Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Pål. I’m twenty-six and come from an island in Northern Norway called Senja.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
That would be my mother, who plays the tuba in the school’s marching band once a year. Apart from that we don’t have a lot of music where I come from.
What’s it really like touring?
97% waiting, 1% panic navigation, 1% endless breakfasts (and second breakfast) and 1% of ultimate self-realisation. The last two percents make it worth it.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Can I me patriotic? There’s a place called Kråkeslottet, a 120 year old fishery standing on poles 50 meters out in the Atlantic ocean on Senja, rebuilt as a culture house in the seventees. That’s my home pitch.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
I’m not very fond of festivals, since they tend to get rather crowded. And I like to have a blend of expressions. Could I maybe do a fusion project of Radiohead, Brian Cox, Cirque de Soleil and my own little squadron of local trumpet talents do an acoustic show in a harbour builing on Senja. That’s what I would be the most likely to do anyway.
Tell us a tour story…
When we were touring as support for Angus and Julia Stone in 2010 our cellist Katrine got more and more involved in the main act. On the last show of the tour, in Amsterdam, we squeezed our sound technician Truls into Katrine’s dress and sent him on stage to dance with Angus on the very last song. He got the bluff…after a while. Julia was laughing so much that she wasn’t able to sing for a quarter of an hour.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
I got a good grade on both of my exams in sociology. Now, touring and playing music is one thing, but being able to combine it with studying is in many ways essential to keep me feel good.
What do you do to relax?
Play a concert. It’s become my sole antidepressant, with guaranteed effect.
What are you reading?
Classical sociology and it’s implications for the modern society and Social cognition – an integrated introduction volume I. And a lot of mail.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I haven’t been watching TV since I was a kid. But my girlfriend and I have agreed to by one, so that we can play Super Mario again.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
Congestion charge for London. I’m managing my own tours so when I’m in front of a computer it tends to be work related.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Oh. If I could choose wildly? I’ve always been a fan of Dawn MacCarthy of Faun Fables – she’s a folk singer in a real sense, in 2013!
What is the worst cover you’ve ever performed?
Haha! I don’t think this band has done anything remarkably bad. But my first introduction to playing rock music was singing some Guns’n’roses songs on a Christian gathering when I was thirteen. I’m glad no one recorded that.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
We once had serious plans of sawing a guitar in two on stage, and to make it an as dull and longlasting performance as possible, and with no music accompanying it. But that concert got cancelled. That’s how rock’n’roll we were.
What website do you visit most?
It used to be Myspace. Now I’m more of a drifter.
What is your favourite…
…album of the last year?
Valverde – Chieftain EP.
Kråkesølv – ‘Når det prentes inn’
….Lost classic song?
The Beatles – Tomorrow never knows
… Record label?
A new artist that you are most excited about?
Same as above: Cold Mailman, who are releasing their third album these days and I can’t wait to hear it!
What was the last great gig you went to?
That must have been Damien Rice in the Jakob Church of Culture last fall. I don’t get the time to go very often to concerts but when I do I’m easily overwhelmed. It was okay plus.
What should we expect from your Irish show?
I’m coming alone, doing my first solo show for years. On the one hand it is deadly scary being all naked again suddendly. On the other, this is the state those songs are born. Expect a scared-to-death boy with nothing to lose.
Moddi plays Whelan’s with Laura Sheeran tomorrow (Wednesday 10th)