Fairy Interview with Therese Tofting, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Interview by Jo Blackened
Vocal/growl/guitar: Therese Tofting
Drums: Hanne Østhagen
Bass: Trine Pernille Klokkerud
Guitar: Masha Vestrheim
Synth: Gerard Dwyer
Backup vocal: Doro Korsvold
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5. Jeg Kaller Henne Høst
10. Rekviem11. Dualitet Og Ulver
12. Eufori (Radio edit)
Self-released – 19th May 2015
Hey and thanks for your time today! You guys first started out in 2007, how would you say you’ve changed as a band since then?
When we first started out… we weren’t especially good at playing our instruments. We’d only been together a few years, so the music on the first album is pretty basic in comparison to what we’re doing now. Gradually, with practice, we got better at playing, better at writing and the music became more complex, more advanced. We started getting into hard rock and metal too and, as a result, the songs we were writing got heavier as well. When we started, it was really just something for fun, but then, things really started to work, our shows were getting a good response and we started to take the band a little more seriously.
How would you describe your sound to those who haven’t heard your material?
Our sound is very on/off. It goes from being slow and heavy to calm and melodious. The vocals change between high, clean melodies and deep growling and the music allows a lot of space for solos and some interesting rhythms.
2013 saw two new members join Gerard Dwyer (keyboard) and Doro Korsvold (backing vocals), how did this happen and where did you first meet?
After the first album, we wanted to write songs with a bigger, heavier, more massive sound. Gerard was living above the bar where our bassist, Trine, was working. One night, he was down in the bar playing piano, so we thought we’d give him a shot at playing synth and it worked out really well. A while later we started thinking about finding someone we could do vocal harmonies with, someone to complete the line up and be the final dot over the i in Fairy. We got in touch with Doro through some friends in the metal scene in Bergen.
What is the gothic rock/metal scene like in Norway? And are there any bands that have got your attention at the moment?
The Metal scene in Norway, and especially in Bergen is big. Bergen is home to some classic Norwegian black metal bands like, for example, our friends in Taake and Helheim who are very big in both Europe and the USA. They’ve been playing for over 20 years now. The gothic scene in Bergen and Norway is not as big as far as I know. In the band we like a lot of female artists. Skunk Anansie has been a band favourite since we first began playing.
You released your first album ‘Private Universe’ in 2010, and this year you released a new album ‘Vinterverv’. Can you tell us about this?
The new album “Vinterverv” is Norwegian for “Winter Solstice”. It’s been a long process with a lot of trying and failing. We wanted a heavier sound without going to deep into the metal genre. The melodies are really what characterises the Fairy sound, and we wanted to hold on to that. The new album is the result of the process of going from something that was almost a pop/rock sound to a melodic metal direction. There were a lot of challenges along the way too. I lost my voice completely for almost a year, so we had to wait until after I had an operation before we could record any vocals, so that’s part of why this album took so long to finish.
What is the concept behind this album and the lyrics of this release?
The Fairy is, of course, a mythological creature. The myths say that they look nice and friendly, but if you try and catch one, it will bite… Fairy’s music is a little bit like that, it goes from being nice and light and sweet very suddenly to heavy growling. The lyrics are based on fantasy and fear. We hold ourselves in a place between sleep and wake, between life and death.
Do you have a personal favourite track?
The first track off the new album,“Ragnarok” is probably the one we, as a band, like best. It gives a sense of dystopia, a depiction of fear for the end of the world.
You covered the track ‘Running up that Hill’ by Kate Bush. Has she always been an influence to you?
Not really. We just thought it would be fun to play a version of a cover song in amongst our own material and “Running up that Hill” has a great melody and lyrics. And of course, Kate Bush is a fantastic musician.
With 6 members in the group, is it hard to find time to get together? Do you all collaborate equally?
It is hard to find time, especially when everyone has full-time jobs or studies as well. So yeah, things often take a little more time.
When did you first know you wanted to be in a band? Have you always been into this style of music?
Our drummer, Hanne, and I were just sitting, listening to music one day and we talked about how it would be cool to play in a band. I have my musical background from playing trumpet in a brass band. So, a pair of drumsticks and a guitar were soon bought and that’s how it went! In the beginning we were mostly interested in pop rock, but the metal thing came eventually.
Where would you say you get your musical/personal inspirations from?
A lot of the melodies just sit in my head, then, one day, they just come out. We all listen to a lot of music, and for my own part, not a lot of commercial music. I want to make something new, genre-wise, which of course isn’t easy, but I feel like the new album “Vinterverv” has a special sound.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Shit… Genesis, “We Can’t Dance” actually. I got it as a Christmas present…
You were competing for a spot to play Wacken Festival in Germany, how did this go?
We played our best show ever at the qualification round, but we didn’t make it to the final. Oh well, next time.
You have done quite a few gigs in Germany over the years, any upcoming gigs for this year and if so where? Do you have any plans to tour the UK?
That would be a lot of fun. We’ll see what happens.
What is the best/worst thing about touring?
It’s a lot of fun to play concerts, but it can be exhausting. All respect to those that manage to live through touring!
Do you prefer to play to a smaller or larger crowd?
Both… but it’s always fun to share the music with more people.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Music? In the band we’re all quite different. Some like fitness and training, some like to party, some like both. We enjoy life.
Lastly, do you have anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Yes! Check out our music on itunes or spotify etc. Visit our website at www.fairyband.com. Find us and like us on facebook and we’ll see you at a concert sometime soon.
Thank you again for your time!
It’s been a pleasure. Thank you!