Not too long ago I interviewed Thomas Bergersen, composer and founder of trailer music company Two Steps From Hell.
He was busy planning the first live concert for Two Steps From Hell, held a couple of weeks ago at Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, but we managed to have a brief catch up and I asked him how it went. Here’s what he had to say:
“Considering it was our first attempt and the complexity of the project was extreme we [with Nick Phoenix, co-founder] are both very pleased with the result. Syncing a giant choir and orchestra to pre recorded elements such as synths in a live setting posed some problems which we will keep improving on as we get more experienced but overall we are very happy!
“The highlight of the evening was seeing all my wonderful fans from all over the world and their incredible response as we walked on the stage. Playing a special extended version of Heart of Courage on the violin to an ecstatic crowd and completing the night with a dedication of my piece Breathe to Vincent from Georgia who was attending the concert with the help of the Make a Wish foundation. All incredible moments for me. I will never forget that night.”
Something many Two Steps From Hell fans and new listeners alike have mentioned since the original interview is whether there will be any DVDs or Blu-Rays of the concert. Although due to union technicalities there was no DVD of the L.A. concert, Bergersen said there will definitely be recordings if the tour goes to Europe.
But is that on the cards for Two Steps From Hell?
“Next stop Europe! We are working on the logisitics. It will likely take at least six months before we make any announcements.”
So there you go. If you can’t wait that long, Two Steps From Hell’s Classics Vol. 1 is on sale through iTunes. Bergersen is also currently working on finishing Sun, the follow-up to his album Illusions.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the fans we have and for the continued overwhelming response from everyone. It is a dream and an honour to perform in front of nearly 2000 screaming fans, friends and family and a surreal experience. Most of the response I get to the work I do is over the Internet, emails, Facebook and so on, so to share a moment like this with everybody who has supported me over the years has been a great privilege and very emotional. I hope it wasn’t a disappointment, and hope to see more fans from around the world on our trip around Europe!”