Myglobalmind: Hi Ronnie!!, Congratulations on the new record Pandemonium and thanks for taking the time to chat with us and fans of the band.
Ronnie: My pleasure
Myglobalmind: This is the bands 12th studio record since your debut “Red Hot and Heavy” in 1984, a long journey in the music business. Has your music making process changed since then and, if so, how?
Ronnie: Well I guess we always tried to stay on the musical path that we originally sat out on back then. Even though we’ve sometimes tried to update ourselves a little we always end up sounding like PM. Basically to me there are two kinds of music, good and bad and we always aim for the good melody weather it’s heavy or the more soft stuff, so to speak.
Myglobalmind: Take us through the recording process on Pandemonium, you have stated before that you believe this is the best album PM has done in 15 or 20 years. How so?
Ronnie: Well in general there were a fantastic vibe in the band this time around, right since the songwriting process and on trough the recording itself. On top of that I just felt we had the right balance of songs this time around and a good producer.
Myglobalmind: The albums leans towards a more political theme in places; I have noticed this from other bands here and there of recent, in this time and age with the state of the world the way it is, do those things that matter most to people give you more creative ideas to write about something more meaningful?
Ronnie: First of all we’re not a political band and we do not really want to bring out any political statements as such. However as you mention yourself meaningful issues like the global issue is something that concerns as all. Pandemonium was in fact partly written during the COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen last Nov.
Myglobalmind: Any particular reasoning behind the title “Pandemonium”?
Ronnie: Well we thought it was a good title and that it did fit well with some of the music on the album.
Myglobalmind: I wanted to ask you about the cover artwork on the record, how did that come about?
Ronnie: A german guy called Kai Brocksmidt came along during the process and he seemed to have a lot of ideas, we liked what we saw and after some back and forth, that was it. I like it.
Myglobalmind: I have read rumors about where the name Pretty Maids came from, what’s the real story?
Ronnie: The real story is that it came from a book I guess Hammer were in possession off, and that’s basically it. We talked about changing the name back in 82/83 since some thought we were a girlie band ( can’t really blame em’, right ) but at the time being we already had printed our own T shirts and we simply couldn’t afford to have some new ones made. ( No shit )
Myglobalmind: Touring is a big part of a band’s life, do you have a preference from what part of the world you have enjoyed the most while touring?
Ronnie: I really had a lot of great experiences all over the place, so I guess it’s difficult to pin point out any specific country.
Myglobalmind: What has been your highest accomplishment in your music career so far?
Ronnie: Well maybe that we’re still around after almost 30 years and still able to pull if off and most of all having great fun, still !!!
Myglobalmind: If you weren’t in the music business what would you be doing?
Ronnie: Play tennis !!, all the time !
Myglobalmind: What’s the secret to the band’s longevity and the drive to keep pushing forward?
Ronnie: That we still enjoy what we do and that we just do it when we feel like it , on top of that you can travel the world with some of your best friends with a free bar, Mostly ! I guess that’s that.
Myglobalmind: What are the chances of tour dates here in the USA?
Ronnie: Well I seriously hope that we’ll be able to play at least some dates in the states on this tour, but it’s really a financial matter as always. However it’s about time.
Myglobalmind: Thanks Ronnie for taking the time and good luck on the rest of promotion for Pandemonium!
Ronnie: Thanx and best regards, Ronnie Atkins
Webzine Review for Pretty Maids – Pandemonium.