Interviewed by Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures.
Here comes a shorter update on what Jim Jidhed, the old Alien singer is up to nowadays. PUSH ON THROUGH is the name of Jidhed’s brand new album which is his sixth album. PUSH ON THROUGH is due to be released at the end of January and ought to appeal to all AOR lovers and melodic rock fans out there.
Hi Jim, thanks for taking the time making the interview with metal-rules.com today. I thought we could begin with talking about your brand new solo album PUSH ON THROUGH, for how long have you been working on material for the album?
Hi ! It’s my pleasure ! well, we worked on the songs for around 7 month.
Have you been a part of both lyric and music writing? How much have you written on your own without co-writing with anyone else? What are the lyrics about?
I written 6 of the songs and worked on the lyric’s together with Ulrick Lönnqvist, Ken Sandin and Morgan Jensen.
Many of the titles and the songs are about love, do you like to sing about love in different shapes and forms?
Well, of my 6 songs i think two of them is more about love while the others more about Pushing Through, follow your heart and do what you want to do in life.
When was the idea born to start working on a solo album?
The idea was born when i was introduced to Daniel Flores through Johan Nylén last februari at a gig with Alien in Stockholm
The First Time (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)
You released a solo album on Swedish in 2015 what do you like best, singing in Swedish or English?
It’s two whole separate things but both has it’s up’s !
With thought of that your previous album came 2015 and PUSH ON THROUGH is going to be released at the end of January, you work really fast 🙂
Ha ha! yes, well, it was 14 years since my last soloalbum in the rock genre so…But it’s fun and as long the voice is there and the songwriting is still fun it is exiting to to keep singing and recording albums.
I think i find inspiration from life it self and usually I mess around with the guitar and try some things out with melodies and sometimes i get a riff on the guitar that give me an idea to a lyric. Each song you write has it’s feeling to it that leads you to the lyric land so to speak. Smile!
In the bio it can be read that this new album was meant to sound different from anything you have done in the past, is that true do you think?
Well, what i think we and especially Daniel created was a heavier sound than i used to have.That was also the plan for this album, to have a bit tougher sound. But it still AOR !! In what way is the album different than FULL CIRCLE from 2003 and REFLEKTIONER from 2007? Well, at first the Swedish album Reflektioner is like the album I released in 2015 more about lyric’s and in a more pop fashion way. But if you compare it to Full Cirkle i think that it is just that: The sound on this album is a bit more heavier and it’s more going on on the tracks soundwise.But for sure, they both mean a lot to me
How would you like to describe what kind of music you play?
People call it AOR, I call it melodic rock or rockmusic!
Who came up with the album title PUSH ON THROUGH? Does the title have any special meaning to you?
I came up with it and it also a title on the album. It’s about breaking through in life, do what you want to do with your life. Follow your heart and your dreames
Are there any plans on shooting a video to any of the songs?
Yes and it almost done and soon to be released
Promotional video “If We Call It Love”
You got an amazing voice, how have you managed to keep it in such a good shape throughout your career?
Thank’s ! well, for starters, i did what many rocksingers dident and still dont, work with my voice !. I went to opera teachers for 3,5 years when i was young. That has helped me a lot preserving the tone and strength in my voice. The rest is about feeling !!
There aren’t many ballads on the album, most of the songs are uptempo pieces, was it your intention of making a “faster” album?
Well, not really, I wanted the album to have a deeper and heavier sound more than anything else, but for sure, “Gloroius” is maybe one of the hardest song I written.
The reviews are beginning to roll in but do you care about what critics have to say about your work? Do you read what they’re writing about you?
Yes I do, and I do care. Especially when i feel that the review is to be taking seriously and the person writing it had put some effort into it.
Have you received any reactions from fans regarding the album?
Yes and it’s really a good vibe from them in general.
How come you wanted to work with Daniel Flores as producer? According to what I have read he wanted to work with you for years, is that true?
Yes, that is correct and it’s been a great pleasure working with Daniel
Musicians on the album is your old Alien colleague Ken Sandin on bass, Michael Palace and Philip Lindstrand on guitar and Daniel Flores on drums. Who came up with using that line-up?
Both me and Daniel and my son Robin was also on the team and was my soundningboard and technician during the vocalsessions.
Past, present and future
You’re website looks awesome, who runs it?
Thank’s ! well, soon me, but for now with help from the two brothers Ken and Janne Sandin
Do you get a lot of mail from fans? What’s the most common question they ask you?
Sometimes i’ll do and it can be about getting autograph’s and maybe finding some old music i recorded…
Besides singing and releasing albums you are also a vocal coach and hosts lectures, is that something you always wanted to do?
I’ll do that from time to time and I like helping people with their voices since I know what it can do for you
Now that PUSH ON THROUGH is out are there any plans on heading out on tour or doing single shows in the near future?
Hopefully we’re gonna do some gigs this year, we working on it !
There’s fans for everyone I think and I am very thankful and happy for those fans that I have!
Could you give the readers three reasons why they should buy PUSH ON THROUGH?
Yes, three words, the same that you just wrote.. We all need to “PUSH ON THROUGH” in life
What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t heard about you or your music before?
Please check me out and the my music, maybe you’ll find it exiting
Well, that was all for me and metal-rules.com for this time. Do you have any final words of wisdom to share with readers and fans?
Yes, To all you out there thinking of a career as a singer, get proper training, it’s gonna help you a long the way! 🙂
Again, thanks a lot for taking the time making the interview, I really hope to see you on a live stage near me soon :). All the best!
It was my Pleasure ! Cheers !