7 6 Which tracks get rotation these days?
After watching this documentary on the emergence of Norwegian electronic music that came out last year, Nordic Disco Lights, I’ve been listening to a lot of older Norwegian tracks by Erot like ‘Song for Annie’, some Bjørn Torske releases and also the guys that I skate to in my part in Firetre, Those Norwegians.
You weren’t always a big fan of electronic music, though? I distinctly remember your tie-dye and Bob Dylan days. Growing up in the small town where I’m from all the skaters were into seventies stuff like Hendrix, Bowie, Pink Floyd and then later I got really into Radiohead. I think I first got really inspired by that French skate video called Megamix. There were a bunch of different tracks in there that I got really hyped on. Coming from listening to a lot of gloomy Radiohead tracks it was really refreshing to listen to more electronic music that got you hyped.
I remember we were all really into that Brodinski
Ollie out to ride on the ledge Ph. Lars Gartå
Caballerial one-foot Ph. Lars Gartå Techno and other electronic music. For my part, I think I was initially just following the trend at the time as it was really growing in Norway, and then got stoked on that. I feel like that branch of music really lives and you can really get into it, and it just gets you up.
track ‘Nobody Rules the Streets’. That was like 2013 or something. I also feel like that was around the time that our group of friends in Oslo got really merged and connected. Before that a lot of the crews in Oslo were sort of based on which city you grew up skating, there was the Hamar crew, Asker crew and Larvik crew to name a few. But then all that sort of merged into one big crew and the energy from that was just really ‘aaaaaaaah!’
The parts you put out before F iretre were really different from how your F iretre, Tigerstaden and Karsto and Janno parts were. From mostly doing tech ledge tricks, big stairs and rails to mostly focusing on funky street lines is quite the transformation. My attitude towards filming completely changed filming for Firetre. When I was younger I didn’t think too much about what I filmed, I just wanted to film the best possible tricks. Looking back, I wasn’t having a lot of fun filming like that.
At the same time, we would see you doing all this amazing stuff off-camera just dorking around. Did you make a conscious decision to change it up, or did Pekka persuade you?
Pekka should definitely get a lot of credit for pushing me in the right direction. He’s been really good
Free Skateboard Magazine issue 14, Sept/Oct 2017.