Our guest bloggers from the Music Brewery caught up with Norwegian rising star Finnebassen – just moments before he went on stage at the Glasgow School of Art. What followed was an insightful, funny and interesting interview with an awesome guy.
So, Finnebassen how did your musical journey start?
“The first thing that really caught my ear was Silent Shout by The Knife…I was into more rock, blues, R ‘n’ B – I was all over the place genre wise and when I heard that track I was like ‘woah what’s going on with that thing’.”
“I went to more techno parties in Oslo and I was really enjoying the dark theme of the club, on contrary to seeing everyone, you were on your own. You are individual but at the same time you’re among other people.”
What is your opinion of the superstar DJs, like David Guetta and Calvin Harris, who we see dominating the charts nowadays?
“I think they deserve massive amounts of respect. You have to remember, although he probably uses playback, David Guetta has been where everyone else has been, he started where everyone else started. He’s changed the music scene as we know it today. Personally, I don’t like his music but I dare anyone to say they don’t respect what that guy’s achieved.”
Would you ever go down the same path as Guetta?
“I would never produce something for anyone else. I would have my name on it and I would have to be able to stand behind it. I would never just ghost write something for someone. I’m a musician and not a DJ/producer. I see myself as a musician first and everything else comes second to that. I don’t see myself DJing for my whole musical career.”
Lastly, what do people back home in Norway make of your success?
“When you’re from Norway, if you think too highly of yourself they will shoot you down the minute you come back. They will be like WHO THE F*** DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!”
Thanks for your time Finnebassen, we’ll follow you down to catch your set shortly.
You can read Music Brewery’s review of the gig here.
By guest bloggers Calum Woodger and John Wight from The Music Brewery.