(photo: Thorsten Iversen)
Writer: Cecilie Thorup
Things have been busy for Chorus Grant the last year, and things have really been taking shape after the release of ‘Space’ – one of this year’s best releases from the Danish scene.
Still, the NorthSide gig must have been somewhat of a band highlight so far – we met with the man behind, Kristian Finne, after the concert.
SOA: So, how are you?
KF: I’m feeling really good, happy and satisfied. You know, just the fact that we were booked to play here is a huge thing – and that we played a good concert makes it all feel very satisfying
SOA: Did you have a highlight during the concert?
KF: Well, I like to do things during the concert, where the others in the band don’t know what’s going to happen – and we had a fine moment today, where the others played a part of ‘Present Day Sky’ without me being present, that was really a great moment for me. I could see just how good they are and how happy they are when they get their space.
SOA: Do you think your music matches NorthSide Festival?
KF: It’s definitely the right thing to give us this relatively early concert, because it’s this quiet music. So I’d rather meet people when they’re sort of starting their day here, than be given the prime time spot where the audience is different. So, definitely the right planning.
SOA: So people weren’t hungover and tired?
KF: Not that I could see. I prefer taking people from zero to something, instead of bringing them down in tempo. So in a way, my music aren’t really that festival-ish, but playing the time we did today is a perfect fit.
SOA: What do you think of NorthSide so far?
KF: I arrived this morning, and I haven’t been here before. So I haven’t had the time to get that festival feeling, yet. But coming here as an artist, the conditions are really good. Everything is taken care of. At NorthSide there are no tents and mud and all that, things that some people loves about festivals, I do not! I like that these things are cut off. NorthSide is not supposed to be Roskilde Festival, and vice versa.
SOA: As an artist, coming here for the first time, how’s the NorthSide-reputation?
KF: It’s really good! Especially because of these magical bookings. You get this feeling, that they are really good at spotting what’s moving through Europe, and get some of those names that makes the poster really interesting. All in all, I get this impression that it is “cutting edge”.
SOA: So what does it mean for you to be playing here?
KF: That I’m, in some way, a part of this “cutting edge”. That I can, in a quiet moment, see my band on a poster among these names – where you really feel proud and honored, that you can be a part of this company.
SOA: Where do you feel like you are in your career right now?
KF: Right now? Newborn. Completely “green”, but in a way where I’ve arrived now. I’ve always felled like I was in the middle of it, but when standing here in looking critical at my own output, a lot of things have happened with my music and my abilities the last couple of years. And it feels really good to show that to people!
SOA: So this is a new beginning?
KF: Absolutely. I’m not eager in the same way as I used to be, so I’m not sad in the same way if a song doesn’t turn up to be the hit I thought it would be. As it is now, as I can get out on play and people you guys write such words about my music, then I feely really proud and satisfied.
SOA: So what’s next on the schedule?
KF: For Chorus Grant, we have a lot of festival concerts during this summer.
SOA: .. and what are you looking forward to the most?
KF: I’ve been very excited about playing here today, I gotta say. And I’m very excited about playing Roskilde Festival, and Musik i Lejet, as it is so close to the ocean. I love the beach life, to swim and be in the sun – not really that rock’n’roll though. We’re also playing on Bornholm later on, which is great, and I hope that people there noticed my new music. It’s where I’m from, so it’s definitely going to be great.
SOA: Where do you have most of your focus this summer – Cancer or Chorus Grant?
KF: The great thing about Chorus Grant is that it’s so natural, in some way. The songs and those who are involved. Where the Cancer constellation is at times more challenging for both of us, and it requires more concentration. It’s more difficult music. So where Chorus Grant comes natural, the work with Nikolaj Vonsild (When Saints Go Machine) push us both to places we’ve never been before.
So live-wise, I’m thinking a lot about how we as Cancer can deliver a fantastic show.
SOA: Finally, and not about music or the subject in any way – but I would like you to finish these three summer sentences.
Summer for me means:
KF: Swimming in the sea, and getting tanned. Long bright nights and white wine with ice cubes, headache, shawarma and shorts. Chain marks on my leg, from the bike. Clean bikes. Fixies in Copenhagen. Boys with sun glasses and the right clothes. Old trains. Empty beers. Shattered bottles. Punctured tire. Something to fix it with. Sad, but easy if you know how.
I feel happiest when:
KF: I feel happiest when I’m laughing – I love to laugh. I love when someone’s being funny. When you’re laughing so hard that you’re almost crying. When it’s almost embarrassing, and you’re not in any way sounding like a man – that’s when I’m really happy.
Aarhus for me is:
KF: Danish for progress, ha! Sway is a good place. Good music! And Aarhus is a huge part of the people in Copenhagen, if you get that. Police.
SOA: … police?
KF: The summer cops at Bornholm – cops from here working on Bornholm during the summer. It feels so weird to meet a cop with an Aarhus-dialect, saying: “Put your seatbelt on”, or, “Put that pipe away”