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I hope that you enjoyed my video!
A special thank you,
goes to my friend Viktor Norðir and his Band RiGNA FOLK for the beautiful song “Sol” featured in my video.
You can also watch the Rigna Folk live recording video of the song “Sol” from the “Théâtre Noir” Sessions RiGNA FOLK is a band from Germany If you like the music in my video, I suggest you to check them out!
My interview with Musician Composer and Independent Artist: Viktor Norðir
Today I am very excited and happy to introduce you with my special guest for this interesting interview. My dear friend musician Viktor Norðir from Germany. Viktor is also the founder, song writer, vocals and guitar of band RIGNA FOLK and has a Solo Project as Norðir.
RIGNA FOLK Band members:
Viktor Nordir (vocals, guitar) Jens sounds (guitar, synth) Vladimir Müller (drums) Chriss Fakler (bass, vocals, synth)
I like this band very much, they produce some great alternative music. If you’re following my Blog for a while you had the opportunity to read about them other times. Recently I had a collaboration with Viktor creating a short video, featuring a combination of his Music with my Art. I love to collaborate with other artists it is a great way for me to create and experiment new creative ways of visualization with my art in combination with others, you can see the video here “Stillness” Art And Music together can create magic!
We had a great collaboration that led us to a beautiful friendship and I am sure more artistic projects to come in the future!
NEW Release! My Digital Art Portrait Today I am celebrating also a “New Release” of my latest Digital Art Portrait, it is part of my Project “ART FOR MUSIC “ and for my Concept Collection “When Nature Meets Humans” the artistic portrait that you see featured as the opening image of this post is my new digital creation. This artwork is dedicated and inspired by Viktor Norðir, there couldn’t be a better day to release it than today!
I am very thankful that Viktor kindly accepted to do this interview, I am happy to introduce you with his world of wonderful music and creativity. It is very interesting to get to know who behind the music. If you don’t know Viktor Norðir and his band yet, this is a great opportunity to discover a multi talented very inspiring Artist that plays multiple instruments, has a beautiful unique voice that he can tune in different ways, has an experimental open mind a kind heart and an intriguing soul.
Viktor in his solo project goes by the name “Norðir” on September 21st, 2018 he released a new Song and Video “No Hell No” which is the first single of his new project.
Thank you so much Viktor for accepting this interview, I wish you great success for the new song, video and for all your music projects coming in the future.
I am very excited for your answers to my questions, let’s get started!
Here there are my questions:
1. For who doesn’t know yet can you please introduce who is Viktor Norðir?
“Viktor Norðir” is my artist name, I grew up in Siberia and am currently living in Germany in the City of Ulm. I love to reflect on the contradictions of life and learn from every experience I make. I want to share those in my music. So when I write lyrics in English, German and Russian, I reflect on paradoxical topics from different perspectives and want to question one’s believes and encourages to embrace new pathways in life.
2. When did you discovered your music talent and your great voice? And when did you founded the indie band RIGNA FOLK?
My parents confirmed my early memory, of having an enthusiasm for the voices of the singers like Phil Collins and Freddy Mercury and my approaches to sing those Genesis and Queen Songs by myself loudly. As you can imagine, our neighbors did not share my enthusiasm, but I was having a blast!
My parents observed my extreme enthusiasm and bought me my first guitar. From there on, it became an essential part of my life to play and sing daily, to be in the clubs, hang out with guys that were more or less rock stars in my eyes, and just soak up the real world of the music scene. I looked up to these folks and I felt indescribably cool just to be hanging out with them. I made connections to fellow musicians and made my first experiences in writing my own songs and lyrics. I started to look for suited musicians and made further connections for my own band project. This all led to my first band’s own gig at the “Musikmarathon” in 2009. It was a mindblowing experience! Rigna Folk was born!
3. Your talent has a beautiful way of expression, you speak multiple languages and often mix them in your lyrics how this idea came to you? And you are able to divide yourself in two, having a solo project “Norðir” and a band project with RIGNA FOLK, can you tell us how you are able to menage both?
Thank you for your kind words! The idea, just to be myself in my arts and to express all of my thoughts, just inspired me to start my solo project in may of 2018. For some topics, I felt, a different Language felt more natural. So I developed this trilingual concept, which totally enables me to experiment and grow musically and lyrically. In the band Rigna Folk, we have a storytelling concept and it’s a different way of working on songs, it’s a whole unique experience and it’s precious to me. I want this to be a part of my life.
For the managing part: its classical project management I learned in college and by trying organizing the band myself from the beginning. I set the aims and prioritize the sub tasks, so it’s more fun for me and keeps me motivated and inspired.
4. Your music has a very unique sound and style how you define it as genre? And can you describe your creative process and what inspires you while creating your lyrics and melodies?
My music internalize paradoxes as well as my lyrics, playing with catchy and experimental elements, pending between indie pop tunes and dreamy electronic-psychedelic landscapes. I am totally inspired by moods and nature. in contrast, I am also inspired by lost places, abandoned cities, industrial architecture and the steampunk and goth genre! In my solo project, I love to focus on unique songs and develops them till they are finished. I am working with feedback by my bandmates, my fans and friends during the process, and like mo make refinements on my songs. In general, my aim is to keep the process open, so the end product has a history on its own.
5. You just released a new video few days ago for your solo project Norðir, can you tell us about it? And do you have any tour dates for live gigs as solo and with the band?
The lyrics of “No Hell No“ reflect on the topics xenophobia and national identity. This as a current topic in Germany right now. I was facing some kind of hatred in my first years in German school. Interestingly, it was not the case in the very beginning when I started to make friends, but later, when their parents got involved when I visited my friends in their homes. As I am thinking, this speaks for a conceptualized kind of artificial hatred based on shaped believes. I think, when you are self-aware, you will never choose the path of hatred.
The song argues the decision not to hate anyone you do not know or understand yet. It raises the question of what would have happened if one had been born in another place in the world and where the feeling of hate towards the unknown comes from.
I have organized my first Solo Tour with “Norðir” and there is also one Concert with my band Rigna Folk here there are some dates in Germany:
TOUR 2018 /2019 :
28.09. DE-Aalen / Frapé
30.09. CH-Baden / Club Joy Grand Casino
02.10. DE-München / Lost Weekend
05.10. DE-Kirchheim / ClubBastion (with Rigna Folk)
09.10. DE-Schwäbisch Gmünd / Leuchtturm
16.11. DE-Ulm / Studentencafe
14.11. DE-Esslingen / 4-Peh
27.11. DE-Göppingen / Radiobühne Weltweit
11.12. DE-Stuttgart / Rosenau
12.12. DE-Tübingen / Sudhaus
18.12. DE-Waiblingen / Kulturhaus Schwanen
26.01. CH-Zürich / Big Ben Westside
06.03. DE-Asperg / Glasperlenspiel
6. What is your creative Dream Project?
At the moment, I want to find additional independent musicians for my solo project. I want to work with different artists and to exchange our skills and to learn. Also, I am fascinated by combining music with visual arts, as we did in our “Stillness” project!
7. I always love to ask this question, because is personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color would it be?
During the last 2 years, I am working on my awareness and am discovering the fact, that my conceptualized ego was the main driving force behind my decisions and shaped a major part of my life. The more I get into reflecting, the more I feel happier, fulfilled and peaceful.
So at this point, I would describe my inner soul on being on a journey into the inner core of awareness. it would consist of all colors, because there are so many facets. When I ask my ego, it would prefer black, but I know there are more ( fun fact: yeah when you add all colors in RGB it would be black 🙂
8. I loved to collaborate and create the mini video “Stillness” my art combined with your music, I thank you for allow me to use your music and I like to ask you what do you like about my Art?
I loved our project Carolina!
I think that your arts and my music totally harmonize together and create something new together.
When I perceive your art, I am feeling an overall energy of positivity and playfulness, and every piece of art I have seen from you so far, brings me in a fairy tale world, in a fable where I can take a walk and discover new elements.
It’s like a whole unique universe, and for me, this is the kind of art which is resonating with me the most.
I really loved your questions, thank you so much! 🙂
Thank you so much Viktor I loved all your answers 🙂 and I am very happy that this is a more unique interview because it reveals more the insight and inner soul behind your creativity and music success. I am honored to have you here on my Blog!
***Also a last minute Great News directly from Viktor
I hope that you enjoyed my interview it wont be last more will come in the future!
I love to follow the new projects and I will check back in, from time to time, to update you with Viktor Norðir and the band RIGNA FOLK coming projects! I hope you enjoyed to watch the videos included and if you want to listen more… which I highly suggest, go to discover their music, please visit the YouTube Channels, stay connected, share if you can, please leave them comments they are motivating to artists. Best wishes to Viktor for all his projects as solo and with the band, I can’t wait to see what he is creating next, it is always an unpredictable surprise! ❤
I love your comments, please let me know… what do you think about this interview?
I am sure Viktor Norðir would love to read your comments!
If you like to read more of my Interviews check Here!
My dear friend EWIAN is releasing his 4th Album ‘Of Those Who Drown to Live’ is out from today! I love his music and I have supported Ewian evolution here on this Blog from last 3 years! If you like Alternative, Postrock, Ambient music then please go check him out!
I’m happy, relieved, proud and somehow wistful to announce that my 4th album ‘Of Those Who Drown to Live’ is out from today!
I’ve produced 12 songs and 12 music videos in the last 2 years (nearly an hour of music) – and went to my limit with this piece of art.
I must admit that I have tears in my eyes now – on the one hand because I am happy about this release, on the other hand because I know that this will be the last EWIAN album for a longer while. After four albums and one EP in five years (not to forget a bunch of music videos) I HAVE to slow down.
I hope you understand that. At least you can look forward to 11 music videos in the next 11 months. I’m pleased about EVERYONE who buys this record – this is my most personal…
Last November I have collaborated with the Rigna Folk creating a video displaying a selection of my recent paintings having as soundtrack one of their beautiful songs.
If you follow me maybe you remember my Blog post, if you are new you can read it here:
A special Thank you, goes to the Band RiGNA FOLK for the great idea and suggestion to me, to create this video as combination of their music with my art. And I am honored that they let me use their beautiful music as soundtrack to my paintings! Thank you so much Viktor Nordir.
Who follows me for longer time knows that I love music, but also that I have a very specific and not so commercial taste and I love to introduce you with the bands I like or discover! I also have posted here on the Blog experiences attending live concerts, Interviews with independent artists and videos! I like to use my Art collaborating with music artists. I have created paintings and portraits dedicated to music artists as Fan Art! My collection is named “Art For Music” as an independent artist myself, I love when we can support each other or I can support someone else dream.
This video happened magically while replying each other comments on Instagram!
Viktor, frontmen of the band had this idea, while commenting on my recent paintings and I found it to be a awesome idea that I had to bring it alive!
I think the song I chose is “Zone II” from their album “Astropolis” and it match greatly with my Art.
On the Rigna Folk website you can read their Blog Post about this: Collaboration with two artists from the US and Macedonia
RiGNA FOLK is a band from Germany, we follow each other from a while now, I love their music and they love my art! I think is beautiful to cross paths!
They are a great indie band! I love their alternative, post rock music “Rigna Folk is a band that creates a parallel world. A rainy, dreamy world that, supported by music, is constantly changing and expanding: sound-painting like Sigur Rós, pictorially like Pink Floyd, as experimental as Radiohead”. They produced several Albums and their discography is growing more with a coming very soon new album!
Recently they performed a great cover “David Bowie, Space Oddity song” you can find it on their YouTube channel!
If you like this music genre, I really suggest you to check their music out!
My interview with Musician, Composer, AudioVideo and independent Artist EWIAN CHRISTENSEN.
Today I am very happy to introduce you with my dear friend musician and composer EWIAN from Germany. Some of you that follow my Blog remember last year when I have Featured Ewian. I love his music and often I shared his videos and the release of his latest Album “We Need Monsters”. I also used Ewian’s photos last year to create a first Digital Art Portrait part of my Art concept “When Nature Meet Humans ” Ewian was the portrait #6. A couple of months ago I asked Ewian if he would’ve have been open to do an interview with me. And he kindly accepted! I am thrilled about this and I am very happy to be able to let you know him better through this interesting interview and if you don’t know him and his music, this is an opportunity for you to discover a very talented, unique Artist that has a wonderful soul and a kind heart. His music is not so common and maybe not for everyone but if you like it… you love it! The sound he produce in his music is a sort of unique amazing dreamy music combined with beautiful words in his lyrics that definitely show Ewian intrigued inner soul.
The color digital Portrait above is my latest creation dedicated to Ewian. I used some of the photos that he sent to me for this interview and I created this tri-dimensional metropolitan image that I guess in a way represent Ewian latest work.
Thank you so much Ewian for allow me to do this interview with you and give the opportunity to others to get to know your Art.
Let’s get started! Here there are my five questions:
1. For who doesn’t know can you please introduce who is EWIAN?
EWIAN was founded by me, Ewian Christensen in March 2013 by the release of my debut EP ‘We Will Never Grow Old’ The artist name is an acronym and means ‘Water of life’ in a metaphorical sense. Basically I am an independent artist, born in Latvia and grown up in Germany. Though I release my records (mostly) via Timezone records, my work is not under the influence of any record label, management, or other instances in order to guarantee the authenticity of my art to myself and all consumers. Beside my debut I published one single (‘Voices in your head’, 2013) and two albums (‘Good Old Underground’, 2014; ‘We Need Monsters’, 2015).
I compose and produce all music and videos almost entirely by myself. From time to time, I collaborate with other musicians, so far with Fifi Rong (England, song: ‘When I Was Dead’), Alien Hand Syndrome (Austria, song: ‘Zampano’), Slack Armada (U.S.A., song: ‘Looper’), and at the moment: Plike (U.S.A.,’VAST’).
2. Your music has a very unique sound and style and is categorized as “Alternative, Post-Rock”. Can you describe your creative process and what prompt and inspire you while creating?
Thanks. I already mentioned in other interviews that I just can’t help doing music. The transformation of inner cognitions, ideas, aspirations, wishes, fears and so on into art serves the maintenance of my mental healthiness. Simultaneously, I have the feeling that I can wrap these inner concepts into a shell which could be tangible for (at least a part of) my recipients. And at that point this non-egoistic part of intellectual creation comes into play, whereby I can give something back. The creative process itself rarely precedes the way I expect. Sometimes I work very methodical, sometimes I just have some kinds of scintillation, maybe one can draw a comparison to the work of a crazy scientist.
3. What are you working on right now? Any new project?
Absolutely. You and my newsletter recipients already know that the third EWIAN album is highly likely to be released in spring 2017. As I mentioned above, I am working also on a collaboration with Mad Madam Em (known as Plike) for the song VAST.
And I can say, that’s not all! You can expect more for 2017: a special project, maybe my most costly so far. I guess 2017 will be MY year? This is a screenshot of the video I produce at the moment for the song VAST:
4. What is your creative Dream Project?
To be honest… to shoot a movie.
5. This question is personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color would it be?
I guess I ́m a lone wolf of sorts. Furthermore peaceful, queer, and pathetic. My perception is mostly abstract, I firstly see the common features of all things and their interactions, not the differentiating ones. This helps me doing my art, but at the same time it is complicating my daily routine. I am fascinated by reoccurring patterns in nature like fractalistic structures. This mode of perception explains my spiritual vain. I always had a drive for explaining the unexplained and doing things that (apparently) no human else did before. I love to grapple with dystopias and utopias and to become lost in excessive thought experiments. If I’d be a painter, my art would be surrealistic. But I lose the thread, so: The color that would describe my soul the most is definitely a dark blue.
We Need Monsters (LP, Timezone Records, November, 2015)
Good Old Underground (LP, Timezone Records, October, 2014)
Voices In Your Head (Single, Rebeat Digital, October 2013)
We Will Never Grow Old (EP, Rebeat Digital, March 2013)
I hope that you enjoyed my interview and to get to know Ewian please visit his YouTube Channel and hisBlog. Best wishes to Ewian for his new project, can’t wait to see what he is creating! I always love your comments, let me know what you think about this interview, I am sure Ewian would love to read them too!
Have a great weekend everyone!
The Cure is one of my favorite bands from the past years following them a lifetime long. I love their dark sounds the best. My all time favorite Albums are “Seventy Seconds” and “Faith” today I am sharing with you my Digital Art – Oaks created from one of my Photos and I think it is a good match with The Cure song “A Forest” I found two great videos as two different and beautiful versions of this loved song I am going to share it with you. In hope that you like them. I suggest you to listen both because the sound is different and both are great! If you like this genre of music!
The Cure would be in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl for 3 days May 22, 23 and 24 it would be the first US full-fledged tour in eight years. I am going to attend this awesome event Tickets are Sold Out for all the 3 days! Today is the DAY for me to finally see them live!
I will also see another loved and great band The Twilight Sadthey will open the concert for The Cure (I wrote about them in the past check the link). So I am very lucky today to be able to see two loved band in one occasion!
Wish me luck I will make a post in the next days and tell you all about this event!
I featured Ewian on September 26 introducing their amazing music and announcing the soon release of the new album “We Need Monster”. This is a follow-up I love Ewian Music and I am very happy today to announce that the expected day is finally arrived!!! The release of the new Album is here!
I have been able to read some great reviews about this Album and I will link here the one in english from merchantsofair.com which is the first one also that was published some days ago! You can read it Here!
The first video was great “Ticket from Kingdom Come” I made a post about it and if you missed you can watch it Here!
– We Need Monsters (LP, November 2015) New!
– Good Old Underground (LP) October, 2014
– Voices in Your Head (Single) October, 2013
– We Will Never Grow Old (EP) March, 2013