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Fast Five: Amund Maarud

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

Since always, really. I picked up a properly strung guitar at the age of 6. Up until then I had been miming with cardboard imitations and whatever I could find with my brother banging pots and pans.
If I wouldn´t be doing this I would be a farmer or a logger, I guess. We grew up around tractors and combines. But there´s never been any real doubt about what I really should be doing and that´s making music. It´s been my job for many years, I am very fortunate and I can´t do without it.

How would you describe your music?

It is a blend of electric blues via psychedelia and grunge and it ends up in a 60s kinda sound with a modern twist. These things are hard to describe, really. I just try to draw on all the things I love musically. I don´t see why Josh Homme and Muddy Waters couldn´t be in the same band with Keith Moon behind the drums, musically speaking. The guitar, drums, bass, piano and barytone sax all play big roles and we improvise a lot.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I have been gigging the last 20 years and making albums as well. My brother Henrik plays the drums in our band and we also run a record label together, Snaxville Recordings.
Our studio is built in the barn at the family farm and that´s where the music happens and is recorded to analog tape. Last year saw us receiving a Norwegian Grammy for my third solo album, “Electric.”
I get up in the morning and try to write and record a song. On slower days I just fiddle around with a guitar and some fuzz boxes. The best job in the world.

The coming months will see us hit a lot of Norwegian festivals and we have also been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy again. We are going to do a show at the Barfly in Camden, London, the 7th March and we are really looking forward to that. It will be a showcase of my original music, played with full on assault with my band.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I would love to do a slow blues with Adele, I think she has a beautiful warmth in her voice and I would attack between her vocal lines with my guitar, Buddy Guy 60´s style. That would be something. I love the to mix the “sweet and sour,” soundwise.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

It varies from time to time. I am a huge fan of Jack White and everything he´s been doing. His solo album Blunderbuss really hit me hard. I love the way he blends his musical influences here, it´s like we´re getting to know him all over again. I feel the album really expands my imagination as a listener and as a songwriting musician.

I would love to bring the Blunderbuss vinyl if I was to go to a desert island. I hope I can bring a guitar, too? I cannot go for very long without a guitar. I would probably try to sneak in Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock, too. I love Jimi.