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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!

Meeting Mew!

A couple of weeks ago, I broke one of my rules. I've always had this thing of not wanting to meet - and certainly not interview - my own idols and heroes. There are several reasons for this, but the most important ones are 1: The risk of making an absolute fool of myself in front of people I have all the respect for, and 2: They might be dicks. I really don't want my idols to turn out to be dicks. And ignorance, in this case, is bliss. So when I was asked - in less than 24 hours' notice - if I wanted to interview Mew, only my number one above any other absolute favourite band (i.e the only band whose logo I could ever imagine tattooing onto my body), my reply was, and I quote: "Djdjdjfjejzkdkwkdk uuuuuuuh... Help!!! Yes, but help, but yes?"

We actually signed a contract in red pen when we first started playing, because we wanted it to look like blood!
— Jonas Bjerre

Less than 24 hours later, I found myself nervously pacing Angst Bar in Oslo, waiting for vocalist Jonas Bjerre and guitarist Bo Madsen to finish the interview they were doing prior to mine. Analysing my own questions ("Are they good enough? Are they too geeky? Is it too obvious that I'm a fan? Is that lame??") when suddenly Mr. Madsen came around the corner, all smiles and greeting me. From thereon out, it was smooth sailing. The fact that they were 10 minutes late for my interview even became a good thing, as they asked if I - if I wasn't busy later - wanted to meet up after their remaining interviews and finish up MY interview before they left for Finland. 

All my fears of meeting these guys were unfounded. I've rarely ever met sweeter, nicer, funnier, more polite and cheekier bands. We discussed new and old music ("An Envoy To The Open Fields was the most difficult song we ever played live. We'd just be standing there counting looking ridiculous"), the return of Johan Wohlert ("He rang us one day and we just: «Don't think so buddy, you backed out! ...Ok, we'll think about it but don't get your hopes up!»"), and the insanely long time between their albums ("I'll give you the release date for the next album right here and now! Exclusively! It will be...") 

When I met them the second time, Bo told me "I'm sorry, I've used up all my funny now", which turned out to not be true at all. We talked about friends' mutual friends ("Black Dick? We always called him Dickward"), and I got to do a mini photo-shoot as well as get a video of them plugging the interview and the website it's featured on. Score!

To read the whole thing, and to get the answer to when the next album will be out, check out Musikknyheter.no! Worry not, it is in English!