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GONZO WEEKLY #47: Jon meets Erik Norlander

I often seem to preface my interviews for the Gonzo Weekly by saying that "I am very fond of...", but it is true. Especially in this case. I am...

GONZO WEEKLY #72: Erik Norlander interview

Erik Norlander is an extraordinarily talented musician and composer.  I have been following his career for the last couple of years ever since Gonzo released his two Galactic Collective DVD se...

GONZO WEEKLY #167: Jon meets Erik Norlander

In the three years since I first started working with Gonzo Multimedia several of the artists associated with the company have become person...

GONZO WEEKLY #190: Jon meets Erik

In the three years since I first started working with Gonzo Multimedia several of the artists associated with the company have become personal friends. People Like Judge Smith, Liz Lenten and Erik ...

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Erik Norlander Biography

Erik Norlander is a progressive rock keyboardist, composer and producer from California. He has written and produced over 30 albums since 1993 with his chanteuse spouse Lana Lane, his band Rocket Scientists, his own solo albums and numerous guest appearances. Erik's evocative keyboard technique is reminiscent of the legendary Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Jon Lord while still very unique and forward-moving in its own right. Erik takes many of the classic riffs and phrases of his heroes and reinvents them with highly emotional pitch bending, vibrato and authoritative phrasing. This technique combines brilliantly with Erik's mastery of sound and production. Erik has personally led sound design efforts on several major brand synthesizers, and his knowledge of synthesis and audio engineering are second to none. Erik's perpetual live use of vintage and classic instruments, particularly Moog synthesizers, give his concerts a depth and authenticity of sound seldom seen in modern stage productions.
Erik Norlander was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up studying both jazz and classical music on several instruments from a young age through his years at the university where he also graduated with a degree in English Literature. While clearly a prog rocker, Erik is surprisingly quite adamant that he prefers melody over flashy playing and strong songwriting over artsy meandering.
Erik's latest solo project is a pair of DVD/2CD releases, one studio and the other live: The Galactic Collective - Definitive Edition and The Galactic Collective - Live in Gettysburg. The Galactic Collective project is a prog rock tour de force of re-imaginings of Erik's best instrumental compositions written for Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists and his previous solo albums. 
Erik's previous solo albums are Threshold (1997), and instrumental progressive effort with a decidedly electronically bent and Into the Sunset (2000), a prog metal vocal album with a more traditional rock band sound. Erik's third album is a 2CD rock opera concept album with an all-star cast entitled Music Machine about the dramatic rise and fall of genetically engineered rock star. The Music Machine rock opera was released worldwide in June, 2003, followed by a successful European tour with Lana Lane and vocalist Kelly Keeling. In 2004, Erik released his live recording, Stars Rain Down, featuring concerts in Europe. Later in 2004, Erik released a wholly electronic CD titled Seas of Orion which debuted at the Dutch Alfa Centauri Electronic Music Festival where Erik headlined that year. Erik’s DVD/CD titled Live in St. Petersburg, recorded in the Russian "northern capitol", was released in July, 2006. In 2006 Erik released Hommage Symphonique, an album of classic progressive rock cover songs produced and arranged in Norlander's signature style. Additional recent releases include his band Rocket Scientists’ Revolution Road (October 2006) and Looking Backward (November 2007) and Lana Lane's El Dorado Hotel (2012). 
In 2007, Erik joined ASIA featuring John Payne, the latest incarnation of the classic supergroup, as the band's keyboardist. He has toured extensively with the group throughout 2008 and 2009 and is working on new studio recordings. In 2009-2011, Erik also toured in Europe, South America and the USA with another supergroup, BIG NOIZE, featuring hard rock all stars, Joe Lynn Turner, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, Carlos Cavazo and Simon Wright. Erik also works extensively with THE BOB MOOG FOUNDATION and performed a 2009 concert along with Keith Emerson to open "The Legacy of Moog" exhibit at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California, and the epic "Moogus Operandi" concert in Asheville, North Carolina in 2010.
Erik Norlander has been featured multiple times in KEYBOARD magazine in the USA as well as four appearances in the Japanese KEYBOARD magazine along with multiple appearances in BURRN!, STRANGE DAYS, PROGRESSION and ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN. He has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and continues to receive energized reviews in numerous publications around the world.

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