Henric Blomqvist &
Blomqvist is a guitarist/songwriter/composer from
Jakobstad, Finland. Guitarist for Century Lost and
the Classic Rock tributeband Solid Faces and has
also been guitarist for Doogie White on several
appearances/shows in Finland.
Henric released his first solo CD album 2014, Henric
Blomqvist & Friends - All of Your Illusions - on
which he collaborated with four different singers.
Album: All of
Your Illusions (2014)
The idea for this album slowly began sprouting
around 2010-2011. I had ideas for many songs lying
around and had increasingly begun to think about
releasing a solo album of my own songs. I remembered
my conversation with Doogie White on his visit to
Finland back in 2009, when he mentioned that he
likes to work with different guitarists.
“It interests me to work with different musicians,
especially guitarists, because they stretch you to
your limit and every day is different. I like that
So I figured why not ask him first to see if he is
interested to participate in my solo CD, so I sent
him a couple of demos of my songs and he responded
positively... and that was the start of the project.
This was in May 2011.We later agreed to co-write one
of my songs.
I spoke with my good friend Sven Wannäs to see if he
was interested to work as an audio engineer. I knew
that he had both the experience in mixing and
mastering and that he would be a great audio
engineer due to his good musical ear and his
knowledge, and we have the same taste in music so I
find it very easy to work with him. I knew that the
project would be in good hands if Sven was involved.
He was very interested to participate. He had also
started to build his home studio, so it was possible
to record both vocals and drums at his studio. We
also use the same digital was involved. He was very
interested to participate. He had also started to
build his home studio, so it was possible to record
both vocals and drums at his studio. We also use the
same digital software, so sending files back and
forth would be easy; because of that I could record
all my guitars and bass at my place. During this
time he was also in the process of finalizing the
Solid Faces tribute CD, so we had to finish that
I also began to think about the other artists who I
would need and who would be interested to
participate in this project.
I had first planned to play all the bass tracks on
the CD myself, but I slowly started to think it
might be better if I were to ask a real bass player
who was willing to participate on some songs. I came
to think of bassist Jonas Kuhlberg from Pietarsaari
whom I have met from time to time. I had always
admired him for his tasteful bass playing and his
experience, so I asked him and he was very
interested to participate - but he asked if he could
play bass on all the songs, and it was not hard to
I always thought that my long-time friend Roger
Snellman would handle the drums, and he promised to
do so when I asked him. Roger is a rhythmic drummer
with his own self-taught style, and his passion for
progressive rock shines through from time to time.
We have played together in different bands since the
90's, so it felt natural to have him involved in the
So the rhythm section was completed for the project.
When I had previously talked with Sven Wannäs about
his involvement as an audio engineer, we discussed
Hammond and synth involvement in my songs. I had
always thought that some songs would include Hammond
organ, so Sven promised to play Hammond on some of
the songs, and I was thrilled. Sven handles his
Hammond in a beautiful and laidback style.
But I needed more singers besides Doogie.
The first one I came to think of was singer Jukka
Nummi from Oulu, whom I had done a couple of
sessions with before. Jukka is a great singer and
has a wide taste in music, even in progressive rock,
so he would fit in nicely with the songs I had. I
asked if he was interested to participate in some
songs, which he to my great delight was. This was in
March 2012. Jukka and I co-wrote three of my songs.
I then asked singer Johan Mattjus from Pedersöre. He
is the vocalist in our band Solid Faces, and he was
very interested to join and we agreed to co-write
two of my songs. I was very happy because Johan has
a very wide range especially in the classic rock
genre, and he is a good lyricist also.
Now I had singers for at least six songs, but I
wanted more; the idea was to have no more than two
instrumental songs on the album.
Then in the summer of 2012 I got a chance to back up
singer Jari Tiura from Tampere at some shows. Jari
has a history as a singer in MSG, so it was very
interesting to get to know him and discuss music
with him. Later in the fall, I realized that I could
ask him if he wanted to join. I had been very
impressed by his singing, and he has a special voice
and an admirable vocal range. He was also, to my
delight, very interested to join. This was in August
2012. We later decided to co-write two of my songs.
So now I had gathered all the participants that I
wanted; it was time to focus on studio work. I had
already recorded the majority of the songs with
software drums and sent them to the participants so
that they could work on and arrange their parts.
In early 2013, it was time to begin. We agreed on
different weekends for the bass tracks to be
recorded, and I sent the songs to Jonas a few days
before our agreed date of recording, and he listened
to them and wrote down the structures and then he
recorded them directly - amazing!
With Jukka and Jari we had to plan more carefully
which weekends suited because they live several
hundred kilometres from my place, but we agreed on
separate weekends, and they came over for the
weekend to record. We wrote lyrics, arranged the
songs, recorded and had great fun. Roger began with
his drum arranging, I had only used the software
drums in my song writing procedure and to get a
basis for the participants to use. Roger got
together with Sven to arrange the drums and start
In the meantime, I had contact with Doogie about his
song and arrangements, and I even travelled to
Helsinki in April 2013 to meet with him when he was
there and did a show with Michael Schenker. I met
Doogie, and he promised to record my song closer to
the autumn. I sent my finished song including the
text, and he arranged the text and came up with a
vocal melody, recorded the song in London and sent
some demos to me to hear what I thought. I thought
it was great - so he recorded the entire song.
All the songs slowly began to be completed in the
autumn of 2013 as Sven started working on completing
them and put some Hammond here and there and some
synth pads,and we listened through them and arranged
a little here and there.
Finally only mixing and mastering remained. Sven
took the songs under his wing and added the
And here is the final product of a long project,
countless hours, sending files back and forth, here
I cannot believe what great musicians I got to
participate on this CD, beyond my wildest dreams,
and who gave so much of their time, so I thank you
from the bottom of my heart, and I am forever in
Bass – Jonas
Drums – Roger Snellman
Guitar – Henric Blomqvist
Keyboards – Sven Wannäs
Music By – Henric Blomqvist
Vocals – Doogie White (tracks: 9), Jari Tiura
(tracks: 2,8), Johan Mattjus (tracks: 1,4), Jukka
Nummi (tracks: 3,6,7)