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“Let music show us the way and unite us”: Interview with Tore Østby

Author John Wins - 3.10.2022

Norwegian guitarist, songwriter and producer Tore Østby is known for his work with Conception, especially in the 90’s and with Ark in the early 00’s. Since Conception’s return with the classical lineup in 2018, Tore has released an EP and full-length with the band.

Tore is also known for his unique style, mixing progressive skills, flamenco and unique solos. Conception released classic albums such as “Parallel Minds” and “Flow” through his partnership composing songs with legendary singer Roy Khan.

When the band ceased activities in 1998, Tore teamed up with Jørn Lande to create Ark. They released two gems between 1991-2002 until the band broke up. After that Tore still got involved with music, recording, performing live and also working with copyright helping artists. He currently lives in Sweden with his wife, musician Maria Engström Østby.

Current activities with Conception have brought Tore back to a calendar full of concerts, new music and the chance to talk more about his career, past and future plans.

This year the band is also releasing their first four albums on vinyl. The new versions have remastered audio and bonus tracks.

Chaoszine made contact with the artist and had an online chat with Tore Østby where he talked about his comeback with Conception, Ark, personal thoughts on his life living abroad and how he feels about his career. You can check out the full video interview below: