Interview – Electric High

I’ve featured the Norwegian rock band Electric High quite a few times here recently, and every track I hear always sounds better than the last! These guys really are headed for big things, so why not check out my interview with singer Olav Iversen below!

By Jane Howkins

The song idea for Rough Diamond came from our singer PV and guitarist Marius. Good things usually come out when the two of them put their heads together. The killer opening riff and the groovy verse, along with the general energy of the song, are to me the top ingredients that makes it great. The lyrics are mainly written by my co-singer PV Staff, and are about how life is a gamble, and you have to cheat and bluff sometimes to get your way. The title says that you need to be tough to succeed, but also show your value, that you can deliver the goods when you need to. Life advice from somebody who has the experience, so to speak. Rough Diamond isn’t out on physical formats yet, but is available everywhere you can stream music.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

You recently released a track titled Rough Diamond, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

Absolutely, when it comes to playing concerts. We were unlucky, because since Electric High started in 2019, our very first concert was supposed to happen the weekend after Covid shut everything down. So we never got the chance to get started as a live band! In Norway, like everywhere else, it’s been practically impossible to play in front of a crowd ever since. We did a few online streaming shows, which wasn’t much fun at all. Other than that, we did one show in front of about a hundred people, stuck to their seats with one meter between them. It was great, because we could receive some actual live responses from real people for the first time in the band’s existence, but let’s hope this ends very soon, so we can finally play for a proper crowd that can stand in front of the stage and give their everything! We will definitely give our everything in return.

When it comes to writing and recording, on the other hand, we have been super-productive! We have released 11 singles and two EPs in two years. That’s what you do when there are no gigs, I guess.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Somebody, usually singer PV and/or guitarist Marius bring a demo or a more or less complete song idea to the table, and we give it the full Electric High treatment in the rehearsal room, which always makes good ideas into great songs. It can change things quite radically, but never kills the original vibe and idea of the song. Lyrics are a co-effort between the singers, PV and myself, where he brings the original words, and we work on them together until they make sense. Or not. Until it works, is more correct.

We have recorded in a few different studios in Bergen, Norway, where we have our base. We usually go in and track 5-6 songs during a recording period. We always record drums, bass and guitars live in studio, because that’s what the dudes need to get the right vibe. And it always sounds killer. After that, we lay down the vocal tracks and extra guitars, percussion and whatever. Being two lead singers, we sometimes record the main vocals together in the same room. Again, it raises the energy and tension and creates a special vibe, which usually works really well.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Hundreds! We write songs all the time, and have to put them out to make room for new ones. We usually release every 6-8 weeks, and we don’t plan to stop doing that. So, look out for the next one in just a few weeks!

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, we have plans to put out an album later this year. We have started writing for it and discussing album titles and such, but nothing’s settled yet. It’s the big goal of the year, along with getting on with playing concerts, of course.

I hear the band got together as a result of a hangover, can you tell us more about that?

That is probably true, because many things with this band have happened during hangovers, or whilst trying to ‘cure’ them. I don’t remember specifically if a hangover had something to do with the band getting together, but it is pretty likely that that is the case. What I do remember, is that we agreed to meet in a bar in downtown Bergen, to discuss the idea of starting a band. That’s how all rock bands get together isn’t it, in a bar? Every band I have been in, for sure. Anyway, we talked and got very excited about the idea, fuelled by plenty of drinks. I’m not sure if anyone in the band actually remembers the moment when Electric High became a band, but obviously, it happened somehow.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

There are loads of influences, but Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, T.Rex & Wolfmother must be mentioned, and some of the guys are really into Faster Pussycat, Hanoi Rocks and such. Lots of old stuff, but we check out a lot of new music as well, like Royal Blood, Spoon, and Norwegian hard rockers, Spidergawd.

You’re based in Norway, what is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

The live scene is usually very much alive over here, except in the last two years, naturally. It has been a huge blow for everyone who is involved in the live scene, and cost many people their jobs. But usually, there are many concerts every week, all over town in the biggest cities, like our city, Bergen. We get many international bands, as well as Norwegian pop, rock and metal acts. There are several club stages and a big outdoor arena that is very active during summertime. Bergen is the most vibrant place for music in Norway, and an inspiring place to be a musician. There’s a great support between bands.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We have no live shows booked at the moment. Like I said, our timing was extremely bad when it came to getting started as a live band, so that just didn’t come to pass before the pandemic struck. So, once things open up again and people can finally go to concerts, we will have to start on what was one of the top motivations for this band in the first place, to play concerts.

Any last words for the fans?

Yes, I would like to thank everyone who has followed us so far, and hope you are ready for some sweaty Electric High gigs in the near future. We’re READY! Stay Electric!