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Entrevista a Knight Area

Recientemente publiqu茅 un art铆culo sobre esta gran banda con la novedad de la pr贸xima edici贸n de su disco de estudio “Hyperdrive”. A continuaci贸n me decid铆 a entrevistarlos para que ellos me hablaran sobre su pasado, presente y promisorio futuro.

Knight Area de izquiera a derecha: 聽Gerben Klazinga; Mark Smit; Mark Bogert; Peter Vink; Pieter van Hoorn

English version, here

Podr铆an comentarme brevemente un poco de historia de la banda?
Knight Area se fund贸 en el 2004 por Gerben Klazinga. Ese mismo a帽o edit贸 el 谩lbum “The Sun Also Rises” en el cual escribi贸 toda la m煤sica y contribuyeron numerosos m煤sicos. El 谩lbum se convierti贸 en un 茅xito mundial seguido de conciertos en los Estados Unidos (NEARfest) y otras fechas en festivales prestigioso de Europa.

El segundo 谩lbum “Under a New Sign” apareci贸 en el 2007. Adem谩s recibi贸 excelentes rese帽as a nivel nacional y en el extranjero. La gira promocional llev贸 una vez m谩s a la banda a festivales y fechas en Estados Unidos y Europa. En el 2009 editamos “Realm of Shadows” que es un 谩lbum conceptual y al a帽o siguiente el 谩lbum doble en directo “Rising Signs From the Shadows”

Nuestro cuarto 谩lbum “Nine Paths” vino en el 2011, fue mezclado y masterizado por los renombrados Neil Kernon y Alan Douchess respectivamente. La cantante de Delain, Charlotte Wessels aparece tambi茅n el 谩lbum. Luego hicimos algo de promoci贸n con una gira corta por EEUU.

En el 2012 se unieron a la banda Mark Bogert y Peter Vink (ex-Q65, Finch, Ayreon). Con ellos la banda tom贸 un sonido m谩s heavy que puede apreciarse en nuestro EP “Between Tow Steps” que lanzamos en Setiembre de 2012.

En el 2014 nos adherimos a la agencia Holandesa JBM Events para promoci贸n y nuestro quinto 谩lbum “Hyperdrive” se editar谩 el 14 de octubre. Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) contruibuy贸 tocando la guitara en una canci贸n. Adem谩s, la mezcla del disco fue hecha por Joost van den Broek.

C贸mo describir铆an a Knight Area en sus propias palabras?
Somos una banda de rock progresivo muy ambiciosa con un futuro brillante

C贸mo es el proceso de composici贸n de las canciones?
1 贸 2 miembros de la banda componen una l铆nea para la canci贸n y luego cada uno le agrega su propia creatividad a esas ideas o l铆nea. De esta forma la canci贸n evoluciona con la creatividad y talento de cada miembro de Knight Area.

La banda tiene 10 a帽os de vida desde su fundaci贸n. C贸mo se imaginan a Knight Area en 10 a帽os m谩s?
10 a帽os es mucho tirempo y es dificil imaginarnos donde estaremos en 10 a帽os m谩s pero para los pr贸ximos a帽os produciremos algunos 谩lbums brillantes y evolucionaremos en un estilo m谩s contempor谩neo de rock neo-progresivo. De hecho ya comenzamos componiendo las canciones para el pr贸ximo 谩lbum. Estamos trabajando duro para tocar en m谩s conciertos y para esto nos est谩 acompa帽ando la agencia JBM Events.

El EP 鈥淏etweenTwo Steps鈥 tiene un sonido poderoso y muy logrado, con esto llevaron a la banda un paso adelante. Esto fue planeado de un comienzo o se dio naturalmente?
Es una combinaci贸n de ambos. La inclusi贸n de Mark Bogert y m铆a (Nota: responde Peter Vink) a Knight Area provoc贸 un cambio en el sonido de la banda. Adem谩s intentamos sonar m谩s contempor谩neos as铆 es que trabajamos y estamos trabajando hacia un nuevo sonido.

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鈥淗yperdrive鈥 se edita en octubre de este a帽o. Cu谩les son los planes a medio y largo plazo?
Vamos a promover el 谩lbum con una gira Europea a comienzos del pr贸ximo a帽o y queremos tocar en grandes festivales para el verano del 2015 adem谩s de trabajar en las canciones que ya comenzamos a componer para el pr贸ximo 谩lbum.

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) participa en el nuevo 谩lbum. C贸mo se dio esta colaboraci贸n? Se involucr贸 en la composici贸n de las canciones?
Arjen es mi amigo (Nota: responde Peter Vink) y como amigos con ayudamos mutuamente as铆 es que cuando se lo ped铆, acept贸, tom贸 su guitarra y toc贸 un brillante solo inmediatamente. El solo est谩 compuesto por Arjen pero no est谩 involucrado en la composici贸n de las canciones. Estamos muy orgullosos de tenerlo colabrando con nosotros en nuestro 谩lbum y adem谩s nos enorgullece de trabajar con Joost van den Broek, quien hizo una mezcla extraordinaria en el 谩lbum.

Arjen Lucassen

Algunas palabras finales?
Esperamos verlos a todos los fans de habla Hispana cuando toquemos en su pa铆s. Vengan a sorprenderse!

Knight Area en la web:

Knight Area – sitio oficial

P谩gina oficial en facebook



Knight Area interview
English language

Knight Area from left to right 聽Gerben Klazinga; Mark Smit; Mark Bogert; Peter Vink; Pieter van Hoorn

Can you describe briefly a bit of the history of the band?
Knight Area was founded in 2004 by Gerben Klazinga. That year he released the album 鈥楾he Sun Also Rises鈥, for which he wrote all the music, and to which contributed numerous musicians. The album became a worldwide success and was followed by live performances in the United States (NEARfest) and other leading progressive rock venues in Europe.

The second album 鈥楿nder A New Sign鈥 appeared in 2007. Also this album received excellent reviews both on national level and abroad. The promotional tour took the band again to the United States and European Festivals and venues. In 2009, the concept album 鈥楻ealm of Shadows鈥 was released. The live recording of the cd presentation appeared in 2010 as the double live album 鈥楻ising Signs From The Shadows鈥.

The fourth studio album 鈥楴ine Paths鈥 appeared one year later. The album was mixed and mastered by the famous Neil Kernon and Alan Douchess respectively. Delain lead singer Charlotte Wessels contributed to the album. Knight Area promoted also this album by doing a short tour in the USA.

In 2012, Mark Bogert and Peter Vink (ex Q65, Finch, Ayreon) joined the band. With these newcomers the band received a heavier, fuller sound, which can be clearly heard on the EP 鈥楤etween Two Steps鈥 which was released in September 2012.

In 2014 the band accede Dutch booking agency JBM Events. Also the fifth album 鈥楬yperdrive鈥 was released on October, 14th. Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One) contributed to the album by playing guitar on one track.The album was mixed by Joost van den Broek.


How do you illustrate Knight Area in your own words?
We are an ambitious progressive rockband with a bright future.

How麓s the process to compose the songs?
1 or 2 persons in the band compose a frame for a song and the band will add their own creativity to these ideas/frames. In this way the songs evolve by making use of the creativity and talents of the members of Knight Area.

The band has been around for 10 years now since it was founded. How do you imagine Knight Area in ten more years?
10 years is very much and it鈥檚 difficult to imagine where we will be in 10 years. But for the coming years we will produce a couple of brilliant albums and we will evolve to a more comtemporary, rock/neo-prog-like style. We already started composing the songs for the next album. We are also working hard to be able to play more concerts, we will be supported by JBM Events to accomplish this.

The EP 鈥淏etween Two Steps鈥 has a powerful and highly accomplished sound, this put the band a step further. Was it planned from the start of the recording orit just happened naturally?
It鈥檚 a combination of both. The addition of Mark Bogert and myself (Peter Vink) to Knight Area causes a change in the sound of the band. We also intend to sound more comtemporary so we worked/are working towards a new sound.

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Hyperdrive鈥 will be released on October, this year. Which are your plans in mid and long term?
We are going to promote the album with a European tour early next year and we want to play on the major festival in the summer of 2015. We already started to write songs for the next album so we are going to work on that from now on.

Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) features as a special guest on the forthcoming album. How did this collaboration happen? Did he get involved in the songs composing process?
Arjen is a friend of mine (Peter Vink) and as friends help each other so when I asked him he jumped up, picked up his guitar and played a brilliant solo immediately. The solo is composed by Arjen but he wasn鈥檛 involved in composing the song(s). We are very proud of having Arjen collaborating with us on our album and we are also extremely proud of working withJoost van den Broek who delivered an extraordinary mix for the album.

Arjen Lucassen

Any final words?
We hope to se eall Spanish fans when we play in your country. Come and be surprised!
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Knight Area on the web:

Knight Area – official site

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