We caught up with Magnus of Norwegian quartet 22. Check out the interview below:
For those who haven’t heard of 22, can you describe your sound?
It’s very idiosyncratic, fresh and energetic.
Your album “Flux” has just come out, what has the reception been like and have you been happy with it?
Been very happy. The reviews we’ve seen have been really good. In Big Cheese, we got one a really good review - we’ve got more reviews coming in that are yet to be published.
What was the recording process like?
It was the typical 22 process. It was me doing the producing, recording and mixing. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun. We have this dogma where if you play something wrong, that wrong will be the new right. It was a lot of wrongs becoming rights.
Have you put out any EP’s?
We released the “Plastik” EP and “Kneel Estate” EP in the UK last year.
Was the recording process for those 2 EP’s different compared to “Flux”?
With the “Plastik” EP, we had a guy called Machine from America mixing it. He’s done some work with Lamb of God and Dananananaykroyd so that was kind of cool and a little less work for me.
You’ve toured in the UK and Japan, how do both crowds compare?
Japan is altogether different. Our record company over there really feel that we can make it quite well in Japan. The audiences are really enthusiastic. Compared to the UK, the stages smell good and they are cleaner.
In the years been going as a band, have you got any funny tour stories?
You know the saying,”what happens on tour stays on tour”, well we’ve had some incidents. We were touring for 3 weeks in Europe in a caravan. After 3 weeks of touring, we missed our ferry from the UK to Denmark and we had to take a ferry to the Netherlands and we ended up taking 3 days for a trip that would usually take 1 day. What made it worse was that our drummer was sick was puking in a plastic bag for several hours.
In the years you’ve been touring, is there one show that stands out?
We had a really good show at the Camden Barfly. It was a really good show. There were loads of people. There were some people from Norway who made the trip to see us play. We played with our good friends Arcane Roots. We had full production. It was really awesome.
Who would your dream collaboration and why?
Kate Bush. Her emotion charges the music in a way no other artist has done.
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