- Interview with Tommy
Akerholt aka Amy Jubb (guitar)
It's Friday and the
first day of "Roserock 2004", the summer festival
in Horten. Catgirl.no meets up with Tommy Akerholt,
guitarist of Silver, for a little chat over a couple
of beers in the sun.
Hey, and welcome to Horten!
Later tonight Silver will be
playing at the main stage here. How do you like it so
I like it here. It's a nice area they have chosen with
the canal and the woods. And the weather turned out
good too, so it's gonna be a great show tonight. I'm
looking forward to it.
Three weeks ago you played at
the second largest stage at Roskilde Festival (The Arena)
and I have to ask what everyone wants to know: What
was it like?
Ah, it definately was the best concert of the year!
It was just so insane with all those people. I wasn't
really nervous though. Our drummer was SO nervous all
through the concert, but the rest of us were more worried
after the concert. We were all kinda: "Do you think
it went well?". But it was great fun. We've been
told that there were roughly 12.000 people at the concert.
Probably most of them Norwegians at the festival. They
are very good at supporting Norwegian bands at bigger
But surely there's been interest
from abroad after all the good reviews you're getting?
Yeah, we did meet some foreign press while we were there.
We did interviews with one from USA, and then some from
Denmark and Sweden. But mostly it's Norwegian press
that shows up.
Do you find it much different
to play at a big stage like Arena than your average
Yes, there's a big difference. Earlier we would probably
have some problems "filling" the stage, but
after doing the "Skool's
Out Tour" (w/ Alice Cooper + Turbonegro ++.)
we were better prepared for Roskilde. It worked perfectly
as a warm-up gig for the bigger shows.
What kind of preparations are
different on a bigger stage?
The stage itself with backdrops and other props need
to be more carefully planned. It was important for us
to get the interaction between us on stage to work well,
so we practised a special set for Roskilde and made
sure everyone knew their spot and space throughout the
show. With no planning, things tend to go wrong and
look stupid. I actually marked the floor with tape so
I had some visuals to go by while playing. We played
on a bigger stage than usual at Quart Festival too,
but different from Roskilde, and that was also great.
Big stages are more fun to play.
Quart was the only other concert
No, we also did a concert in Tana before Quart. I had
all these prejudice thoughts and mixed expectations
about Tana*, but it was very different from what I imagined.
Quite thought provocative place to be. Everywhere you
went you would hear people talk Russian, and I guess
most of the girls that come to Tana are simply looking
for a better life, but not everyone finds that. So after
dismissing most of my worries about the place the worst
thing about the trip was actually the enormous mosquitos.
[*Tana is a small community in Finmark, way north in
Norway, that has become infamous for all the russian
women coming over the border looking for work. Some
of them end up in prostitution, and that's what the
newspapers write about.]
How's life on the road for you
Ha ha. Not very fancy. We drive around in this van and
it's ok. Once we were playing at a festival, I had the
luxury of sleeping on the ground in someone's party
tent. "Rockstars, my ass!" was the comment
I got from a friend of ours [laughs].
Roskilde was great. They are such professionals! The
media village was great with all the record companies
having their own offices and wagons. You've seen it
right? Our office had it's own beer tower. Free beer
all day and at night there were parties everywhere with
free drinks to the band..crazy. And just to play at
Roskilde, along with so many great artists.
Did you get to meet anyone special
Yeah! We met Jonathan Davis, the singer in Korn. He
was a really cool guy. We started talking and he was
very polite and nice. We know some guys in a band over
there [USA], and I just asked him if he knew them, and
it turns out they hang out and play ping pong together.
How about that?! We also met Pharrel from N.E.R.D, but
he wasn't much up for talking with us.
Best memory from Roskilde?
Meeting Jonathan Davis. No, really my best memory from
Roskilde...I would have to say are just how goddamn
nice and professional all those people are. Whatever
we needed of help or equipment you would ask for it
and they'd fix it with a smile. I was very impressed.
The interview's over and we continue to drink our beers
and listen to Susie Cain, Tommy has heard rumors that
they're gonna do a cover of Silver and is anxious to
>> Official Silver website
Roserock 2004 Official photos from Silver concert
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