Interview with Anders L. Rasmussen, vocalist and guitarist of Ohmwork and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Anders: Ohmwork are a metal band from Norway. Three guys writing and playing the kind of music we love! It’s metal we do, and we merge it with influences from late ‘70/early ’80 classic hard rock. You’ll also find traces of prog here and there.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Anders: Established in April 2012. Since then, we’ve got four albums, an EP and numerous singles to our name. Ohmwork have toured Norway numerous times, played festivals, toured as support act, and have been gigging abroad a couple of times.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Anders: Oh, we have a lot of musical influences. Metal acts like Black Sabbath, Rush, Dio and Mastodon to name a few. People tend to believe we only like metal. Not true at all. All of us listen to a variety of genres.
Different kind of artwork comes to mind as a non-musical influence. I personally draw much inspiration from that when writing music. We talk a lot about movies, documentaries, books and podcasts! Horror, fantasy and sci-fi are easy genres to relate to, and to be motivated by when you are in a metal band. We love comedy as well, but I wouldn’t say it influences our music. We are a dead serious metal band, you know J
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Anders: We have always dreamt of being a first-class rock band. In Norway, for sure. Be able to write and record and get on tour. Be in that circle. And that people notice! Have a big audience that support us. There is still heavy lifting to do but we climb the ladder upwards slowly. We are getting there. For each album we want to discover new ideas and new ways to renew our sound. Gain more fans. Make it interesting. That’s always the goal in-between albums.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Anders: Myself and our bass player, Helge Nyrud. Over time I think we have established a well-oiled partnership. I have been writing all the lyrics for our first four albums. For Pareidolia I wanted an outside writer. In our endless search for new ideas and new ways to write and record now was the time. My good friend Krister K. Eid is a great wordsmith! He’s always been my biggest inspiration when it comes to writing lyrics. I think it’s really cool to let him handle it this time around. To have a look inside his brain and see how the words come out in a beautiful way! That said, I probably go back to writing lyrics for the next album. It’s a personal and rewarding process I can’t give up entirely.
Our songs tackle a variety of themes. But it’s heavy metal you know. Back-stabbings, good vs evil, anxiety attacks, downfalls and darkness – the whole shebang!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Anders: Mainly by ourselves. Rob Mules Records, our record company are very helpful. There is a PR agency involved for this release too. The build-up looks very promising.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Anders: As long as people pay for it, I’m fine with it. To just steal it – not so great. A small percent of me it’s OK with it because you get your music to a larger audience. But come on! We don’t work for free! When it comes to streaming, I think the amount of money you earn from it is way too low!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Anders: ‘Tom Sawyer’ by Rush comes to mind. So cool, heavy, proggy and groovy and everybody seems to dig it!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Anders: Haha! Picking up after my dog maybe. I am generally a good citizen in that regard. But there are moments when it’s dark and cold… I leave some dog shit for others to step onto. Sorry!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Anders: Releasing our first album. Not at all our best album, but the feeling of finally releasing it. Two years had passed working with different engineers and producers. Nothing seemed right. So much shit went down. One step forward, two steps behind – all the way. It was great to finally reach the finish line when the album got out. Blood, sweat and tears!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Anders: We are doing great at the moment with a new album on its way and all the good things that comes along with it. Our creativity seems to be on a high, so we have been writing new music the last couple of months. Hopefully we have a follow-up to Pareidolia next year.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Anders: You can listen to Ohmwork on most of the streaming platforms out there, and of course all of our albums are available on vinyl and CD. Search for it and you’ll find our albums in several stores out there, or just go to our web shop at www.ohmworktromso.com.
Band/Artist location – Tromso Norway
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