After concerts with a total of 15 in the audience, playing for a full room during UKA in Ås was extra fun for Razika. For the occasion, they brought both a trombonist and saxophonist with them, and the audience followed the band’s fantastic energy throughout the whole concert. There’s no doubt that the girls in the band love to play live, and that people are just as excited to hear them. Bergen was powerfully represented this evening, and there is a big probability that Razika will find themselves at the Ås-scene again.
Photos: Espen Mikkelborg, Henrik Aulie Søvik and Johanne Grøndahl Klausen
Before the concert, the band gave us a short interview:
How has the 10th anniversary been so far?
- The celebration has mostly consisted of playing at concerts, but there’s been a bit of variation in attendance. We hope that UKA i Ås will be a big opportunity with lots of people and a good vibe like when we played here in 2013. Then, we played in Halvors Hybel, and ”it must have been some sort of dress up party, because everyone had dressed up like guardsmen (with red waistcoats) or something.” We’re of course wrapping it up with a tour at home in Bergen!
After 10 years as a band, what do you consider to be the biggest difference between Razika in 2016 and 2006?
- The biggest and perhaps most important difference is that we can now actually play our instruments, compared to the beginning when we couldn’t at all. In terms of performing we’ve gained confidence and believe that what we deliver to crowds is actually good. Ironically enough, along with growing self-confidence we’ve also become less and less ”cocky.” We no longer think that we are the ”world’s best band,” and we are completely fine with that. The streaming era of music has made record sales less and less profitable, something that makes us hit the road and play concerts, but of course that also gives us the opportunity to reach out to people more easily. I mean, who even uses Myspace anymore?
History is full of bands who have fallen apart because of arguments, how are you still standing together through thick and thin?
- First and foremost we are very good friends, and have been ever since elementary school. Of course we quarrel like everyone else, but the friendship is much stronger than the band. There are of course often creative differences when it comes to the music, but that also tends to blow over. We make sure to take breaks from each other to clear the air if things begin to get tense. Even though we spend about 200 days a year together, we also do other things. A few of us study in Bergen, while others have jobs or do volunteer work.
Do you have any Role Model musicians?
- The Bergen band ”The aller værste!” is the one we see ourselves most in. A punk band that kicks up trouble in society. Besides that we are fans of everything from Arctic Monkeys to Rihanna.
You have taken some stances on political issues. Do you feel like that is a natural consequence of playing in a punk/rock band?
- Without having any clear political leaning, we do often take a part in demonstrations, in addition to writing lyrics that reflect the state of affairs in society. As a purely girl band we’ve faced a few prejudices throughout our career, and as hardcore feminists that is definitely one of the fights we fight.
What kind of place do you want to take in Norwegian music history?
- First and foremost we want to be seen as a tough and hard working rock band. We have also not declined a Norwegian Grammy, since we are a girl band in competition with all of the others. The Norwegian Grammys and girl bands has been blown a bit out of proportion lately, but first and foremost we are just proud of what we have accomplished and how far we’ve come!
Tekst og intervju: Jon Eskild Mostue Sæther
Translation: Lish Earnest