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INTERVIEW: Northward (Norway/Netherlands)

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Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Lofstad

Interview by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy


NORTHWARD, is the hard rock project from well-renowned musicians Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan’s Mind), who will be releasing their debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018 through Nuclear Blast.

The project sees a step away from both musicians normal style and approach and is a very diverse album. It was during the ‘All Star Jam’ at Progpower USA Festival in 2007, when current Nightwish singer Floor Jansen and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad first performed together on stage for some cover songs. Their mutual love for hard rock bought them together and they composed an album quickly after in 2008 but due to their other music commitments that album was put on hold until now, with the release being ten year’s later after it was first made. Floor seized the opportunity to get the project back on track in 2017 when Nightwish took a break and luckily it was time, so 2018 will finally see the release of their anticipated musical side project Northward.

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NORTHWARD – speak about the band’s foundation in first trailer!

NORTHWARD, the hard rock project from masterminds Floor Jansen and Jorn Viggo Lofstad, will release its powerful debut self-titled album on October 19th, 2018. After recently unveiling the first music video for their catchy new single ‘While Love Died’,  the duo has now launched their first album trailer, in which Floor and Jorn Viggo explain how they first started working together.

“I, at that time, started thinking I would love to write a rock album”Floor states. “I would like to step out of the comfort of being in a band as AFTER FOREVER and get new inspiration from different styles. And Jorn’s play was immediately like ‘Hm, he’s a very diverse and a very good player’ and well, it worked out!”

Jorn Viggo adds: ”I remember, we kept in contact and we decided to meet in Holland to jam and to see if there was any songwriting chemistry and, I mean, it was like boom right away, it worked very well.”

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