Greetings from Metal Wani, Paul! First off our entire team would like to congratulate you over the 10 magnificent years of Bloodstock Open Air that have gone by. The festival is in its run for the eleventh time this August. How are you feeling about it?
The festivals has continued to grow bigger and heavier over the years and was recently listed in the Top 100 Music Festivals In Europe. When you first started this venture, did you know the festival would grow up to be what it is now?
With more than 100 bands performing over 4 days on 4 different stages, and with less than a month left for metalheads from around the world to start setting up camps, the staff and crew must be weighed down with work. How do you manage to keep the supply of energy running within the team?
You have been painting and exhibiting for a better part of your life. How rewarding has exhibiting at your very own Rock and Metal gallery at Bloodstock 2014 proven to you?
The album art on the new Battalion album titled “Generation Movement” looks absolutely amazing! Can you tell us what inspired the piece?
Do you often reflect on the excerpts from the works of JRR Tolkien while painting? If so, how do you think retrospection helps give structure to a piece?
Being a painter myself, I have felt that keeping the brush down is more difficult that making the first stroke. How do you know when a work is finished?
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Do you also listen to music while you are in your studio? What genres/artists dominate your art-time playlists?
Since you have been painting for so long, you must have developed a few favourites. Which one of your works so far are you most proud of and why?
There will be a group of metalheads attending Bloodstock Festival this year for the eleventh time in a row. What have you got to say about the consistency in fan-appreciation?
What advice would you give to emerging artists and musicians of this generation?
Thank you so much for taking out time to talk to us. We wish you guys all the best with your future endeavours with Bloodstock Open Air!