Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about Kari Rueslatten, please. What should
people know about you?
Kari Rueslatten: Well, I have released four solo-album, Other People's Stories being the forth. I have earlier released two albums with a band called The 3rd and the Mortal. My music is a hybrid of acoustic and electronic music, influenced partly by my love of the Norwegian Nature and Traditional Music. It is sometimes dark and melancholic, always melodic, with the music centered around the vocals.
Musicscan: What are your feelings seeing "Other People's Stories" being available in
Kari Rueslatten: Oh, it is a mixed feeling of being proud on the one hand and terrified on the other!
Musicscan: Out of my view "Other People's Stories" is a perfecetly balanced record in all aspects. Has this been something you were heading for?
Kari Rueslatten: Thank you very much! This has definetely been something I was hoping for.
Musicscan: Would you agree to say the songs are more focused as well as being more controlled while still keeping a lot of room to grow for the plain music?
Kari Rueslatten: Yes, I aim at creating arrangements that give room for the song and the melody and at the same time not filling the room completetly. It has to be a brush of light air in the arrangements, I think.
Musicscan: Is it an intentionell drive to make the songs as varied emotionally as possible?
Kari Rueslatten: On my new album all the songs tell different stories, and all the songs together tell one story as a whole. It was important that the songs fit together in a way that they all had their unique place in the dynamic journey of the album. So yes, it was my intention to make the songs as varied emotionally as possible.
Musicscan: Have there been certain issues you specifically wanted to address with "Other People's Stories"?
Kari Rueslatten: I tell other peoples stories on this album, even though I sing "I" it is not my own stories. Some of the stories are bizarre, others funny or tragic, others again I find are quite beautiful. I do not always agree with what these people have done, but what if I had been in the same situation under the same conditions, would I have done the same? I think we are too quick to judge other people sometimes, it is always easy to stand on the outside and know what is best. I think we should aim at being more humble towards others.
Musicscan: what does it take to write a particular Kari Rueslatten song? How do you go
about writing your songs?
Kari Rueslatten: I use the piano as my main composing instrument. After the song is created I move over to my computer and work with different arrangement that catches the mood of the song. Sometimes I start with working by the computer, but then I am afraid that the good melody gets lost in all the sound libraries. I find it extremely important that at the core of my composition are a good melody and good lyrcis - they play the main role in my music.
Musicscan: Your songs cover a lot of bases musically - there's something for different groups of listeners i would say. Were you going for a more inclusive approach right from the beginning or is it a result of your progression?
Kari Rueslatten: My aim for this album was to create the music that I heard in my head. I wanted to include my band in the acoustic arrangements on the record, and I wanted to include Roy Ole Førland for the electronic arrangements. I would say that this record very much was a collaboration between us, if the album is interesting to different groups of listeners I would call that more a bonus than something that we deliberately aimed at.
Musicscan: There is some kind of special mood around your tracks. Has it been your aim
to create some kind of more positive feeling this time? I would say it's not as dark as your former releases have been....
Kari Rueslatten: He he, well I have to admit I find it hard to compose music when I am in a good mood, so that must be more due to influence from the other guys that have been involved in the process
Musicscan: How did you came up with the title and the concept of the record "Other People's Stories"? There is a concept behind it, right?
Kari Rueslatten: The title track, Other People's Stories is the corner stone of the album. Once I had made that song, I new in what direction the other songs had to move. That meant that some of the other songs I had already made were cast aside
Yes, I would say that there is a concept behind it. The album starts very quiet with the acoustic songs and then accelerates by the influence of the electronic elements. It reaches a peak with Push and Ride and the slowly moves towards the end by more acoustic elememts again - and the circle is closed.