"Then I do my solo, you hit the drums. And everyone will be like: What the fuck! I mean it. We’re going to be legends. We’ll change rock forever."
Even when they were young, best friends Axel and Grim dreamed of making musical history with their band ‘Los Bando Immortale’. One day they receive an invitation to take part in the Norwegian Rock Championship – and suddenly it seems that anything is possible. The only problem is, Axel can’t sing. And because Grim can’t bring himself to tell the truth, they end up on a musical road trip to the far north – along with Thilda, a 9-year-old cellist, and Martin, a rally driver. When they find themselves caught up in a hair-raising car chase, it becomes clear that the journey symbolizes an escape for each of them. With every passing kilometre the group of youngsters grows closer, heading triumphantly for the grand finale.
(Synopsis from berlinale.de)
Behind the music
Crafting the music of LOS BANDO is without doubt my most time-consuming gig for a feature film so far. This is largely due to the fact that the film is about a band. So obviously, we need to find out what the band sounds like, and the band also needs its own songs. And the sound of every instrument in the band has to be painstakingly sync'ed and matched to the music performances in the film. We've therefore had frequent band rehearsals with the film's magnificent young cast, beginning a whole year before shooting. Yes, they actually had to learn all the songs they play in the movie, on guitar, drums and cello. Not a minor task (for any of us)!
Then, there is also the more traditional film score, which features a kind of "chamber pop" sound, with strings, clarinets, accordion, keyboards, guitars, drums and glockenspiel. And as the icing on the cake, I've also made a great deal of the film's "source music" (diegetic, in-universe music), including karaoke bar songs, Scooter inspired "Jesus techno", growl-based black metal from a noisy neighbour, and old school hip hop beats for a "beat boyz" dance performance. I was also involved in a kind of "music supervisor" role early on, helping to track down some of the other (existing) songs for the film's soundtrack, by some of the greatest Norwegian bands and artists (we're talking everything from Motorpsycho and Kvelertak to Didrik Solli-Tangen here). Heck, I have even spent some hours in Photoshop creating graphics for a fictional "Autotune" plugin, which can be seen for approximately two seconds in the film. It's all in the details!