Bernhard Beibl Interview - Legends Album
Post date: May 18, 2016 9:58:36 PM
"The music sounds very fresh and I had lots of fun recording the tracks "
Bernhard Beibl, Interview (by Wolf Red) - May 2016
Editor's Note: Bernhard Beibl, previously guitarist with Tangerine Dream, was guest artist on Sequential Dreams "Legends" Album and more recently on "The Exodus Wave'" album. This interview was conducted after the release of Legends.
Interview by Wolf Red , radio programmer at Modul303.com - Listen to Modul303.com for the best in electronic music!
Wolf Red: Your skills as professional musician were discovered worldwide in part due to your touring with Tangerine Dream, but can you share a bit about your musical heritage and background before joining TD?
BB: First of all thank you very much for the invitation to have this interview with you. ;)
Growing up I was surrounded by music – my mother is a very good piano player and my parents have always been singing in various local choirs since I was a kid until now.
My first instrument was the violin. I started at the age of 6 at the music school until I was about 16 years old. Due to the fact that my older sister was learning guitar I was exposed to this sound quite often and completely fell in love with it. Discovering the music of the Beatles and later on Guns'n'Roses and Metallica I really wanted to learn electric guitar, which I finally did.
I started taking my first electric guitar lessons at the local music school at the age of 14 (which is rather late). After high school I first wanted to become an architect but soon I realized that I would not have enough time for playing guitar anymore. So I decided to study guitar at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt with IMHO one of the very best guitarists and guitar teachers on this planet: Gerald Gradwohl (who also is an Ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist).
Wolf Red: Can you share the circumstances that led to your joining Tangerine Dream?
BB: After this brief summary of my musical life you probably think that Gerald was the link to TD, but he wasn't.
To be honest, I had never heard of TD before until my good friend and sound engineer Gerd Palkovits (who unfortunately passed away in 2011) purchased an Otari tape machine by auction – it turned out that Edgar was the owner. And when Gerd went there to pick up the machine, he was asked if he really knew how to use it ... and when he said yes, Edgar offered him to do some jobs in his studio.
Some days later I got a call from my friend that Edgar was looking for a new guitarist and wanted to hear me. So I had my "audition" ;) and Edgar liked my playing style. I will never forget that: I was so concentrated on my playing that I didn't move much. And then suddenly after listening to me playing about 10 minutes Edgar asked, "Hey, what's wrong with your legs?" – Me: "Why?" – Edgar: "Don't you move them??" Trying to help me my friend Gerd said, "You should see him on stage ... he's moving a lot ..."
And that's what Edgar did: he really came to my hometown with his wife and Thorsten, the 2nd keyboarder. I had a gig with my old rock trio playing Hendrix, Deep Purple a.s.o. at one of the local discotheques.
I was really doing my best – all the tricks like playing behind the neck or lying on the ground and moving like Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" and a lot of other crazy stuff. The final result was that Edgar and the 2 others left the place after a few songs promising they'd call me the next day ... but unfortunately didn't.
A few weeks later my teacher Gerald told me that Edgar wanted him to play with TD again after some years of silence between them. He had also asked him if he knew this crazy guy who had been in the studio a few days before … me ;) Edgar had told Gerald that my playing had been great but he was afraid I would completely go berserk on stage ... I was a little bit pissed off, thinking, "What does he want from me – first he tells me to move and then it's too much for him?!"
I was quite surprised when Edgar suddenly offered me to play the violin in the band. It felt like he wanted me to pass an exam before giving me the job.
Looks like I passed it in the end. ;)
Wolf Red: Was your time with Tangerine Dream the first time you got into playing with an Electronic Music ensemble?
BB: Absolutely. But funnily enough ... I was composing similar music when I was about 18. Just a bit more rock-orientated – some more electric guitars and rock-drum grooves and samples but comparable to songs like "One Night in Space"...
Wolf Red: Outside of your work on electronic music projects, can you talk about your musical efforts in other genres, both in the recording studio and on stage?
BB: I've been a rock guitar player since I grabbed this instrument for the first time. But for sure due to my jazz-guitar study I got into touch with various music styles and so I regularly play in jazz bands or whatever comes my way.
I've composed and produced a big bunch of songs in various styles for the Austrian broadcasting corporation in the past and I've recorded solos for various bands and artists in many styles – from death metal to ballads for wedding bands ;) and so on.
What I have really enjoyed over the last few years is playing steel-string guitar together with my best friend who plays Cajon. At the moment we do mostly covers, but we are also working on our first album and I hope it will be released soon. As well a follow-up to my instrumental album "2012". ;)
Wolf Red: You also offer guitar lessons and online training via Lessonz.com. Can you say a few words about what you like about being a music teacher?BB: Initially I had not wanted to be a teacher. I studied guitar to become a great guitarist. But today I'm also very proud to see that many of my students have become great guitarists themselves. That's the cool thing about being a teacher! ;)My friend Marko and I started Lessonz.com to provide high-quality and highly efficient guitar courses online. The last 2 years we have been totally busy. I've recorded and edited about 400 HD-Videos à ~2 minutes with on-screen notation for playing along. With our "Guitar Yoga"-series we offer a totally unique approach to warming up on the guitar. The latest product, "Modern Rock Licks", features some very cool repeating licks in the style I personally like to play in my solos (also TD-solos ;)). It took me some hundreds of hours to do the whole design, the videos and graphics while Marko was busy setting up the website and writing scripts. At the moment we are working on a series of very cool guitar books for kids. Stay tuned! ;) Wolf Red: Your latest recording project “Sequential Dreams – Legends Album” has you revisiting Electronic Music. Can you say a few words on any similarities and differences with respect to your work with Tangerine Dream?
BB: I'm very happy to participate in this project. The music sounds very fresh and I had lots of fun recording the tracks (especially using my electric drill, e-bow and some metal pieces on my poor Ibanez ... haha!). (Editors note: Check out track "Event Horizon" video teaser on this page ;) ) I guess that electronic music will always have some similarities with the music of Tangerine Dream. No doubt that the majority of electronic musicians were somehow influenced by Edgar. What I really like about the Sequential Dreams project (maybe that's a little difference to my work with TD) is that the mix is so great that for the first time I can hear my guitar and my violin crystal-clear and not hidden in a wall of delay and arpeggiators and pads! They don't compete!! ;) That makes me very happy! ;) The songs have great grooves and what I find very cool: each song is connected to an illustration by the artist Andreas Schwietzke. So looking at the picture while recording I could really get into the mood of the picture – very cool idea.
Thank you very much for the interview. All the best & keep on rockin'! ;)
Bernhard Beibl credits on Sequential Dreams "Legends" album:
Co-producer, composer, and lead performance on guitars and violin for these tracks:
Mission to Shangri-La, Event Horizon, Canyon Oasis, Mojave Midnight, The Electric Monk; and
co-production on Kuutana's solo tracks titled The Big Apple and One Giant Leap
Final mix and mastering by Ron Charron, Borders Edge Music.
You can find more information about Bernhard Beibl at http://bernhardbeibl.com/
Photo credits for TD concert photo - Wolf Red (used with permission)
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