KJS: Where are you based? Can you tell us about any other members of contributors to BGO?
KJS: We can all see your musical influences on this fantastic album. But are ELO at their peak and the song writing of Jeff Lynne your only inspirations musically and lyrically?
MLH: Mr. Lynne is obviously a huge inspiration. But there are many, many more artists and bands that I have been inspired by. The Beatles, The Carpenters, The Moody Blues, Queen, The Cars, Chicago, Toto, Charlie, Naked Eyes, The Bee Gees and Blanket Of Secrecy - just to name some. There are many more but this gives you a small window of what musically turns me on. When asked, I always say my favourite English band is ELO and my favorite American band is Boston.
KJS: And how did those musical influences shape Bubble Gum Orchestra?
KJS: A common interview question next! Which came first – the music or the lyrics?
KJS: "Out Of This World" is an ELO-esque treasure. Complete with synthesized strings and loads of backward (and forward!) "Secret Messages" ... this must have been a fun album to record Michael?
MLH: Absolutely ... I love to book the time and get into Blue Violin Studios, fire up all the machinery, start pressing knobs, sliding levers and begin creating. I guess I am like the man behind the curtain controlling the "Almighty" 'Wizard Of Oz'. Oh yes, the backward and forward "Secret Messages" are heard throughout OOTW ... I have always admired the way Mr. Lynne incorporated all the little bits of backwards messages here and there along with Prologues and Epilogues and orchestrated intros into all of those great classic ELO songs ... It's those little details that that I loved with ELO and what I believe is sorely missing in today’s somewhat sterile current music scene. My goal was to bring back a little bit of yesteryear's glory and re-introduce listeners [new and old] to the long lost style of songs we all remembered and loved. I basically wanted to start Bubble Gum Orchestra's OOTW where ELO’s OOTB left off at. Who knows, someone, somewhere, someday might refer to BGO as ... "son of ELO"?!
KJS: So what are your aspirations for OOTW? What has been the feedback to your promotional tour, the new web site and first single “Night In Shangri-La”?
MLH: I want to get Bubble Gum Orchestra introduced to the masses! From all of the positive feedback we have received from our new friends and fans all over the world, I truly believe we can find our niche and a home with listeners if we can just be heard. Our new BGO website at bubblegumorchestra.com has been very well received also. Everyone has been so kind, and I really appreciate all the ELOve we have received!
KJS: Are you getting regular air play out there in FM land?
KJS: Are there plans to take BGO out on the road? To the US and beyond ... even England?
KJS: The seventeen (17) songs that make up OOTW are: “Agnes Is Back”, “Night In Shangri-La”, “Lights Over London”, “Lonely Girl”, “Reversible Relationships”, “Yesterday Tomorrow Tonight”, “Goodbye My Old Friend”, “Where Are You Now”, “Sky Has Turned Blue”, Concerto For A Sad Day: “Feeling Down”, “The Wheels Keep On Turnin'”, “Summer Day”, “Happy Song”, “Girl I'm Gonna Miss You”, “Sunrise In Spain”, “All I Wanna Do” and “Love Never Goes As Planned” ... can you give us a brief summary of these songs and what they are about?
KJS: And if you had to pick a favourite track on OOTW – what would it be?
KJS: What will be the next BGO project Michael? Can you give us a clue or three?
KJS: Now – here is a question that I always ask next when ‘interviewing’ for ELOBF: What are your personal favourite ELO (and Beatles) tracks?
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 18-Oct-2011