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Interviu cu Nils K. Rue de la Pagan's Mind

Autor: Sisanu, 28 Decembrie 2010

English version | Versiunea in limba Romana

English version
Let's Rock : Hello! On behalf of Let's Rock Romania we would like to thank you for making time for this interview.
Nils K. Rue : Hi there and thanks for your interest!

Let's Rock : How was your Christmas compared to the previous year ?
Nils K. Rue : Pretty much the same except from the fact that I lost my father this fall, so there was an empty chair this christmas, I celebrated Christmas in the house I was brought up - my parents ranch.

Let's Rock : Where will you spend your New Year's Eve ?
Nils K. Rue : Probably in my own house, together with my friends and my girlfriend. New Years Eve is a romantic evening, and calls for good food, champagne, good laughs and time to reflect on the year that has passed. I always enjoy new years eve !

Let's Rock : Ok, let me ask you about your new album, how is the work going, are you excited about it ?
Nils K. Rue : I'm really really excited. It will be released no later than march 2011 and most of the work on it is ready. I also have great belief in it, I think the material is extremely strong and that it represent sort of a "comeback" (since it been over three years since "God's Equation") I am sure both fans of Pagan's Mind and people who haven't heard us before will appreciate it a lot...

Let's Rock : What should we expect from it ? Do you have a different sound or approach ?
Nils K. Rue : There is no doubt it sounds like Pagan's Mind, as I believe we have a very distinct sound. It's heavy, melodic and at times intricate - but on the other hand we have shaken off some of the most extreme progressive elements, setting song -writing and melody in total focus. It's atmospheric, very catchy, very heavy, very good hehe!

Let's Rock : Who composed the songs ? Did one of the band's members stand out for this new album ?
Nils K. Rue : We all wrote the songs together, but Jorn Viggo has (as always) been "the conductor" securing the quality to the last chain of the production. He is the one in the band that puts the most blood, sweat and tears into this. We all contribute in our way and by our respective instruments to create an album.


Let's Rock : I know some songs are born out of interesting or funny stories and subjects; does the new album have tracks inspired from reality ? If so, can you give us an example?
Nils K. Rue : We're inspired by mystisicm and "the unknown" as always, but this time the lyrics also deal with stuff everyone can relate to. Our lyrics is often metaphorical, which allows the listener to make up their own opinion on the words and meaning - and make it their own personal "story". By making the music a little bit more "straight in your face", this time so is the lyrics. Nevertheless, the "sworn Pagan's Mind fan" won't be disappointed - there are enough mystic stuff here to blow your mind ;-)
To give an example on a lyric that deals with "reality" there are several, but some of the songs has a positive message that tells to believe in yourself and is upbuilding in terms of self esteem and the power of will, and yourself.

Let's Rock : Who's in charge with the artwork for the album ?
Nils K. Rue : I am, and I am actually working on it as we speak!

Let's Rock : Can you tell us if you have a favorite guitar / musical instrument you are most fond of and why ? It has to have an interesting story behind it... What about the other members ?
Nils K. Rue : Well I started to play the guitar at the age of 12, but never became a very good player. I have always used it during the song-writing process and when Pagan's Mind started up, I was the singer and the rhythm guitarist. I haven't touched the guitar in a couple of years, which is a shame. But I really enjoy playing and some people tell me I have a good rhythm and aggressive approach to my playing, hehe! I guess everyone is "fond" of their own instrument, me for example - I love to sing, it kinda balances me as a human being.

Let's Rock : I'm sure you travel a lot. What are your favorite locations in the world and why ?
Nils K. Rue : There are so many. But of course we enjoy to play in front of crowds that appreciate our music, and which are ecstatic and dare to "hang loose". In countries like Holland, France, USA, Spain and parts of eastern Europe we tend to meet the most "crazy" crowds, and these are the areas we also have the biggest concentration of fans, too.

Let's Rock : Are there any romanian artists you are in contact with ?
Nils K. Rue : I know that I have talked to a couple of Romanian bands both on MySpace and Facebook, but mostly minor ones and there has - unfortunately - not been any contact in terms of cooperation with any bands from Romania.

Let's Rock : Please tell us what music do you listen to these days.
Nils K. Rue : Right now I'm enjoying the fresh mix of the new Pagan's Mind album, hehe - but I also get a kick out of James LaBrie's newest solo album these days. Apart from that, I still listen a lot to classic metal, many hours a day.

Let's Rock : Did the financial crisis affected you in some way ? If so, can you tell us how ?
Nils K. Rue : The financial crisis didn't hit Norway as bad as it did with a lot of other countries, but people lost their job here and there. Norway has a solid economy and a social apparatus that cares economically if you get layed down, so no one here needs to be in a "crisis" anyway.

Let's Rock : We absolutely love you music and can't wait to see you on stage! Have you ever considered including Romania in your European tours ?
Nils K. Rue : Yes of course we have, and it would have been an honor to come to Romania, as I have never been there. I guess it has just been a matter of how the booking agencies'tour plans has been set up - but it's really up to promotors in your country to show their interest to our management, then it should be no problem setting up gigs in Romania.


Let's Rock : Thank you very much for this interview! We hope to see you soon!
Nils K. Rue : Thank YOU - for your interest in the band, and we also hope to see our Romanian fans on a stage in your country!

Let's Rock : Any last words for Let's Rock Romania online readers ?
Nils K. Rue : Be nice to each other, don't drink and drive, support art, love and give yourselves time to wonder about life's great mysteries every day!

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Interview made by Sisanu - Let's Rock Team

Versiunea in limba Romana

Let's Rock :
Salutare! Din partea Let's Rock Romania dorim sa va multumim pentru ca v-ati facut timp sa ne acordati acest interviu.
Nils K. Rue : Salutare si multumim pentru interes!

Let's Rock : Cum a fost acest Craciun comparat cu anul precedent ?
Nils K. Rue : In mare parte la fel, exceptand faptul ca mi-am pierdut tatal toamna asta, asa ca a fost un scaun gol de acest Craciun; am sarbatorit Craciunul in casa unde am crescut la ferma parintilor mei.

Let's Rock : Unde o sa petreceti in noaptea de Anul Nou ?
Nils K. Rue : Probabil la mine acasa, impreuna cu prietenii si iubita mea. Anul Nou este o seara romantica, iar acest lucru cere mancare buna, sampanie, multe zambete si timp pentru a reflecta la anul ce tocmai a trecut. Imi place intotdeauna petrecerea de Anul Nou :)

Let's Rock : Ok, sa va intreb despre noul album, cum merge treaba, sunteti entuziasmati ?
Nils K. Rue : Sunt foarte foarte entuziasmat. O sa fie lansat pana cel tarziu martie 2011 si marea parte a lucrarilor sunt gata. De asemenea cred mult in el, cred ca este un material extrem de puternic si ca reprezinta un fel de "revenire" (din moment ce au trecut mai bine de trei ani de la "God's Equation"). Sunt sigur ca atat fanii Pagan's Mind cat si oamenii care inca nu ne-au auzit il vor aprecia mult ...

Let's Rock : Ce asteptari sa avem de la material? Aveti un sound diferit sau o alta abordare ?
Nils K. Rue : Nu incape indoiala ca va suna precum Pagan's Mind, intrucat eu cred ca avem un sunet foarte distinct. Este heavy, melodic si pe alocuri complicat - dar pe de alta parte am mai scuturat din elementele progresive extreme, axandu-ne pe scrierea cantecelor si a melodiilor in concentrare totala. Este atmosferic, foarte catchy, foarte heavy, foarte bun hehe!

Let's Rock : Cine a compus cantecele ? A fost vreun membru ce s-a implicat mai mult pentru acest album ?
Nils K. Rue : Am scris cantecele impreuna, dar Jorn Viggo a fost (ca intotdeauna) "conductorul" care securizeaza calitatatea pana la ultima zala din productie. E cel care pune cat mai mult suflet, transpiratie si lacrimi in ceea ce facem. Contribuim toti in felul nostru si cu instrumentele fiecaruia pentru a crea un album.

Let's Rock : Stim ca unele melodii se nasc din intamplari inedite sau subiecti interesanti; noul album are melodii inspirate din realitate ? Daca da, ne puteti da cateva exemple?
Nils K. Rue : Suntem inspirati de misticism si de "necunoscut" ca intotdeauna, dar de data asta versurile au de-a face si cu lucruri la care oricine se poate raporta. Versurile noastre sunt uneori metaforice, ce ii permit ascultatorului sa isi formeze propria parere despre cuvinte si inteles - astfel devenind "povestea" lor personala. Asa cum am facut cu muzica sa fie un pic mai "straight in your face", de data asta la fel se intampla si cu versurile. In orice caz, "adevaratul fan Pagan's Mind" nu va fi dezamagit - sunt destule lucruri mistice aici ca sa il dam gata ;-)
Ar fi prea multe exemple de versuri care au de-a face cu "realitatea", dar unele cantece au un mesaj pozitiv care iti spune sa crezi in tine intr-un mod inaltator folosind termeni ca mandria de sine si puterea gandirii, si puterea ta.

Let's Rock : Cine se ocupa de grafica pentru album ?
Nils K. Rue : Eu, si lucrez la ea chiar in timp ce vorbim!

Let's Rock : Ne puteti spune daca aveti vreo chitara preferata / instrument muzical la care tineti mai mult si de ce ? Mai mult ca sigur are o poveste interesanta in spate... Dar ceilalti membri ?
Nils K. Rue : Am inceput sa cant la chitara de la 12 ani, dar nu am devenit niciodata foarte bun la asta. Am folosit-o intotdeauna cand compunem, si atunci cand a inceput Pagan s Mind, eu eram vocalist si chitara ritmica. Nu am mai atins chitara de cativa ani, si e mare pacat. Dac chiar imi place sa cant la ea si unii oameni imi spun ca am un simt ritmic bine dezvoltat si o abordare agresiva in felul in care cant, hehe! Cred ca fiecare "tine" la propriul instrument, eu de exemplu - imi place sa cant, ma echilibreaza ca om acest lucru.

Let's Rock : Suntem siguri ca voi calatoriti mult. Care sunt locatiile voastre preferate in lume si de ce ?
Nils K. Rue : Sunt atat de multe. Dar bineinteles ca ne place sa cantam in fata oamenilor ce apreciaza muzica noastra, si care sunt curajosi sa se "dezlantuie". In tari ca Olanda, Franta, USA, Spania si parti din Europa de est tindem sa intalnim cel mai nebun public, si acestea sunt zone unde intalnim cea mai mare concentratie de fani, bineinteles.

Let's Rock : Tineti legatura cu vreo trupa romaneasca ?
Nils K. Rue : Stiu ca am vorbit cu cateva trupe romanesti pe MySpace si Facebook, dar majoritatea micute si nu am avut - din nefericire - nici un contact de colaborare cu vreo trupa din Romania.

Let's Rock : Va rugam sa ne spuneti ce muzica mai ascultati.
Nils K. Rue : Acum ma bucur de mix-ul proaspat al noului album Pagan's Mind, he he! - dar mai ascult si cel mai nou album solo al lui James LaBrie's. In afara de asta, ascult in continuare o gramada de classic metal, mult timp in fiecare zi.

Let's Rock : Criza financiara v-a afectat in vreun fel ? Daca da, ne puteti spune in ce fel ?
Nils K. Rue : Criza financiara nu a lovit Norvegia asa rau ca alte tari, dar oamenii si-au pierdut joburile pe alocuri. Norvegia are o economie solida si un aparat social caruia ii pasa din punct de vedere economic daca esti daramat la pamant, asa ca nimeni nu are nevoie sa fie in "criza" oricum.

Let's Rock : Ne place foarte mult muzica voastra si abia asteptam sa va vedem pe scena! V-ati gandit vreodata sa includeti Romania in turneele voastre europene ?
Nils K. Rue : Da bineinteles ca ne-am gandit la asta, si ar fi fost o onoare sa venim si in Romania, intrucat nu am fost niciodata acolo. Cred ca a fost doar un lucru legat de cum planuiesc agentiile de booking turneul - dar pana la urma tine de promotorii din tara voastra sa isi arate interesul fata de managementul nostru, si atunci nu ar trebui sa fie probleme pentru a stabili concerte in Romania.

Let's Rock : Va multumim foarte mult pentru acest interviu! Speram sa va vedem in curand!
Nils K. Rue : NOI va multumim - pentru interesul manifestat fata de trupa noastra, si speram sa vedem fanii din Romanian pe o scena din tara voastra!

Let's Rock : Mai aveti ceva de adaugat pentru cititorii online Let's Rock Romania?
Nils K. Rue : Purtati-va frumos unul cu altul, nu beti la volan, sustineti arta, iubiti si acordati-va timp pentru a va intreba despre misteresele mari din viata in fiecare zi!

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