• #throwbackthursday – 05-03-2020 – Andi Kravljaca (Bioplan)

    Andi Kravljaca - BioplanAnother thursday is upon us and as we tend to do with LRP extended, we ask the artists of our label about their most memorable past experiences in their musical life! In today’s edition, Bioplan‘s Andi Kravljaca tells us a story of a faithful meeting with a metal icon!

    “Our story starts at Pub Anchor on February 11th, 2004 while I was performing with Seventh Wonder.

    I remember meeting Yngwie Malmsteen on the street, in 1998. He was out shopping with his wife and kid in the middle of Stockholm, you know, looking like Yngwie, same clothes he wears on stage, pushing a pram and pointing to something in a shop window. At this point I had an absolute obsession with Yngwie, so it was hard for me to separate reality from imagination at this time. But, I did the whole thing. The mouth breathing, sweaty palms, fan boy thing, asking him about the settings on his pedals and about tracks on bootlegs he’d never heard of. And he suffered me so well. So well in fact that he invited me to visit a show he was playing at Stockholm’s main rock and metal place, Pub Anchor, that night. I hung out with members of Europe and Candlemass backstage and was just in a teenage orgasmic heaven.

    Six years later, I was standing on that same stage with Seventh Wonder, facing an absolutely packed, sold out venue, and hearing an audience sing lyrics I’d written. I don’t even remember much of the show, but I do remember standing there, backstage, and trying to high-five my younger self through the space-time continuum, saying, buddy… we made it. I still have the pick Yngwie gave me that day, framed on my desk, to remind me that if you can dream it, you can do it.”

    Andi is now working on finalizing the upcoming new release for his project Bioplan which will be released by Layered Reality Productions later this year!

    You can check out the first Bioplan EP here:

  • #throwbackthursday – 16-01-2020 – Elias Mayer (Hillsphere)

    Elias Mayer - HillsphereIt’s thursday! So it’s time for a throwback! This time, Hillsphere‘s Elias Mayer looks back on a very special video production the band did in 2017, here’s the story:

    “In late 2017 we released ‘Our Physical Way of Speaking’. The first official single for the ‘Florescence’ (2018) album which is in our eyes the first actual song of the album as it is also the first one to include vocals. We wanted our debut album to have a slow building intro so when this song comes in it reaches a climax that’s basically overdoing the climaxes from the songs before. It’s the ending mark of the intro and it opens the road for the rest of the album. The real way to listen to it is by listening to the album in its entirety.

    Its subject being about an emotional fight between two individuals made us come to the idea to translate its meaning in a choreographic
    way. After a period of searching we reached out for two contemporary dancers by the names of Cris van Tol and Tyrone Menig. The fact that they had to write this piece for a dynamically diverging song of five minutes long, in such a short amount of time, was quite challenging. We knew that they were able to make the best out of our idea. Both of them had their fair share of experience being the dance instructors they are and even being known for their appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and Holland’s Got Talent. Although it was a new experience for every one of us, Cris and Tyrone were perfectly able to express themselves in the way we had in mind.

    We have had a lot of support for the production of this clip. Our booker at the time was able to grant us the main stage of Duycker, Hoofddorp, our label was able to help us out with the film production and multiple webzines and social media pages helped us to promote
    the clip after they discovered it. Looking back at it now we were definitely lucky to have such a team of professionals working with us. We couldn’t be more happy with a result like this for our first videoclip!”

    You can watch the video below:

  • #whatdoesprogmeantoyou – 08-01-2019 – Tom de Wit (TDW/Dreamwalkers Inc)

    LRP Extended - #whatdoesprogmeantoyou - Tom de WitWith the start of the new year, we asked TDW & Dreamwalkers Inc composer and singer Tom de Wit, what he thinks of progressive music and what it means to him. He shared the following with us:

    “Progressive music to me represents an absolute type of freedom that is not found in ‘regular’ music genres. I can remember hearing a band like Symphony X for the first time as a 14 year old teenager and just being struck by how this band was combining heavy metal, classical music, stage musicals (in the vocal department in a way) and all sorts of stuff like it. As most kids in the early 2000’s, I was into nu-metal and was introduced to stuff like Sepultura, Slayer and all that jazz. Also next tot that in my case, I also loved classical music and movie/videogame soundtracks, so hearing a genre in which you could just randomly throw shit together like that seemed like discovering the holy grail.

    Then one of my first bandmates introduced me to Genesis with Peter Gabriel on vocals & crazy sh*t like Vandergraaf Generator, Zappa etc. I remember not ‘getting’ the avant-garde stuff much, and gravitating more to the melodic stuff like later-Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull etc. But as the years went by, I started appreciating the more avant-garde stuff like the earlier mentioned VdGG, Zappa and the likes more and more. Those artists and bands really understood the ‘stupid fearlessness’ that is required to make prog work as a genre.

    With prog it’s really a matter of ‘go hard or go home’ in terms of dedication. If you do prog half-assed, no one will believe you. I think genres like metal, hip-hop and other lifestyle cultures also have this value ingrained in it. Fakeness will be spotted and fans will not get into that. However, because prog still very much is a niche genre worldwide, I think that that statement rings true even more. The progfamily is tightknit and we bond over our mutual love and appreciation of this weird music. But also because this music is such a reactionary experience as opposed to ‘regular pop-music’, the honesty and integrity are very important.

    Progressive music will always be the weird kid in the musical pantheon, but I think that that is also exactly why it is required to keep the musical world balanced. Weird music that breaks boundaries is needed to balance out all the pre-made formulaic music that is made all over the place. And I am also happy to see that the prog genre as such, still attracts a lot of fans. “

    For an example of the music made by Tom, check out the video below:

  • #throwbackthursday – 14-11-2019 – Matthew op ‘t Eijnde (IDEK.)

    Matthew op 't Einde - IDEK. - LRP EXTENDEDIn this episode of #Throwbackthursday we go back in time with Matt from IDEK.. IDEK. played this iconic festival in 2018 and it was this very performance that left such a great impression on the LRP team that it led to the band being signed later!

    Here is what Matt had to say about this special event:

    “With fond memories we think back to our show at Complexity Fest 2018. With our final rehearsal done the day before the show, we were finally ready to play our then new song Approaching Storms live for the first time. We decided to do something special for this show really last-minute: as an intro for the aforementioned song, we did an ambient jam. With Harprit on the drums and a bass guitar playing dubstep-like synth riffs, we managed to create a very dark, organ-like sound and an eerie atmosphere. Never have we ever been so nervous before a show but it went really well. I mean, it’s not every day you get to share the same dressing room with your long-time heroes from Sikth!”

    You can watch a segment of the bands’ performance in the aftermovie here:

  • #throwbackthursday – 17-10-2019 – Jelmer Hertog (Unforeseen Motion)

    Unforeseen Motion - Serendipity band photo 2019For this months Throwback Thursday we’d like to go back to 2011 to tell you the story of how Layered Reality Productions “adopted” Unforeseen Motion! This all started on a not so lazy Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam where Jelmer, Unforeseen Motion’s front man, had spent the day rehearsing with his old band Grimhorde.

    They say practice makes perfect, but one must not forget that practice also makes you hungry. So our front man entered an overcrowded KFC (So classy!) in need of food. With his guitar on his back and his plate full of chicken he was desperately trying to find a place to sit down, and then a voice spoke to him from a corner:

    “Long haired metallians, there’s room for you over here!”

    Sitting there was Tom de Wit, who he had never met. But metal unites, and so they immediately bonded over their shared love for music. Jelmer had some demos lying around for a new project, and Tom had (and still has!) his studio The Imagineering Suite. One and one is two, so Tom mixed Jelmers demos which were then released by Layered Reality Productions in 2011! So one unforeseen meeting set a lot in motion.

    The debut release of Unforeseen Motion is available on streaming services and can be listened to on youtube here:

  • #throwbackthursday – 05-09-2019 – Lennert Kemper (Dreamwalkers Inc)

    Lennert Kemper - LRP ExtendedDreamwalkers Inc‘s guitar-wizard Lennert Kemper remembers the debut-gig of their band in 2016 on a very special occasion, in this first edition of #throwbackthursday here at LRP Extended. He had the following to share:

    “In October 2016, we played our acoustic live debut with Dreamwalkers Inc at Kasteel de Berckt in Baarlo, the Netherlands, as part of the pre-party of ProgPower Europe 2016.

    For me, this was a very special gig, as playing at ProgPower was a top bucketlist item of mine for many years before. It was ultimately my first time visiting the festival. We were lucky enough to get to stay at the festival for free the entire weekend, which most of the Dreamwalkers Inc members did.

    The atmosphere that night (and of course the rest of the weekend) was absolutely magical. My girlfriend and I made many new friends (both fellow musicians and fans) from all over the world that weekend. Since then, we’ve been coming back to the festival every year and there’s never a dull moment.

    Thank you so much, ProgPower family, for welcoming us into your little paradise!”

    Photo provided by Starfountain Design!