| Finally! The event that I've been looking
forward to for months was just two days away. Emilie came
along this time as well, and once again she arranged so
we could stay at one of her relatives place in central
London. We took the flight over from Stockholm late Wednesday
evening, arrived at the house in Sheperd's Bush, met Iain
(the relative) and then straight to bed.
We overslept and was a little late for the rehearsals
that took place at Sync City Media, which was located
in a business centre north of London. Around one o'clock,
we saw Chris Abbott just outside the building as he was
looking for Press Play On Tape. They were late. We went
in and were met by Ben Daglish, the organizers Kenz, Waz,
Boz and a few other guys. One of those guys was Pascal
Roggen, who was going to play the violin on Monty on the
Run at the event. He's just a very positive guy, and we
got along staight away.
Still no band after everyone had finished their lunch,
and so we went to the studios office to check things out.
Ben and Pascal started to jam on songs, and I started
to record it with the MD. They played folk songs and Ben
also told me he wanted Press Play On Tape to put Master
of Magic back into the set (and was going to persuade
them too). We discussed Auf Wiedersehen Monty for a bit
and that was fun. But an hour later, and lots of looking
at the clock, things got a bit boring. The guys even started
jamming on Mama Mia!
We went into the rehearsal studio, and I just had to try
out the borrowed synth drums. I have a rock background,
so it was weird at first, but I adjusted quite easily.
In fact, the gear in general looked really nice. Ben kept
jamming on every instrument he could get his hands on,
and finally, the band arrived. I had a small chat with
Jesper Holm Olsen, the guitar player in Press Play On
Tape, who I'd been mailing with about doing an interview
with the band. They got their gear up and started rehersing
Krakout with Ben on flute. I plugged the MD into the mixer
table to record everything, but because of the fact that
it was an idea that came up quite late, I didn't get a
proper sound and the volume from the mixer table just
hit the roof. After a while, I plugged it out, and started
recording with the microphone instead. Emilie took a couple
of pictures, and organizer Kenz was recording the whole
session with his DV camera.
They played through Auf Wiedersehen Monty a couple of
times with Ben on keyboards and flute, before it was time
for the great, great version of Monty on the Run with
Pascal on violin. Ben talked Press Play On Tape in to
end the song abruptly, right after those final solo bits,
and he also suggested that they should expand the end
of Aztec Challenge with lots of solos.
The first interviews
Because I knew the main event was going to be really busy,
I decided to get some interviews done right after the
rehearsals ended. I interviewed Ben first, just to catch
up with things. Next off were the organizing crew: Boz,
Kenz, Waz and Chris. I didn't have to ask many questions,
because they were really happy to talk (about everything),
and for me it was nice to hear what these guys had to
say. Dedicated people! Press Play On Tape was next and
I was really curious to learn more about the band, since
I knew very little.
Emilie and I left the rehearsal studio, took the train
to Covent Garden and went to a pub called Marquis of Granby.
We were meeting Adam Gilmore there to do the interview
we've talked about. Adam used to work just around the
corner, and this was his regular place. We noticed that
Adam was drinking lots of beer - and really fast too!
He later told Emilie he was a bit nervous about the interview.
:) After the interview, we walked to a spaghetti house
nearby, and talked about everything and nothing. Adam
told us he had Swedish friends, and that he'd been to
Stockholm several times and was thinking of going back
later this summer. He generously paid for everything and
was just a top lad!
The event, the glorious event
We were supposed to see the England vs Brasil football
match, but decided to stay in bed because we had a long
day infront of us and lots of things to do. We arrived
at Gossips around six, went in and had a small chat with
Chris and Robert Stjärnström from Machinae Supremacy.
Ben signed the C64 I had brought, and Pascal played a
part of Monty on the Run for us. Before things were gonna
get really busy, we decided to grab a bite to fill our
empty stomachs. Walking back to Gossips gave us both a
great buzz, because people had started to gather just
outside the entrance to the club. They were all here for
a freakin' C64 event! What an amazing sight!
We went in to find David Whittaker in the bar ordering
another pint. Now, everyone knows what happened last time,
so David had decided to take it easy on the drinks (so
he told us). He signed my C64 and I did a small catch
up interview with him. He works at Jester Interactive
now and he's back composing music again! Isn't that great
Gossips looked like a typical, scruffy rock bar. It was
in a basement and it had "lots of red on the wall"
as Pascal put it. The air-conditioning didn't work that
well, and so when Gossips was crowed, it became quite
hot. The shop they put up was bigger than the one in Birmingham.
Although the sale figures weren't as big as Chris had
hoped for, the shop had some really neat things on sale.
Like the CD releases from Reyn Ouwehand, Instant Remedy
and the Remix 64 CD. The 107th issue Zzap!64 was on sale
too, but I forgot to buy it!
The Wizball video by Mark Hennessy-Barrett and the Atari
Robot video by Boz (among other things) were shown on
the TV monitors. The game competitions were unfortunately
cancelled, but the C64's were set up for anyone who wanted
to have a go.
Press Play on Tape hits the stage
What everyone had been waiting for was now introduced
by Ben Daglish, the host for the evening. He entered the
stage by playing air guitar with the national anthem in
the background. The first act never showed up, so Press
Play On Tape was called up on stage. Before they started
playing, their "game boy band video", with a
typical boy band production of Comic Bakery, was shown
on the TV monitors. They kicked off the set with the intro
from Giana Sisters, which actually was nicked from Machinae
Supremacy's version of that song. Hilarious! Giana blended
into Warhawk and was followed by Aztec Challenge and Thrust
with Pascal playing on both those tracks. It was so nice
to hear these songs live, and even though there were mistakes
here and there, it didn't matter at all. Rambo - First
Blood Part 2, Flimbo's Quest, Crazy Comets, Delta and
Ghosts'n Goblins followed before the highlights of the
First off was Monty on the Run with Pascal doing those
fast and furious violin parts. And after the last note
was played, the audience were cheering like mad! Ben joined
in on Krakout and Auf Wiedersehen Monty. The keyboard
couldn't be found, so Ben played the intro to Auf Monty
on flute. I tell you, it was horrible to listen to at
first, because he didn't get many of the notes right.
But it got lots better. Auf Monty is such a heavy song!
Press Play On Tape finished off their set with Outrun,
which was lots of fun especially because Heidi was saying
"Checkpoint" every once in a while. The first
8-bit rock concert outside of Japan was a fact!
We mingled for a while and found Slaygon, Cupid and Widdy
chatting away, and joined in. I also met and talked to
Mat Allen, Lala, Adam Lorentzon and Peter Sandén,
but missed Jason Page, Stephen Robertson (Sir'86) and
The Shark, which was a pity. A longer event next time
is a must!
Jon Hare interviewed
I interviewed Jon Hare next and he told me things like
why he and Chris Yates didn't work together anymore and
why Sensible Software were sold to Codemasters (among
many things). Expect a longer interview with the man on
this webpage soon! The next interview was done with Pascal
in the ladies room, simply because it was quiet (the mix
of music and people talking makes it quite hard to hear
what people are answering).
More live performances
Machinae Supremacy was fun to watch because they're such
a tight band and their Giana Sisters cover sounded great.
They also played a bunch of C64 tunes they'd put together
in to something they called Sidology one and three. The
songs they played were Cybernoid 2, Rocky Star, Deflektor,
Outrun (episode one) and Flimbo's Quest, Bubble Bobble,
Arkanoid, Monty on the Run, Commando, Outrun (episode
three). I just love the punkvibe in episode three! Studio
versions of these songs are avalible on their website,
and according to singer/guitarist Robert Stjärnström,
episode two will be avalible in a not too distant future.
During the gig, we met Adam Gilmore again and he signed
my C64 and kept buying us drinks. Adam is taking his driver
licence in July, and if everything works out well, he'll
come over to Stockholm! Iggy Pop is playing at the amusement
park Gröna Lund ya know! :)
During the evening, the other acts Octave Sounds, Rebekah
Mancino and Seth Sternberger were playing, but I missed
them all because no one ever announced that they were
gonna play. At least I didn't hear an announcement!
Interviewing Joseph and Ouwehand
Meeting Richard Joseph again was a blast! He was a bit
devastated because England lost the football match earlier
that day. Other than that, he was in a great mood. I always
seem to interview him after "very many of these",
as Richard once said, and he kept hiding his beer whenever
Emilie took a picture. Later on I interviewed Reyn Ouwehand
and he told me many interesting things (like how he got
the Last Ninja 3 gig). I was supposed to interview Jeff
Minter after that, but he left as I was interviewing Reyn.
Actually, I asked him about an interview earlier, but
it seemed impossible because he could hardly speak. Too
much smoke and alcohol maybe? Someone else grabbed him,
and so, no interview was done.
over - for now
The clock had turned three, and the event was over. We
said goodbye to those who were still hanging around, like
Boz, Chris, Cupid, Widdy and the very drunk Press Play
On Tape lads. All in all, it was just a brilliant evening!
Too short, too sweaty, but brilliant! People from Morocco,
Hungary, UK, USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Finland,
Norway, Germany and Belgium were at the event, and it
shows how important these kind of events are. I'm looking
forward to the next event and are curious what Chris,
Waz, Boz and Kenz will do next time!
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