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Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske

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MetalTalk's Roger Fauske got together with Carmen from Norwegian band SAVN (album review is already on MetalTalk) about the band, their plans and generally putting the music world to rights.

RF: Musically, it is quite a departure from previous bands and maybe not what people are used to from the band members. Was the direction pre planned or was it more a case of the music taking you there? What influenced you all to go in this direction?

Carmen: Hi Roger, great question! I totally agree with you, SAVN is quite different from The Sins of Thy Beloved and Midnattsol. When I became a regular member of the band and the song writing process together started, the musical direction felt very natural I have to say. We never wanted to be a copy of anyone, and nothing was pre-planned or anything.

"Much more we inspired each other while writing songs and got inspiration to something unique that we had never created before. It has never been so easy writing songs, it was this special flow over us, and we felt very creative. We never stopped up and thought: 'No wait, this is the wrong direction'."

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RF: With the song structure, most people will notice the presence of the fiddles where a lot of bands would have the customary guitar solo. It does work very well, but was it a vision from the beginning to have the fiddles so heavily involved?

Carmen: It became clear pretty soon that the fiddles would play a big role in our music, we all thought it fit so perfectly into our songs. I wouldn't call it vision, but song by song we thought: 'here a fiddle should come!', and we felt that it would lack something huge without it.

RF: The music, and particularly the rock scene in Norway, is probably stronger and more varied than it has ever been. Of course Norway is still unfortunately associated musically with the burning churches era but that is slowly changing (it gained notoriety abroad so it is understandable... Jahn Teigen never quite had the same impact!). The irony though is a lot of the bands make it bigger elsewhere as Norway has a tendency to go for the more pop end of the market on occasion. Is that something you can see changing in the future and does it make life as a touring band a little more complicated? How do you see the state of Norwegian music?

Carmen: The funny thing about Norway's rock scene is that we have loads of bands compared to the people living here, but at the same time there are not so many people actually supporting the bands and buying the albums that are made! Perhaps you could compare it with an export article hehe ;) I could be wrong, but this is my impression at least. I know sooo many metal bands only in my county and some of them are well-known abroad, but at home they don't get the same attention. SAVN has got such overwhelming good feedback abroad (including UK – thank you so much!!), but some of the worst reviews come from Scandinavia, can you believe it hehe? Like you mention, touring includes a lot of travelling and that costs of course. I don't know what the future will bring, but I still have the hope that the Vikings here around open up their eyes and ears for SAVN and other rock and metal bands, that would mean a lot to us!

RF: Yes, the market there does seem a little slow, apart from the more extreme metal historically. As you say there are some very good Norwegian bands, the likes of Audrey Horne from the wonderful city of Bergen, and they have the same issues in their home country. Is the media at fault with the lack of publicity and airtime?

Carmen: Yes, you have a good point there! When it comes to Norway or Scandinavia in general, there are not that many media channels for the metal bands that are not that hard or extreme after my impression. And without media exposure, your music will not be shown to so many people. It's also very difficult to get your hands on CDs in shops here, they almost don't sell CDs anymore and only order a limited number of metal albums. I hope something changes and that the scene get more open-minded to musicians not following trends!

RF: You touched on the songwriting in the bio, but what is the actual process behind it and is it a democratic process?

Carmen: Yes, a very democratic one, which I think is amazing! We are good friends and feel that we can say whatever we want to. Stig started the song writing process some years ago with all his basic guitar ideas, so when I got involved, some songs were already made by him and Anders. I was allowed to make the changes I wanted though, and we started rewriting every song and wrote new ones. We made ideas on our own, and when we met, we worked with developing the ideas together. I felt free to let the creativity flow in every way, and I think that influenced the result. Some of the melodies on the album are the best I've ever made after my opinion. But I could never have done it without the great inspiration from the other two!

RF: Being mischievous... what is your opinion on the music industry today, and how it functions to help the artist and the music (or doesn't!).

Carmen: The music business has changed a lot during the years and also since I stepped into it in the beginning of 2000. I think today it's much more difficult for musicians to survive and the way to success is harder. Now the scene explodes with bands and artists who compete about getting known. The digital world makes it harder to sell real records as well, which again affects the label and everyone involved, which again affects the band. I get the sad impression that money is the most important thing in many cases, and not the music itself.

It's not so much about making or supporting the music you believe in and want to share with other people any more, it's about earning the most money and getting the most attention. But at the same time, I have to say that SAVN has got to know lots of fantastic people who does everything they can to support us, we are actually overwhelmed over the great response and help we are offered. We wouldn't have come so far without the amazing support, we are so grateful for it! THANX TO ALL OF YOU IN THIS PLACE!! (including you and MetalTalk!)

RF: It is definitely about the money not the music. I know this may be an unpopular thought, but I think some of the problem is it is almost too easy for people to record things nowadays – so the market is swamped with mediocre music, almost becoming the norm. Do you have any opinions on that?

Carmen: Yes I agree with you, you have a good point there. With the help of the technological development, it's really not hard to record anything. On one hand it's positive that good bands and artists have more possibilities than earlier to show the world their music. But on the other hand, when the market is so overloaded, the chances for these musicians to actually get heard are not that big after how I see it.

RF: Back to the album - we know about the guitar, keyboards, vocals and fiddles but how were the drum tracks laid down?

Carmen: The great drummer Felix Born recorded it in studio, we are so satisfied with his work! He got some freedom to change some beats here and there, but Stig wrote most of the drum tracks. They were together in studio and cooperated very well.

RF: You sing one song in Norwegian - is that something you would like to do more of or is there always the worry that the language is not widely enough known for a mass market?

Carmen: Yes absolutely, I really like singing in my mother tongue. What I sing feels even more close to me and I enjoy the variation by writing in another language than English. Still, it's not a must for me on every album, it has to come naturally and fit to the atmosphere of the music, that's the most important thing. It felt very natural to sing in Norwegian in 'Lengselens Hånd', I just started singing with Norwegian words. Very often it happens on songs with this Nordic folk feeling, and that was the case here as well.

The first time I released a Norwegian song (on Midnattsol's first album 'Where Twilight Dwells') I was a bit worried that people would think that it sounded weird, and that it wouldn't make an affect on people, but the crazy thing was that I was overloaded with feedback that the fans wanted more. Some asked for a whole Norwegian album, some started learning Norwegian and some have visited and moved to Norway as well! So I never worried about that anymore hehe ;) When people who don't understand the language tell me that 'Lengselens Hånd' is the most beautiful song on SAVN's album and that it goes straight to their hearts, it hits me that music can be really magical.

RF: What live plans do you have at the moment?

Carmen: We would love to tour in the UK and other parts of the world and meet our fantastic fans face to face, but first we have to wait and see how the fans like our new album. The reviews and feedback have been awesome so far, so it looks promising! We have already found some live musicians and are planning the live-band SAVN. We want to have as much live and authentic as we can, we are not big fans of playback. But of course, to hire a whole string orchestra for each concert would be a bit difficult ;) We let you know as soon as we have more info, stay tuned on our homepage www.savn-offical.com and our FB-site! Hope to meet you one day on the road!

RF: So it sounds like SAVN is a long term plan, rather than one project. Will you and the other members still go back to the music you were more known for or can you see it as a more permanent departure?

Carmen: Yes you're right, SAVN is there to stay! We have already started to write new songs and are very excited to see where this musical journey will bring us. I'm still a member of Midnattsol, nothing has changed there, but Stig and Anders are no longer members of TSOTB. Like I mentioned earlier, the musical direction of SAVN came very naturally, and we feel that we can identify with the music 100%. It's important for us to able to develop as musicians as well, so I guess there are few chances that we will play music comparable 1 to 1 with TSOTB. But on the other side, you never know what the future brings ;)

RF: Thank you, Carmen!

Carmen: Thanx to YOU Roger, it was an honor for me! Wish you good luck with everything!


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deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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