ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN - "I Just Love Making Music And I Don't Really Focus On Success"
October 16, 2013, a year ago
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Vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (ex-THE GATHERING) recently spoke with Jeb Wright at Classic Rock Revisited about her new album, Drive. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Jeb: You have toured across the globe, but you have not been able to crack the USA market. Why?
Anneke: "I did two shows in Chicago earlier this year and that was awesome. Touring the States is difficult for European artists like me, as traveling across the country, flights and visas are costly, but I really like performing in the US, so we are doing our best to make it happen. I have toured the US several times with The Gathering, but yeah. I am excited to be part of the Progressive Nation At Sea Cruise at the end of February, 2014. Hopefully, that’s the start of something nice in North America."
Jeb: Tell me the inspiration to the standout track on the album, 'Drive'.
Anneke: "I like driving, being on the move, playing music on my car stereo, but I also think that having a certain drive in your character keeps you going. I don't consider myself as ambitious, because I just love making music and I don't really focus on success, but I like to 'go somewhere', better myself, explore new styles, so in a way that's what drives me."
Jeb: In your past you have worked with DEVIN TOWNSEND. What was that like?
Anneke: "I love recording and performing with other artists. Every collaboration creates a new energy and creative output. I love the freshness and it inspires me as a solo artist in my own work. Working with Devin is incredibly fulfilling. We were label mates back in the 90s, and we became label mates again with the release of Drive, but our friendship became a lot closer since we started working together. It takes up all my skills to sing his compositions and that’s very challenging. I like pushing my limits like that, but at the same time, his songs sound so intense, creative and heartfelt. Working with Devin is a dream for every musician, I guess."
Go to this location for the complete interview.
Anneke has released her official video for the track 'My Mother Said', featured on her new album, Drive, out now via InsideOut Music in Europe/Worldwide, and available in North America on October 15th.
'We Live On'
'Treat Me Like A Lady'
'My Mother Said'
'You Will Never Change'
'Shooting For The Stars'
'The Best Is Yet To Come'
'My Mother Said' video:
'The Best Is Yet To Come' lyric video:
In the mini-documentary below, entitled The Road To Drive, Anneke gives a behind the scenes look at the tour for her Everything Is Changing album, as well as look at the making of Drive.
Vocalist Amanda Somerville (TRILLIUM, AVANTASIA, HDK) recently checked in with the following update:
Anneke's current tour schedule featuring AMANDA SOMERVILLE as support is as follows:
17 - Underground - Köln, Germany
18 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
19 - Jazz Cafe - London, UK
20 - Metal Female Voices Festival - Wieze, Belgium
22 - Backstage - Munich, Germany
23 - PMK - Innsbruck, Austria
24 - La Salumeria - Milan, Italy
25 - La laiterie - Strasbourg, France
26 - Divan du Monde - Paris, France
27 - Galery - Pratteln, Switzerland
29 - Knust - Hamburg, Germany
30 - Kleine Freiheit - Osnabrück, Germany
31 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, Netherlands
1 - K17 - Berlin, Germany
2 - Stadthalle - Steinheim, Germany