I last spoke to Jørgen Munkeby of Shining (the Norwegian, not Swedish one) in May last year around the time they launched their album One One One. A really, verbose and interesting guy who is part of an original and unusual act, it was great to get the chance to finally meet him and see the band live in Glasgow this December.
Only I couldn’t manage the show for family reasons. Argh.
However, into the breach – at the last minute – stepped James. Armed with my badly hand-written questions, he collared Jørgen after the band’s performance at the Queen Margaret Union and quizzed him on the band’s new projects and work with co-board-treader Marty Friedman. And, of course, more importantly… what’s next for the band with it being nigh on two years since that last album release? Oh, and course, what’s Jørgen’s take on Christmas (got to keep things seasonal!).
As ever, some thanks – James for covering for me, Andy at Indie Recordings for organising stuff, Jørgen himself for his time and Les the tour manager for infinite patience in dealing with all the problems that came up on the day!
Oh, apologies for the crinkly noises at the start. That’s Jørgen enjoying a much-deserved post-gig Mars Bar! Any other background noise, you can blame on Arch Enemy who were playing their set a couple of floors beneath.