Formed my first band I was 14 and have the total experience of about 10 different bands. With GRANDE I have already achieved more than with any of the other bands and I think it has with our dynamics and chemistry to make for a very large part. My belief is that the bands that succeed are those who strive in the same direction and with the same intensity and determination. That, combined with the fact that we are damn good at what we do will lead us far. In the case of musicianship and songwriting I write most of the material (it all builds from the riff as you know).
Dingwall is a trained sound engineer and quite ok on bass. And obviously hair is need when playing metal, and so Wikforss also gets to be part of it. Wikforss – Drums I joined GRANDE in 2009. The other two bald eagles needed at least one guy with a little bit of hair in the band. They also needed a drummer, which I am.
I met up with the guys, jammed a little and felt sorry for them so I joined the band. It’s nice to sit in the back playing drums and laughing at the other two making asses of themselves at the front. As drummer I brainwashed myself with Chad Smith’s drumming methods when I was a kid, then moved on to play thrash metal. After what I grew up and found that speed wasn’t the most important thing.
Music sounds better when the musicians are having fun. Fun has never been a problem in GRANDE and we also play damn good rock! Before I joined GRANDE I played in a thrashmetalband, a beer rock band and a Pantera tribute band. I like good rock and poor beer, Guess that’s it! Dingvall – Bass Born and raised above the Arctic circle, my musical upbringing reflects that in the punk and hardcore bands I’ve played in while living there. Started out as a most playing guitar but I soon realized that it’s not nearly manly enough so I picked up the bass instead! Since I escaped the frozen tundra of the north I’ve studied and worked as an audio engineer and during this time I realized that I wanted to play music again and not just do the sound.
This is where I met up with Kaveryd and after hearing some heavy riffs and creating some it was a done deal. After that we searched the world for a drummer and found Wikforss. He fit the profile perfectly, could band on stuff and drink beer like a champ. Artists We Also Like Black Sabbath, Pantera, Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, Led Zeppelin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2) Grande (Kjetil Grande) recently released his second solo album "You Are The Night". Norwegian critics are overwhelmed and honour the album with 5 and 6 eyes on the dice.
Not bad for an artist who experienced the pressure of following up his ”Norwegian Grammy” award winning debut album "Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers". His debut album was influenced by the black American music of the first half of the 21st century. Blues, Soul, R&B, Black Garage rock, made up the backbone in Grande´s compositions, with Grande´s guitar in the middle. On ”You Are The Night” Grande dives into a musical universe of ballrooms, big bands, noir films, romantic soundtracks, light & shades, gloom & drama: The majestic and dangerous sound of the white American music of the same period.
Grande says: "You Are The Night” is the soundtrack to a year I devoted to capture the essence of the night, whether it is a gloomy & dark night, or an all night wild party. For me no music is more dramatic - and if you will schizophrenic - when it comes to light and shade, than white American music from the period 1930-1960. ”The Great American Songbook” is not all about the "happy go lucky life in the fast lane”, as it has been presented the last years... This album is a tribute to the dramatic and heavy side of The Great American Songbook.
In "You Are The Night" you will find a little bit of the 1930s crazyness, the romantic but gloomy 40s, the exploring 50s and the sexy and daring 60s. But Grande maintains that he is NO retro artist. He is a young man living in the year of 2010, absorbing the music of the day, even though the music of yesterdays America has been his true love since his teenage days. After years of backing some of the biggest pop-rock artists of Norway, even backing American blues legends, since he was 18, Grande will be touring with his own band both nationally and internationally.
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