You’d guess he was one of the quiet ones in class.
He’s in Kings of Convenience, the fragile Norwegian
acoustic pair with ‘handle with care’ gently sponged
onto their foreheads, he must have been. He’s probably
got a few allergies too. On his debut solo single ‘Sudden
Rush’ he still utters with that same timid inflection
(or like Marc Almond with a timid inflection, as it
seems) but this time over the sound of a slightly beefed-up
Royksopp-esque signature, with leather gloves on, at
a disco, but still chilled, natch. Quiet one or not
though, Erland Oye has an active and angular imagination
in there. Edging above a murmur is the new quiet then?
1) Where are you now and what can you see?
I can see train tracks, rain, the sky over London. I
can see my pink hat and my own reflection in a television.
2) What was the last thing you ate?
It was a mozzarella and ham sandwich. It was good apart
from the bread but this is part of being in London.
3) What was the last thing you hated really quite
I hated the light in the bathroom of my hotel. They
were very modern spotlights. They have a very strong
amount of light but only in a particular location and
if your eyes are in that location it's really blinding.
In all fashionable places now they have these spotlights
and they aren't really giving good light. It's irritating
me that they are taking over so much. Well anyway, the
reason they are used is cos they are so small and they
can fit in with a slick design. They sound good on paper
but not really good in practice.
4) What's the next piece of music you intend to buy?
Let me see. I really keep trying to get this track Numbers
by Kraftwerk. It's not so easy because every time I
try to get the track it's not on the CD or available
to purchase. It was released about 20 years ago. This
guy Morgan he was always raving about it.
5) What was the last film you saw?
I saw the second episode of Lord of the Rings.
My opinion was that I want more landscape and less war.
It's great. It's different to the first one I guess.
6) What did you dream about last night?
Actually I was dreaming that I broke my glasses. No
wait a second that was the dream I had the night before.
The night before I dreamt I had broken my glasses. Oh
man let me get the facts...and then last night when
I went to bed I put my glasses on this side of the bed
(points to the left) and I woke up with the telephone
on that side of the bed calling and the first thing
I do is nearly breaking my glasses taking the telephone.
Maybe it was a sign?
7) What's the most important thing you've ever done?
The most important thing I've ever done? Well in one
way, if you know about the Butterfly Effect, the most
important thing I've ever done is to go for a walk over
to Robert McTaggart's house in Chorton, Manchester in
'99. I got over there and they were buying tickets to
go to a festival. It seemed that all the chalets were
taken so they could only get 2 and 2 four-birth chalets
at this festival - it's like a Pontins holiday camp
festival - so they had to get one with 5. But who? Do
we have one more person? I said 'I'll go' but at this
time I didn't have the money. But I said 'Yeah I'll
get the money'. So then I went to this festival and
on the way to this festival I met a girl that I fell
in love with. Because of her I went to New York. Because
I went to New York I met people who wanted to put out
Kings of Convenience. So I record these demos for the
American album back in Norway and these demos was what
attracted people in Manchester and London and they sent
them to Source records who wanted to sign us for a real
record deal. I was always told that if I didn't go for
that walk to Tags place that night a lot of things wouldn't
8) What do you idolise, if anything?
Idolise? Idolise? Who wants to idolise anything? Next
9) Denim or leather?
10) Where do you see yourself in 12 years time?
Erm...I will then be 39. That question makes me very
happy because I really don't know. I'm sure by then
new things will have entered my life - new exciting
things. That means I could be doing things that I'm
not even thinking about now. What could it be? I'll
probably live somewhere else. I'll finally move to Italy...no
America - I'll finally move to California. By 12 years
time you won't be able to smoke anywhere. That's one
reason why I love California because you can't smoke
there. Erm...well that's a hard one. It really is nice.
I assume that I'll still...I hope I'll still by that
time have retreated to the role of Kings of Convenience.
I'll go around playing piano and singing. I'll be really
good at piano.
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