There’s no formula, I’m just tapping what’s popping up in my mind. But we’ve usually got a chorus in our songs, some catchy and recognizable phrase that’s repeated a couple of times.
Otherwise it’s impossible to tell one song from another.
2. The album has entered the official Danish charts at #60 and is the bands 7th album straight to end up in the charts. How does that make you feel?
Old. But also pretty good. There’s no other Danish metal band who had 7 albums in a row in the charts.
3. As I said before, the new album is getting very solid reviews from all around. How do you personally feel about it? What is your favourite Illdisposed record? Do you have a favourite track on the new album?
It’s nice that people like the album, but it’s not like I’m gonna break down and cry when the bad reviews are coming. Because they will come for sure. Making music or any other kind of art means that everybody has to throw their opinion at your face. And that’s fine – I even prefer to read the bad reviews. They are more fun to read. And then you start getting a clue why you aren’t the biggest band in the world haha.
At the moment, my favorite track is “The way we choose”. It’s pretty aggressive but with a catchy chorus.
4. Where do you get your influence(s) for playing guitar? What made you pick up the guitar in the first place? And what about the influence(s) for the new album?
I really like John Petrucci’s way of playing guitar. But I was never sitting at home all day, playing the songs of other guitarists or bands. I started writing my own songs immediately when I bought my first guitar. And I never took any lessons. I just remember that I borrowed a “Kill ‘em all” tablature book to learn the basics of playing riffs.
I know it sounds cliché, but the influences for the songs are basically coming from the daily life. I can be having a barbecue, driving my car or even screwing my girlfriend when a new song is suddenly there inside my head. Sometimes it sucks, because it’ll make me forget everything else I’m doing, which often pisses people off.
5. Now that the album is out, do you have any big tour plans in the near future? What about North America? Any chance of us being able to catch you live on this side of the pond sometime soon?
We will be touring Europe in November. We would really like to come to North America, but every time we try, it ends up with some crappy pay-to-play tour. And that’s something we cannot do. We might do it for free, but we won’t pay.
6. When the band is on tour where is your favourite place to play? What about the band as a whole?
I guess I can say for all of us that it’s Germany. It’s our neighbor country, it’s pretty big (at least compared to Denmark) and they’ve got so many metal heads down there. It’s like every town, every village has its own metal festival.
7. Which do you prefer to play: closed venues or open air festivals and why?
Definitely closed venues. You’re much closer to the audience, it’s way more intense. It’s harder to get in the right mood when there’s a 15 feet gap between the stage and the audience.
8. In the 23 years this band has been around there have been a number of line-up changes.
How has that affected the band? Has it been stressful at times because of this and how have you dealt with it?
It really really sucks to change a band member. A band is like a family, and you’ll need to build up a social relationship as well as a professional relationship. So when someone’s leaving, it’s like tearing down a wall of your house and starting to build it up again. So yes, it has been stressful times. But you just have to live with it, and be expecting that it will happen again soon. Because most people will break at some point, spending so much time
and energy, basically without being paid.
I joined as bass player to fill in for Ronnie, who left the band in 1999. At first I said no because I’m a guitar player, but they had me convinced. I was just playing the bass live, in the studio I was recording the guitar as well. So when Tore left the band a couple of years later, it was a natural thing to take over the guitar.
10. A lot of people don't seem to think too highly of bass players, quite often saying that they are just "failed" guitarists. Having played both (and quite successfully lol) what do you think of this?
Haha, exactly. The problem is that the metal bass players often just play the guitar parts. But on less strings. So it’s just an idiot guitar. It’s a shame because the bass is a really important part of the metal sound. A good bass player is worth a million... Lira!
11. What got you into first listening to metal and then eventually playing it?
The very first time I listened to it, was in 2nd listening to an Iron Maiden tape on their ghetto blaster. I was hooked immediately. They ended up giving me the tape. You should have seen my parent’s faces when I came back from school and cranked up “The number of the beast”.
12.When you first started playing did you ever think you would be where you are today within the music scene?
No. It was my dream, but I never thought it would actually happen.
13. What are your favourite bands and when you're not listening to metal what are you grade primary. Some of the older kids were listening to?
I like when you can hear that the musicians have their feelings in the music. No matter what kind of music, that’s the most important thing. Many metal albums these days, are ruined by computer plugins like Beat Detective and high compression. It’s killing the soul of the music.
I like listening to bands like Opeth, Mastodon, Tool, Iron Maiden. I’ve even been a fan of the Norwegian pop group A-HA since I was a kid. Depeche Mode, The Verve. I like all kinds of music, as long as it’s well played.
14. What are your thoughts on the current state of the metal scene and how has it changed from when you first joined Illdisposed?
It has become overcrowded. There are way too many bands out there. When playing a show, it feels like everybody in the audience is in a band too. The problem with that is, that too much crap is being released. You don’t know what to check out, because there are 5.000 releases this month. And then you end up going back to the big acts where you feel safe.
Sometimes I wish I could discover some new cool bands, but I’m just giving up beforehand.
And I don’t like the way everything’s gone digital. This whole streaming thing. It just doesn’t feel right.
15. What has your time with Illdisposed been like?
It’s been fantastic. But I can’t really believe it’s been almost 16 years. It feels like 5 years or something.
16. What does the future hold for you guys?
More albums, more tours, more of everything. We don’t feel like quitting anytime soon.