Interview with Bassist Helge Nyrud of Ohmwork (Norway)

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, Helge and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us! 
Helge Nyrud: Howdy! Thanks for having us.

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
HN: Well, the sound is in the hinterland of a span from the 70's to the 90's. We try to incorporate things from those eras in our music. Being just a three-piece band, we have limits and certain rules apply within the sound. We try not to go fully bananas in studio with effects and such. So basically, we try to keep things simple and true for the live environment.

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
HN: Sure, it is. For us it’s important. The last year and a half this connection has been absent because of the COVID. Being out on the road and meet people face to face is in my opinion the best form for connection you can have with the fans. So, we are looking forward to finally get out on the road and meet up with people this fall.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
HN: Absolutely. If it wasn't for them, we probably wouldn’t bother to go on. It’s important for us to get feedback from the listeners, for good or worse.

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
HN: I think you can do that. It depends how much you invite them in on your personal space. By nature, I’m an introvert person, but on stage I must switch into an extrovert for the sake of the show. It has not been a problem yet that people have invaded in a negative context.

CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
HN: Hmmm...I guess so.... Maybe it’s a social construct? Age? Culture? I would think in India, just to pick a country, hard rock/metal is not so popular like here in Scandinavia. I’m not sure…

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?
HN: I guess that would depend on the type of music and how exotic it is for an American audience. If it catches on, it catches on. I think die-hard fans of whatever band would not skip a concert with their favorite act for an unknown (most likely) band abroad. But I hope an American audience would give bands abroad a chance anyway.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
HN: It’s certainly a helpful tool for upcoming artists…for us included. No, I wouldn't say that. If you're good, you're good.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
HN: I guess the one who sets them, aren't forgotten. They stand the test of time.

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
HN: Yes. I can’t keep up with all the genres. Post-doom-psych-neo-prog-polka, and what not.... What the fuck is that?? Is it divisive? It might be...but I don’t think it is in a bad way. I think it will wake a curiosity for new listeners.

CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?
HN: We have a new album coming up August 27th. And doing live shows here in Norway this fall. So, tune in.

CV: Thanks again Helge for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
HN: Thank you so much. Great having a chat with you guys. Hope to see out there one day.

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