It’s difficult not to be a musician if you’re a Wakeman. And it takes audacity to play in the same instrumental where your father is a towering figure (pun intended). But Oliver Wakeman, the elder son of Rick, feels no need for competition, both as solo artist and a collaborator, even though his stint in major bands hasn’t been so steady. Which only goes to show Oliver’s strong-mindedness and artistic will that are boldly and beautifully manifested on his latest work, "Ravens & Lullabies", a joint effort with Gordon Giltrap and a start of our career-spanning conversation.
- Oliver, your new album: I was really surprised that it’s a vocal album and a rock album in a good sense of the word.
Thank you. I wanted to do something that people weren’t expecting.