Interview – Peter Friestedt
Q. You have done in my opinion a great CD production, how does it feel?
Peter: Thank you for your kind words Bengt. It feels very nice to finally present the album that I have been working on for three years. It is a collection of songs that I have been written over the last 7-8 years.
Q. What are you doing right now, just take it easy or do you write some music?
Peter: The major work right now is on promoting the CD as much as I can, I have learned so much about the music business from making this record. I am putting together a pro-tools studio and trying to learn the equipment well enough to overdub my own guitar for records and stuff. I have also been writing a few new tracks for a second CD that I might start working on this fall.
Q. Do you have any more recording plans?
Peter: Yes I definitely do.
Q. It’s a great line up you have on The L.A Project. How is it to work with this guys?
Peter: I feel very blessed to have had the chance to work with these people that are playing on the record. They are some of my favourite musicians and became good friends of mine. It was just a very friendly vibe to this whole recording and I got invited home to Russ’ and Bill’s houses to go through arrangements; Bill also made his studio available for press people to do interviews and stuff. I will be forever thankful for all their help. To say that I am the producer of the CD is really a modification of the truth. I got so much help from all the talented musicians involved.
Q. Do you think It’s possible for us to see you on a tour with The L.A Project?
Peter: Nothing is set yet but I hope to be able to give you some more details on what will happen with this quite soon, tune in at my web site at www.peterfriestedt.com to be updated about this subject.
Q. Did you play in any established bands before The L.A Project?
Peter: I did a lot of different gigs before The L.A.- Project, to mention some I did gigs with some quite well known gospel artists in Sweden as well as some Big Band gigs.
Q. How do you see the future of this genre that L.A Project are in?
Peter: I think there might be a future for the genre, in LA I found out about the big smooth jazz scene. It is a radio channel where they play some classic tracks like The Crusaders “Street Life” and Bobby Caldwell’s “What you won’t do for love” along with some instrumental music. There are also a lot of websites on the net that care about this music like your one for instance.
Q: Okay, thanks Peter for the interview and good luck in the future!
Peter: Thank you Bengt and keep up the great work with your website.
by Bengt Isaksson