Interview with viseMenn

Singer, bassist and composer of Norwegian atmospheric rock band  viseMenn, Helge Corneliussen, introduces the band to the readers of the Progstravaganza blog. The band has recently released a great video for a new single “Begging You Please,” directed by Richard D. Leko.

Hey guys. How are you doing?

Hi there! Very well, thank you!

viseMenn’s new single “Begging You Please” was launched recently. How do you feel about the release?

We are very happy, we spend a long time searching for the right sounds for the track especially guitarwise and finally got a result we were happy with. Cenzo Townshend of Decoy Studios did a tremendous job of mixing it all together and enhancing the emotional impact. The music video serves perfectly to give it all a context.

Begging You Please

How much of a challenge was it to shoot the video for the single?

It was pretty demanding. First of all we had to be on location on time ready and shaved, we had to get through the Toronto traffic at 8am in the morning and at the same time we had to maintain a positive outlook on the world and life in general.

How is the progressive rock scene in Norway these days?

There are a lot of talented musicians in Norway. Most of the rock scene is shifted towards the heavier more aggressive sides.

What is your opinion about the new wave of progressive bands?

It’s nice to see people that actually play their instruments in the age of producers and computers.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

Music in the likes of Queen, Muse, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Shostakovitch has definitely broadened our horizons, but there is no doubt that we are largely influenced by our surrounding nature and it’s shifting tempers and as in music we tend to be susceptible to the mood or atmosphere that it imposes.

What are you listening these days?

Sianspheric, The Verve Pipe, Broomfiller, Cloroform, Surferosa and Aqua Lene

Your five favourite records of all time?

Queen – Greatest Hits (1981 edition), Shostakovitch – Cello Concert No. 1,
Pink Floyd – Division Bell/Dark Side of the Moon, Kashmir – No Balance Palace,
Muse – Origin of Symmetry, Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time/Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear viseMenn used to record “Begging You Please”?

Musicman Ernie Ball Luke Signature with Lindy Fralin single coil pickups
Fender Strat with hss pickups

Matchless Clubman Reverb,
Matchless hc-30 and Marshall 6100 stereo setup,
Mesa Boogie Mark IV with Mesa Satellite stereo setup,
Marshall JTM 60

TC Electronics Flashback X4 Delay,
TC Chorus/Flanger,
Ernie Ball and Boss FV500H volume pedal,
TC Electronics Nova Drive and BK Butler Tubedriver.

Fender Precision Lite through a Yamaha B100 Head going through a Fender Bassman 4×12 Cabinet and a Gallien Krueger 400RB- III/210 Combo

Roland Juno-60 through a Leslie Cabinet

Vintage 66′ Ludwig kit
Paiste traditional signature cymbals.

AKG C414 EB through a Summit Audio Tube preamp and leveler
TC Voice Live 2
TC Chorus+

Besides the release of the single, are there any other plans for the future?

We hope to finish our album, continue traveling, shooting another video and releasing another single. (In no particular order of preference.)

Any words for the potential new fans?

Don’t worry, be happy!

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