Interview by Tarja Virmakari – Proofread: Diane Parkes
AYREON is the flagship musical project by Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. The musical style of Ayreon draws mainly from heavy metal and progressive rock, but also incorporates aspects of other genres such as folk, classical and electronica, resulting in the unique “Ayreon sound”. The new album, The Theory Of Everything” came out on October 28th, via Inside Out Music, and it has already gained Album Chart entries in many countries worldwide.
Just a couple of days ago Tarja Virmakari had a chance to have a long and interesting chat with Arjen. He spoke about a completely revamped conceptual universe for Ayreon. Gone are the complicated story lines featuring sci-fi, aliens and time-travel; in their place is a real-world drama set in the here and now. Arjen told also about the inspirations he had while creating this masterpiece of four epic tracks, divided in 42 segments, which is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy… but Tarja and Arjen talked also about many other Album details too, so please join to the conversation here below.