Ask Carol – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
AC: We, Ask Carol, are a multitasking alt-pop duo, with a punk-ish DIY style. We do everything ourselves, from songwriting, to mixing and producing, to merch-production and video-editing.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AC: We, Ask and Carol, the two members of Ask Carol, became friends right after high school, when studying music in southern Norway. We were always talking about starting a band, but it would take about 7 years before we finally went through with the idea. The summer of 2015 we stayed at a cabin in the Norwegian mountains, with no electricity and no water, far away from people and civilization, only a few sheep outside the windows. That’s where our first songs were made, and where the seed to what would become Ask Carol started. One more year went by before we started for real, and Ask Carol was officially born, in 2016. Our first concert ever was at a small blues club in Seoul, South Korea, called Strange Fruit. At that point, Carol was already a somewhat known guitarist-for-hire in the Oslo music scene, and had never ever sung in front of people before, or at all for that matter. That’s why we wanted to try out our music and hold our first concerts far away from our hometown.
After thinking hard and long about the band name, with many pretty good suggestions, we ended up with the simple band name Ask Carol, the first names of our two members, Ask and Carol, put together. Ask is a real Norwegian name, coming from Norse Mythology, the Viking religion; Ask was the first human being, created by the God Odin, out of a piece of Ash-wood. You can read all about that story here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask_and_Embla
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AC: We have many common influences, like 70s rock, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and on of our biggest guitar idols, Jimi Hendrix. Also the grunge era (Nirvana and more) is a big influence.
Both of us also have our own things, with Ask’s favorite band being The Clash, and Carol’s idols Lauryn Hill and Norah Jones.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AC: We’re not dreaming, this band is our goal, everyday we will do our best with this band, keep working hard cause we love it, make music that is true to ourselves.. , and play a lot of concerts and meet new awesome people
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AC: We write the songs together, and we also produce together. More often than not, they tend to be about going your own way and doing things without caring what others think, the haters and stuff. Usually we don’t think too much about exactly what they songs should be about exactly, and instead let it come to us naturally.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AC: We like to make short videos, and we of course use Facebook, instagram etc.. As we are in our studio/workshop most the time, which is in a very small place, with only around 150 people, most of what we do is online. But we always like to meet people, and share our band and music directly with people. We try to travel as much as we can, so hopefully we can meet in person one day 🙂
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AC: That’s great, we grew up in the 90s and we have spent a fair share of time on Napster, Bearshare etc. Our childhood wouldn’t have been the same without it. Now the music business have started to adapt to the internet-era, so the years to come will be interesting.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AC: Carol: Purple Haze, the coolest guitar intro ever, it’s so raw, fierce, it’s awesome.
Ask: There’s so many awesome songs…. if I had to choose something right now, I would say Lost In Supermarket by the Clash. Such a great song, and I love the lyrics.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AC: When the shower head falls out of the wall and hits you in the head before concert/s #touringlife
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AC: Playing for the crown prince of Norway at the worlds biggest showcase festival, the legendary SXSW (which both of us had dreamed of since we were young), in Austin, Texas. That was a good moment.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AC: We are currently recording songs for our upcoming album, scheduled for release some time around summer next year. There will also be a couple of new singles coming after new years, following on from our last single, “Shining Bright”, released in November. We’re also working on some videos and some new merch-designs that will be coming next year.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
AC: In February we are planning a tour to the Philippines, where we have big following thanks to Carol being half Filipino, and having toured there before. We also plan on doing a small tour in the UK and Germany in the coming spring, and a US tour later next year. If you like rock, punk or alternative, and don’t mind a little soul and pop thrown in there, you should be there! Hope to see you then!
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