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SCARIOT (DANIEL OLAISEN)

WHO ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE 15 MIN. AGO? Daniel, founder of SCARIOT. I’m at home in Norway and I just watched a movie and I feel pretty ok. THE MEMBERS IN SCARIOT ARE MORE THAN JUST „WELL KNOWN“ IN THE METAL-BIZ. HOW DID YOU GET TOGETHER? I knew Asgeir since he made the cover for our previous album and he also had some owner-ship in our label. Asgeir’s been playing in band with both Øyvind and Steve, so we simply asked them if they would participate. IS IT A CONCEPT TO CHANGE THE LINE UP? OR DOES IT JUST HAPPEN? It’s not my intention, but this situation seems to haunt SCARIOT. The positive side of it is that I get to work with different people and each album becomes unique! COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE SPECIAL KIND OF INSPIRATION/ FORCE CREATING YOUR NEW ALBUM ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING IN THE SCENE FOR SO MANY YEARS? I guess after the split-up, I was very eager to write and make the best SCARIOT album ever. It just turned out as it did… THE SONGS WERE ALREADY FINISHED BEFORE THE NEW MEMBERS JOINED. WAS IT POSSIBLE WORK WITH THEM ON THE ARRANGEMENTS OR DID THEY „JUST“ PLAY THE SONGS? I recorded all the guitar parts at Asgeir’s studio, and he put on the drum tracks whenever he had time and e-mailed me the songs to get my approval or discuss changes. Though we sent the songs to Øyvind, he improvised most of the vocals when he came to the studio. Steve came to Norway and I taught him all the riffs. Then he started working with the songs and recorded one by one. ESPECIALLY ASGEIR AND STEVE ARE VERY BUSY WITH OTHER BANDS. THEY DID AN AWESOME JOB ON „MOMENTUM SHIFT“, BUT WERE YOU AFRAID THAT THEY WOULD JUST SEE THAT AS A JOB, NOT GIVING 100% LIKE FOR THEIR OWN SONGS? No way. I know both give 100% when they commit to something, and otherwise would been stooped anyway. Asgeir wants to do another album and I’m sure Steve will too if he has the time! THE BAND LINE UP IS AGAIN COMPLETELY, WITH YOU AS THE MASTERMIND. IS IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP SCARIOT ON IT’S WAY? ALTHOUGH YOU’RE WRITING ALL SONGS, EVERY MUSICIAN HAS HIS OWN STYLE… It’s been hard indeed, but also interesting working with different musicians. As you mention, I’m the mastermind of the band and I’ve always written most of the material. PLAYING KIND OF PROGRESSIVE THRASH IN SCARIOT, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE A DEATH-SONG FOR A COVER-VERSION? AND WHY DIDN’T STEVE PLAY THIS? Because, DEATH is my all time fave band and I’ve known this tune for ages. About Steve, it’s a long story, but it’s cool that Lars from SPIRAL ARCHITECT would lend us his talent though! EXISTING FOR 10 YEARS WITH SEVERAL GREAT ALBUMS RECORDED, WHY DIDN’T SCARIOT MADE IT FOR A DESERVED BIGGER „BREAKTHROUGH“, IN YOUR POINT OF VIEW? Because we never made it to a big record company and we never got the chance to tour outside Scandinavia. There are many of us… IN MY OPINION, OYVIND IS THE BEST SINGER SCARIOT EVER HAD. AWESOME PERFORMANCE ON THE WHOLE ALBUM! HOW ARE THE CHANCES THAT HE WILL STAY WITH THE BAND? I totally agree. I’ve been a fan of Øyvind for a long time and he was the only one I could think of when Oddleif quit. Øyvind would like to do another album… OYVIND DOESN’T LIKE TO TOUR AND THE OTHERS ARE VERY BUSY WITH THEIR OTHER BANDS… SO WILL WE EVER SEE SCARIOT LIVE? MAYBE FOR A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY-SHOW? It’s most unlikely that SCARIOT will hit the stage again, but if we get a insane deal, we’ll have to consider it! HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE FOR SCARIOT IN GENERAL? As a studio band at the most… ANY NEWS FROM BLOOD RED THRONE-CAMP? Oh yeah. Our fourth album, „Come Death“ will be released August 27th, and we’re doing tons of gigs after that. Just check www.bloodredthrone.net and www.myspace.com/bloodredthrone666 for info and the new material! WHAT OR WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE AS AN ARTIST? DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS PART OF A CERTAIN TRADITION OR AS PART OF A MOVEMENT? My three biggest inspirators are Chuck Schuldiner, Dimebag and Joe Satriani! I feel like I’m more influenced by older music, than what comes out these days… WHEN WOULD YOU FEEL A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL CAREER? Now. I’ve released 10 albums so far in my career, and I’ve gained respect and fans from all over the world. What more can I ask?! IMAGINE YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A SOUNDTRACK. WHICH FILM WOULD IT FIT BEST? Deep Throat 4! YOU ARE ASKED TO EQUIP A SPACE-SAGGAR, WHICH DEMONSTRATE THE MENS CULTURAL HERITAGE – WHICH 3 ALBUMS MIGHT NOT BE MISSED? DEATH – Human, PANTERA – Vulgar Display of Power and MESHUGGAH – Destroy, Erase, Improve. DO YOU FEEL AN ARTIST HAS A CERTAIN DUTY TOWARDS ANYONE BUT HIMSELF? OR TO PUT IT DIFFERENTLY: SHOULD ART HAVE A POLITICAL/ SOCIAL OR ANY OTHER ASPECT APART FROM A PERSONAL SENSATION? I really don’t care. I mostly don’t give a shit about lyrics. It’s the music that is important to me! JUST IN CASE YOU WOULD HAVE FREE CHOICE: IS THERE A BAND/ ARTIST; DEAD OR ALIVE, (REGARDLESS OF GENRE) YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM WITH LIVE? DEATH and PANTERA. The two greatest metal bands ever! CONSIDERING YOURSELF BEING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR. WHICH ACTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO INVITE TO PLAY ON „YOUR“ STAGE? MESHUGGAH. Playing all their songs and GORGUTS and DARKTHRONE playing their whole debut albums! THE WORLD WIDE WEB: CURSE OR BLESSING FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC? You can’t stop it anyway, and the internet is very important to promote your stuff. Personally, I need to have the original stuff, so I’ll buy cd’s no matter what! WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS IN THE NEAR FUTURE ON A PERSONAL RESPECTIVELY ARTISTICAL LEVEL? Write more cool stuff, improve my skills and push my bands to the maximum! WHICH ARE YOUR OTHER TALENTS BESIDES PLAYING MUSIC? I’m good in most sports. I almost made the national team in soccer when I was younger. WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER BEING PART OF A CASTING SHOW IF OFFERED THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY… DRUGS… OR WHATEVER YOU WISH FOR? Sure. Money talks! AT LAST: FEEL FREE TO ADRESS YOUR SUPPORTERS/ ENEMIES DIRECTLY IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Fans of quality metal, check out Scariot. www.scariot.com and www.myspace.com/scariotmusic THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR INTERESTING RELEASE! Thanks a lot. Stay heavy!

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