The sixth Blackfield album "For The Music" was created under the auspices of Aviv Geffen. In the eclipsed interview the Israeli superstar gives an insight into his soul life and never tires of talking about politics.
eclipsed: Now that Steven Wilson has further retired from Blackfield, you are solely responsible for the compositions, lyrics and production. Was that difficult for you?
Aviv Geffen: No, on the contrary. For one thing, Steven is still there. He sings on three songs and plays a little guitar. On the other hand, I had all the freedom now. Blackfield still sound like Blackfield. It's the same melodic sound. And I think the new album sounds more like the old Steven Wilson than his last solo albums. Also, Coldplay producer Rik Simpson helped me with the mixing.
eclipsed: Are you disappointed that Steven retired?
It almost seemed as if Blackfield - the duo of Israel's superstar Aviv Geffen and prog/art rock jack-of-all-trades Steven Wilson - would come to an end without much fuss. Anyway, the albums only appeared when Wilson's tight schedule allowed it. In addition, Wilson seemed to leave more and more Geffen in the lead with the last two Blackfield releases. Now Blackfield report back.
Not all musicians can put their art into words. This also applies to Aviv Geffen, who receives at the Cologne Hilton, but prefers to play with his mobile phone rather than concentrate on the conversation. He suffers from a discreet self-overestimation and sometimes has less to say than one would expect from a man of his reputation. After all, he is not only a musician, actor and TV celebrity, but also the mouthpiece of the political left in Israel, critic of the radical Orthodox like the Netanyahu government and a good friend with all kinds of rock celebrities. In the end, however, a revealing conversation was relaxed.
eclipsed: The last two Blackfield albums were rather solo albums from you, where Steven supported you only moderately because of other obligations. Now it seems to be a real cooperation again. What's the matter with you?
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.