NBHAP returns to Norway's west coast to meet new talent from their music scene at Bergen's Julian Karlsson: I was writing a lot of songs, and I wanted to play them live. . Julian: Mall Girl, who we share a guitarist with. Girl In Oslo Lyrics: Can I talk to the prettiest girl in Oslo / Oh is that you / May I talk to the prettiest girl in Won't you meet me by the station And we dig the song. Music was playing loudly — a bass-heavy Norwegian pop song, . that we're losers,” Sana says to the girls during a russ meeting in the first.
Do you guys generally work out your songs by jamming together?
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And most of the ideas just happen randomly at practise. Instead of one bringing in all the songs. How and when did you form the band? February, we played the first concert in February. Eskild and I went to the same high-school. One day, by coincidence, he asked me if I wanted to jam, fall last year. So we jammed instrumentally, and made some song structures, and we thought it would be cool if we had someone to sing.
We knew Bethany was a great singer, we asked her to join the band and she said yes, thankfully. The we got booked for our first gig at a jazz festival in Oslo. We had just recorded one song as a demo, we sent it them, got booked to play another show three months afterwards. Slay Queen was out for a while online as a demo, as we needed to have something online so we could apply for shows.
Your style is quite similar to bands like Lumikide and Pom Poko.
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So you kind of start as a pop band, but people are willing to draw in more elements and more experimental elements, and draw that into pop music. How does it feel to have a foot in both the pop and jazz worlds? As your first booking was a jazz festival. Moving onto the festival, how did you feel the show when yesterday? I think it was really nice. But we got a nice response and people were nice and kind afterwards.
So from the fest of the line-up, which bands would you recommend? Heartbreak Satellite, Brenn who are a great rock band. I also think Margrete, and Selmer. I also think General Post Officewho are kind of free jazz. The feeling I get when I perform [music], is very unique.
The energy is just amazing. Playing live has been a big motivation for me. So live performance has been the most compelling aspect for you? Yeah, I think so. You said that for Please, you ended up sending thousands of emails to old records to try and find samples, what can you tell us about that? It was a crazy process. It took us ten minutes to make the basis of the track, but we used some samples to do so, and they sounded amazing.
So then I tried to track down who wrote the song, and it was a Chinese artist. It was a horrible experience! So with the new email a comms girl answered and said it was a really cool project and they would give me the rights. I think the whole process took eight months or something but it was worth it. Are you that kind of artist that gets super obsessive over music in that way? If I have a goal I do what I can to make it happen.
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With this particular sample, we had just fallen in love with the sound of it, and it would be so wrong to change it, so it felt like a mission to make it happen. Even though they would probably never ever look it up or find it. Your style of music is most usually described as trip-hop, and you get compared to bands like Portishead, what do you make of that comparison? Trip hop is a pretty debatable topic. People have so many opinions about the genre!
But when we make the music, these are the sounds and moods that come out of me. So to be compared to those bands is of course an honour, and I listened to them a lot years ago.
Seems I have though [laughs]. But I usually just call it electronica so that the music can evolve and move through different genres! Some people have called it Nordic Noir, some said alternative rock, some pop. I think people hear different references and relate the music to different genres and different bands. Moving onto the festival, how did you feel the show went yesterday?
I think it went really well.
It was a really cool place, Garage and actually it was our first concert in Norway. So I was a little nervous, wondering how people will get it here.
But I have a good feeling and we definitely had a great experience onstage! I am releasing an EP, in February. What about other artists at the festival? But Tobi Duchampe is really interesting and great. I read today that he was eating French fries onstage. I would love to do that! I just had French fries on the way home instead [laughs].
Ponette If we go back to the beginning, what can you tell us about the start of Ponette, how did you guys form? You have to be 18 to buy beer The legal age of buying and drinking beer and wine is For stronger stuff the age limit is 20 years. Most Norwegians are well travelled in the ways of alcohol before the age of 18 due in some part to Hjemmebrent moonshine. Find cheap hotels with Trivago in Norway Norwegians and Samis The indigenious people of Norway are called Sami.
They have their origins in the northen parts of Sweden, Russia, Norway and Finland. The Sami are known for their rich culture, distinctive music and art.
And, yes, Norwegians did the same to their indigenious people as everyone else. Taxes are a way of life The income tax is at least 28 per cent, VAT or sales tax is 25 per cent. Check out cheap flights to Norway here Try to look for public transport.
In a very twisted logic it is socially accepted, in many parts of Norway, to wear socks in your sandals. They are were much like Norwegians except service-minded, smiling and very friendly to strangers. Hope for a swedish barman.
The Norwegians are not unfriendly Norwegians are just sceptical, and impulsive as soon as they have thought things over. Whenever you actually befriend a Norwegian which is hard, except from on Helgefylla see later they become friends for life. Not exactly like dogs, but not that different either. Sun in the summer? It will be supercrowded If the sun shines in June and July every park, beach and places to drink or eat outside will be flooded. Norway normally has two winters: One white and one green.
Whenever that green winter starts to feel similar to a real summer everyone goes outside. You can travel to Norway with Qatar Airways Helgefylla is something you need to understand Because of the somewhat strict alchohol regulations state monopoly, no alchohol for sale on Sundays in shops, high prices Norwegians tend to concentrate their alchohol consumption in a shortest possible time space. Helgefylla is almost like spring break in the U. On Helgefylla Norwegians become friendly, outgoing and very open-minded and love to ask the foreign taxi-drivers where they originally came from.
Find hotels in Norway here How Norwegians cure diseases Most Norwegians believe that diseases can be cured with one or a combination of these three elements: The Norwegian Hand The sentence: Could you please pass the …whatever, like salt or ketchup or the likes of it is not understood in Norway and almost only used in Montebello in Oslo.
Instead Norwegians use their worldfamous Norwegian Hand. This means an outstreched hand over your plate of food to grab whatever is situated right next to you. The entire profit is distributed to culture and sports. You can drive for an hour straight into a forest and find a small house, or be in a boat in a fjord and not see anyone for hours until you stop on a small rock in the middle of nowhere and out pops a Norwegian who actually lives there. Yes, they have cities — but they also have something called Distriktspolitikk which is very important to a lot of Norwegians.
This hotel is almost as Norwegian as anything in the world, it just might be trolls living right outside The national pasttime is Skiing Would you believe that they also rollerski on the roads if the snow melts? We could say when, but there are some parts of Norway where you can ski during the summer — remember that part about the green and white winters?
Norwegians want you to know that they are born with skis on their feet. The first skis are given to them for the baptism. Cabins Norwegians love their cabins Hytta. The best cabins have a required ski trek of 30 minutes to reach it, has outdoor toilets, no electricity and no water you melt snow.
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Jesus does not live there anymore Norwegians became Christians by force by Olav the Holy they should have seen that one coming from toand still use some of the old Christian rules like closed shops on Sunday and public holiday based on Christianity. Norwegians are not Christian, though. If you step inside of a church on a Sunday it will almost always be half empty.
Up until some years ago it was illegal to dance on some public Christian holidays. The relationship between Jesus and Norwegians are almost like their relationship with the EU.
Need a restaurant in Norway? Check bookatable here Norwegians are blonde 88 per cent of Norwegians have blue eyes or green eyes, the highest in Europe. It was the Celts who probably had the red hair and the Vikings brought it back when they farmed and settled in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland i. Grandiosa This is the national dish of Norway. They eat something that is quite similar to, but not quite, pizza.
Check out airfares to Norway with Lufthansa here The Pension Fund of Norway is extremely large In september the valuation of the fund was billion dollars, holding one percent of global equity markets.
The fund owns the largest number of European shares that any other entity an average of 2,5 per cent of every European listed company.