Music Incider interview Dimmu Borgir –
Music Incider Magazine
Meet Silenoz, the lead guitar player for Dimmu Borgir. Dimmu Borgir was one of the 2004 first stage Ozzfest bands kind enough to make an appearance in Atlanta. Silenoz spoke with me before the Dimmu show at the Masquerade. Here is what he had to say during soundcheck.
MI: What is your birthday?
Silenoz: March 1st.
MI: Do you have any special message to the guy, Maxwell, that kicked you off the property in Cleveland and told fans to throw rocks at you?
Silenoz: Thanks for all the promotion.
MI: Tell us how you got into music.
Silenoz: I got into music when I started listening to Bruce Springsteen and Twisted Sister.
MI: How did you get the name of the band and have you ever been to Dimmu Borgir?
Silenoz: We’ve never been there. We got the name from our former bass player whose parents are Islamic so he knew about the place and we thought it was different sounding so we used it.
MI: How did you come up with the idea of the band?
Silenoz: We wanted to do something more than just plain music, something more theatrical.
MI: Tell me about the most memorable show you’ve played live.
Silenoz: We played a few good ones but the ones you remember most are the ones you fucked up. I remember one show we played in Austria, we didn’t have a crew and our tour manager was stuck in traffic so we were all alone. Our instruments were out of tune and the band started disappearing off stage one by one.
MI: You write the lyrics and the music for the band, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Silenoz: If you have hate in your heart, let it out… That’s one way to describe it.
MI: What is your favorite track off of Death Cult Armageddon?
Silenoz: The song that we made the video for is the one everyone in the band definitely likes.
MI: Who do you think the 5 greatest guitarists are?
Silenoz: The style I like the most is Chris Holmes and also the Judas Priest guys. Also, Tommy Baron and Randy Rhodes.
MI: What do you think about bands like Chimera that jump around on stage and scream and yell like monkeys in a tree?
Silenoz: I’m not much into that stuff at all. If that’s what they want to do then it’s fine.
MI: What do you want your fans to know about the band?
Silenoz: That we still play music for ourselves and the fans that still take serious interest in the band. We are proud to have an impact on a lot of people and that’s the motivation to keep playing.
MI: What do you want people to know about you?
MI: How have the Ozzfest crowds been treating you?
Silenoz: They’ve been treating us better than I expected because probably only 5% of those 25,000 people know about us. The reaction is more than expected.
MI: What was your most memorable moment on Ozzfest?
Silenoz: So far it’s been last night when we had 7 cases of beer in our room and then I got both my Priest box set and Black Sabbath box set signed.
MI: Was Rob Halford better with Black Sabbath than Ozzy was?
Silenoz: No, absolutely not. He did a good job though.
MI: What was it like to win the Norwegian Grammy?
Silenoz: It was weird but it was cool at the same time.
MI: There are rumors that you guys are going to be off the road for two years. If this is true, what are you guys going to be doing?
Silenoz: We’ve been on the road for one year and if we’re going to write a new album we need to start doing it and it will take us as long as two years to get back on the road.
MI: What do you think of the US involvement in the Middle East?
Silenoz: I just know that his IQ level is in the 90’s do that’s my answer to that.
MI: How do you think the European Union is working out?
Silenoz: When we voted back in ’94 I voted against it but if we had to vote again I would vote yes because it we be easier on us as musicians to work without those borders.
MI: What is your favorite Twisted Sister song?
Silenoz: The Fire Still Burns or Price.
MI: If you could have lunch with any three people, living or dead, who would it be?
Silenoz: My Grandfather, the former King of Norway, and Diego Maradona.
MI: If there was a movie of your life who would you want to play you and what would the theme song be?
Silenoz: We would have our own music as the soundtrack and to play us we would need crazy people. Excessive people.
MI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
MI: Who in the world would you most like to cook on a stick over a huge open fire.
Silenoz: All the leaders around the world.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Silenoz: Yes. I don’t want to go into it though.
MI: There are rumors that you are into the occult, is that true?
Silenoz: I’m definitely interested. The word occult means everything that is not known to you.
MI: If you were God for a week what would you change?
Silenoz: I would change all the perception about Gods.
MI: When you’re not on the road what do you do besides play music?
Silenoz: We try to kill time by hanging out with friends and watching movies.
MI: What bands do you think are worthy enough to open up for you?
Silenoz: There’s so many. We have been opening up for bands that we think we’re not worthy enough for opening up.
MI: How do you think the music industry has changed?
Silenoz: I would say it’s harder for bands to stay alive these days because of the internet downloading.
MI: How do you feel about the downloading?
Silenoz: Taking the songs off the internet without permission is the same thing as stealing the CD from the store.
MI: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Silenoz: To get where we are today. We have taken chances that maybe other bands have been reluctant to do.
MI: Who is your favorite poet or writer of all time?
Silenoz: To be honest I don’t read books that much at all so I have no particular writer.
MI: Do you have a message you would like to send to your fans?
Silenoz: I would like to say thank you to all the fans that support us.
MI: What is your favorite quote of all times?
Silenoz: Too much is never enough.
MI: What’s the band’s website?
Thanks Silenoz. I hope to see you again sometime in Atlanta.