NuBorg Q+A

NuBorg has kindly answered some questions for me about her influences, her take on the Oslo and London music scenes and about the process of making her new album.

Where did the name NuBorg come from?

NuBorg is derived from my last name which is Nyborg, in Norwegian it means New Castle, hence Nu, and Borg

How would you describe your sound?

It is an atmospheric ambient sound; quite heavy rhythms but with room for silence in between the slow beat, many layers of ambient guitar and effects, and slightly wispy vocals on top.

What are the main influences to your sound?

I’m influenced by many dramatic things that have happened in my life, and by all kinds of sounds; silence, the beating of the heart, the waves from the ocean. I listen to many different genres of music, but I guess you could say that this project is especially influenced by artists like Massive Attack, Portishead, the Beatles, and Ultravox, among others.

What was the experience of making an album like?

Making this album has been an extraordinary journey and I have met so many inspiring and wonderful people along the way, in Norway, England, Spain and the Czech Republic. All the way from the earliest preparations, studying vocal techniques, music production and songwriting, to rehearsals and studio work. I ended up mixing and producing the album together with producer Odd Jensen which was almost the best part of it all.

Who did you work with to create your album?

Producer is Odd Jensen from Waterfall Music. Odd is also a songwriter and wrote a song for Ronan Keating’s last album. He has co-written one of the songs on this album with me. Bjørn Charles Dreyer contributes on guitars. Bjørn has played with artists like Lene Marlin. Marius Reksjø on bass is one of the founders of Beady Belle. Erland Dahlen on drums/percussion used to be with Madrugada, and Gildas Le Pape on solo guitar has been with the black metal band Satyricon for a number of years. Some of the songs are co-written with English songwriters: Christopher Neil, co-founder of Mike and the Mechanics and producer for artists like Celine Dion, Cher, A-ha and Marillion; Martin Sutton who has written songs for the Backstreet Boys and LeeAnn Rimes; Ron Roker who has worked with artists like Tina Charles; and Odd Jensen, Sarah McLellan, Daisy Manners, Rick Norton, and Andy Pearce.

How would you compare Oslo’s music scene to that of London?

There’s lots going on in Oslo, it’s a vibrant music scene. I guess it tends to be more towards alternative, jazzy, electronic music and not so much based on classical songwriting. In that way this project is probably more influenced by my many stays in London over the years, as the songs in this project are based on the classical song form, although with modifications.

What is ‘Away With the Fairies’ about musically and lyrically?

It describes the frustration when you have been subject to a misunderstanding, having been preoccupied and not paid enough attention to what you should have. Not because you didn’t care, but because you were very busy doing something else… hoping to get accept for that but realizing you are not getting the accept you hoped for… You were away with the fairies… and didn’t realize what was happening around you.

What are your live performances like?

This project has just been launched and we are actually preparing our first gig now. We will be focusing on the ambient sound and lights. I have ideas about some audiovisual effects especially for some of the songs and will be working on that.

Do you have a favourite venue or a place that you would like to perform?

Anywhere is good as long as the room is large enough for the sound to float freely and there is a chance for proper stage lights and projections behind the musicians on the scene.

What is next for NuBorg?

In the coming months we will be releasing one song on the 15. of every month and as for now that is where our focus is. In the end it will make up a full album. In the long run I am hoping to be able to continue working on creating music both in the studio and live, and continue to meet gifted, creative people like I have done in the making of Sliding Off the Edge Of the World.

Thank you to NuBorg for the answers!

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