Star One is the brainchild of the multi-talented, world renowned musician Arjen Lucassen. This newest release, Victims of the Modern Age is a progressive rock masterpiece; not only is the playing top notch, but the layers and textures woven into it create a musical tapestry that is quite outstanding and will leave you speechless. Lucassen has long been known for his playing ability and after listening to this disc it is easy to see why. Fans of progressive rock will absolutely love what Lucassen has done on this new release. Here is what he had to say about Victims of the Modern Age.
The name of the band Star One is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?
Arjen: It’s taken from one of my all-time favorite 70’s cult sci-fi TV Series: ‘Blake’s 7’. The name seemed fitting for this sci-fi influenced project/band.
Now that your brand new disc Victims of the Modern Age is complete how do you feel about it? Are you satisfied with the outcome?
Arjen: If I wouldn’t be, I wouldn’t have sent it to the record company! I am my own boss, but I’m a very strict boss, a horrible perfectionist.
What was the writing process like for this CD? Did you guys all write together?
Arjen: I always write alone. I hate doing concessions and compromises. Only when all the songs and lyrics are written do I welcome input from all other guest musicians while we’re recording.
How long did it take?
Arjen: This album took me about a year to write, record and mix.
How quick are you in the studio? Can you usually knock things out in a couple takes?
Arjen: I’m very fast when I’m recording singers, they only take one or two days for their parts. The drums only took three days for 12 songs. I spend a lot of time getting the right sound for my instruments though.
Give us some insight into the record and the meaning behind its title?
Arjen: Like on the first Star One album all the songs are based on sci-fi movies. On the first album all movies were set in space, this time I chose to base the tracks on dystopian and post-apocalyptic movies set here on Earth. The title, Victims of the Modern Age, is taken from the movie ‘Clockwork Orange,’ and I feel that it’s representative for the lyrics of all the songs on this album.
Are there any tracks on the disc that are personal favorites or that have good stories behind them?
Arjen: That’s like asking a father which of his newly-born babies he likes best! I guess I can’t be objective yet, ask me again in about a year. Right now I’d say “Digital Rain” and “24 Hours,” but tomorrow I’d probably give to a different answer!
What can fans expect when they pick up a copy of Victims of the Modern Age?
Arjen: A dark and heavy album, yet very melodic. It has the feel of 70’s classic rock, but with the sound of today. Four amazing singers with very different voices who complement each other perfectly and very tight and powerful instrumentalists.
How much touring do you have planned in support of this release?
Arjen: I very rarely play live, because it’s an expensive and time-consuming undertaking to get these 10 guest musicians from all over the world together in the same place and at the same time for rehearsals and a tour. I’m much more of a composer and producer than a guitar player and performing artist. [ END ]