‘On The Spot’ – Exclusive Interview with Aqua’s Claus Norreen

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Few days ago, Spotlight Report had the lucky chance to be the first media body to get in touch with a member of Aqua over the phone directly from Denmark before the arrival of the band in Australia.

During the chat we spoke with Aqua’s keyboard player Claus Norreen about his excitement of coming back Down under, their feeling after the huge demand of tickets, the band’s new style and about the Australian aqua fans.

Check the full interview below:

Hi Mate, first of all thanks for sharing some time with us over the phone.

CN. No problem, my pleasure and thanks for being the first ones to get in touch with us.

Our first question is How do you feel knowing you are coming back to Australia for a full tour?…What is the general feeling of the band?

CN. We are looking forward to it so much, we haven`t been…I mean some of us we have been there for a holidays during the years,  but as a band we haven`t been there for almost 10 years or something like that, so we are really looking forward to it, and especially for the reception of the ticket sales, because that has been quite tremendous, because we started booking only 5 gigs and within 2 days some of them called back saying “hey we want some additional gigs”, and now I think we have around 11 in total, so it is quite amazing because we have been away from you guys for a long time and still have this reception from the fans there. It is very heartwarming.

For that reason we are so looking forward to land there, we have been rehearsing for the last few days in order to come down and kick some butt.

Following on the last part you mentioned, about the rehearsals you guys have been doing. Do you have any surprises? What can the Aqua fans expect on the upcoming shows in Australia?

CN. I think, its nothing really different of what we have been playing in the last couple of years in Denmark during our concerts in summer…and its quite funny, because Lene (Aqua’s lead singer) called all us up and told us, we should do tours again and I was like “mmm…I don`t know”, but after a day of thinking I was like, “ok let’s do it”, because this actually can be really fun.

“…the way we performed on stage is a bit more rocking than what you would expect if you think from our first album…”

So we decided to do some touring and one thing leaded to another and we decided to work on a new album and during all the time on tour, I think the sound and the way we performed on stage is a bit more rocking than what you would expect if you think from our first album. Besides, now we have a drummer, guitarist and a bass player with us, so there is not a lot of dancing going on, we still have dancers, but I think there is more energy going.

We basically want to have a good time, we haven`t prepared any kind of special effects that some bands use, so pretty much we will be the 7, or the 4 of us plus 3 musicians giving everything on the stage as we like to do.

Probably will be a bit more of a “Live feel” than the ones people would expect from a band like us, but still will be the same songs, from the same band and obviously with a lot of old stuff and a couple of new ones on the list you know, just to have a good time there.

Speaking about the set-list…We imagine the old time Aqua classics such as ‘Dr. Jones’ and ‘Barbie Girl’ will be there on the bill

CN. Oh yeah, of course they will…Absolutely!, but some of them perhaps might sound a bit more rocky, because we now added those guitars and the bass player, so the sound will be a mix between dance and rocking feeling to it.

Any personal stuff you would like to do while in town with the band, visit some places around the country for example?

CN. Yes, most of us we are looking forward to get a bit of sunshine, because here in Denmark is winter now and it has been quite cold, so we miss the sun.

We also want to see the popular places in the different cities we will be…I think we all gonna go out party after the gigs as we normally do. Yes…pretty much hang out, chill out and meet our fans as much as possible…We haven`t really planned nothing yet beside the gigs, but always something pops up.

Speaking about your fans, we have been getting tons of responses of Aqua fans asking us how they can meet the band…Will you guys organize meet and greets or something to get close to them?

“…if there are fans around and they see us they only have to approach us, because we will definitely talk to them…”

CN. I think there are people trying to put some kind of package, but I’m not sure. To be honest we haven`t quite talked about it, but one thing is for sure, we are not shy, so if there are fans around and they see us they only have to approach us, because we will definitely talk to them, sign autographs, do some pictures and stuff like that.

Just to finish…what is next for you guys after the Australian tour?

CN. We all of us, we have some different stuff around. We`ll now have the tour in Australia obviously and then we have a tour here in Denmark and then in other places like Norway.

In between, all of us we have different things going on, so we are always busy. I`m personally working with a friend on different things and Søren does his own stuff, so Lene and Rene has just released a solo single.

So all of us we have things beside Aqua, but as a band we will be touring this summer and then we will see what is gonna happen.

AQUA AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2012

Wednesday 7 March Brisbane @ HiFi NEW SHOW ADDED!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Hakka (Fluffy)
Tickets: www.thehifi.com.au, tel 1300-THEHIFI (8434434), Butterbeats, Last Wave Watersports Gladstone, Piotto’s Music Gifts & Casket Agency Ingham, Uni Co-op Bookshop Sunshine Coast, Anarchy Clothing Mackay, Revolver Compact Discs Townsville

Thursday 8 March Brisbane @ HiFi SOLD OUT!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Hakka (Fluffy)
Tickets: www.thehifi.com.au, tel 1300-THEHIFI (8434434), Butterbeats, Last Wave Watersports Gladstone, Piotto’s Music Gifts & Casket Agency Ingham, Uni Co-op Bookshop Sunshine Coast, Anarchy Clothing Mackay, Revolver Compact Discs Townsville

Friday 9 March Coolangatta @ Cooly Hotel TIX SELLING FAST!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Hakka (Fluffy)
Tickets: www.thecoolyhotel.com.au, Oztix www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545)

Sunday 11 March (Adelaide Cup eve) Adelaide @ HQ TIX SELLING FAST!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Wolfman
Tickets: Oztix www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545)

Tuesday 13 March Melbourne @ Palace SOLD OUT!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Scotty (Next/Bang)
Tickets: Oztix www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545)
Ticketek.com.au, ph 132849 & outlets

Thursday 15 March Melbourne @ Palace SOLD OUT!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Scotty (Next/Bang)
Tickets: Oztix www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545)

Friday 16 March Sydney @ HiFi SOLD OUT!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & Teen Spirit DJ’s
Tickets: www.thehifi.com.au, tel 1300-THEHIFI (8434434)

Saturday 17 March Sydney @ Enmore ALL AGES – VENUE UPGRADED!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & Teen Spirit DJ’s
www.enmoretheatre.com.au (02 9550 3666) / www.ticketek.com.au

Sunday 18 March Fremantle @ Metropolis SOLD OUT!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink, Boys Boys Boys! & DJ D-Tuck
Tickets: www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545) or www.heatseeker.com.au 08 6210 7270

Tuesday 20 March Fremantle @ Metropolis TIX SELLING FAST!!!
With Special Guests Boys Boys Boys! & DJ D-Tuck
Tickets: www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545) or www.heatseeker.com.au 08 6210 7270

Wednesday 21 March Melbourne @ Palace NEW SHOW ADDED!!!
With Special Guests Radio Ink & DJ Scotty (Next/Bang)
Tickets: Oztix www.oztix.com.au (1300 762 545)

One Response

  1. Barbara L

    Please Spotlight Report Help me to meet the band in Sydney!

    I love Lene and Claus!! please and Im doing 2 concerts of the tour!

    Reply

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