Hi Carmen, how are you today?
I’m good, thanks!
What are you doing now?
I’m watching the Norwegian election results on tv…
Are you having fun these days?
These days I’m having a good time. I just moved back to Oslo after 13 years abroad, and I have been traveling around Norway a bit, discovering some of the very beautiful scenery.
What annoys you most when you perform live?
Bad sound, bad FOH, feedback (of the very annoying kind).
Why do you sing?
I have always loved singing. It’s a great tool for expression and a great instrument that adds the most important ingredient to the personality of a song, I think.
What’s the record of your life?
Impossible to pick just one…! Gza/Genius “Liquid Swords”, Syd Barrett “The Madcap laughs”, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Before Today”, This Heat “Deceit”… This summer it has been Kurt Vile “Wakin on a Pretty Daze”, Grouper “The man who died in his boat” and Flaming Tunes “Flaming Tunes”.
Which icon do you follow?
Hard to narrow something down like that. I can’t say I have an “icon”, but rather I find what a lot of different people do, say, the way they work, inspiring. It could be anyone, there’s a lot of people doing impressive things.
Could you please define the word MUSIC?
Expression and immersion.
What is the most exciting instrument for you?
I love the guitar, along with effect pedals, the possibilities are huge. Same goes for vocals.
When and why did you write your first song?
I wrote a song when I was around 11, a very cheesy love song on the piano, I think I was heartbroken because some kid I fancied didn’t want to kiss me, hehe.
Where did you record your album “Sleeper”?
Mostly in an old nuclear bunker in Oslo, but I also did a lot of recording for it at home in London.
What are some of the thing that come to mind if I say “Sleeper”?
A long, very rewarding journey, changes, heartbreak, and a lot of very good times.
Ciao Carmen…hopefully, we’ll see you soon.