Q: Tell us the brief history of your band or musical career.
A: In 2012, the I was chosen by Magne Furuholmen (A-HA) to represent his team in The Voice Norway.
Magne Furuholmen had to let me go, but he said that I should do three things:
- Get a band!
- Record your songs!
- Get out there!
And so I did. Almost..The band recorded one song and as impatient, as some of us are, we sent it to a record company. Fourteen days later we got invited to Oslo for an interview. I, and the drummer went home from that meeting with a record deal for a whole album that was gonna be done in about six to seven months. The only problem was, we only had one song! Our first record was made in the studio while recording. I wrote the songs and shaped the music bit by bit together with the band. Some of the songs on the album "I’m Freakin’ Reloaded" was made and recorded in a period of two to three days. In a rush with no time to spare, frustrations and whatever else, difficulties that came along, the band turned out pretty OK!!
Q: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: The age difference in Reloaded Norway is around 20 years from the oldest to the youngest musician. That makes the musical influences within the band really wide, and of course, musical periods play a big part as well. Music genre in the 60’s, 70’s and the 80’s like British Invasion, Motown/R&B, Rock of course in different styles like Psychedelic-, Roots-, Folk-, Punk-, Progressive-, Heavy-, Glam-, Hard-
and Blues-Rock. I was brought up in a classical home that also had an impact on Reloaded Norway's music.
Q: What album has had the greatest impact on your life as a musician?
A: There is a lot of musical and non-musical influences that definitely defines me and my song writing. I also take advantage of my vocal skills because I am not very good at playing any instruments. (Well, before midnight anyway) Sure, I play guitar, piano, and the flute, but not as good as I wish I could so that makes it a burden instead of helping me in my writing process. I can't write notes either, so everything I come up with I stored in my head. I use my musicians in the band to shape my songs as I imagine them to be. As a child, I was listening a lot to Iron Maiden, Bach, Vivaldi, Elvis and AC/DC. As a teenager, my friends listen to ABBA, while I went on to Whitesnake, Rainbow, ZZ Top and so on, but also Bob Marley and stranger stuff like Yello. Late Teens my heart turned to Girl Power, gospel, and big bands. Divas like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson made me challenge my vocal experience. My biggest “aha” was Queen. I loved everything about the band and wow, the vocal and writing skills on Freddy Mercury!!!
I have always been a dreamer! My imagination is on fire at times, and my mind drifts away very, very often. As a child, I stood on a hill at my parent';s vacation island and sang against the wind. I just leaned forward in stormy weather, let the wind carry me and sing my lungs
out. I still get that urge sometimes. I also had to walk a hard and bumpy road, several times in life so of course, that defines me as a person..
Q: What's new in the recording of your music? How has your music changed over the years?
A: My music has definitely had a huge change throughout the years. When I started my song writing, I wrote songs for the gospel choir that I was a vocalist in. I didn’t really think that much about the instruments, but more like the melody and the different vocal groups. That is way far from what I am writing these days..
Q: What are your biggest obstacles as a musician?
A: I am so bad at putting myself on the highest shelf, as we say in Norway. Musicians today need to promote themselves and the work they do, and I am really crap at doing so. To be able to get out there in the big world, you need to step up and use elbows. It is not in my nature to do so. It would be nice if it was room for all of us.
Q: Are you available for private parties? If so how would someone contact you about booking?
A:If anyone wants to hire us for private parties or any kind of gigs, they are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What's next for your band?
A: We have been on The Roots Music Report Charts for the most played Blues Rock album worldwide for 3 weeks now, and we have been on the IBBA list of the most played Blues band in the UK, so our main goal now is to get gigs all over the world and meet as much of our listeners as we possibly can. We are also planning our next album of course!
Q: What song do you remember most from your childhood?
A:There are two songs I remember the most from my childhood.
Für Elise – Ludwig van Beethoven
Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
Q: What’s your favorite accomplishment as a musician thus far?
A: My favourite accomplishment as a musician thus far is really hard to pick because I love everything I’ve done. Big and small. I love being around people and music, but I think I have to pick a line-up of several concerts I got to do with a big band and a choir. I did different
songs of Queen, and the climax was of course “Show Must Go On”. When those trumpets and the choir went out max behind me…..OH MY….!
Q: What inspires you to write the music you write? What made you want to play the instrument you play?
A: I see music in everything around me. In everyday life. Music is constantly on my mind and I am so lucky to be able to walk around with my phone, and just write down phrases and words or feelings that I can use in my next song. Because that is what I always think of….my
next song. I meet lots and lots of interesting people, and many of them inspire me to do write. I have a heavy load from my past and I have been able to put some of it down on paper, but if it wasn’t for kind hearts around the world…I couldn’t do shit…or opened my heart at all..
Q: If you could play anywhere or with anyone in the world, where or with who would it be?
A: I would love to play anywhere and any place around the world, as long as I make people happy. It would be fun though, to do a gig together with Tina Turner and Beth Hart on the same stage, and maybe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Think that would be a great “stage plot”!