| Me and Emilie took the plane from Stockholm
on Tuesday evening because I had scheduled some interviews
before the event which would start on Wednesday. The trip
started off really well when the plane we flew with was
struck by a lightning. The pilot said that it's probably
the first and last time you're in a plane that's been
struck by a lightning, and it's probably the first and
last time you'll get out of a plane alive that's been
struck by a lightning. Emilie's cousin picked us up at
the airport and too us to his place.
We left London for Birmingham at 8 o'clock where we arrived
around lunchtime. The hotel wasn't as close to the trainstation
as we first thought, but eventually we found it. I knew
that Rob Hubbard already had arrived, so I asked the receptionist
to give him a call. His phone was busy so we went up.
And there he was. In room 57. We talked about everything
for two hours and after that I asked him about doing an
interview. He wasn't too keen on it, since he's been asked
just about every question there is. But I persuaded him
to do it.
After the interview was done, I found out that there was
something wrong with the DV camera and that it didn't
want to record the sound properly. I thought twice about
asking him to do the interview all over again, but I had
no choice. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity!
I went up and had another go, and actually, Rob thought
the questions were interesting (which was a relief for
The scheduled interviews with Dave Whittaker, Fred Gray
and Martin Galway were cancelled because they were a bit
late. After hanging out at the hotel for a while, we went
down to the event.
Arriving at the DNA club
We got our VIP passes at the entrance when we arrived
at the DNA Club and went up to the lounge right away and
found the place already filled with people, and of course
the stars. Since I had been mailing with the guys, it
was a lot easier to approach them. First I met Gray and
he told me why he got hold up and that we could do the
interview whenever I wanted. I saw Whittaker talking to
Galway and I went up to them and Dave recognized me right
I interviewed Galway first. It was a really fun interview
to do, because there I was, talking with the man who made
Parallax, Rambo, Times of Lore etc, all by myself. There
were some nice pictures taken, and I'm especially thinking
of "Galway - the oceanman" (check out the pictures).
Martin was nagging on me because Emilie was a bit cold.
"Aren't you taking care of your girl"-kind of
nagging. She had a coat in the closet all the time, but
didn't want to get it, so Martin lent his Digital Anvil
shirt to her. We went up to mingle a little, and my bud
Che was really amazed because Em had Galway's shirt on.
He had to try it on, and so he did - while Galway was
looking another way! Hilarious!
I approached Whittaker about an interview, but he said
that, where ever you are on monday, I'll give you a
call and we'll do it then. I told him that I didn't
have any equipment to do this and it was not gonna take
long, so he finally agreed. Pictures were taken and
inlays were signed. He didn't remember that he did the
music for Milk Race and War Cars Construction Set.
Fred Gray was next. Everything went on so smoothly:
interview, photos, autographs - bam! Done in 20 minutes!
People were dancing to C64 remixes all night. Jeff Minters
lightshow was something very special, and the C64 games
projected on the walls were cool to look at. People
were starting to get really loaded, and everyone seemed
to have a ball.
Later on, Daglish introduced me to Crowther and we agreed
on doing an interview with them together. It was the
reunion of We M.U.S.I.C. folks! They were both in a
really good mood and you know, Ben is like the guy who
talks all the time and entertains everyone. As a huge
fan of this duo, it was fantastic to interview them.
It was a fun and relaxing interview, and I also had
Ben sign a few inlays and Tony signed Zig Zag.
We had not been eating since breakfast, so after a lot
of work, we sat down for some nuggets and fries. After
chatting to people from all over Europe, we decided to
go up to the VIP lounge again. We found the stars gathered
together for a photo shoot - and we almost missed it!
I tried to find Mark Cooksey, but without success. I
got hold of Minter and Richard Joseph for a quick interview
though. I tell you, Richard looked *really* weird when
I asked him if he had a message for all the fans out
there. And he was really amazed with the cover of The
Sacred Armour of Antiriad that I brought for him to
Jeff was great! This event was like a culture shock
for him, but he seemed to like the situation. He showed
me Flossie and it was the first time that I *really*
understood that he's really passionate about her, the
prettiest sheep in the world.
The event was almost over, so we decided to pick up on
the offer Galway had given us earlier, which was to leave
the event and grab a bite. The time was around 2 o'clock
and we said goodbye to Whittaker who could hardly speak
no more. At the door we met Daglish and Crowther and said
goodbye, and we all witnessed Whittaker being carried
out (cheers Dave!).
We went to an Indian restaurant. I won't bother writing
what we talked about, it was pretty much non-C64 talk.
But one thing I did ask him was if he felt weird about
having fans and writing autographs. He told me that he
had imagined the situation and had mentally prepared for
things that could happen at the event. Martin was off
early Thursday morning, so around 3:15, we said goodbye
and it was pretty cool when he said "keep in touch".
He later told me he missed the flight and had to wait
with the stars
We ate breakfast at 9 o'clock and met Abbott, Hubbard,
Joseph and Gray. Gray stayed for a bit to talk to us.
He was so kind! Things were too good at times, but maybe
the composers felt that it was a bit less weird to talk
to me because I had my girl with me, which shows that
I'm sane and that I have a life. Heheh...
When we checked out, Ben came and checked out as well.
He was a little worried about Dave and how he was doing.
The receptionist called Dave's room, but there was no
answer. She told us that she would check up on him, so
we could leave. We walked to the trainstation together
with Mat Allen (a guy we just met and went back to London
with - cheers!) and Ben told us that he and Jeff had been
catching up on old times in his room 'till 4.30. And we
all know what that means! :) Later that day we were back
in Sweden and realised how much fun we had. I'M REALLY
HAPPY I WENT!!
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