Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica PR for setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.
Canadian singer Rob Moratti (ex-Saga and Final Frontier) is back with a new solo album, following up on last year’s RENAISSANCE. The new one is called PARAGON and is the second release he’s done for the AOR Heaven label. I was able to have a short chat with the legendary singer and we talked about the new album, the musicians he worked with on it such as Torben Enevoldsen (guitar/keyboards), Tony Franklin (bass; Blue Murder, The Firm etc.), and Stu Reid (drums). We also talked about some of the other guests that contributed on the album as well as what he is up to in the future. Enjoy…
Hi Rob, how are you doing today? Ready to kick off the interview I hope 🙂
I’m doing great thank you for asking. I hope the same for you. Yes, I’m always ready for a great interview!
Your previous solo album, RENAISSANCE, came out last year and now you’re about to unleash a new one. When did you start to work on the material to PARAGON?
I had started writing PARAGON shortly after I finished releasing RENAISSANCE. I continued where I left off as I’m doing again for my next one next year sometime as we speak, lol! As long as I have the will to create I keep myself motivated and moving forward. Its been quite a ride.
IT’S TIME TO LET GO – RENAISSANCE
PARAGON contains 12 songs and clocks in on around 50 minutes. Was it your intention of making a long album or did it just happen?
This wasn’t intentional but the songs just kept pouring out and so it would only be fair to get as many great songs on the record as possible.
What are the longest songs “Alone Anymore” (5,15) and “Picking Up the Pieces” (5,06) about?
“Alone Anymore” is about a relationship going sour and that there’s no need to be waiting by the phone for the call as they’re now moving on but finds themselves trapped in a vicious circle that leads them going back again and again…we’ve all been there. “Picking Up the Pieces” is about finding your way through life and having so much to look forward to. Staying focused will get you there with all your dreams, you just have to believe.
Who did the cover art work to PARAGON and how come you chose to name the album PARAGON, what’s the story behind the title?
I had Ingo Ertl design my artwork again as he also did RENAISSANCE. He’s such a gentleman and very easy to work with. He’s an amazing artist and knows what the artist likes. I chose the title PARAGON because of what it stands for. I felt like there’s a positive energy to stay on top and it’s been a steady pace for me. PARAGON was the first thing that came to mind and felt right at this time.
What are the main differences in between PARAGON and RENAISSANCE in your opinion?
The main difference from is that I have some new additional writers involved, Ulrick Lonnqvist, Pete Alpenborg, Felix Borg and Ken Sandin on PARAGON. For the most part Torben Enevoldsen and I have worked together like we always have. Tony Franklin is always on the monster bass and Stu Reid on drums. It’s all about chemistry.
I’M FALLING – PARAGON – 2020
You once again co-worked with Torben Enevoldsen, Stu Reid and Tony Franklin, how was it to work with such talented musicians?
They’re amazing guys to work with; crazy talent and they just get me. We’ve been working together for years now. I thank my lucky stars every day and I’m grateful for it all.
Your website states that you’ve got some exciting guests on the album and in the bio it says that a few of them are are Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, TSO, Night Ranger) on guitar and Ian Crichton (Saga) also on guitar, are there any others? How did you land those two to participate on the album?
Joel and I started chatting; he’s level headed and such a great guy all around who makes it easy to work with him so then I asked him if he’d be interested in playing. 5 songs later, here we are. It’s my first time working with Joel and I was blown away with what he added to the record. Ian and I have been friends and we still manage to find the time to say “hello” and have laugh every now and then. Ian and I always got along and we’ve written some crazy songs together. Who knows if they’ll ever see the light of day.
Do you agree with the bio when it says “When it comes to songs, melodies and range, as many know, Rob Moretti is a league of his own?” Nice words indeed 🙂
I love what the bio says, and I appreciate it all. These days not too many are releasing full production world class CDs.
I’d say that PARAGON is a great album that I have listened to quite a lot these days. In retrospect, are you happy with the outcome?
Thank you so much, I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Yes I’m very happy with it from start to finish.
Before I let you go, could you give describe PARAGON in three words and why the readers should buy it?
Melodies, melodies and melodies!!!
Well, that was all I had for now, thanks a lot for taking the time making the interview, I wish you all the best. Stay safe and healthy!
Thank you so much for having me Anders, all the very best to as well and stay safe.’Til next year!