He’s among the best-known artists in Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2021 and he’s brought the intense rock number “Faith Bloody Faith.” In it, he asks if we can feel his rage from our cage. But what exactly is he angry about? We asked him after his first rehearsal in Oslo on Thursday.
“The song is a Swiss army knife,” he says. “It reflects on mankind and life in general. It’s seen from a bird’s perspective. It’s kind of three minutes of resuming the battle of living and survival….it has a big message said with simple words.”
Jørn Lande interview at MGP 2021 rehearsals
With more than 50 albums under his belt, Jørn has performed countless live shows to massive audiences. So will Saturday’s Semi-Final see him literally burning the house down with strobes and flames?
He keeps it vague, but suggests it’ll be very high impact: “You’ll have a full KISS show in three minutes, and that basically says it all.”
He’s got the rare ability to sound like an angel and a devil within the same song, and he’s able to move between sweetness and light to full-on screaming, while keeping it all musical. So how does he do that? He says it’s all about self-care and letting go of the behaviour that comes with the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” myth.
“I stopped smoking many years ago. I don’t drink as much any more as I used to when I was younger…taking care of myself a bit better, or my wife takes care of me too…some ginger tea, stuff like that.”