:: Interview with Triosphère
Interview with Triosphère
This interview with Ida from prog metal band Triosphere has been one of my favourite I have done. In this interview you can see that Ida is very open with answers about initial insipiration of Triosphere, what she thought of recent UK tours and why wou should all go pick a copy of their superb new album The Road Less Travelled!
Metalship : Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the band Ida; like what hobbies you have as well as playing your music?
“Well, speaking for myself, I actually don’t have much of a life beside the band, Ha! Ha!. I’ve been a student for the last 5 years, so naturally, all the time that doesn’t go into the band, is spent on those studies; and, of course, then there’s my dear mutt (my dog) to consider as well!”
“Marius works full-time on the band, so doesn’t have much of a life outside the band either. Ørjan is a web designer, and consequently an Internet junkie; who loves to spend time out with nature, taking pictures or just hiking….”
“Whilst T.O. has a little daughter, so he’s got his hands full when he’s not at rehearsal or playing live with us.”
Metalship : As a child, what music did you grow up listening to?
“Hmm..? I’m not sure I can answer that without loosing all my current genre credibility, Ha! Ha! But I do remember the first time I saw the Kiss
“Dynasty” cover on a MC / cassette tape somewhere in the 80’s and was scared to death!!”
“Marius and Ørjan grew up listening to a lot of Guns N’ Roses, but while both Marius and T.O. also listened to Alice Cooper
, I believe Ørjan was more into Johnny Cash…?”
Metalship : What was the first bass you ever owned and what bass do you play now?
“Ha! Ha! Actually, the first bass I ever owned is the one and only bass I’ve ever owned! I actually still play the first bass I’ve ever owned!! It’s a 5-string Washburn MB 5 Mercury series with active pick-ups. It’s an absolutely awesome instrument that sounds great, no matter what amp I put it into. I bought it ‘Used’ in 1997, so it’s pushing 20 years of age, at least!”
Metalship : Can you play any other instruments apart from bass and singing?
“I actually started playing guitar before the bass, and had a few bands in my hometown (up in northern Norway) where I only played the guitar, but it’s bass all the way for me now. I studied piano and several music theory subjects at school when I was 16-19 years old, so I can still play a little piano today….”
Metalship : What about the others?
“Marius had professional piano lessons for years when he was a child, but then he discovered the guitar in his early teens, and that was the end of the piano lessons!! He is still quite capable on the piano though, and uses this skill quite a bit when he writes music for Triosphere, actually!!”
“T.O. is one hell of a Mandolin player, and Ørjan can play the shit out of this special kind of flute that you learn to play at school when you’re like 7-12 years old. I don’t know what it’s called in English!”
Metalship : Your new album entitled “The Road Less Travelled”, as you say, came out in May of last year on AFM records. How long did the album take to come together?
“A bit.. Marius started writing the material himself, in 2006, right after the release of our debut “Onwards”, but this was also a time when we were working a lot on promoting the debut, booking gigs and playing live, so it took a little longer than we would have liked. It had to be like this though, really… We’ve never been a band that can focus on making new music and do all kinds of administrative work at the same time.”
“Equally, we were also determined that we would not rush
this and would take the time required to make this new album sound the way we wanted! Consequently, we were not ready to record until the summer of 2009. The recording process took 1 and half months, and the mixing process, about 10 days. Recording an album is a very intense time of your life, I can assure you!”
Metalship : Who designed the artwork for the album and who came up with the idea?
“Well, because Ørjan is a web designer, and in general, is in charge of the aesthetics when it comes to Triosphere, he got the job this time. The idea was formed after different suggestions and meetings where we laid out everything we could think of, and conversations between me and Ørjan, where I explained the lyrics and what they represented in the context of the proposed title.”
“Ørjan finally presented the sketch for the cover a few months later and we all thought this a perfect summary of our thoughts! It says exactly what we wanted it to!”
Metalship : If you personally could be in a super group with you on bass and vocals who else would be in the band?
“Ha! Ha! I’d have Richie Kotzen on guitar (and preferably on lead vocals too, so I could do backing vocals?), with Edward Warby (Ayreon
and other Arjen Lucassen
projects) on drums!”
Metalship : And, if you could open for any band alive or dead, who would it be and why?
“Well, you know Matt, at the time of writing this interview, I’ve actually fulfilled one of, and that dream, by opening for Crimson Glory
on our last tour, a few weeks after finishing the one with Sonata!! I guess though our joint answer would have to be Guns N’ Roses in 1992, or Ozzy with Zakk Wylde on the “No More Tears” tour because it just doesn’t get any bigger than that!!”
“Ørjan would have me record the fact that he would have liked to open for Johnny Cash, too!”
Metalship : Thanks for your time Ida; can you give our listeners out there a brief summary on your latest album and what they can be expecting when they watch you live?
“Matt, thank you for checking us out! In summary, I would say that “The Road Less Travelled” is a mature album with emphasis on good, catchy melodies, and dynamics that let the songs “breathe”. The Triosphere sound features classic heavy metal as well as progressive elements and thrash, spread out through songs that vary between the raw and the fragile. The many layers of melodies and various elements present should make it an album that’s interesting to listen to, time and time again!”
“In a live-situation people can expect us to give our very best to make this a concert experience that is well worth your money! Playing live is the reason why we make music, so we always put on a high energy show, and at the best of our ability; a high-quality show that hopefully makes you want to come and see us again at the next possible occasion!!”
“Thanks for the interview!”
added by The Dark Lord, on May 31, 2011 for Metalship