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TWO STEPS FROM HELL an interview by Kalliope Tsouroupidou

What happens when a challenge-hungry Trondheimnative, clearly “born-in-the-wrong-country”, starts arguing on a online music forum over samples, with a London-born, “unfriendly-classmate-&-stray-dogfighter”? Years later, love at first sight consummated on Valentine’s Day and Two Steps From Hell were created. Music composers Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix joined forces, forming a pioneering music production company that has taken the trailermusic industry by storm. Like the two sides of one coin, with a pretty lengthy bio in the music industry and respectable solo careers till that point, their collaborative work managed to eject the trailer music production into a genre podium of its own and introduce it to the mainstream audiences. Despite minimal PR, their work has gone from strength to strength, steadily gaining grounds amongst the hardest to convince sets of ears. And for good reason! Most OST fans out there were blown away at their first encounter. Go down the YouTube rabbit hole and Burst www.burstzine.com

you will soon find their tunes over-populating your “Favorites” list. Dig deeper and you will find their music is somewhat familiar, causing a stir of alternating emotions. It’s been featured in motion pictures, movie trailers, TV and radio advertisements you have been exposed to. The music composition is powerful, carefully orchestrated, loudly instrumental, with a distinct identity of its own. Deciding to swim against the current, Two Steps From Hell have formed their music based on the traditional pop music format, rather than the typical 2-minute (or less) single-tension build-up & release format, religiously followed by the trailer music industry. The result of the experiment has been a rather unique stand-alone product that has easily held its audience captive, as opposed to a product, which plays a supporting role in other items of art such as motion pictures, art installations, dance performances, tv spots, trailers, video games, opening ceremonies, etc. Burst had the opportunity to talk with both halves of Two Steps From Hell about… a little bit of everything. Enjoy!

Burst Magazine, Issue 8, August 2013  

This is issue #8 of Burst Magazine with Scott Ian of Anthrax on the cover. Also featuring interviews with Elize Ryd, Two Steps From Hell, En...

Burst Magazine, Issue 8, August 2013  

This is issue #8 of Burst Magazine with Scott Ian of Anthrax on the cover. Also featuring interviews with Elize Ryd, Two Steps From Hell, En...

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