Thursday, August 25, 2011

Oslo - The Art of Hugging

Norwegian people like to hug each other! Wonderful! "There are different ways of hugging" tells Lasse Marhaug. "A 'bye bye hug' should be more intimate than a 'hello hug'". I try to do my job well. Also for the two shows I'm playing in Oslo, but lets start from the beginning.

After an intense and packed Berlin duo with Julian Sartorius on drums and me on turntables at -able gallery in Neukölln I find myself the other morning totally bleary-eyed and hangovered at the check-in counter of Norwegian Airlines at Schönefeld airport. A hand grabs my shoulder and I look into a familiar face. It's Clayton Thomas who also flies to Oslo together with Tony Buck and Johannes Bauer. We all play at Blow Out Festival on Saturday. But first I'll have to deliver my noise for the Student Festival at Oslo University.

It was a great weekend, with a delicious slow cooked salmon, some nice oolong tea and an extraordinary duo with Lasse at cafe Mir. But the main reason for my Oslo trip was to finish a book about SI that will soon be published on Marhaug Forlag. I'm super-excited about it! More details and announcement very soon.

Sudden Infant @ Student Festival Klubbscenen Betong Oslo

Sten Ove Toft & Lasse Marhaug @ Klubbscenen Betong Oslo

Photos by Synne Tonil

Friday, August 12, 2011

White trash camp side holidays in Norbergia!

Norberg Festival Sweden August 29-31 2011

Sweden, the land of lakes, deers, starköl, knäckebrot, blonde individuals, systembolaget and home of Joachim Nordwall, chairman of iDeal Recordings, who invited Sudden Infant & Raionbashi to perform at Norberg Festival in the middle of nowhere two hours outside of Stockholm.

I can't remember the last time I spent two nights on a camp side hanging at a festival in between Breakcore-Hippies, Electro-Nerds and Avantgarde-Punks. Thanks god Joachim inaugurated me into the rituals of Swedish hardcore enjoyment: Beer, wine, whiskey, crisps! And all in category 3!

Thanks for the great time! It was absolutely fantastic! Joachim you are the best! Cheers to all the good friends and nice people who made my time unforgettable: Daniel, Thomas, Leif, Roberto, Chinaski, Petter, Stephen, Zbigniew, Camilla, Grete, Helena, Jan, Richard, Ben, Anastasia and all the others I forgot or can't remember their names.