A peek behind the scenes of interviews, photoshoots and tours.

Django Django

Django Django, London 2018, photo: Alyssa Nilsen

Django Django, London 2018, photo: Alyssa Nilsen

One of the scary but equally awesome things about being a music journalist is getting to meet bands you truly admire and then get to pick their brains about their art. I turn into an utter nerd when I get to do this, I want to know how the music that is so important to my life was created and mixed and turned and twisted into the finished shape that I get to hear. So when I met Django Django, the creators of one of my all-time favourite albums (Born Under Saturn) and songs (I Found You), at their studio in North London, all I could do was to let the geek-out begin...

The boys were super nice and open, and we had a lot of laughs along the way, which always makes for a good result interview-wise. 

Read the finished interview HEREand dude, LISTEN TO THIS SONG!! 

Life, Royal Blood, and Fleet Foxes


The first half of 2017 has been a rollercoaster, with all the highs and lows they bring. Sometimes it has felt like I was hanging upside down, and then the world has turned back up the right way again. Moving 3 times in less than a year isn't something I would recommend to anybody, it takes its toll both mentally and physically. But now, I live in the city of my dreams, and I finally feel like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. There's SO much freedom and quite a lot of relief in that feeling!

So, as a result, I haven't had time to update this blog in nearly half a year. That doesn't mean I haven't done things, but I just haven't had any spare time to get it up here. 

Earlier this summer I interviewed Fleet Foxes and Royal Blood. The Fleet Foxes interview is Norwegian only, and can be read in Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen.

Royal Blood I've already interviewed once before, just as they were about to break through, and I always love meeting up with bands a few years later and talk about how much has changed for them and how the whole experience has been for them. The interview can be found HERE (in English), and is also available in Norwegian at Just be aware, it's not COMPLETELY safe for work, there's some... language. And it's hilarious. 


I've got so many cool things coming up, so many plans, and finally I'll have time to focus on these things. So keep an eye on this place - if you want to, obviously!

Here's to the future!!


Two new interviews are up: Laura Jane Grace, and Dropkick Murphys

Al Barr and Tim Brennan from Dropkick Murphys, London, January 2017. Photo: Alyssa Nilsen

Al Barr and Tim Brennan from Dropkick Murphys, London, January 2017. Photo: Alyssa Nilsen

Finally getting time to updated the website and blog again! This winter has been insanely busy, but sun has come out and days have grown longer, so I've got more energy to do this kind of stuff! This time, I've added one old and one recent interview:

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! in Oslo, Norway. April 2015.

The old one is an interview + photo shoot I did with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace back in 2015, when they visited Oslo on their last tour. It was a really good interview, I was baffled by how open she was about her life and experiences, and have so much respect for her it almost made me a bit starstruck. You can find the interview HERE.

The recent one is an interview I did with Dropkick Murphys' Al Barr and Tim Brennan in London a few months ago. Their brilliant new album is out now, and we had a nice little chat about the issues inspiring the album, their 20 years together as a band, and - of course - about Norway. The interview can be found HERE!



On tour with Flogging Molly and Frank Turner

Flogging Molly live at Red Rocks, 2016.

Flogging Molly live at Red Rocks, 2016.

This post was supposed to be posted half a year ago, but for reasons unknown even to me, it was abandoned in a half-finished state. So instead, as the biggest throwback ever, I'm gonna attempt to finish and post it now. Enjoy!

In August, I was lucky enough to join the guys on the road in America once more, this time touring with the fab Flogging Molly as well. I joined the guys in Oakland, San Fransisco, and had two days to just walk around and do sightseeing, which was pretty great. We were very lucky with the weather, thought it was disappointingly chilly. I thought you were supposed to be in California!! Shows how much a Scandi knows about the different weather conditions in one state. 

Oh, and it was somewhat windy...

But my favourite thing about San Fransisco (except having the theme song to Full House stuck in my head for two days straight), was Lombard Street with its twists and turns. So cool!! At the end of our two Oakland/San Fransisco days, the boys performed at a venue in Oakland which was beyond amazing looking. It was pretttty spectacular! 

From Oakland we drove through California, and visited some spectacular places. I tried all the greasy american food that we literally can't get in Norway because it's too unhealthy, and didn't die! But then again, 10 days....

Breakfast is served!

Breakfast is served!

Even had the time to go by Santa Barbara beach and wave to the lifeguards and have a swim in the sea. WHICH WAS FREEZING BTW, WTF CALIFORNIA!? And also saw the Stand By Me boys. They've grown up, but are still walking along the railroads. 

In San Diego, we visited the university where the band was playing that evening, (and it made me question every single educational choice I've ever made in my entire life because IMAGINE STUDYING IN A PLACE WITH THAT KIND OF CLIMATE)! 

Red Rocks was, of course, the highlight of the trip/year/decade/life, I can't even begin to describe it so pictures!

The rest of the trip kind of went by in a blur, though we went through some super charming places. I fell oddly in love with Cedar City where we stopped over for a day, before heading into Nebraska. There I got to see fireflies for the first time in my life!!

After that, it was sadly time to go home. And the nightmare trip I had that was well and truly documented in my previous post, so I'm not gonna get into that again haha. It was all totally worth it! Flu and all!

Minneapolis -> Oslo - A travel nightmare

Just got back from an AMAZING trip around parts of America, about which I will post pictures and stories later. But first, my nightmarish trip back home. See, getting home from Minneapolis was supposed to be easy. A 5 hour flight to Iceland, and then another 3 hours' flight to Oslo. HAHAHAHA no.

Sat on the plane on the runway and all hell breaks loose above. Got a warning of spring flood on my phone, lightning every two seconds and torrential rain. Airport shut down before the plane had time to get back, couldn't take off, so they had to turn the engines off and wait it out. For a couple of hours. Finally managed to take off, and landed at Keflavik at 8 in the morning, half an hour after my connecting flight had left. And as for a new flight? 6 pm! 10 hours later! With SAS, because all the other flights to Norway (which left several hours earlier) were full. Aaaargh! And apparently they had no available hotel rooms, so had to get my bags out, and check them back in. 



Except check in didn't open until 4 pm. Which meant 8 hours in the check-in hall, sat on my luggage, trying desperately not to fall asleep since, infamously, this is strictly forbidden at Keflavik. Warning signs like these are found everywhere, and legends tell of guards kicking people awake to reinforce this.

Trying to find comfortable places (and company) to sit (not around large groups of tourists, drunk men or sliding doors letting the freezing Icelandic air in) proved a challenge and I've now seen way more of that hall than I ever wished to. I got food vouchers worth a lot of money, but they were only valid in the departure area. Which was out of my reach for all of those 8 hours

Of course.

My view for large portions of the day.

My view for large portions of the day.

At last check in opened (and I was helped by a guy so kind and friendly I teared up of exhaustion and relief) and for two glorious hours I was in departure hall heaven, with restaurants (that closed halfway through my stay), proper toilets, heating and seats! Proper seats!! No sleep though, I was too busy trying to make people accept my vouchers and get enough food to last me the rest of the trip.

Got on the plane, and half an hour after we were supposed to lift off, we were told they had trouble closing the cargo door. Like you do. To make things better, the trip was only just over 2 hours, which almost made me cry of happiness again. Got to Oslo, and couldn't find my luggage! Inexplicably, it had been taken off the baggage carousel and stashed nearby with no message. Locating this, meant missing my bus home. So had to do trains, then run to my local bus with two bags, backpack and purse dangling from arms and shoulders. Hello astma! Finally walked through the door at home 26 hours after I got in an Uber in Minnesota, and 14 hours after I was originally meant to be home. I lost a whole day in the process. Left Wednesday, got home Friday. This was supposed to be easy! But, to be fair, the trip to Red Rocks alone made it aaaaaall worth it. The rest of the tour was a pretty decent bonus as well.

Now, sleep. And sleep. And more sleep. Goodnight!