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Interview - Jorgen Munkeby (Shining)

Interview with Jorgen Munkeby from Shining
by Danny Sanderson at 05 October 2014, 1:23 AM

When it comes to Experimental Metal music, Norway's SHINING have the market cornered in genuine musical extremity. Danny Sanderson met their front man Jorgen Munkeby off the stage from their set at Bloodstock, to ask him about the next phase of Norwegian Metal, the band's future, and the OTHER SHINING

Hi, this is Danny from Metal Temple and today I'm interviewing Jorgen Munkeby of the Norwegian Experimental Metal band Shining. How are you doing, man?

Yeah, I'm doing great. We just flew in here this morning from the Czech Republic, where we were last night, to play the show here, and early tomorrow we have to catch a flight to Italy, because we're playing there in a couple of days with the Devin Townsend Project out there. So I'm a bit tired, but doing good.

Wow, you're all over the place at the moment! So you guys played on the Ronnie James Dio Stage earlier today. How did the set go for you?

It went down really, really well, I think. We got a pretty big sized crowd and we got a great response from them, considering we were on so early in the day, at about noon-ish. It is strange for us, because there's a load of Death Metal and Black Metal on the bill, properly heavy stuff, and the middle of all that there's just…us. (laughs) It was great though, yeah.

How did the writing and recording of the new record go?

Do you mean "One on One" or the one that we're working on now? Because we have been working on new material recently.

OK, how has the writing and recording process for your new material gone so far? Is it hard to write Saxophone sections for a Metal song?

It's not as hard as you might think. I'm used to writing this kind of music, so at this point, after recording six albums, it comes naturally to me. And the work on the new one has been going quite well actually. We've been recording parts of it here and there in between touring and it's coming along quite well, actually. I'm kind of travelling all over the place because I'm heading to L.A quite a lot in between tours. We've got a few songs written, and they all sound really good.

So is there a release date for that record yet, or am I being cheeky?

Well, it's still being worked on at the moment, so no. We're trying to decide whether the next release will be an album or an EP. We could just release it as it is and we'd have a really decent record, or we might do a bit more work to what we have.

If I put you on the spot and asked you when you thought it would be out, what would you say?

I'd have to say….It definitely won't it'll be out any time this year, that's for sure. We seriously don't know ourselves, we'll just see what happens as things progress and decide on it when the time comes. I don't think it'll be three years between records this time around though! (laughs)

You are, of course, from Norway, a country that is well known for its Black Metal. But now band's like you and Kvelertak are producing some really cool music that's a million miles away from that kind of music. Has Black Metal influenced you in any way?

Not necessarily, no. It's such a huge thing in Norway, you're always bound to get a "Black Metal" question in an interview if you're a Norwegian band. Obviously, we mix Jazz and Metal, so Jazz played a bigger part in our influences than Black Metal. There are some songs where you can hear a bit of Black Metal influence, but not loads. It's not the biggest part of our sound, obviously.

Also, you're probably aware of the other band from Sweden called Shining. Do you ever get double-booked or mistaken for one another?

No, that's never been a problem. Obviously, we come from separate countries and we're on different labels, so no one has ever accidentally booked us to play expecting them to come. I've heard some of their stuff, I think, and they weren't too bad.

So now that you've done Bloodstock, what's next for you guys?

Well, like I said, we're off to Italy for a couple of days to play with the Devin Townsend Project over there. Then, towards the end of the year, we're playing a lot of shows, including a Norwegian tour, which ends with two shows where we're playing "One to One" and "Blackjazz" in full, one on each night. Then of course we've got stuff planned that can't really be announced yet. So, yeah, we're very busy, which I like.

Before we go, do you have any messages for your fans?

Yeah, thank you guys so much for all the support. Hopefully we'll see you out on tour.

Thanks for your time!



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