воскресенье, 19 февраля 2017 г.

Interview with Jorn Nord from Nordjevel

Hello, friends!

Dissector are glad to introduce once again one of the dear guests on our latest studio album "Planetary Cancer" - guitarist and singer Jorn Nord from the Norwegian black-metal band Nordjevel. We had a good opportunity to talk with Jorn about different earthbound things and, of course, music. So, enjoy!

1. Greetings, Jorn! Tell us a little about yourself and your metal band.

Greetings! I was born in a small town in Norway, about a hundred kilometers from Oslo. I’ve always been passionate about music in many different genres. One of my earliest musical memories was ABBA, and I guess they somewhat shaped by musical journey. I tend to enjoy music with more advanced arrangements and texture, and I think that comes from Abba. I was always the weird kid in town, but I was never bullied or anything like that. I’ve always played in bands, and I’ve also achieved a university degree in music. In 2015 a guy contacted me and asked if I wanted to participate in a project. That guy was Doedsadmiral, and the project is what is now known as Nordjevel.

2. Where do you live? Are you satisfied with living in Norway? In what country would you like to move and why?

I found out I was too weird to live in small towns, but not weird enough for the big city life. Therefore I chose to live in the hills along with my cat.I’m satisfied living in Norway in the sense that most of it consists of mountains and forests. The big problem is always the people. If I could, I would live on a desert island by myself somewhere in the pacific.

3. Who are you by profession? Do you make a living with music, or have to have additionally a job to pay your bills?

I’m working in the field of health, in psychiatry and helping people who can’t help themselves. The job is very interesting and fulfilling, and I actually prefer being around people who are somewhat cut off from society. They are the ones I spend my time with when I’m not by myself, or out working with the band.

4. Some time ago I had a dream to live in seclusion in Norway on the shore of the fjord, in the house with recordings studio, and to make music. Would You have been able to live this way? What kind of lifestyle do you prefer - urban or rural? Or maybe You’ll become a family man?

Hey, that’s my plan too you know! I would like to live in a place even more secluded than where I’m living right now, which is pretty secluded. If you live by a fjord or a lake you don’t need much else. I definitely prefer the rural lifestyle. If I can’t take a piss by your mailbox, there’s a huge problem. I would enjoy being a family man, and I’m currently making some plans along with my fiancé to find some land and build our home in nature. We are both very much traditionalists in that sense. I’ll just have to balance it out with my work which involves some travelling, but she has been nothing but supportive and encouraging. She’s one of the few traditional, healthy and good women left, so I’m very lucky to have found my soulmate on this insane planet.

5. Last year, you recorded a guest solo on the song "Rebuild On Better Days" for the last album by Russian band Dissector. Have you already experience like a session musician?

I have done some session work during the years, but not that much. I think if people knew I am capable in most popular genres, I would get asked more often. Somehow I’m known for playing ONLY metal music, which is an insult to be honest. I record a lot of music that never will get released, just for my own practice. I have several hard drives with my own recordings, ranging from jazz, electronica, reggae, techno to pop, classical etc.

6. I am sure that Nordjevel already left their mark in the Scandinavian metal music. How serious do you think about Your legacy as a musician?

I hope we did! These are just the first baby steps compared to our ambitions. I don’t think I care that much about my legacy. I was born to create, and that’s what I’m doing. Whether people will remember me for black metal or any other genre is not important. What’s important for me is to do as much of what I enjoy on this planet before I fade away into nothingness.

7. How much music you have, that no one has ever heard of? Maybe unreleased songs, demos, alternative takes and other stuff? How much Nordjevel’s material doesn’t make its way to the studio and stayat home on demo-stage?

As I said, I have several hard drives with my own projects, that no one will ever hear. I started recording when I was around 12 years old, and the number of songs are in the hundreds. As for Nordjevel, I have a few songs that we’ll never record. I nearly finished what was supposed to be our second album, but we decided to scrap the whole thing. The songs are awesome, but with some distance we figured it wasn’t going in the direction we were looking for.

8. The music world will never be the same, but I want to believe that the work of the musician will again be adequately paid and in demand. Do you think that there is still a chance to see flourishingextreme music scene, like it was in the '80s, early' 90s and the first decade of the 2000s?

I think the scene is already flourishing for the fans, but not for the musicians. Most of your favorite musicians have to work at Seven Eleven because fans aren’t willing to pay. I have no idea how this can be solved, and I have doubts that it ever will be. Two generations of fans are already used to getting whatever they want for free, and I think it will be extremely hard to reverse that mindset. The only thing I can think of is government subsidies, but anything that needs to be subsidized to be profitable has of course already failed.

9. It is said, in the Nordic countries, for example, in Sweden, the musicians are forced to pay extremely high taxes. Does it concern also Your band Nordjevel? What about taxes in Norway?

If you add everything up, we pay over half our income in taxes. The upside about being a musician is that you get tax cuts for investing (in equipment, travelling etc.), but the socialist state still grab most of what you earn. It’s all designed to keep people down, and equally miserable. People working 40 hours weeks are pretty much on the same level as welfare receivers.

10. What do you dislike during the tour and during working in the studio?

Touring is fun, as long as you keep alcohol at a healthy distance. The biggest issue is always non-existing privacy. It is what you make it out to be, and I try to make the best of it. I enjoy travelling, and even if we are somewhat unusual people, it’s a travelling company of sturdy and solid people. Working in the studio is one of my favorite things to do. I’m fortunate enough to record everything I do right here in my own house, but I’m usually comfortable in any studio situation. Technical issues is of course a pain in the ass, but I’m familiar with most of it by now.

11. How much music do You buy on CD? What do you think, how long vinyl will stay popular?

I buy quite a bit, since I spend a lot of time driving. I refuse to use the AUX input and use spotify in my car. I go out and buy the album instead. I also buy vinyls, even though I don’t have a record player at the moment. I’m not sure how long the kids will think it’s cool, but hopefully it’s here to stay. It might just be a hipster phenomenon though.

12. What is your attitude to pets?

I think pets are very important to keep humans grounded. Especially for creative people who prefer being on their own. Having a cat is perfect for me, and he keeps me somewhat sane in all this. I think there should be a screening process though, since most people out there aren’t capable of taking care of another live being.

13. Thanks for the interview! I wish prosperity to You and Your band!

Thank you! Nice talking to you mate!

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