July 13, 2024

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Interview with Eric Hansson: Today’s young people have the opportunity to take part in both modern and old blues

Interview with Blues guitarist Eric Hansson. An interview by email in writing. 

Dear readers, get to know more about our US/EU Jazz – Blues Festivals and the activities of our US/EU Jazz – Blues Association in the capitals of Europe, we will soon publish program for 2024, enjoy in the July – August – Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Sofia, new addreses this year, also in Amsterdam, Budapest.

JB: – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. How exactly did your adventure take off? When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Eric Hansson: – I grew up in a suburb of Stockholm, named Sätra. I listened to my dad’s and brother’s records and I got interested in learning how to play the guitar.

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I started play on a guitar that my family got from our grandfather. As a youngster (14 years old) a blues musician Alan Finney gave me the opportunity to jam with him and his band on a blues club in Stockholm. I was there almost every weekend, this was probably the best music school for me. When I started my first own band and doing live performances, I realized that I want to be a professional musician.

JB: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

EH: – I think I did what most other young musicians does, I tried to copy my idols as much as I could, then I worked on my own style/sound.

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JB: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

EH: – I have been playing myself a lot, for a certain period I have made up practice schedules. I tried to develop myself by playing in as many contexts as possible.

JB: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

EH: – Yes I think every musicians does that. I play a lot, to be in as good shape as possible during the period that I record and have gigs.

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JB: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

EH: – I do not understand the question. 🙂

JB: – Are you fool man or idiot?

JB: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

EH: – Yes, I´m okay with it.

JB: – How can we get young people interested in blues when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

EH: – I think it is important that today’s young people have the opportunity to take part in both modern and old blues, for examples in ordinary and music schools.

JB: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

EH: – I think one meaning of my life is to do and share my music.

JB: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

EH: – If I had the chance to change something would be that kids all over the world would on a decent instrument.

JB: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

EH: – I listen to old blues, jazz Johan Mayer, Gary Clark Jr, for new music experiences and rock music and Doyle Bramhall II.

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JB: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

EH: – I would really like to be on a juke joint and listen to Robert Johnson.

JB: – So far, it’s been me asking you questions, now may I have a question from yourself…

EH: – My question to you: How do you think the blues scene will look like in 50 years?

JB: – It will be wonderful, but, thank God, I hope without empty-minded fools like you.

 

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