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Kevin G. Kern - Well, I loved the music and spirit of your Dad's "Family Album"....musical portraits of your family of course . It seems since that was awhile ago, there would be enough new "material" for a collaboration between you! O.k. a question..just wondering how much formal musical education you may have had, and informal as to observing and listening....thanks!

Daniel Hanson - I'm also interested in the answer to Kevin's question (as one who used to spend about 4 hours a day in the practice rooms at a music school).

Thanks for the questions Kevin (& Daniel). I really liked the family album and it was created by Dad at a time of relative stability for the Wakemans (which is quite unusual!). A collaboration on a new one would be fun but as Dad now has lots of children and grandchildren along with lots of pets it might have to be a treble CD release...

As to the formal training question, I had initial classical training as a young child from about the age of 5/6 then stopped in my early teens (when I started to study guitar). I then started playing keyboards in lots of different bands from the age of about 16 and developed my love of playing on stage.

Whilst at college (studying Graphic Design) I used to spend my luchtime and free periods practacing in a small piano room. I just used to play to myself coming up with ideas and melodies.

Following college (and whilst performing on the Devon music circuit) I felt I needed to go back and relearn my technique from a classical teacher. I studied classical piano and theory from a great teacher called Rev Cockram. I was working in a bank at the time and used my spare money from my paycheck to have lessons with him. He was a lovely man and I really enjoyed my lessons with him which continued until my mid/late 20's.

I always maintained that I learnt my technical skills from my lessons with him but my experiences from working with various bands from an early age (generally with musicians who were all much older than me) taught me just as much about music as my classical lessons did. Both I felt were equally important to me. Oliver.

Steve Kessler - Any plans to work with your Dad on the upcoming "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" show much like Adam did with the "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" shows at Hamption Palace? Or perhaps both you and Adam playing with your Dad?? Best wishes nonetheless !!

At the moment there are no plans for that to happen. I haven't ever been involved in any of Dad's solo shows. The only times we've played together was at a couple of the Xmas shows that Dad does occasionally and once at the launch of my 'Mother's Ruin' album.

I did go and enjoy watching the 6 Wives show though, it was a lot of fun! I'll hopefully get an invite to see Journey too! Oliver.

Scott Arnold - If you ever have time, I'm sure your fans would love to see a picture of your current rig onstage. (Sort of like what Rick has posted.) While I know it varies depending on what you are doing, I'd really be interested in knowing what you were playing with Yes.

I've seen the boards in your pics of Yes, but can't make them all out. The M3 and Moog LP of course, and I thought I saw an old Yamaha EX7 (one of my favorites despite its laborious editing) in a video of you onstage, but I've never seen it anywhere else. (Downes' all Roland set up really inhibited the sound on stage--but then, he never has had your finesse anyway.)

I will try and source a picture showing my rig but for the record the keys I used in my Yes rig was as follows...

Korg M3 (88 note), Moog Little Phatty, Korg T1 (88 note), Korg CX-3, Roland XP30, Korg Triton Pro, Yamaha P-150 (88 note), Korg R3, Ultimate stands and an Allen & Heath mixing desk.

Occasionally when the Little Phatty was playing up badly (which it did from time to time because of a dodgy motherboard which I had to have fixed) I would put a Korg 01W as a 'place holder'! There wasn't a Yamaha EX7 up there although there was a big Yamaha P-150 piano which I loved (still do!).

For the eagle eyed amongst you who may have seen more than one show might have seen a second Moog Little Phatty. I did have two for a while, a Stage I and a Stage II. Unfortunately on the South American tour it got stolen which made the last few shows rather difficult as I had to programme and find various replacement sounds.

The keyboard which was replacing the moog was sometimes a keyboard which was needed used for something else and so that keyboard part would then have to be moved to a different keyboard and so on...All in all it made the last few shows rather fraught and complicated but it was satisfying when no-one noticed the problems! Oliver.

Elena Aliboni - Do you have any "routine" rehearsals pieces to play before a concert, as "warming up", apart from the soundcheck things? Do you have a "practice keyboard" in your dressing room?:) Or do you prefer not to play anything at all? Thank you always for all your replies, Oliver! x

I don't tend to have a set routine for performing before a show. I tend to soundcheck if it is possible (sometimes traveling between venues makes this impossible). When I do get to soundcheck I tend to just experiment and have fun. Often lots of musical ideas come to me at this time, the solo I did on Benoit's Mystery album came from ideas at a soundcheck for example. I also find that during a soundcheck it gives me a great excuse to really experiment with the keyboards and find out more about them, I learnt a great deal about my Moog this way.

If I was to choose a piece that I play more often to practice it would probably be Pachelbel's Canon in 'D' as it's a great way to warm up the fingers - although Benoit would always shout at me 'You're playing it too fast...!" from the side of the stage. Therefore, each time he was near I would play it a bit faster to wind him up...

As to playing before a show or having a practice keyboard in a dressing room - it depends on where we are playing. If there is one there I can't help but have a little play. I remember on the 2009 tour there was one venue in Germany where there was a lovely Grand Piano which I played a great deal during the day!

I always have a small USB keyboard on tour so I can always have access to check something when my rig is not nearby or on route. For example if something hasn't gone quite right at a show or there is some confusion about a part it gives me a chance to double check stuff - I also have a little piano app on my iphone for those moments when a keyboard isn't to hand! Oliver.

I have recently heard about the release of the Live From Lyon Yes album which I was extensively involved with. It is great to think that I will be a part of Yes' recorded history as opposed to just the touring element. I'm looking forward to its release. As soon as we have more info I'll post it on the websites. Oliver.

Elena Aliboni - A very good review from magazine "Paperlate" No. 46, 2001. Sorry for the quality, my scanner can't work, I had to take a photo.

That's really kind but unfortunately my command of foreign languages is very limited and so if anyone can be forthcoming with a translation (providing the review is complimentary!) that would be great. Thanks in advance. Oliver.

Billy Wilson - Who are your musical inspirations? Who do you like listening to?

I have quite a broad musical taste ranging from Progressive through rock, metal, grunge, swing, relaxation, piano, classical, folk etc...

I think the music I listen to generally fits with the mood that I'm in, I can really enjoy listening to classical music (Chopin in particular) but then enjoy a track by Papa Roach, followed by Dan Reed Network for example. On another day it could be Sting followed by Alannah Myles and then Dido. I really enjoy music if it's well played and written from the heart.

As a teenager I did have certain favourites who have remained with me through my adult years and for the record those include:- Deep Purple, Dan Reed Network, It Bites, Cat Stevens, Suvanne Vega, Pink Floyd, Rush (Hold your Fire was my first ever CD!), Styx, Marillion & Harry Connick Jr.

There are probably many others but I think it's important to experience a great deal of music to understand how different musicians convey their emotions through song.

I must be honest though I am not a fan of dance music though, maybe because I just can't dance....Oliver.

Joel Pirard - That is really very interesting Oliver, with respect to your wanting to succeed on your own terms. I was also impressed by how you were able to play those MEXICO dates AFTER knowing you were 'out' so to speak. Truly professional! BTW, the guy who did vocal monitors for you guys on those YES tours is my close friend Dean Mattson! I have known him for almost 30 years!

Mexico was a tough experience to be honest and a little strange psychologically but I always enjoy playing to audiences and to other people in different countries and I genuinely enjoyed the shows there.

In some ways I was able to 'let go' a bit knowing the end was near so to speak! Benoit and I had great fun on 'Starship Trooper' for example with him up ion the keyboard rig with me!

It was a bit of a shame that at the last concert the intro music started prematurely and we weren't all ready to go on. In retrospect maybe I should have gone up and done a solo spot! Oliver.

Kase Yoshiko - Thank you for your replies, Oliver! The blog format is very nice; could see your personality! btw I look forward to hearing Yes live Lyon album with your performance!!! Good luck with your own band!!

I have recently heard about the release of the Live From Lyon Yes album which I was extensively involved with. It is great to think that I will be a part of Yes' recorded history as opposed to just the touring element. I'm looking forward to its release. As soon as we have more info I'll post it on the websites. Oliver.

Magdalena ?l?czka - You've said that you are going to tour Europe - are you coming to Poland? Because it's been 4 years since you've been to Katowice (with the whole band). We're waiting for you and your band to come ;)

For those who aren't so aware of my recording history, I performed in Poland with my band in 2007 and we recorded the show for a DVD and CD release which was called 'Coming to Town'. It featured music from 3 of my solo records and came out in late 2008.

I enjoyed playing in Poland with my band immensely, we all had great fun - in fact you can read a story about the trip to Poland on my website under the 'Stories' tab.

I would love to go back, in fact I was lucky enough to perform in Katowice with Yes during the 2009 European tour. It was really nice being able to walk around the city again as the live DVD was such a great experience.

The Polish fans are great and really appreciate the music which is so rewarding as a performer. Hopefully in 2012 I'll be back to perform again. Oliver.

Joe Internaut - Speaking of new albums, how is Cultural Vandals coming along?

Cultural Vandals is coming along really well. We are currently discussing the options for releasing it which will hopefully be towards the end of the year or early 2012. I have been working on another project for the last few months and I hadn't listened to it for a while.

I mentioned in my last blog that I always like to let albums sit for a while and then revisit them to make sure that I am happy with them.

I sat and listened to it in full yesterday to see what other work was required and it felt really good to me. I can't wait to start recording - my son keeps singing it in the car when he goes to school so I need to get a finished version soon so he can sing along to that version rather than the demo versions he's heard!


Charles Stack

Oliver, what are your touring plans, if any? I'm in Chicago, which is very Wakeman-friendly turf! Hope to see you here, Charles

It's realy nice to hear of places being described as Wakeman friendly, especially as I have now played in Chigaco on quite a few occasions!

I would love to tour the US with my own band. The current plans are to get the Cultural Vandals album out and then tour Europe and if there is sufficient interest for a US release of the album we'll come over and tour.

Fingers crossed this all happens as I'd love to perform in the US with my own material.


Merry Celeste

Hi Oliver! I am sorry to say I have not yet seen you perform. I am an "oldschool" Yes fan, since 1972. Have you ever worked musically with the other "Yes kids" like Damien or Deborah, who I know have done some singing or Dylan who, I believe, plays drums? I am not sure if any of Bill's or Chris's young are musicians.

Just curious -- I always hoped to hear Yes: the Next Generation!

I have not played with any of them. I do know Dylan who is a great drummer. There are no plans for a sons\daughters of Yes type band. You never know though, although it would be a big strange having been in the main band already!


Kase Yoshiko

Oliver, is there any possibility to hear you play LIVE in Japan? Solo, OWB, or whatever, we'd like to welcome you!!!

As I mentioned above with touring the US, the same would apply to performing in Japan. I have never been but hopefully at some point I will get to perform in your country.


Randall Wall

What is your favorite Keyboard of all time?

This is a very tricky question to answer as certain keyboards become favourites for certain albums but I would have to say currently I really have a soft spot for my Moog Little Phatty.

It has gone through some really rough times over the last few years.

It's been dragged across a lot of the world on trucks, boats, vans and aeroplanes. Its been sat in boiling hot heat at desert shows with YES. Been subjected to very cold temperatures in Canada in the depths of Winter when on tour with the Strawbs.

It was soaked in a stage collapse in 2010 during the Yes/Frampton tour and had to be dried out over a month long period with hairdryers.

It has had circuit boards changed, had keyboard techs put stickers all over it and been subjected to me playing it quite quickly!

It hasn't always been perfect but for that reason I love it. It is getting quite a workout on the new albums too!


Elena Aliboni

What are you reading at the moment? What books would you recommend? Should you come to Venice, can I buy you a coffee?:)

I am currently reading a Ben Bova book called 'The Return'. I have read a lot of his books, he is like a modern day Arthur C Clarke and I think I have most of his books and I always enjoy them.

I am also a great fan of Dean Koontz and Raymond Fiest who I have been reading since my teenage years and again I have nearly all their books which get read again and again.

Never been to Venice, I understand it is beautiful. Maybe at some point I'll get to do a show there!


Audun Engebretsen

Are you sad about the whole Yes thing, being asked to leave?

Yes, it was a very upsetting experience for me and my family.

Chris has gone on the record on many occasions saying that I had done nothing wrong and that it was a business decision due to Trevor Horn but not touring with them during the summer was a bit difficult.

However, I am a big believer in positive thought and that things happen for a reason. We all have a life journey to make and things have to happen in order to put us on the right path. I hope and believe that the Yes situation happened to allow something else to happen in my life.

I have been working extremely hard since I stopped working with YES and I have been writing, I believe, some of the best music I have ever written in this period which has been immensely gratifying.

I can't wait for people to hear it!


Joel Pirard

I was quite annoyed, although I like the album, to have seen you get cut from the band ( YES ) as I thought you brought that traditional yet unique sound to them.

It was good to see CHRIS at least say publicly that it was not as if you had done anything 'wrong'. At least it tells others that you are a good team player and as we already know, an excellent musician.

I hope to get your concert DVD soon. Have you ever done an album with your father. like your brother has?

I must say that a lot of the comments I received (and still receive) from people disagreeing with the decision and the way it happened was a great help. It certainly helped lift my spirits during some rather dark times for which I am very grateful.I must say that a lot of the comments I received (and still receive) from people disagreeing with the decision and the way it happened was a great help. It certainly helped lift my spirits during some rather dark times for which I am very grateful.

With regards to the DVD, I hope you enjoy it, it was great fun to do and I can't wait to start rehearsing the band again. They're such a great bunch of musicians, friendly and great fun to be around. I think this comes across in the DVD too.

I have never done an album with Dad is the same way that Adam has. (Although he did do the narration on my second album Jabberwocky) This may seem strange following on from my recent work with Strawbs and Yes, but I had always deliberately tried to avoid working with Dad as I wanted to get known for my own ability.

Both Yes and Strawbs had shown interest in me many years before I joined and as flattered as I was I was quite pleased that it didn't come to anything at the time as I didn't feel I had achieved enough on my own to warrant those jobs.

By the time I was asked to do both Yes and Strawbs I had released 9 albums, a live DVD and won a keyboard player of the year award on three occasions and so I felt I had earned the right to be given the opportunity on merit rather than just because of my name.

I also knew that not a lot of people would ever know that but it was important to me to know that I had worked to get the chance of those positions.

I have performed with Dad on a few occasions though, the first time was at the launch show for my Mother's Ruin album when he joined me on stage for a track I'd written called 'The Wakeman Boogie'.

I have also performed with him at a couple of the Christmas shows he's done where the family musicians (Adam, Jemma and myself) all have keyboards on stage and each play a solo piece and then a lot of Christmas Carols all together!


Hi Oliver. Are you planning on getting the new Korg Kronos keyboard when it's released? Stefan

Hi Stefan

I am good friends with some of the guys from Korg UK and will probably try and find an excuse to go and have a play with one in the near future.

I'd love to get one but it might have to wait for a little while, I'm quite happy with my M3 at the moment!

Thanks for the question!

Hi Oliver. Will you perform with Strawbs again in the future? Stefan

Dear Stefan. I would love to perform with the Strawbs again in the future and I am in touch with Dave Cousins a lot.

Unfortunately for me(!), due to my Yes comittments last year they are using John Young as their current keyboardist as they promote their new live album but after that who knows.

I'd certainly be up for it providing schedules allow. They are such a good band to play with and there is a freedom within the music which is very enjoyable to be a part of. I am very proud of the album and shows we did together.

Thanks for the question!

Hello Oliver. Best of luck with the tour.

Is it possible that you can list the gear you will be using for the 'In The Present' tour. Thanks Derrick Demase

Thank you for the question concerning the keyboards I am using on this tour. Here is the current list which should also help people who are unable to see what they all are from the audience!

  • Korg M3 (88 note)
  • Moog Little Phatty
  • Korg T1 (88 note)
  • Korg CX-3
  • Roland XP30
  • Korg Triton Pro
  • Yamaha P-150 (88 note)
  • Korg R3
  • Receptor Pro 9 (Rackmount)
  • Ultimate stands
  • Pro tools and Allen & Heath mixers

Oliver - Thank you very much for answering my questions about your work with Troy Donockley and with Rachel. Here's an idea that quite appeals to my fannish sensibilities.

Perhaps you could work on updating the Anam Cara material with Troy Plus I was thrilled to hear him work with Rachel Jones (ex-Karnataka) on Dave Bainbridge's exceptional solo album -- my favorite CD of 2004 -- and she might be just what the songs need. Just a few thoughts.... Raymond H. Riethmeier

I would love to work with Troy again. He's a great guy, I would like to involve him on the Anam Cara material if I can. I did re-write the album to make it fully vocal and would really like to do something with it in the near future but as usual it comes down to time and money!

I did nearly work with Rachel some time back but nothing ever happened (I think the project got cancelled) but maybe in the future our paths will cross!

Is there any sheet music available for any of the Albums? - Trevor

Unfortunately there is no sheet music available for any of my albums and I am not aware of the publishers intentions to release any.

I still plan at some point to record a piano album and I may indulge myself with a sheet music book for that but it's all possibles at the moment.

Can you give me Oliver Wakeman's E-mail, or just request to him to make another album featuring Steve Howe. The 3 Ages of Magick was great and everyone would like a similar styled album.

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the 3 Ages album so much. It really was a special album for me and I do have ideas about a follow up. I don't know whether Steve would be involved again as I know he's always pretty busy with Yes and Asia but I will ask him if I do decide to do the follow up.

In fact, when people ask me about a particular album, it always fires me up to start thinking about it and so maybe I'll look into it a bit further, although I must be honest I've got about 3 other albums on the go at the moment so it wouldn't be an immediate release!

I have 2 questions.

Will the Classic Rock Society performance, where Troy Donockley sat in with you, ever be released on CD?

I am a great admirer of both you and Troy and I want to hear the two of you together and the ProgAID single is not nearly enough!

[Oliver] - Dear Ray

The show was originally recorded for the possible release as the Classic Rock Society Acoustic Sessions 2 CD but that as yet is unreleased and as far as I am aware there are no immediate plans for it's release.

However, I'm sure that if the release doesn't happen then I will be able to get hold of the recordings and make use of them somehow!

As to recording or performing with Troy, it is something I would love to do ?? we'll just have to wait for a suitable project to rear it head (maybe the follow up to 3 ages which I'm threatening to write at some point!)

Will the project with Rachel be completed someday? - Raymond H. Riethmeier

I would hope so, there was an original full album called 'Anam Cara' that was recorded and nearly had a release but the deal was cancelled at the last minute when we realised that the deal was no way near as attractive as we were lead to believe. Following that I took the opportunity to re-write some of the material (also with the introduction of Dave Wagstaffe, Dave Pearce and Tim Buchannan) was subsequently re-recorded and released as the'The View From Here' single. I then went on to write more material for the album which is waiting to be recorded but Rachels musical path seems to have taken different route from mine over the last couple of years but I am hopeful that one day it will get recorded the way it is meant to be!

Congratulations on your assisting credit for Steve Howe acoustic recording of Australia as found on the 3-disc version of ULTIMATE YES.
Can you provide some further information about your role in that recording? - Raymond H. Riethmeier

[Oliver] - Dear Ray

Thanks for the question! I haven't seen a copy yet so well spotted!

As you may well know, Steve and I are great friends and up until a week ago only lived 30 miles or so apart in Devon. We meet up on a regular basis and listen to each others stuff that we're working on and have a good old chat.

Anyway, Steve phoned me up one evening asking if I could help him with some editing on an acoustic track called 'Australia' he was working on.

Basically he had 2 acoustic versions of the songs and liked certain parts of one more than the other so my involvement was getting the versions into Pro-Tools (music studio waveform editing software) and making the necessary edits and cross fades then adding a little reverb and sending it off the the mastering suite in LA.

Not a major amount of work but great fun and I was chuffed to bits when Steve told me I'd be getting a credit on the album. Hopefully it might let a few Yes fans know that I'm out there and they might in turn give my work a try! Here's hoping!

There's nothing like a real mellotron or is there? It wasn't easy keeping my melli functional on tour etc. Sadly it is no more. What do you consider is the best alternative board/module/kit that comes closest to imitating the evocative string & choral ensemble sounds that I sorely miss? - Rob Wilsher of Multi Story

[Oliver] - A tricky question to answer this one as the majority of Mellotron experience I have had is using the real thing up at 'Thin Ice Studios'. I intend to make use of it on the next album!

However I have heard very good things about the Cubase plug-ins that are available such as M-tron and Mellozone but having not used them yet I can't really comment. However, Dad did use the M-Tron on his latest album, 'Out there' so I imagine that it's pretty good!

Hello Wakeman. Do you prefer Arena or Spock's Beard?
Do a brief summury about your choice. Thanks - Damien

[Oliver] - Thanks for the question. In all honesty, I like both bands but I find that if I'm in a relaxing mood or I'm working on something not music based I'd put on a Spock's Beard album whereas I tend to listen to Arena when I want to hear something a bit heavier.

Spock's Beard I feel are a very talented bunch of guys who play some great music, although I prefer their pre-Snow stuff - Kindness of Strangers etc - although I haven't heard their latest yet.

Arena. A tricky one this as I work with Clive so much! I really like the stuff they do but I do have a certain fondness for the 'Song's from the Lions Cage' album. It was released when I first met Clive and remember going to a fair few gigs with the band so I have some great memories of those times.

I know I haven't given a direct answer (do I ever!) but they are both great bands and I wish them all the success they deserve.

Could we see you touring Australia at any stage even if it was a family tour with Rick and Adam - Rod Jackson

[Oliver] - I would love to play in Australia as I would many other countries in the world. I really can't see a family tour taking place in the foreseeable future, what with Adam touring with Annie Lennox, Dad with Yes and myself working on 2/3 albums at the moment.

I'm not sure if a tour with Dad and Adam is what I want to do. I much prefer being a little more independent about my music career but as I have mentioned before I would never say never!!

Towards the end of 2003 I intend to get out and do a couple of performances in the UK with maybe a couple in Europe in early 2004. To be honest a lot of whether I will tour or not will be dependant on how the next 'band' album, "Mother's Ruin", is received.

If it is well liked and sells well then it would be really exciting to play with the band further afield. I guess we'll just have to wait on that one but fingers crossed that one day soon it will happen.

Is there any chance of a Nolan & Wakeman tour or even a one-time concert featuring any of the guest-musicians who have appeared on their collaborative albums? - Raymond H. Riethmeier

[Oliver] - An interesting question - one I would like to know the answer to myself! In all honesty, I don't know if there will ever be a big concert with all (or any) of the guests for mainly financial reasons.

Clive is very busy with 'Arena' and I don't think Verglas would support a Nolan/Wakeman tour unless there was a huge demand for one.

I think the best I can hope for at the moment is that when I go out on tour in the UK (later in the year) with my band that I can encourage Clive and maybe a few of the other musicians to guest at a show or two.

We currently play quite a substancial portion of the 'Hound' and 'Jabberwocky' albums live and will hopefully be performing material for my new solo album which if all goes well will be out towards the latter end of the year!

Having said that, if anyone reading this would like to put up the money for such a show I'm sure we would be more than happy to oblige!

Sorry that this isn't a more positive answer. I would like to think that maybe one day it would happen but I can't see it happening in the immediate future. I do get asked a lot about this and was one of the reasons I put together my band so that at least some of the songs would be heard live.

Can you let me know who played which guitar solos on the "Hound of the Baskervilles" and "Jabberwocky" albums? - Various

[Oliver] - Ahh, this question has been asked of me so many times! I will still keep the keyboard solo bits secret for the time being but here are the answers to which guitarist played what!

On "Jabberwocky", Peter Banks did all the guitar solos with Ian Salmon being responsible for the majority of the rhythm guitar parts.

"Hound" is a slightly harder one to work out but the solos were as follows:-

Shadows of Fate & Seldon - Arjen Lucassen

Run for your Life & Chasing the Hound - Karl Groom

By Your Side & Second Light (sound effects) - Peter Banks

There was a justified reason for not mentioning it on the album sleeve, I personally hate it when it says so & so guitar on track 3 and middle bit on track 8 and as I put the cover together I took the decision not to get into too many details about who did what.

I think it tends to make covers look messy, also we were pushed for room just to get the lyrics & photos on the 16 pages. Hopefully this at least explains why they wern't mentioned at the time.

Hi, I was wondering if Oliver going to do any U.S. Gigs in the future? Will he be doing any with his dad Rick? - Diane Swible

[Oliver] - I have just started rehearsing a new band in order to start playing live and promoting the music I write. I would love to play in the US and hope that it will happen at some point, although I think it may well bit a little way ahead at the moment!

I don't think you will see me performing with Dad as I tend to follow a more independent route and quite like the father/son relationship we have without bringing work into the equation! This said though I would never say never but there are no plans at the moment.

I've read on the homepage that Oliver has released an album called Chakra, which is impossible to find in Germany. Is it possible to order them directly from you? - J??rgen Meurer

All Oliver's albums are now available from Mike Holden who runs the RWCC website shop. You can now get to the site by clicking the 'Shop' icon above!

I have a question about 'Jabberwocky' - how can I discover who??s soloing in each song,Oliver or Clive? - Tatiana

[Oliver] Clive and I worked very hard to create an album of music that we hoped would appeal to many types of listeners and there is so much work involved in making such an album that it is difficult to split apart who did what. As to soloing - I will have to keep that a mystery for a while as it really was a joint project - some of the songs are all mine - some are all Clive's but we both worked on the arrangements for both 'Jabberwocky' and the forthcoming 'Hound of the Baskervilles' together so it really does come down to a real partnership to create one album.

I know that this skirts around the question a little for which I apologise but I'm sure at some point I'll let people know -just not yet!!! However - people who have listened to my latest album - '3 Ages of Magick' have started to pick up on my style and are making educated guesses as to which are my solo's on Jabberwocky.

I wanna know why Oliver hasn??t played live with Rick yet...? - Tatiana

[Oliver] - I am very proud of what Dad has achieved in his career and like you am a great fan of his music (for the record my favourite is 'No Earthly Connection"). However, I have always been adamant that I would try and make my mark in this industry on my own. I know that the Wakeman name will help people notice my albums but hopefully, when people listen to them they'll like them because of the music I've written. I do however like to create music that will fit into a Wakeman fan's collection quite comfortably.

I am a big fan of good artwork and album sleeves and for my own albums have quite a lot of control over the look of them. I am also a fan of Adam's work as well - I think he writes some excellent songs and has a good understanding of modern production techniques which I admire him for. I am also pleased that we don't play similar types of music as it allows us to help each others careers along without us getting competitive. At the end of the day we are all a family and I prefer to keep it that way!

Will 'The 3 Ages of Magick' be released in the United States, and if so, when, and who by?

It was originally released in the States via distributor DNA, on the 18th September 2001. It has since been re-issued in the US by Navarre Distribution and should now be widely available!

Oliver, what keyboards did you (and Clive Nolan) use <in Jabberwocky>, what do you normally use in other projects, and which is (or are!) your favorites? Also what is your favorite keyboard or synth sound? - Matt Smith.

[Oliver] When we were recording Jabberwocky we had a stable core set of keyboards that controlled a lot of what was going on and we had a few keyboards that came and went for the odd section. It was recorded in 1998 so I may not recall all the keyboards we used but I'll give it my best shot:
Roland 760 sampler x2
Korg O1/W x2
Yamaha P150 Electric Piano
Korg Sampling Grand Electric Piano
Roland D50
Korg Wavestation
Korg NS5R
Roland JV1080
Roland JV2080
Roland YK7 (brilliant organ)
Roland JD800
Roland JP8000
There were a few others but for the life of me I can't remember them. For my new project and other related work I am using a core set-up of:
Korg 01/W
Yamaha P150 electric Piano
Korg NS5R
Korg T1
Roland D50
Roland XP-30
Yamaha CS-1 (old single oscillator Yamaha analog keyboard)
Yamaha V-50
My favourite synth sound would have to be a sound called 'Paris' which Mike my keyboard tech programmed into my V-50. It can be heard on the Heaven's Isle album title track and the track 'Diving'. If I had to chose another I would say obviously the moog-type leads but I do like the sound 'Reso' on the NS5R - it was used for the solo on 'Coming to Town'.

I would like to know now if there is any available sheet music for the Jabberwocky album in their merchandise, or maybe you could give me a hint on where I could get it. I know this is probably something very hard to find, but I'm trying anyways, because this would really mean a lot to me! Hope their new project comes up as fantastic as Jabberwocky is. I'm anxiously waiting for its release! - Karin Deuber Carvalho

At present, the publishers have not released any Jabberwocky sheet music, but we hope they will at some point! If we hear of this happening, we will let you know.

I'm interested in purchasing Heaven's Isle, but I'm anticipating a difficult time - I live in Canada, and I imagine it's not an easy album to come by. If you can help to connect me with the right person through which to order it, I'd be most grateful... Thanks for your time! - Chris Mahoney

"Heaven's Isle" is fully listed in the international CD directories under 'Oliver Wakeman', so you should be able to order it without problems, but it is also stocked by Mike Holden who runs the RWCC website shop.