Interview with Ian Parry, Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Bandleader
by Petra M. Jansen
Hi Ian, thank you so much that you found the time to do an interview with me. You’ve already worked together with many international artists and musicians. Let´s talk about this please. With whom did you realize which projects?
Hi Petra thanks, the pleasure is all mine. I guess the biggest and most adventurous musical project I have ever embarked on has to be my 5 album concept “Consortium Project” 1999 to 2011. During the Elegy / Kamelot 1998 European Co-Headliner tour (both bands signed to Noise TNT records Germany at this time), I had a number of demos originally for a possible 5th solo album, which I played to Kamelot Guitarist Thom Youngblood and Drummer Casey Grillo. They immediately said they would love to be a part on the album and invited to record with them in Tampa Florida. And so the whole “Consortium Project” adventure started and I ended up co-writing and recording with Thom and Casey for “Consortium Project” / “Criminals & Kings”. After an additional 15 recordings sessions in Wisselloord studios Holland (famous for bands such as: Van Halen, Def Leppard , Judas Priest and many more, then sessions in Hungary with Guitarist Tamas Szekeres, additional session in Holland and Germany with Elegy members Dirk Bruinenberg (Drums) Martin Helmantel (Bass) Barend Courbois (Blind Guardians new bassist) and Ayreon, my colleague Arjen Lucassen from Vengeance. Continue reading