NEW ALBUM LAUNCH!!!!

Hey you guys!!! I’m really excited today as I launched the pre-order campaign for my upcoming album :):)

If you like what I’m up to or you are curious after reading my blog, you can check out the teaser for my album right here:ย 

There is also a new in depth interview with me out as well, if you want to know more about me when it comes to what I do professionally check it out:ย NEW Interview!!!

*Feeling good* ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

 

A year in selfies.

In light of all the discussions surrounding social media and how “evil” ,”vain” &”fake” it is, I took a moment to think about the “selfie-culture”. Why do we do it? I counted that out of 257 posts on my Instagram, only 38 of them were actual selfies of me alone, by myself…

After having an Instagram account for a year…here is my 2015 in selfies, with the “story/reason” behind them…

1)- My introduction to the evil vanity of Instagram…or not really…

This is me sitting on my couch, with no make-up and a Disney night robe…giving the thumbs up after I discovered that I had received some awesome exposure for my music….once again.

2)-I don’t even know if this count as a selfie? No makeup & hair in all directions, I made this one in a hurry, moved by what I saw in France, joining the “hashtag-movement” on twitter.

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3)- Making a YouTube vid to promote my awesome merchandise, including a 2015 calendar. Not a very flattering pic, ย not that I cared really.

4)- My mom was teaching me how to do my own makeup, as I was going to my first award show without her…

5)- Here I am in Norway, done with make-up and on my way to the Norwegian Grammys ๐Ÿ™‚ Here I’m actually trying to look nice ๐Ÿ˜› I was really happy with my make-up and how I looked.

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Getting ready for tonight's #event!

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6)- Another “being political in the couch moment”. American artists apparently don’t get paid for radio-plays, I had no idea but joined the hashtag movement on twitter for some minutes…and signed some petitions…

7)- I don’t like this… I was getting ready for a YouTube video apparently, I have no idea which one.

8)- Guitar lessons anyone? I was just done giving a lesson over Skype.

9)- My favourite selfie without a doubt. This is the sort of selfies you should take if you are a songwriter ๐Ÿ˜›

10)- Selfie with no purpose #1–The Instagrams are starting to get to me ๐Ÿ˜› I have no idea what this is, but used it for a blog entry.

11)-I was in California and had done my own make-up again, I thought I looked metal and cool \m/

12)- Selfie with no purpose #2–I was on my way out to eat dinner and didn’t feel very happy, why I took this though I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

13)- Selfie with no purpose #3–I believe I took this as I just came out of bed…wasn’t exactly a glorious moment, nor was I particularly happy, nor do I look very happy either…this was when I was freaking out as it seemed like someone was messing ย with me online ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

14)- The garden selfie. Me laying in the garden without doing anything…I guess you could call it ” Selfie with no purpose #4″

15)- Doing make-up with my sister, taking a selfie as I was happy with the look and ended up using it as a cover pic for a blog entry..

16)- My favourite selfie without an instrument ๐Ÿ˜› I think it’s a good sign that this was one of my most popular pics on Social Media! Whoever said you have to be half naked to get likes?

17 + 18) …and speaking of which….this is the deleted “tummy” pic that I uploaded to Instagram, with the caption “this is what Instagram is for right?” meant as a bit of a joke, it got an insane amount of reach on my FB, but some grumpy comments from fans who were disappointed that I had “sold out”… even a rant ensued from a family friend saying “is this what you want to build your fame on?”. Anyway, I followed up with this no-make-up selfie, asking what the fuck is wrong with people…funny enough the tummy pic was removed ๐Ÿ˜›

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19) A proper guitar selfie. Took this with a timer on the iPad while I was playing.

19)- The drunken selfie….there was also a “bathtub selfie” that I deleted the next day.

20)- The bed selfie. Looking happy and I was feeling quite happy too…besides a slight hangover…

21)- The multiple selfie selfie….what can I say…I was bored…Funny how popular this got on FB ๐Ÿ˜›

22)- The “I’m tired of life selfie”… Someone had tried to break into our house and we ended up calling the cops…

23)- The “I’m super happy selfie”, someone had offered to send me away to the tropics on an adventurous holiday, I couldn’t believe my ears and as they say….”if something it’s tooย good to be true…it probably is…” and it was…

24)- The best selfie ever. No need for further comment. I had taken my little brother to the playground, happy times indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

25)- The “I’m sleeping selfie”…. why not? Ever experienced sleepless nights? Instagram is great whenever that happens.

26)- Jumping on a trampoline, being happy. In fact…I should get one.

27)- This is the kinda stuff I like…you can’t really see my face. it’s a selfie without really being one. I was a bit worried, and a bit sad, as my mom had basically told me to “get my head out of my ass”…I did what modern people do..and quoted her on Social Media ๐Ÿ˜›

28)- Here I am in Norway, going for a walk on the roof of the Norwegian Opera House.

29+30) Here I was done doing my own make-up, making myself ready to go and shoot some scenes for Norwegian prime-time tv-show “Stjernekamp” I was quite happy with the result really!

31) Another blog selfie, taken on top of the Roof of The Opera House in Oslo, to be used for a blog entry.

32)-Airports can be boring, but that’s when your smart phone rocks.

33)-Jet lag … if you have to wake up at 5AM and travel by train, tube, a plane & more train, chances are you will fall asleep once you reach your destination…and then wake up and be awake all night…that’s when Instagram rules…when you are awake at night all by yourself..

34)- Another sleepless night….

35)- Here I am before the Live Tv-Broadcast of “Stjernekamp”! I had an amazing make-up artist and a lovely hairdresser too! I thought she did a great job ๐Ÿ™‚

37) Make-up selfie from a hotel room.

38) My Norwegian sweater selfie.

Working & Relaxing at a Cotswolds Estate.

I’ve been shooting some new vids for my YouTube Channel including a music video for my upcoming album ๐Ÿ™‚ This is not a bad place to hang out! So gorgeous! This year I had the great privilege of borrowing an apartment right on Central Park in NY, being a guest over at Aker Brygge, Oslo swimming in a heated pool on the roof and now I’ve been a guest at a proper British Cotswold Estate. Not bad. Not bad. Savouring every good moment!!!!! Rock’n’Roll \m/

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Funeral For A Fish.

Yes that’s right. Not only are we keeping Dragons in this household, we also have some aquarium fish. It’s funny how precious life is and how concerned you become with everyone’s well-being, even the well-being of a little gold-fish ๐Ÿ™‚ Are musicians ideal pet owners? Probably not. I keep a pet Dragon and I think that’s cool. Keeping up with all the details regarding the family’s gold-fish collection is not really my thing, I’m perfectly fine with just cleaning the tanks. Check the awesome pic below.

…Human beings are funny. We don’t mind inviting nature into our lives as long as it is “contained”, “controlled”. We bring green plants into our houses, flowers, reptile tanks and fish tanks. We have such a need for systems that even our animals are supposed to be organised. Just a funny thought that crossed my mind yesterday.

My ramblings aside, today was another sad day in the fish department as Fish # 4 was found dead this morning, or I suppose the correct way of saying it would be, the corpse of Fish # 4 or Corpse # 4. The gold-fish aren’t mine but we all look after whatever or whoever needs looking after. Keeping fish is a dangerous businessย obviouslyย and today I buried, with a little tombstone and a little flower, the fourth fish to kick the bucket in the Hagen household. What follows are 4 accounts of these fallen creatures that left us so dramatically and suddenly….

Fish 1–The first fish to depart us was a glamorous looking Angel Fish when we lived over in Brook House. The last weeks of this fancy looking being were nothing short of dreadful. I don’t remember how it happened, but one of the eyes of this creature fell out ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It seemed to be suffering a great deal and it seemed to us that the other gold-fish in the fish tank were picking on this fish and his/her bud. So we purchased another tank specifically for the fashionistas in black, pouring God knows how many drugs into this tank to save our one-eyed patient. Sadly this didn’t really seem to help and Fish # 1 was so reduced in health it could only swim sideways. The other Angel fish was adorable as it kept on staying right next to his dying companion and wouldn’t leave from its side. Whomever said Fish were stupid? Anyway, my mother was obsessed with saving and rescuing this poor fellow who had probably the worst “death-bed” imaginable for a fishy, slowly but surely looking more and more like a zombie fish, unable to move properly. Eventually we felt that a “mercy killing” was the only humane thing to do. Officially though it died of natural causes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Fish 2–The next house we lived in was ridiculously huge, and I barely even ventured into the part of the house were the fish tanks were. The fishes were largely unattended the one time I had responsibility for them, so when certain family members returned and one of the orange fishes had its abdomen ruptured, laying dead in the fish tank, all hell broke loose since I had not noticed. Cause of Death? Uncertain.

Fish 3—We downsized and now have a smaller home. Which means that the Angel Fish Tank is in the room where I have my desk & musical equipment. Total horror gripped me when I one day discovered a partially decomposed Angel Fish that was stuck on top of the filter, with a split stomach full of undigested pellets. The fish tank smelled of rotten fish and the “oh-so-glamorous” Angel looked absolutely horrible. Since I was the one who discovered the corpse, I gave it a proper burial.

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Cause of death? Was it overeating or did it get stuck over the filter? We don’t know, but an interesting thing to know is that whenever you feed your pet fish, you always have to remove any excess pellets after feeding. Another interesting thing to note was that the remaining Angel fish, who we believe is the same fish that survived the previous Angel-Death, didn’t swim around in the tank for days. It was just laying still on the bottom of the tank. We got worried that maybe it had died too, but we later thought to ourselves that it was probably depressed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Depressed Angel Fish

Fish 4–Fin rot. Yes you read that correctly. Not only can fish die of a tummy that explodes, or mysterious infections that make them lose organs or swim upside down, they can also die of fin rot. My brother was the one who noticed a couple of days ago that one of the orange fishes was loosing parts of its “tail”. I nearly fainted when I saw this and my brother purchased an arsenal of fin rot medications the day after. We were too late though as my brother found the fish dead in the tank this morning, only 2 days after the initial “fin-rot-discovery”. All of its tail was completely gone. An interesting thing to note for any aquarium owner: My brother addressed that one of the plants had leaves with too much algae, he also had a theory that by leaving the same plants in the tank for too long, lots of “dirt” or “mud” had accumulated at the bottom of the tank. Probably being a mix of poop from the fishes, mixed with dead leaves. The roots of the algae infested plant had grown and spread around the bottom of the tank. Also, another thing to bear in mind. You will get snails into your tank and they will only increase in numbers. You will get them once you decide to add plants into your aquarium a few are fine but there should never be too many ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyway…Cause of Death in Fish # 4 ? We are not sure. Was it bacteria coming from the plants? Was it stress? Who knows. At least it got a proper burial with “mini-tombstone”, flower and all.

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If you are the owner of fish and/or have the responsibility for other’s fish you probably found this interesting, if not, this was undoubtedly the most boring read of your entire life….

P.S. The other 10 fish are alive and well, and have been since we got them nearly three years ago.

 

Coaching & Judging on the TV-Show “Stjernekamp” \m/

During the weekend that was, I finally returned back home to the UK!

I had an AMAZING experience over in Norway!

Time for a resume about what I thought about the show and my experience \m/

As I’ve written in my previous entry I was asked if I would be a coach and judge in the heavy metal genre for Norwegian Saturday Night prime-time TV-Show “Stjernekamp”.

This is a show where established artists every weekend perform a song in a different genre, competing to see who will be Norway’s greatest and most versatile artist.

They are all taken out of their comfort zones and have to try out styles that are completely new to them.

This certainly sounded exciting and I accepted the offer!

You can see the whole episode on the link below \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

If you wanna know how I felt about doing this you can keep on reading ๐Ÿ˜›

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First they flew me in to do an interview where I spoke about the history of heavy metal and the role and challenges a heavy metal vocalist has to cope with.

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Some days later I spent a whole day coaching the participants in this genre that was completely new to most of them. I didn’t really know what to expect as I had never coached anyone vocally before ( I only had experience with giving guitar lessons), but both them and I, and eventually the viewers, loved it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I had lots of comments and feedback for all of them, and felt a bit like the “Metal-Police” if there ever was such a thing ๐Ÿ˜›

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Despite me wondering whether or not I was being too picky with these people (who are all established stars in their own right), it was fun as hell to see how tiny adjustments could make such a difference.ย But that’s what it is like to work with professionals.

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Then came Saturday the 10th, and it was time for the show \m/

I was suspecting that the show would be phenomenally good, I thought to myself, ” Damn, if these guys do live what they did during rehearsal, we are truly up for one hell of a show.”

And a hell of a show is exactly what we got, indeed!!!!

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You can check out all the heavy metal performances right here on this playlist \m/

Kudos to the producers for having Gospel & Heavy Metal on the same day! It made for a spectacular contrast both in themes, styles and the music itself.

Also thanks a lot to the production team for the great intro video they had made about me! That was really, really cool. Talk about a great introduction \m/

The heavy metal part of the show kicked off and dude…it made me so happy to see how well everyone did!

During rehearsal (and also backstage before the show kicked off), a number of the artists were nervous about singing and tackling the metal genre and a couple were afraid of coming across as too comical. As they thought the lyrics/etc…were quite hilarious….

But none of these worries came to fruit as they were all able to deliver a credible heavy metal performance, serious, with lots of attitude, convincing vocal renditions etc, it was simply amazing!

It made me happy to see how happy they were and that’s what any form of coaching is all about. Other people’s happiness makes your day, if that isn’t the case, you should never coach anyone at all.

I especially loved Maria & Heidi’s performances, those two were my favourites \m/ Check out Heidi signing “Run To The Hills” \m/

They all received standing ovation from the judge panel, with the exception of one, which sadly was Celine, who was eventually voted out ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Looking back she truly was a firework on that stage and totally rocked it! But she was the first act on and the competition was hard as all the artists gave it their all.

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They also competed in two genres that day. So the voters were not only voting for their favourite metal performance…

Trine Rein literally gave me goosebumps with her rendition of “Amazing Grace”,

Maria floored everyone with her “Joyful Joyful”

and Knut Erik was absolutely epic with his “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Especially cool was his reason for picking this track, half the choir refused to sing with him because of his beliefs regarding same-sex marriage. Check out the ending of this vid.

The metal part of the show was fun to watch, in fact a pleasure, I really truly enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a resume of the feedback from the judges ( including myself):

http://www.nrk.no/kultur/stjernekamp-dommernes-tilbakemelding-1.12596657

It was an absolute highlight to be part of such a big production, without any doubt!!! It is something I would gladly do again!

The feedback from the people who saw the episode was mind-blowing and a couple of the performers exclaimed that singing heavy metal ย ” was the coolest thing they had ever done”!

Heavy Metal is all about energy and giving it your all \m/

That’s exactly what they all did and that’s why this show was so utterly amazing!

Check out the full episode below! You can actually stream this wherever you are I’ve been told \m/

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/stjernekamp/KMTE60004715/10-10-2015

Thanks again to Monster Productions and NRK \m/ This was an awesome experience \m/

If anyone is interested in singing and/or guitar lessons you can order it here:

http://www.commandermusic.com/guitar-lessons.html

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Look at all that makeup!!!!

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The glamorous backstage area ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Erik looking good! Getting ready to Buuuuuuuuuurn \m/

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Done with hair styling \m/

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With Gospel expert Grethe Svensen!

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Stairway to heaven….

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Super awesome Judge Thomas getting ready \m/

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The amazing Judge Mona \m/

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EMG Pickups!

So now I’m back home in the UK, after a hectic and fun week over in the US of A! I went over to shoot some cool shred vids for Guitar World Magazine and thought ” hey since I’m in the US I can might as well go by EMG!” Which basically meant flying over to Oakland, California!

So how long have I’ve been using EMG? I got my first set back in 2009, the Kerry King signature set, in fact my very first tweet, is a tweet about my EMG pickups ๐Ÿ˜€

So, here we go!

I almost lost my flight the 29th as I waited 1 hour for a SuperShuttle that never showed up! Becoming increasingly stressed out, I eventually grabbed a cab and as we arrived to the airport I jumped out of the car and ran as fast as I could and was barely able to make it in time to get myself checked in.

By the time I finally got to the gate, they were already boarding the economy section. Thank you “Super” Shuttle.

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The flight though, was absolutely amazing in terms of view! I also had wi-fi the whole trip ( you gotta love these American Airlines).

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Check out this iPod, seriously…it looks like one

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We flew over mountains and an area full of crop circles…Aliens anyone?

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Serious alien activity….

Anyway, check out the awesome orange soil!

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Is this the Grand Canyon? Looks totally awesome!! Check out the huge crack!

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Some desert, it seems like…

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And that’s a dried out river folks….draught in California…

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After my trans-American flight, I had to wait at LAX for a cute little plane that took me to Oakland, seriously I would like to own one of those and know how to fly one!!!!!

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Once I had arrived to Oakland, I engaged in a very interesting Peek-A-Boo sรฉance with my driver, which basically took a whole hour…lol…before we finally found each other…again ๐Ÿ˜›

I should have taken a picture of the car, but alas, whenever I get drivers I always forget to take pics, which is a shame, because having a driver totally rocks \m/

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It was a 2 hour drive

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When did I wake up? Around 3 o’clock and totally de-hydrated I went for a water-hunt around the hotel and did some blogging.

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Make-up time, warm up time, breakfast time & mall time.

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EMG TV TIME! SUBSCRIBE TO EMG TV & GUITAR WORLD ON YOUTUBE RIGHT HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/user/EMGpickupsTV

https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld

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We figured that I was gonna make an alternative entry and talk about the abuse and neglect you have to endure as an EMG artist…

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I can’t believe I had to walk from the airport and sleep like this!

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That’sย IT I’ve had enough! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, jokes aside, it was a VERY productive trip, we got a lot of material down and it was fun too \m/

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The day after we did a factory tour!

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Then Tommy took me to the airport, and off I went back to New York!
Thanks a lot to Tommy and EMG for the invitation \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

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I would seriously love a plane like this.

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Hanging out at LAX again….

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Looking at dolls!!!! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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