6 “Awesome” Tips For Entrepreneurs!

The online landscape is filled to the brim with people who promise that they can “help you.” Coaches are lurking around every corner and offer content in exchange for your email.

In the name of curiosity and to be on the lookout for new trends and changes in the world of social media I decided to actually check out some of these services.

What follows are some of my favourite tips so far:

  1. If you hit the wall when starting a business, don’t you worry! You can sort out your problem by hiring other people! Make sure that you look for a personal trainer while you are at it and a personal assistant!
  2. For the charitable sum of $1.497 you can join a hang-out and meet media-establishment people, throw in a $500 tip and you can even join a dinner among other perks!
  3. Hand out all of your income details in addition to your home address and Skype in return for a free assessment of your business! You have no idea who these people are so hey why wouldn’t you?
  4. Assuming that your audience can afford consistent manicures, as one does! I do get the impression that some influencers and coaches simply throw out some sentences like that now and then to make themselves come across as posh. My reason for saying so is that these type of statements are usually very ill placed and come across as attempts at socio-economic battle cries, or dog-whistling. However what I’ve seen of this so far just pops out because it just doesn’t fit in. If anything it looks pretentious.
  5. An online service declaring that “trust has been established” since they’ve shared some free content with you.
  6. Separate influencers sharing links to the exact same coaching service fiercely promoting it since they are both making a commission if you sign up!

 

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 😛

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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 😉

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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 😛

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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. 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 😩

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 🙂

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  ” 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 😼

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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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Stjernekamp & Norway trip, Sit.Rap. October 2015.

So it’s 4AM and I’m wide awake! So why not blog a little!

My oh my, what a wonderful trip this has been so far!

I came back to Norway a little while a go to do some more filming for the upcoming episode of the Norwegian TV-show “Stjernekamp”.

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In case any of you guys missed it; I was asked if I would be interested in being a guest judge and coach on one of Norway’s most popular Saturday Night TV programs!

10 chart topping, established stars come together to compete live on national TV, singing a song in a different genre every week to ultimately crown who is “Norway’s Ultimate Performer”.

When I got asked to be part of this I was very honoured and got very excited indeed!

This is the first year that the metal genre is part of the program! So once again I find myself being part of something new, different and unique \m/ I love it!

In case you guys also missed this; I’m currently preparing and working on an upcoming metal album that will be out before the end of the year.

These are exciting times indeed.

Anyway, in-between my guitar obsession I’ve been prepping myself for this exciting TV-show-adventure \m/

I came to Norway on the 29th last month to shoot an interview where I spoke about the origins and history of heavy metal! this also included some shredding, riffing and an awesome commercial for the episode \m/

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I then went back home, tracked some guitars, worked on my stuff, hung out at playgrounds, took care of Commander & non Commander stuff before I was flown back to Norway again, this time to coach these superstars on a selection of metal songs \m/

I have to admit that I was wondering how I would go about it the night before, and was on the phone with MY amazing vocal coach….Elisabeth Hagen, who again was coached by none other than Italian Opera Legend Aida Meneghelli!

Now Aida who sang with Placido Domingo, just to give an example, was trained by Maria Callas’s vocal coach! Talk about a cool story and equally cool connection!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OWXM5M9UG_Y

My mother’s teacher was strict, tough as a nail, but my mother, who took lessons every day, 7 days a week, became phenomenally good. In fact such a voice expert that she is indispensable in the studio. Just ask any producer we have ever worked with!

My mother have an incredible vocal register, and had an impressive coloratura repertoire which she mastered like no other.

Jaws dropped, eyes became wet with tears and the critics ink was flying as they wrote their praise. Both in Italy and in Norway. My first stage experience was turning the sheet music for my mothers pianist!

I’ve been quite lucky to have such a vocal expert at my disposition. I have to admit that my mother’s attention to details and her ability to adjust and tune me as a singer is equally impressive as it can be frustrating sometimes, as I strive for perfection.

So naturally I FaceTimed her extensively before I was gonna go and have my first go at coaching someone vocally!

But once I came to the rehearsal place and heard the 1st singer. I knew exactly which tiny adjustments that had to be done for this person to be able to just nail certain “tricky” parts. Just some comments here and there and pang this person blew me of my feet.

This  could be said of all these super stars. They came in one after the other, 5 of the remaining contestants, great voices, great people, and so welcoming when it came to feedback.

It gave me such immense joy to see their happiness and to hear the results of my comments.

How amazing!

You can certainly never be a coach in any field unless others happiness and appreciation makes you profoundly happy!

I loved coaching these extremely gifted and professional people. I enjoyed every second and got so carried away, it is quite humorous to be honest.

And I also figured out that by simply having my mother as a vocal tutor I have become “vocal coach material” myself!

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As usual my trip to Norway is a mix of all that is good. Great work and also great company, even tough I miss the presence of my usual travel partner.

This time around I’ve found myself being a guest at family-friend Kjell who is an amazing host!

But this character Kjell and my stay at his house is worthy of an entry on it’s own!

When I thought that my trip over here couldn’t be more enjoyable, EMG decided that they would release another one of my videos that I shot for them during my amazing trip to the U S of A earlier this year!

This is a brand new metal song, that will be featured on my upcoming album, so be sure to check it out!!!! Share and tell your friends!

This is a song that I have written about online trolls, haters & online bullying.

As they say: Haters Gonna Hate, so why not tell them to fuck off in a nice little tune?

If this aggravates any of my haters any further, I shall consider it a success.

Not my problem if people have issues with my being to such an extent that they go crazy.

But anyway 🙂

Maybe I should try to get some sleep as a dear old friend of mine wants some shopping advice in the morning \m/

Nothing beats real life interactions and great conversations!

We humans are social animals after all!

I’ll try to get some sleep \m/

Please keep track of my sites etc! More cool stuff is coming soon and please remember to watch “Stjernekamp” on Saturday, if you live in Norway!