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

I met Biffy Clyro!

The first time I heard Biffy Clyro was when they released Mountains back in 2008, and instantly loved the music. Two years later, I met a family who are now some of my best friends through the band, when we were all waiting in a staircase up to a TV studio where Biffy were doing an acoustic concert. Fast forward 6 years, and I've seen the band live numerous times (most of them in Norway, they just keep coming back!), both their own headline gigs, supporting other bands, and at festivals. So when Warner contacted me and asked me if I'd like to interview the guys in London, I replied YES within 2 minutes of getting the mail.

A rainy day in May I went to the Warner HQ in London, and waited around for a bit in the canteen while they finished up other interviews and lunch. I was then lead into the room, and the next half hour consisted of cheerful giggles and jokes. The guys are obviously still the best of friends, teasing each other, roaring with laughter, and seemingly just as interested in hearing about my life as I was in hearing about theirs. Those kinds of interviews are by far the best ones, where conversation flows naturally back and forth, rather than becoming stilted question/answer interviews. 

Time flew by way way too fast, I managed to ask about 4 out of 15 questions, and then it was time for a mini photoshoot before I left them to their next interview. The photoshoot was just as cheerful - as you can see from the photos - and they were very amused when I pointed out the common theme in their clothing: their sneakers. Very well coordinated guys!

I was wondering if I'd get at all starstruck upon meeting them, but they made it very easy not to be. Just three, extraordinarily nice Scottish guys, so open and welcoming, as well as professional and easy to work with. It's always scary to work with people you admire. If they're dicks, they ruin your respect for their art as well. But then there are the opposite ones, who are everything you wish them to be, and more. Biffy Clyro are definitely the latter. 

You can read the entire interview here.

Oh, and their new album? It's bloody fantastic!! You can all look forward to July 10th!

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!