Legendary singer-songwriter and musician – Stan Bush
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer at Rock’N’Growl Promotion for get setting up the interview.
Thanks to Cargo Records Uk for the promo pictures of Stan Bush
This short interview was made a while ago when I had the pleasure to talk to melodic rock/AOR legend Stan Bush. Late November marks the time of the release of his new album titled DARE TO DREAM which is his 14th studio album so far. The song “Born To Fight” taken from the new album is being featured in a worldwide promotion campaign on Netflix for the two most popular anime shows Baki and Kengan Ashura. Netflix is also about to release a video on YouTube to the song but when this interview was made it hadn’t been released yet, it’s due to come online at the end of November. We talked about the new album and what’s the working process is like when he writes an album, he’s long time partnership with musician/producer Holger Fath and who the musicians are on his new album. Keep on reading to see what he had to say……
Hi Stan, thanks for taking the time making this interview today, I hope you’re healthy and doing fine in these somewhat dark times.
It’s my pleasure! Thanks for having me!
Well let’s start with talking about your previous album CHANGE THE WORLD which came out 2017 and is your 13th!! solo album, wow. What did fans and media think of it?
I think fans really liked the “Change the World” album! It was an uplifting album overall. Reviews were very good.
You’re now signed to L.A Records in the US and with Cargo Records in Europe, are you happy with the work the labels have put into you and the albums so far and why did you leave Frontiers Records?
I’m very happy with my current label, both in the US and Europe, and the creative freedom to do what I do. I have a lot of respect for Frontiers! Those guys are great at what they do, bringing the best music for the fans!
When did you start to work on material to the new album DARE TO DREAM?
We started working on songs for “Dare to Dream” last year (2019). “The 80’s” was released as a single last summer, along with a cool music video. A couple of other songs we’re written in the fall of 2019.
But most of the songs for “Dare to Dream” were written this year.
Where do you find the inspiration to write music and lyrics and what are the lyrics about this time? Do you work alone or do you write together with someone else?
Many of the songs are about ‘going for it’ and ‘believing in yourself’ and a couple of songs have a fighting or battle theme. There are also songs about life and love. It’s not always easy to come up with a theme for a song to be about. Sometimes I just have to vibe it and see what feeling comes out. I wrote most of the songs myself, but I also collaborate with my long-time writing partner, Lenny Macaluso (“The Touch”).
Have you ever felt the pressure from fans or media to overdo yourself when it comes to writing a new album?
Actually no, I’ve never felt pressured from fans to come up with a new album, although it seems to be around three years between albums. Sometimes I put pressure on myself and I get in a hurry. I try not to do that (ha-ha).
Last summer the single/video “The 80’s” was released, how did fans and media respond on the song?
The response from “The 80’s” was great! People loved the song and the video. I think all of us long for the times when we were young and carefree. Music can totally take you back in time.
The 80’s official music video
Your song “Born to Fight” is being featured in a world wide promotion campaign on Netflix this past October for their two most popular anime shows Baki and Kengan Ashura and they’re also releasing a video on Youtube, unfortunately I haven’t found the video yet. What can you tell us about that collaboration?
Here’s the link for the “Born to Fight” music video:
The music video was just released by Netflix. Netflix anime contacted me to write a song about fighting, and I called up my friend Lenny Macaluso. We wrote “Born to Fight” a couple of months ago, and it came out so good, Netflix wanted to do a music video with me along with footage from their two most popular anime shows Baki and Kengan Ashura. The song and the music video are getting great reviews!
Which musicians have you teamed up with on DARE TO DREAM?
My producer Holger Fath did an awesome job on the album. He also played guitars, keyboards, and bass. The drummer is Craig Yamek.
Someone that you have worked together with a lot is musician/producer Holger Fath, how come you worked so much with him and what’s his strongest feature as musician/producer?
Holger’s a great guitarist, and plays keyboards and bass. His best talent is as a producer and arranger. The tracks we do together sound amazing!
Do you think old hardcore Stan Bush fans are going to like DARE TO DREAM?
So far, the reviews for “Dare to Dream” have been great! I’m grateful for their support in past years, and I think this is one of my best albums!
Where in the world do you got your biggest fanbase?
It seems like I have fans throughout Europe, maybe mostly in Germany and the UK, but also more and more in the US and other parts of the world. A lot of fans know me from Transformers, the Van Damme movies, and other films.
Who did the cover art work to the album and are you happy with it and why did you chose to call the album DARE TO DREAM?
The album cover artwork was by Nello Dell’Omo in Italy. He did the cover art for my last four albums, and he’s awesome! I love his work!
The title song “Dare to Dream” seemed to be an important message, an uplifting message in a troubled time. Also, the song came out great. Things just came together, and it seemed like the perfect album title.
How would you like to describe what kind of music you play on DARE TO DREAM?
I would say “Dare to Dream” is totally a rock album! It has an 80’s feeling, with memorable hooks and feel-good anthems. Musically I think I never really left the 80’s.
I think that DARE TO DREAM is a brilliant album with some really well-written material, well-executed music, and a great production and the album makes me really happy listening to it. Are you happy with the outcome of DARE TO DREAM?
I appreciate the kind words! Yeah, I’m very pleased with how it came out. I think music is super-important, and if it helps make someone’s day a little better, I’m as happy as can be.
Well, that was all for me and metal-rules.com this time around, once again, thanks for taking the time making the interview, it’s been an honor and I really wish to see you live on stage in Scandinavia as soon as it’s OK to tour again. Stay healthy and safe, finally do you have any words of wisdom to share with fans and readers?
Thanks so much for doing the interview with me. I think if people just dare to dream, there’s no limit to what we can do!
Hope to see everyone on tour! Please check out my website: stanbush.com