Steve Hackett’s New Album Reflects Sharing Of Cultural Ideas by Tearing Down Musical Walls #interview
It’s no secret that of all the former Genesis members Hackett has easily been the most prolific with the release of his 25th studio album, “The Night Siren” coming out on March 25th. The guitarist will be winding down his U.S. tour in a few days then he heads to Europe.
Hackett says the new album is, “A bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry.” It’s a welcomed concept for anyone wanting peace and tolerance in the world and in this Trump era it’s refreshing. He says, “In a way it’s something that’s come about naturally, working with all these people, but at the end of it of course we’ve shown that it’s possible for people from all over the world to work together in music – why not every other field. Why isn’t that possible. It’s globalization but also the new album, “The Night Siren” is a wake-up call. I feel the world is on the brink of extremist politics and were in danger of imploding. So once again nationalism it touted as philosophical answer to the worlds problems and we’ve seen where that lead before. Maybe the 1940’s is too far back for anyone to remember? That’s a real shame. We don’t want to go back the same way. I think we should absorb people and make friends with them. I think the music demonstrates this common concept of fellowship. It music be possible to make friends with everyone from everywhere and try to avoid the pitfalls of fundamentalism.”
In our exclusive interview Hackett shared his love for wanting new sounds and new cultures in his music. Adding that he considers himself a musical migrant. I asked him has he always been this curious?
On a lighter note my interview with Hackett was at 8AM my time which does not happen in Rock and Roll very often. Many artists wake up at noon which is part of the lifestyle not only because of partying but try coming down after performing a 3 hour show in front of 20 thousand fans. I asked the guitarist if he was always an early bird.
Look for the new Steve Hackett album, “The Night Siren” on March 25th. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.