Bringin ‘it Backwards: Interview with Fredrik Saroea from DATAROCK (Fredrik Returns!)


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We had the pleasure of interviewing Fredrik Saroea of ​​DATAROCK in Zoom video!

Fredrik Saroea is the frontman of Norway’s weird global indie sensation – DATAROCK. After years of traveling the world with alternative bangers such as “Fa-Fa-Fa”, he now presents a whole different side of his writing.

The new solo album Rona Diaries was inspired by everything from post-rock (like The Sea and Cake) to hard-core (like Fugazi), noise-rock (like US Maple), space-rock ( like Flying Saucer Attack), rock art (like Blonde Redhead) to indie classics from Morrissey, Sun Kil Moon’s

As COVID-19 shut down live music, Saroea began recording in the studio of their YAP Records label – YAP HQ in Bergen, Norway – with DATAROCK drummer Øyvind Solheim helping with engineering and co-production. The 12 songs from the 28-minute album were also mixed by Solheim & Saroea at YAP headquarters, then shipped to British legend Mike Marsh (Björk, Massive Attack, Oasis, DATAROCK) for mastering.

The artwork was created by the incredible Magnus Voll Mathiassen who illustrated everything from Rihanna’s Unapologetic album to the official interpretation of this year’s Oscars.

The May 28 release took place with an internationally broadcast concert in Norway’s majestic Grieg Hall, famous for Norway’s most iconic black metal recordings. The host of the event was the Nordic countries’ largest festival for art and music; Bergen International Festival (created in 1963). The concert featured musicians from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and contemporary sand artist BIT20, and later this year the recordings will be released as a live album.

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