ULVER Mainman Discusses His Inspiration, Upcoming Projects

August 8, 2005

Norwegian Grammy award-winning songwriter Kristoffer Rygg (a.k.a. Garm, Trickster G.) recently spoke to TheMegalith.com about the critically acclaimed "Blood Inside", what influenced its conception and Trickster's other projects. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

TheMegalith.com: Those who can expect a change in the music with each album, I'm sure, will be happy with it. Will there be any touring or live shows or are you still strictly studio beasts?

Kristoffer Rygg: "Nope. Still strictly anti-live, heh. You know ... to some extent, making music makes me sick."

TheMegalith.com: How's that?

Kristoffer Rygg: "Sometimes you go so deep into it that you really get sick at the end of ... Like, a month before this album was finished, I thought I was about to lose my mind. Just really not feeling comfortable with the album at all. So the release ... 'releasing' the blood, to speak in allegorical terms ... it's so great, that the idea of extending the inner turmoil ... the thought of that is just unbearable. So to spend another year repeating this stuff and trying to pull it off in a live context ...
it's really not appealing to me at all."

TheMegalith.com: So what kind of movies and literature were you taking in during the writing phase?

Kristoffer Rygg: "Not so many movies. But the first lyric we wrote for the album was a lyrical cut-up of a long poem by French post-war generation poet called Joseph Guglielmi. So we've been into some narrow fields of literature. Egyptian Edmond Jabes, French Emmanuel Hocquard ... people who write about writing, basically. People who have a very intense relationship with the written word. People who try to say things that really cannot be said. Stuff like that. To kind of wrap it all up, I'd say French post-war poetry."

TheMegalith.com: Anything else you're working on that our readers should know about?

Kristoffer Rygg: "THE SINDROME PROJECT. It's a Portuguese band I'm singing for. For me, it's an escape. I really like the music, though, it's really straightforward. Hard rock kind of stuff. Melodic, catchy, groovy. It's part of recooperating after 'Blood Inside', I guess. I'm sure a few fans of our music will not understand my involvement with that band. Maybe more laid back people will get into it. The webpage is SpiralSektor.com. So check it out, it's almost done."

Read the entire interview at TheMegalith.com.

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