Whzzup Zak! First of all we go back to 1990, as many people
will not know: Clawfinger became a fact because you guys
worked in the same hospital. Can you tell more about this...
is there to tell, we all worked at the Rosegrove hospital
as orderlies and nurses taking care of old people, wiping
their asses, helping them out of bed, hepling them brush
their teeth and walking and talking with them! We became
workfriends, started talking about music and realized
that we had alot in common! Bård and me made the first
song in October 1990 and from there on we just kept on
making 4-track demos, drinking beer and having a good
time until we realized that we were on to some good shit!
>> In 1993 you released
your first album: "Deaf Dumb Blind". A mega-selling album.
How do you guys look back at this album?
a looooong time ago now, I'm very proud of it but I don't
spend alot of time thinking about how great or fantastic
it is..hahaha! it changed our lives and all of a sudden
we could make a living from music and of course that's
cool but hey we have a new album out now, it's our 4th
cd and that's what we're focusing on now, the future lies
ahead of us and that's what were concentrating on!
>> Personally I still love
the impressive song "Catch me" from the first album. It
is a song about a suicidal jump which ends with the words
"I feel more alive dead then when I was alive". What was
the reason for writing this song?
I wish I knew but the truth is there's never been a masterplan
or a red thread in what we do, our songs just turn out
the way they do becos' we are the people we are. Lyrically
there are alot of things going on in my head and some
of them make it onto paper and a few of those even make
it onto tape!!!! In other words there's no great story
for you...sorry ;-)
As you said earlier, in a short notice Clawfingers' fourth
album will be released... What can we expect?
Clawfinger-style-crossover rapmetal in the true meaning
of the word! Just a mixture of all the different things
we've enjoyed & been listening to while we recorded the
new album, a bit of drum'n'bass, a bit of hiphop, a bit
of metal and a whole lotta Clawfinger...
>> Aiiight, but more important,
when can we buy it?
that depends on where you live in Europe, it's already
released in Germany where it's in the top 20 and also
in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium! In Sweden , Denmark
and most of the other countries it's being released on
the 23rd of August so in other words keep your ears and
eyes open and check it out next time you hit your local
You had some problems with your recordlabel. Found a new
we have, a whole lot of fucking record company politricks
but we've sorted that out and we are now signed to Gun/Supersonic
records in Germany and it's being released in the other
European territories by BMG records and I have to say
that they're all doing a really good job so we're happier
than we have been in a long time! I have high hopes for
the future even if i'm keeping my feet steadily on the
You played great festivals like Roskilde, Rock am Ring,
Dynamo festival and Monsters of Rock, but which gig will
you never forget?
Rock Am Ring in 94 when we played
for 70.000 people without a doubt, that was the biggest
adrenaline kick I've ever had in my life! Although I must
say that most of our gigs through the years at both clubs
& festivals have been fantastic thanx to the fans who
make us love what we do even more!
>> You just finished a
tour with Rammstein. How was that?
That was amazing, we've known
the guys since 1995 when they supported us so we got along
like one big family! They treated us with such respect
and we really hope that we can do some more gigs with
them in the near future!
>> Are their plans for
a clubtour in the Netherlands or Belgium?
We will be going out on the road again in late September,
early October but the only gigs that are confirmed right
now are in Germany, Austria & Switzerland! I'm sure we'll
be back in Holland and Belgium again though so be prepaired,
Where do you guys normally get your inspiration from?
and anything, from music to stories we hear, from
the news to things that happen to us in our personal
life! basically just being a human in this strange
fucked up world leaves you with quite alot of topics
to write songs about!
What do you hate about the music scene?
the fake friends who smile in your face and
laugh behind your back, all the bands that
are products of the record companies who don't
have their own style or write their own songs
and also I hate the business side of things,
it seems like alot of people have forgotten
that it's about making music and instead care
more about the money they can make and that's
which Scandinavian bands should we pay more
attention in your opinion?
you mean in metal music then I think Meshuggah
(I highly agree!!! - Tripleee) are
one of the most under rated bands ever and
they deserve to be bigger than Slayer! otherwise
i like alot of different stuff, another
cool band is Mazarine Street but that's
more indie rock! Also there's a really cool
rapper called Thomas Rusiak who has a very
original approach to his brand of rap music!
I could name loads of names but it would
just turn into namedropping so I'll stop
First of all I want to wish Clawfinger all
the best and hope that you guys play in
Holland soon, but for we go, got some last
words for the Tripleee.net reader?
my last words of wisdom are simply be
cool be yourself, do what you do becos'
it feels good to you and not beco's you
think someone else might like it! Music
is something you listen to with your ears,
not something you see on MTV....music
is the best! peace/Zak
luck and peace!!
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