ON THE RISE
On The Rise is another Norwegian band that surprised us all due to their excellent debut album. So we didn't miss the chance to do an interview with one of the two masterminds of the band. Terje Eide (vocals/guitars) told us many interesting things and I'm sure that you will like them for sure!!!
Terje and accept my congratulations on "On The Rise". As you
already know we've chosen On The Rise's debut album as the best of
February!!! Tell us how did you decide to form On The Rise? Please
introduce us the band.
all started when I got the inspiration back in the year of 2000 by
writing AOR songs again. I felt I had been away too long from the reason
why I've always been playing. I started to record demos at home and at
the same time I was involved in different projects. I was engaged in
doing some background vocals and a guy in the studio played one of
Bennech's songs. I liked what I heard. Me and Bennech became a part of a
project we did for fun, but in the end he didn't had enough time to do
it. I continued to record songs at home and one day I called Bennech and
I asked him if he wanted to join the project that I was working on. On
The Rise became a reality in January 2001.
(drums) : has been on the local music scene since the late seventies and
has gained a reputation as one of the best and most experienced drummers
around. He has been engaged in various projects ranging from jazz to
metal. His latest contributions to music has been, besides “Rising
Force”, with artists like Diabolos In Musica,
Ronny Heimdal and Waste Lagoon.
(bass) : has also been on the local music scene in Bergen
with different projects. He's known for his charming and brilliant
"One Man Show" on bass. He left the scene in the 90's and
returned even more inspired a few years later. He's been getting the
groove back in shape together with Zsolt . They're both steady,
technically and brilliant in their performances.
(keyboards) : started early in the 80's by anticipating in local bands
in Forde. He's done that ever since and learned the
hard way of living as a musician.
far as I know there are two only full time members on On The Rise. Are
you thinking of the possibility to get some of your session musicians or
even new ones as a full time members in your band !
we're a duo and the musicians on the album will join us live!! Time will
show what happens.
about the idea of playing in a live show? Are there any plans?
might be sometime until we're ready to go live. I don't like the process
that makes a draught of musicians. The best thing is to make things work
out right from the start. So we're still in a process of completing
did you get the name "On The Rise"? Who's idea was?
came up with a lot different suggestions together with Serafino at
Frontiers and together we decided to use ON THE RISE !!
would you characterize the music style that you play?
music is basically AOR/melodic rock. You may find some small fractions
of other styles in it as well !!
what are the influences of On The Rise?
influences in music are Van
Def Leppard, Ronnie James
Blackmore’s Rainbow, Journey,
Moore & Toto. In early days Bennech's musical
influences was Bruce Springsteen. Later on he discovered bands like TNT,
Def Leppard, Bryan Adams,
Dokken, Iron maiden, Lynch Mob, Toto, Van Halen and some
believe that you and Bennech are excellent songwriters. Do you compose
together the songs?
we both are writing, but we co-operated on some of the songs. Most of
the songs were already written when we started to work on the album. We
made the choice from a lot stuff from our own collection.
must tell you that one of the strongest elements that On The Rise has
are the terrific vocal harmonies. Is there any secret behind it?
There's no special methods or secrets. I've just got a passion of making
background vocals, and I like to make them mighty and wide.
there any story behind a song that's worth to be mentioned more than the
In The Night” is an old song of mine and it's part of my
history/collection as a songwriter. Lyrically it's about a guy who tells
about his reflections of the way and the fights that surrounds us
everyday in our ordinary day of life. It's about how hard it is for the
young ones to grow up and the experience of establishing friendships and
how to be accepted in a new neighbourhood in a town. It could take place
anywhere and even the story of this guy who's got the guts and
confidence, can't be sure if that's enough in a world who's not too
safe. I got this story and inspiration from what I've seen and
experienced in the UN-force in Lebanon.
could you tell us some things about the artwork of the album?
artwork on the album is designed by Giulio Cataldo at Frontiers.
Actually it was a pretty cool process. Some suggestions went back and
forward until we agreed about the finished result. We like the work that
he's done. It's a little different from all the other cd-covers in the
genre of AOR/melodic rock.
you believe that the melodic rock/AOR genre is becoming popular again?
is happening that's for sure. There's a lot of reunions of old bands and
artists, and it's pretty nice to hear and see that they're still
sounding great and they're showing that they're sounding even better
think a big problem of the today's music industry are all the CD copies
people do with their computers or the music they can download from the
Internet. How do you think about this problem??
sad! We can't ignore that it's a destructive process for the music
business. There are no good arguments to let this still go on like it
does. I hope the records companies will find a cure. For the time being
it seems like it's about putting safe codes on the albums, or it might
be better to make a financial solution that will keep everybody happy.
some Weird Questions now!!! If you were living in Middle Earth (I hope
that you have seen or read the Lord Of The Rings) which character would
you choose to be and why?
it would've been Arragorn. He's the one with strength as a leader, he's
a survivor and he still manage to be human and care for others as well.
you believe in luck and in coincidences or do you believe that the human
mind and will can affect all the things in life?
a part of a world with luck and coincidences that's for sure, but I
don't think no one will ever have the answer why it happens and what's
predeterminated or not. We're all a part of a society who's ruled by a
wall of officialism, governments, the power of leaders and politicians,
who are affecting us all with their decisions. Ironically and only in
majority we can affect the mind of these chosen people that we decide to
rule and who makes the decisions for us. Strange thing though if you
take your time out and evaluate how things are made and works out in our
ordinary day of life, then I believe you'll get the same conclusion:
It's a crazy world we live in that's for sure. ;-)
do you imagine that the music world could be, one thousand years from
now? And why?
there will be a lot of developments and changes in different systems
that we can play the music on, as well as smaller cd's/dvd's and so
on... I believe that a lot of the music will be distributed and marketed
on the internet. Hopefully I hope we can still go in shops to buy what
we want of music, but I'm afraid not...!!
Terje, I wish you the best for you and for On The Rise. The last words
of this interview belong to you.
It's been a great time promoting the album and we're still flattered about all the positive compliments/comments we've got so far. It seems like a never-ending story. We appreciate it a lot. We hope there will be a chance for us to play live for the ones that enjoy our music in the future. Until then keep on rocking.
by Thanos Aggelakis