It would be a great honor and experience to work with some of the people who inspired me to make music. Artists and bands who gave me goose bumps. I'm talking about artists like Underworld, Hardfloor, Slayer, KoRn, Deftones, Die Krupps, PJ Harvey, Plastikman, Goose, Prodigy, Fluke, FSOL, Spinal Tap, Depeche Mode, Einsturzende Neubauten, Soulfly, Massive Attack, Bjork, Leftfield, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, Rammstein..etc..etc
Melt has been considered to be one of your oldest projects, what were some of the issues that kept you from being able to work on it?
I wouldn't call them issues, more circumstances that didn't speak in the favor of MELT. That and me being my worst critic. Every time I had new ideas or songs going, [ when I had the time in-between working on IOC etc] I lost interest in the sound or structure fast, like I never really found the beast I could unleash onto the world. Once I moved to Canada I guess through the experiences, new music, the different culture; MELT resurfaced how it always was intended to be. Sometimes shit needs to happen to let the roses grow. I'm really happy with how MELT sounds right now and the album "Emissions Of Hypocrisy" released on Metropolis Records last year is something I'm very proud of.
Spending the bulk of your life in Norway and in Canada, what are some of the things that you have loved about both places?
Living in Norway became my drive to get the fuck out of that country. That being said I love it there, but mostly for the fishing spots and the people. Canada is a great place, I love it here. Now that I live in Vancouver it feels like home. Despite the rain. There's the ocean and the mountains. Being raised in Europe and living in North America however can get amusing. Cultural differences and experiences. But all in all its a great experience and I think living here has pushed me as a person and musician in ways I wouldn't if I still lived in Europe.
What drew you to Vancouver as the place to move to when you moved from Norway?
My girlfriend was moving back and just stuffed me into her suitcase and dragged me with her.