.......INTERVIEW
. with the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, BJORN LYNNE
.                                       by Sergio Motta, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Sergio Motta - Although you have lately been living in England, I suppose obviously that
the first step in your musical career was still taken in your homeland. By the way, have
you always opted by playing alone, or have you ever featured a band before?

Bjorn Lynne: Yes, I played in a band when I lived in Norway. We were called “Ab Intra”. You can find one of our recordings on the Scandinavian prog rock compilation CD called “This is an Orange”. We were a 5-man progressive rock band, and also played some concerts in Norway. But the band broke up when I moved to England in 1995. After that, I have been writing my music alone, but bringing in several guest musicians from time to time.
Although progressive rock scene is taken for an underground movement, the name 
Bjorn Lynne seems today to be a synonym of success in the current musical scene. 
What do you attribute to the success reached by you within a musical style of so little
recognizance by most of the people in the world?
Bjorn Lynne: I think perhaps “success” is too strong a word. I sell a couple of thousand copies of each CD - and that isn’t much success. But I have been working on my music for 10 years, and I was very early to adopt the internet as a communication channel. I had my music web site online already in 1994. I guess that is why a lot of internet using music fans have heard about me and my music.
On reading some interviews, I have often been testifying that  most of musicians have a
great desire of reaching professionalism and to keep themselves up economically
through their music. By the way, do you still have it like a goal to attain, or have
you got it already?
Bjorn Lynne: I already make a living on my music, and I have done that since 1995. I pay all my bills, and feed my family, only from money that I have made on my music. And that is a great feeling. But it’s not because of my prog-rock albums. I make most of the money by doing “production music” for things like videos, multimedia, games and other projects. This spring I am going to work on the music for a sci-fi TV series. This is how I can make a living on writing and playing music.
England has been historically the starting-point for progressive rock music, and even 
today this country is strongly taken as one of the most important references to this
kind of music. Would you be able to describe how important your going to England
was to your career?
Bjorn Lynne: I think it has been quite important. There is a lot more life in the music scene here, and one can even be taken more seriously as a musician if you live in the UK, rather than in Norway. But I still feel that, even if I had stayed in Norway, I would still have been doing okay. Most of the production music contracts I get is with companies in the USA, not here in the UK. And the country you live in, doesn’t really matter. Everything is communicated world wide in seconds by email now.
I don’t know how long you have been absent from Norwegian progressive scene, as well
as I don’t know either if you are lately aware of what’s happening over there. Are you
conscious of current progressive scene in your homeland? 
Is there any band over there which you like most so far?
Bjorn Lynne: I haven’t really followed the Norwegian prog rock scene since 1995, when I moved to the UK. Actually, even when I lived in Norway, I was more interested in the Swedish prog-rock scene, with their many superb bands such as Änglagård, Ritual, Landberk, Flower Kings and many other great Swedish proggers.
From what I remember reading, your music is not attached to an only direction, seen that
the electronic and progressive music are both of your musical creations. Which of these
two musical directions do you think in fact to have captivated a larger number 
of fans through?
Bjorn Lynne: I get a little bit more interest in my prog-rock albums, than my electronic albums. But I think that’s because my prog-rock is released by real record companies, while my electronic music is self-published, so it’s not reaching so far.
How do you get to have enough inspiration on the verge of working  simultaneously
upon two different projects? Do you use to take refuge in a peaceful spot and close
to the nature as a way of letting your mind flow out?
Bjorn Lynne: I just try to let the music come naturally, and don’t force it in a special direction. That is why I often end up working on different projects at the same time. If the music that comes out wants to go in a certain direction, I let it go that way… even if it doesn’t fit into the concept of what I’m working with at the moment. So at the moment, I am working on 3 different projects: A sci-fi rock album, a fantasy / medieval rock album, and an electronic trance album. I have written about 25 minutes for each album, over the last year. I will use another year, and just see what happens. I don’t know which will be finished first.
In your view, what does it generally make a person to decide to become a 
multi-instrumentalist, his appreciation for several instruments, or for his  difficulty in
getting on well with other people in the aggregate?
Bjorn Lynne: I my case, the reason is that I am very enthusiastic and eager, and I never want to wait for anybody else. When I got a musical idea, I don’t have time to wait until the next time the guitarist was available, or the next time the bassist was available, etc. I got an idea, and I just had to perform it, there and then. By the next day, maybe the feeling was gone. That is why I learned some basic skills with all instruments, so that I could get things done in my own time, when the feeling was there.
Some of your musical projects really sound in grand style in my viewpoint, and that 
even reminds me of ‘’Wolves of the Gods’’ for instance. Is there any other project of
you which you couldn’t bring it to pass as yet?
Bjorn Lynne: I haven’t really thought about that. I feel that I have been able to realise the projects I wanted, and I think that “The Gods Awaken” is my most grand project so far, with a lot of musicians involved and an epic theme.
Just to close our interview, would you like to impart a message for all those who 
appreciate your music?
Bjorn Lynne: Just that I appreciate all the interest from those who are willing to use their time to listen to my music, it really makes me feel good. And to welcome people to my web site www.lynnemusic.com and to join my free electronic newsletter mailing list from there.
 

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Bjorn Lynne - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion...

Discography:
Bjorn Lynne CDs
Progrock, acoustic, fantasy, sympho-rock, space-rock
Hobbits & Spaceships (1992)
Montage (1994)
Dreamstate (1995)
Witchwood (1996)
The Void (1997)
Wizard of the Winds (The Timura Trilogy, part 1) (1998) 
Wolves of the Gods ( The Timura Trilogy, part 2) (1999)
Revive (2000)
The Gods Awaken (The Timura Trilogy, part 3) (2001)

Self-published Bjorn Lynne
CDs Various stuff, everything from pop/rock/funk to orchestral to ethnic soundtrack work 
Alien Breed 3D Soundtrack (1995)
Decade (includes DATA CDROM section) (1997)
Seven Kingdoms Soundtrack (1997)
Seven Kingdoms II: The Frythan Wars (1998)
Phoenix: Deep Space Resurrection (1999)
Accelerator (2001)

Bjorn Lynne Home Page
www.lynnemusic.com

Bjorn Lynne is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who produces a unique and exciting style of music with many influences. His work has been compared to pink floyd, enya, mike oldfield, genesis and many, many others.

He has released several solo albums, and had his music used in TV, computer games, special interest videos, radio, interactive CDROM's, and more.

Bjorn is originally from Norway, but has lived in the UK as a composer and sound designer since 1995.

The music on Bjorn Lynne's solo albums are often refered to as ''Sci-fi and fantasy inspired symphonic rock''. or to some, simply ''space rock''.

Bjorn is a versatile musician who does jazz, trance/techno, orchestral, ambient, medieval, hard rock, industrial, kids music and many other games.

The long-awaited new fantasy music album from Bjorn Lynne is his most epic and ambitious project so far. This album was took 18 months of writing and recording, with Bjorn Lynne at the center bringing in several famous guest musicians to help him produce what has become - without doubt - his strongest ever album.

The inspiration for writing this music came about from reading Allan Cole's fantasy novel "The Gods Awaken". It is a dark story, but Bjorn always aimed to make this album a positive one - one that can lift spirits and spread positive vibes, so he took the positive angle on much of the story.

Bjorn himself plays acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass guitar and percussion. In addition, there are guest appearances by many other musicians who contributed to this album over the approx. 18 months that it took to write and record.

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