the natural sound of Dave’s aged voice. When I listen to his voice on the demo he recorded back in the 80’s, it was more pure and had less “hair” on his voice. As he aged, he lost a bit of the high end of his vocal range but somehow his voice got a bit more husky which has added a warmth and soulfulness to his voice. The end result is that he sounds very much like a younger Lou Gramm. Just listen to the vocal on “Desperate Heart” in particular. It’s amazing!

 

Were you looking for a singer with this style?

 

Yes. I was very specific in the ad that I placed searching for a lead vocalist. I specified that I needed someone who could sing like Steve Perry, Lou Gramm, and Brad Delp. Being specific helped me weed out a lot of people that didn鈥檛 have what it took.

 

How do you see the evolution of Hard Rock in the last years?

 

Grunge really shook up the hard rock scene in the early 90鈥檚. I hated it at the time but eventually grew to like Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. I suppose popular music needed to change and that鈥檚 what happened. Grunge eventually died and we were inundated by boy bands and young, blonde pop singers. Most of these pop artists have been manufactured and contrived and could never exist without using studio tricks like Auto Tune. The record companies are just thankful that Auto Tune is cheaper than plastic surgery so they sign the cute kids and fix it all in the mix. Rock is starting to come back because everyone has become sick and tired of the fabricated pop stars. Nickelback, The Darkness, Velvet Revolver, and many others are starting to lead the way. I don鈥檛 think we鈥檙e going to ever get back entirely to the 80鈥檚 rock style but there is no denying that those elements are starting to present themselves in more and more records. I think it鈥檚 great! I鈥檓 a rocker and am open to hearing more great rock music.

 

Maybe releasing the album now is because Melodic Rock has gone through hard times in the last years and now seems to have a little bit more presence?

 

Melodic rock is definitely making somewhat of a resurgence. I released the CD now because this is when I finished it. J I made this CD in spite of the popular music trends. In other words, I made the type of CD I wanted to make. I have been true to myself as an artist.

 

You live in USA but the album is released through an Italian label like Frontiers. How did you show them the product? Was there any other company interested? Why did you decide Frontiers?

 

Andrew McNeice sent me the addresses of ten melodic rock labels. I sent a thirteen song demo CD to those ten labels and immediately was offered a record deal by several of them. In the end I decided on Frontiers after discussing it with several other artists. Also, Serafino Perugino really convinced me with his passion for the music.

 

Do you think that a product like yours, a Melodic Rock album, has to be released from Europe?

 

No. However, the melodic rock scene is strongest in Europe. The internet has really changed how CD鈥檚 can be promoted though. It鈥檚 much easier for music fans in Spain to hear about a band from Seattle now than it would have been ten years ago鈥nless it was a grunge band on a major label!

 

What kind of recognition do you have in USA?

 

I definitely have more recognition in Europe and Japan right now. My song 鈥淒ate With Destiny鈥 spent five weeks on the charts in Japan and went as high as #11! That was amazing and more than exceeded my expectations. That alone was a dream fulfilled!

 

Do you intend to play live in your country?

 

Definitely! Right now I鈥檝e been so busy promoting the current CD that I just haven鈥檛 had the time to book shows let alone rehearse. I鈥檓 also in demand for other recording sessions which is cutting into my time.

 

Which musicians will be with you?

 

Dave Hendricks, Paul Higgins, and Mark Parris (bass).

 

Having in mind that playing abroad is complicated, have you planned the release of the album as a studio project and if you get to play live then perfect, and if not, it鈥檚 alright?

 

Touring is very expensive so it does depend on how well it sells. Keith has encouraged us to do a small tour in Japan and Europe but it costs a lot of money to do this. So if the CD sells well, we might be coming to a stage near you very soon! 馃檪

 

What are the plans for Bonrud in the next months?

 

For now I’m busy promoting the current release and am pleased to have people excited about the first CD. I鈥檓 planning to get together in a couple weeks with Paul Higgins and Mark Parris and will start going over four new songs I鈥檓 writing for the next Bonrud CD. I hope to be able to record the basic tracks for these four songs early next year.

 

What is your agenda as a musician, composer, producer….for the next months?

 

I’ve also been hired to play guitar on two CD’s for other artists.聽 I’ll be busy doing that session work over the next couple of months in addition to my Bonrud music activities.

 

What would you say to the readers of Force about your debut?

 

This CD was a labor of love and I put my whole heart and all of my passion into this project. I鈥檓 grateful for everyone who has purchased a copy of the CD and I sincerely appreciate the support. For those of you who haven鈥檛 purchased the CD yet, we have MP3 samples up on our web site for you to listen to. In addition, you can keep up to date with all of the latest Bonrud news on our site.

 

Anything else you would like to add?

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me Mariano! It has been my pleasure. Muchas gracias amigo!

 

To end, we are going to make you a small test

First album you bought

Kiss Destroyer

Last album you bought

Velvet Revolver

First concert you saw

Night Ranger 鈥 Midnight Madness Tour in Bloomington, Minnesota

Last concert you saw

Van Halen just last Friday night in Seattle at Key Arena (saw it with Paul Higgins)

A new band that you like

Nickelback, Waltham

Band that has dissappointed you with their last album

The last couple Bon Jovi albums haven鈥檛 been good. I bought 鈥淏ounce鈥 and loved three rockers on there but the rest didn鈥檛 have the fire. I didn鈥檛 even bother with their acoustic CD.

Last book you read

Ken Follett 鈥 Hornet Flight

Thank you for the interview. Greetings from Spain