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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 43 | volume VIII | July-August, 2005



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 43July-August, 2005
Sound Reviews

Interview with Coen Walters

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Vasja Ivanovski

Coen Wolters and Vasja Ivanovski at Skopje Blues & Soul Festival 2005

Playing in Skopje is probably your first gig in this part of Europe, your impressions?
    – Yes, it was the first time we played in that part of Europe and hopefully it was the first of more gigs in South East Europe. I was amazed how well everything was arranged and how friendly the people were. The audience was great and we met so many nice people. We checked out a few local bands and I got some CD’s and I must say that the level of musicianship is incredibly high.

Something about your musical beginnings: what got you into music?
    – I didn’t start playing guitar untill I was 18, but I was always intrigued by bass guitars. Before I started playing I wanted to be a luthier, building bass guitars, so I bought a cheap bass with the intention to disassemble it. I played a few notes and I was hooked. I didn’t like the gig, thick strings, so I tried a guitar and never looked back.

Was there any music tradition in your family?
    – No, not at all. My parent don’t play instruments and music was never something important in our house.

Your early influences were…
    – When I started playing I was really into Eddie van Halen. I still like that stuff, but nowadays I wouldn’t regard him as an influence on my playing. Maybe it’d be better to mention my influences when I started playing blues, some 10 years ago: Albert King, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and, of course, Stevie.

Who would you regard as your biggest influence so far?
    – I have to make a choice between Jimi Hendrix and Chris Duarte… I’d say Chris Duarte, but Hendrix is always there, too…

Is there anyone you would like to work with?
    – Oh yeah, John Mayall. I’m a huge John Mayall fan and I’d almost give a leg to play with him.

What unfulfilled ambition you have?
    – To play with John Mayall… haha. Well, there’s so many things I still want to do, but the main focus will be playing my music in front of many people.

What was the first record you bought?
    – I honestly don’t remember that, but I know for sure I bought a lot of crap music back then.

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