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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

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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!