August 25, 2018 at 11:15 #10706
Letâ€™s translate some Motorpsycho interviews!
So thereâ€™s my turn to start and, as I am Italian, I picked this Italian interview on you tube:
Motorpsycho @ the fridge
Part 1: https://youtu.be/f0qrFKpD234
Part 2: https://youtu.be/r9lT-1kYCm8
This is part 1, in the coming days Iâ€™ll do part 2 for sure
Wait: my knowledge of English is pretty bad, so… donâ€™t expect a magnificent translation… but I think itâ€™s more or less understandable ahah
Motorpsycho, guests of the record store â€œThe fridgeâ€ (Fridge records), play unplugged for the Tele+ tv show â€œGood vibrationsâ€, hosted by Ezio Guaitamacchi.
0:08 itâ€™s time to turn over a new leaf.
Weâ€™re going to the cold Norway because Motorpsycho come from this land, a very popular rock band in Norway and all over Europe, with a huge following in Italy.
We went to record them in a temple of the alternative music in Milan: â€œThe Fridgeâ€, where Motorpsycho performed for us in an acoustic set.
VoilÃ : Motorpsycho
0:41 Motorpsycho is the most important Norwegian rock band. They come from Trondheim, a small industrial city in the North of the country.
They start to gain quickly a solid reputation, with â€œhardâ€ and â€œwildâ€ live performances.
After the encouraging 1991 debut: â€œLobotomizerâ€, the band makes great advances and creates â€œSoothâ€, work that states their reached maturity and the innovative songwriting.
1:04 With the publication of their 3rd record: â€œDemon Boxâ€ their fame
is strengthened outside the Scandinavian borders. The record contains everything: rough tracks and extended suites, which flirt with psychedelia.
After a big tour throughout large European festivals, they published â€œTimothyâ€™s Monsterâ€, a monumental opus.
Two hours of music in which rock, pop and psychedelia coexist.
The new album is called â€œBlissardâ€, it came out these days, the songs are short and intense and show the further evolution of the band.
[Iâ€™m trying to translate what the Italian translator is saying… I can hardly hear what Bent and Snah are saying in English]
1:40 Bent: We started Motorpsycho as such in the autumn of 1989 and since then weâ€™ve often changed lineup. Me and Snah are since then the permanent members of the band and weâ€™ve produced six albums. The last record came out this week.
2:00 Interviewer: So this is a very obvious but inevitable question, since you come from Norway.
Whatâ€™s the situation of rock music in Scandinavia?
2:06 Snah: There are quite some Norwegian bands and Swedish, of course, trying to emerge in the European music scene.
But the Swedish have much bigger opportunities.
Theyâ€™ve got a business music tradition since Abba and stuff like that, maybe.
But that are quite some good Norwegian bands, which sell their records in Italy too.
2:36 Madsun. ((You can find this acoustic version in the mixtape â€œSoniche avventure 3â€.))
3:16 Int: How much is difficult to put forward your music abroad, since youâ€™re not English or American?
3:23 Bent: Oh, itâ€™s a different situation because the English press is such overprotective with British and American music and itâ€™s complicated for every continental band to break through.
You know, weâ€™re in no hurry, we play because we love music and it wonâ€™t be an issue if we will not become big rockstars in England and in the United States. You know, weâ€™ve sold several records in the rest of Europe… itâ€™s a slow progress but weâ€™ve got time and weâ€™ll continue to do what we like.
4:31 Snah: We all have very different musical influences. We embrace every kind of music, from folk to heavy-metal. But the important thing is making good songs.
4:50 Int: You have played acoustic versions of your songs… Iâ€™d like to know if you usually do this sort of things during your concerts, or if itâ€™s just a special gift youâ€™ve done specifically for us today
5:04 Bent: Oh, this is for you… but weâ€™re thinking about it! The problem is that if we want to play acoustic we should reorganize all our gear… and since we have just few roadies, we should do it all by ourself… and this a little complicated.
But weâ€™ve got a country/western band too: The Tussler… the international Tussler society. Itâ€™s composed by drums, a banjo and a guitar. Thatâ€™s where we take out these acoustic setsAugust 25, 2018 at 12:06 #33376ErcarnarParticipant
As a Italian fan, thank you for showing me this gem. I never knew they released this interwiew! If you have doubts about the second part of the video let me know, I'll be glad to help with the translationAugust 25, 2018 at 12:56 #33377
Thanks a lot @Ercarnar! Yeah, this interview is truly valuable… and the second part is even more interesting
(Grazie per esserti reso disponibile… vediamo che combino con la seconda parte:D)August 27, 2018 at 09:34 #33378
So here I am again with part 2… have fun!
(For all the Italian psychonauts: sentitevi liberi di apportare modifiche e migliorie varie, se vi va!)
Remember that Iâ€™ve posted the translation on you tube in the comment section!
0:13 Int: Talking about psychedelia, inevitably, you think about a specific historical period, the end of the 60s, and a specific geographic place, the North of California… so I wonder how much it makes sense talking about psychedelic music and culture these days, in an updated form…
0:34 Bent: It was, you know, at that time, in San Francisco such a big turnaround for the whole society… it was a momentous event. But the thing is that for the very first time rock music has become a mass market. You know, psychedelic music is a sort of jazz version of pop music… musically speaking, that idea was for us the perfect combination: we like to do pop songs but with a â€œjazz mentalityâ€. What we always try to do with live songs and when we make records is to make bases where we can put our souls and drag people… because the intent is to grab our listeners and grab ourselves… and take it all away for 2 hours, becoming enriched from this experience
1:54 Bent: Motorpsycho is a family thing because we live in Trondheim, which is a small city far from Oslo, the capital and nerve centre of the Norwegian music business… and weâ€™re trying to stay away from all this. Because weâ€™re not into these things, become big rockstars or make a lot of money… we love playing and weâ€™re trying to keep away from these mortal traps, where itâ€™s easy to fall in when you start to sell a few records
So, in this way, we've built up a relationship of trust with all of our collaborators. Most of the deals we make are done with people we know, and we split fifty-fifty the income from our job.
3:00 Bent: Motorpsycho is a family thing, as it was for Grateful Dead… we drew inspiration from their way of playing, improvisation plays an important role. We always try to write our songs so that we can change them and…improvise. Itâ€™s important for us to work on that basis and be in a constantly changing.
4:01 Bent: The funny thing is that looking back to the 5 or 6 albums weâ€™ve made, you see a line somewhere which is always changing… None of our records sounds as the others, they are all very different with all different musical angles.
You know, my favorite artists, as John Coltrane or the Beatles, would love this.
Think about the Beatles, in every record, from â€œRubber Soulâ€ onwards, they have taken a step forward, and this what weâ€™re trying to do.
4:58 Bent: Weâ€™re trying to avoid the things that weâ€™ve already done too much before. For instance, thereâ€™s no long songs in the album, because it wouldâ€™ve been a clichÃ©.
And we ended the album with a whisper instead of a crescendo, and this is a thing that weâ€™ve never done before.
We worked a lot with 2 guitars, trying to obtain from both a smooth sound. And you know, with all these guitars, itâ€™s a new approach for us because weâ€™ve never had 2 guitars in the band before.
Thatâ€™s a lot of small things constantly changing.
And weâ€™re also trying to shorten songs to make them more intense, trying to take advantage from all the technical possibilities that a song offers, without extending unnecessarily.
We wanted songs even shorter and even more intense… and I think we succeeded!
6:16 Snah: Oh, we are getting ready a lot for our upcoming tour in Europe and in Norway. And weâ€™ll continue as a trio: drums, bass and guitar, with some electrical gizmos on the floor. This is the new line-up of the band, with a different approach to the songs and kind a new face, I think. Because we used to be a quartet and now weâ€™re just three persons.
6:50 Int: In the upcoming European tour, do you think you will also come to Great Britain?
6:55 Bent: Thereâ€™s people in our booking agency, working both in France and Great Britain but we donâ€™t know yet… It would be nice to go. But I think they arenâ€™t yet ready for a band like our because theyâ€™re too much involved in 60s pop music… weâ€™ll seeAugust 27, 2018 at 10:13 #33379August 28, 2018 at 06:55 #33380MarkParticipant
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