:: LADY LAKE
WHO ARE LADY LAKE BAND MEMBERS?
"Fred Rosenkamp guitars, Jan Dubbe, drums, Leendert Korstanje, keyboards."
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
"The band was originally founded in 1973 and existed until 1982. The current line-up has been the same since 1979, including a bass player. The band played a lot of gigs in Holland during the '70s and early '80s often sharing the bill with rather well known Dutch bands like Kayak, Alquin, Finch, Partner, Solution to name but a few. In 1977 the band released the album No Pictures. This album went its own weird way and Musea Records in France asked us to rerelease No Pictures. In 1997 No Pictures was rereleased on cd with 35 minutes of bonus tracks. Please have a look at www.ladylake.nl for details. By the way, No Pictures is available again through Musea Records."
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
"We're not sure what is meant here. Are you referring to people who appreciate our music, or are you wondering about what will be our next steps? The people who love our music generally have been progressive music lovers for a long time. Ours are not the easiest of tunes, with no vocals, but still we do have a nice and enthusiastic following. The next thing we are planning is to find as many possibilities as we can to play our music live. That's what we would really like to do. Furthermore we're putting together a cd containing all kinds of great unknown tunes from the Lady Lake archives. This cd is mainly meant for our friends and other people interested in how our music evolved over the years."
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
"That we have always played the music we liked, and that we have always stayed friends. Consider the fact that we've been playing together for more than 30 years! We still enjoy making music and especially the fact that quite a few people all over the world like our music is very stimulating. We never knew that No Pictures had reached a certain cult status in Japan for example. A personal and very emotional moment in our band's history was when we performed during the Amsterdam VanGorgg 2002(Gentle Giant meeting), where Kerry Minnear, Gary Green and John P. Weathers sat in the front row listening to our music and our version of Gentle Giant's Three Friends. Meeting in this way, who could have known.... etc..."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE US "SUPERCLEANDREAMMACHINE"?
"The album is named after a very important radio show produced and hosted by Ad Visser, who is still well known for his multi-media projects, not only in The Netherlands. This show made our generation really aware of all the new music and possibilities coming our way. We were inspired by this music and the foundation for our friendship was made during this time (early '70s). We recorded Supercleandreammachine because the No Pictures reissue got really pleasant reviews, and Musea asked us to do another album. But most importantly, we still love to play our music, whether to be released on cd or not. We were lucky to be able to use only original '70s instruments on the album e.g. Fender-Rhodes, MiniMoog, Mellotron MK VI, Hammond L 100 etc. We still love the musical era during which these instruments were popular and we think they're still sounding great! Every piece on our album has an outspoken original melody line which we consider a basic feature. Besides this, our music should be pleasant to listen to and still contain musical depth as well. The fact that our musical sound is very reminiscent of the '70s is a choice we've made, and should not be explained as total unawareness of the way popular music has developed since that era. We play what we like and what we are more or less capable of, there's nothing more to it."
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
"Well, perhaps others should decide on such aspects, but one thing we've been told and which we are really pleased about is that our new album definitely still holds the real Lady Lake sound and feel."
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
"Well, the feedback we've had so far is quite overwhelming, actually. Too many to mention. Please look at www.ladylake.nl for recent reviews."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
"Nothing in particular, really. As long as we have fun in composing, recording and performing and certain music lovers feel attracted to Lady Lake's music and let us know about this, we will always feel very much satisfied and privileged."
"We've always been thoroughly down to earth on this subject, so we don't expect anything rather spectacular to happen. However, we have a new management and hopefully this will mean performing live more often. Actual touring, visiting other countries for longer periods, is not a very realistic expectation."
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
"We would love to continue in the same vein as we have always done. Also we definitely hope that the release of our next album will take less time than the ones we released up till now."
ANY LAST REMARKS?
"Thanks again for your interest in our music. We very much appreciate it!"
Official website: www.ladylake.nl