Karl Oluf on working with Apparatjik:
Can you tell about some of the other bands have you been in/played with?
Apparatjik: Inspiring when there is no politics, just music.
I like that phrase 'no politics', and I think that meshes well with the experience Stian had last winter with Apparatjik (see my previous post). I'm curious to hear what Magne, Guy, Martin and Jonas would have to say about Apparatjik - the experience collaborating with each other, what is unique about this particular constellation of creative minds, each person's contributions to the music and visuals, etc - but so far they've all been pretty quiet about it. Not sure anything resembling clarity on this project will ever surface, but I guess you never know.
Karl Oluf on working with Magne F:
You contributed to Magne's solo album 'A dot of black in the blue of your bliss'. How did that come about?
We had been playing on his songs for a while and it just felt natural to record a new Magne F album.
He invited us to his place in France and we basically recorded the record in two weeks. We had a few laughs, dinners, drinks and many good "takes".
We were inspired by Borat at that time, so I think "great success" will cover the experience.
It was a blast. Seeing how he is working is always mind blowing, but to hang out with Mags can be painful. He hates to lose and actually never does. He is skilled in many ways.
It is cool that there seems to be a recurring theme of people working with Magne saying that there's a lot of relaxing time together too, not just studio work and task oriented stuff. Maybe there is a correlation between good food and good music? If so, the guys in a-ha must have had a lot of good dinners and good wine together in the past year because the new album is just stunning. The more I listen to it the more I feel like it is the 'missing piece' somehow, the album they *had* to make. It's right up there in my top favorite albums of all time, along with 'A dot of black', and that's saying a lot.