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Life, Royal Blood, and Fleet Foxes

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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 Musikknyheter.no. Just be aware, it's not COMPLETELY safe for work, there's some... language. And it's hilarious. 

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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!!

Alyssa

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!

Enjoy!

Frank Turner UK Tour 2015 - part II

I rejoined last year's Frank Turner UK tour in Bristol, and figured I'd share some more pictures. It was a very nice few days and my parents even came out for the Alexandra Palace show, which was very nice. 

 

First up was Bristol which I fell a little bit in love with, and where I spent hours walking around in the cold looking at street art. Some of the band and crew had fun go-carting on their day off, and effectively looked like bank robbers.

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In Manchester it rained and rained and rained, but that didn't stop me from walking for hours there as well. When I'd finished my walks there, I had water pouring out of my shoes and had to borrow a pair twice my size which made my feet look MASSIVE. Really liked Manchester as well, but need to go back some time when it's a bit warmer, and see some more places! But when I came back to the venue, we'd gotten these lovely cakes courtesy of Mark McCabe! I was so excited for the prospect of sugar my hands were shaking when I took the picture! 

 

Some bloke borrowed my camera backstage, and took this picture of me - and then this selfie:

Vaughn Harvey and Dylan Barnes are two of my favourite people, and the guys responsible for keeping the band fed on the road during UK tours.

 

Last up on the tour was the homecoming gig at London's Alexandra Palace, which was by far the biggest venue of the tour. The insanely impressive building towering over London is not only a concert venue but also has skating rinks and exhibitions etc, and was a massive and beautiful palace! The view from the stage - to be honest - was pretty daunting!

 

The show was a massive success, and the boys could wrap up another tour with a smile on their faces! To see more pictures from all three cities, check out the gallery below!

Next up, Manchester!

Laura Jane Grace and Against Me!

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I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again, interviewing heroes is SCARY! Not only because you worry they'll turn out to be horrible people when you meet them in person, but there's also the highly plausible possibility of making a complete and utter fool of oneself when facing them. Stumbling, stuttering, forgetting one's name, asking stupid questions, being unintentionally rude, fangirling.. there's no end to the humiliating possibilities. I'm not normally too socially awkward, but when facing people I admire, I turn into bloody Mr. Bean.

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! is one of the people I admire to the level of becoming sosial awkward. She has taken a subject often viewed as scary and shameful, and have helped make it something those affected can be proud, open and honest about. AND she makes awesome music. What's not to admire? Cue, Mr. Bean!

Interviewing Laura got off to the worst possible start when all the buses in the city decided to be half an hour late. When I realised there was no possible way I could make it downtown on public transportation, I phoned for a taxi - which then decided to also be 20 minutes late AND drive to the wrong pick-up point. Finally made it in to the venue ten minutes late. It was no problem in the end, but as far as good first impressions go, this was definitely not one of them.

Laura turned out to be a totally lovely human being, and the interview flew by in seconds, and in the end we were joined by bassist Inge Johansson, a Swede who lives in Norway, which was really nice. Had a tiny chat with Laura post photoshoot about the venue, an old swimming pool which has been converted to a concert hall, and then it was time to leave them alone. I really do need to stop stressing about these things and people. 

The full interview (in English) can be found here, at Musikknyheter!

To Kill A King

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In the middle of the Easter week, on April Fools day, British band To Kill A King visited Oslo. It was the last gig of their European tour, and even though they were pretty exhausted (a couple of the crew were sleeping 10 meters away from the very loud soundcheck when I arrived at the venue), they were super nice and friendly. 

Grabbed a coffee and had a seat outside the venue with vocalist Ralph Pelleymounter and had a nice little chat about music, touring, records and mutual friends. And vans. Like you do. (Don't worry T, the van's in good shape!).

He told me their European tour had been pretty awesome, Germany and Switzerland in particular, whereas they'd been a lot more nervous about the gigs in Sweden and Norway. And, turns out, he had good reason. The Stockholm gig had been "surprisingly not bad" despite not a lot of people showing up, and the Oslo gig... well... Some unfortunate stuff happened, some unfortunate reactions happened, but I like to think that the end of the gig redeemed everyone and that both band and audience left the venue in a good mood and with good memories. Talked to a couple of the guys after the gig and they both assured me they hadn't been scared off of coming back to Oslo, so all is good!

The interview in full (and in English) can be found HERE at Musikknyheter!