Haunting songs of Norway ; INTERVIEW FaraoNorwegian singer-songwriter Farao first appeared in January with a free download of her haunting track Forces, which prompted radio support from Lauren Laverne. Simon Wilson finds out more
Where are you from? I am from a tiny village of about 500 people called Ulnes, in the mountains of Southern Norway.
How did music start for you? I started developing a serious interest in music when I was about 14 years old. I listened to a lot of punk and rock, and was seriously obsessed with Dave Grohl. I started playing guitar when I was 15 and I guess it just went on from there.
Who were you listening to when you were growing up? Bands like Foo Fighters, Turbonegro, Millencolin, Nine Inch Nails, Mars Volta. That kinda stuff. And I always wore my T-shirt on top of my sweater cause I thought it looked cool.
What was the first album or single you ever bought? I remember the very first album I bought with my own money. It was The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, on the day it came out. Still one of my favourite albums.
Where and when was your first gig and how did it go? My first gig with my own material was at a venue called Internasjonalen in Oslo. It was the release party for a a collection of underground indie music from Oslo, that I was on. I was scared and it probably sucked.
How would you describe your music? Melancholy alternative indie or something like that. It's quite often described as ethereal.
Who or what have been your biggest musical inspirations? Polica's debut album inspired me a lot both musically and lyrically, when I was working on the songs for the EP. I also have to mention my room mates and band mates Douglas Dare and Anna Lena from Anna Lena and The Orchids. We all play in each other's bands, and their music probably inspires me more than anything else. Other than that it's the people I meet, things that happen in my life.
I tend to write songs when things don't go the way I want them to.
Tell us about your latest album I went to Iceland in February to record with Mike Lindsay from Tunng. I had ten days in the studio with him, and we recorded and mixed four songs in that time. I played all of the instruments, except drums which was played by the very talented Magnus Trygvason Eliassen from Sin Fang/Amiina. He was amazing.
He had never heard the songs before, and did four songs perfectly in three hours. It was such a great experience to go there to record, it made me focus in a different way than if I were to record in a London studio. I really hope I can go back there, as Icelandic people are some of the nicest and most welcoming people I've ever met.
What can we expect at your Nottingham gig? A bagpipe solo.
Farao supports Paper Aeroplanes at the Glee Club on Thursday - see Page 6
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