August 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
My grandfather Boy played a little salon music for me when we were working today, inspired by a new piece I’m writing. He’s helping me with the score for it. He is 78 years old and pretty awesome.
Boy & Line / click to play
Salon music was a popular music genre in Europe during the 19th century. It was usually written for solo piano in the romantic style, and often performed by the composer at events known as “Salons”. Salon compositions are usually fairly short and often focus on virtuoso pianistic display or emotional expression of a sentimental character. Common sub-genres of salon music are the operatic paraphrase or fantasia, in which multiple themes from a popular opera are the basis of the composition, and the musical character-piece, which portrays in music a particular situation or narrative.
August 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
“Either I will be at your deathbed or you will be at mine.” Walking to the shelf of revelations, picking up another book of truth.
July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
On the 4th of July two things close to my heart materialized: the Higgs boson and the video for the upcoming single ‘Arena’. Kristian, who originally helped me compose ‘Arena’ and is singing the backing vocals, was home from New York for the Roskilde Festival, so we hijacked him for the video. Snap. The dancers Elematronics (Maria Miz Gold Guldmann & Julie Joules Kunz) did a spot on choreography and dance for the video, we were blown away. These girls are so young and have a great future ahead of them. Talk about talent.
The video was shot at photographer Bo Egestrøm’s studio in Copenhagen. We felt like kids in a candy store. Bo had everything we needed and he is just awesome.
Tommy did an amazing job directing and shooting, staying cool, calm and creative all day. Elematronics aka Maria & Julie, runner Gustav.
The tools of the brilliant and lovely makeup artist Dana Mario.
Don’t smile to the camera.
Kristian and Firebird.
Black or blue? Blue or black? Testing colours on Gustav before they end up on me.
Elematronics doing their magic. These girls rock.
It’s a wrap because the makeup is a mess.
Me and one of my favorite instruments, the jew’s harp. Just a little show-off for a dear friend of mine.
April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
Tights by Geoffrey Mac, legs by me, guitars, t-shirts, furniture and photos by Lance Horenbein. I ended up modelling for this sneak peek of the Fall/Winter tights after the team behind Mr. Mac saw my somewhat leggy EP cover. Once again I thank you dad for providing the genes (even though you gave me super straight eyelashes, sigh…)
Geoffrey’s design is absolutely brilliant and like nothing I’ve ever seen. This jacket is insane and I wish it was mine. The same thing applies to this dress. Bonus info: our beloved Debbie Harry wore this amazing dress performing at the Standard NYC this New Year’s Eve. Approved by Debbie, approved by me.
Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious “Destroy” tee (1986) and leather jacket from Metropolis.
Leather jacket from Sears (1986). On the back: Minor Threat “Bottled Violence” and a Corrosion of Conformity sticker. White Yamaha RGXA2.
Silver leafed B. C. Rich 1980’s warlock and Scorpions “Love at first sting” tee (1984). Aka the Eagles of death metal. Enjoy the wonderful association sequence on how Eagles of Death Metal got their name:
And this would be the idiot of death metal holding a Dean Baby ML Guitar.
Exploited tee (1986) and Tennessee Walking Horse ladies show tie (1960-1970’s)
March 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Strings for the new album is being composed these days, and since I just play by ear in GarageBand typing along on my keyboard (J, K, L… S, A, G) as the music plays in my head, I need someone pro to help me write out what I’m doing. Luckily I met the awesome Yvonne Hicks (a US resident since the 1980’s), a cellist and conductor who has been sweet as a pie, helping me with contacts to arrangers so that I now have the piece in notes for a string ensemble to play to.
Turns out part of Yvonne’s bio was on the other side of the paper she scrambled her phone number on. Not a bad idea for a understated business card.
February 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
The L-Team of Lance, Line and Lily (that’s the name of my bike) spend the Super Bowl Sunday before the game fooling around in Chinatown. Highlights included fried dumplings at “Fried Dumplings” (logic at its finest), cherries and Van Halen street posters. As always Lance was behind the camera, great work my friend.