Meet the Artist | Olav Christensen (DVR)

Who is Olav Christensen (US)?

My name is Olav Christensen (US) and I am all over the place! I master music for other artists, collaborate with lots of amazing musicians and record my own compositions under the project name DVR! I am in the process of releasing a concept vinyl album about the end of the world, (You know! For the kids!)

I live in Brooklyn, NY, but I am born and raised a Dane which makes me feel like a fraud half of the time! Ha!

Which Baum Guitar do you play?

A vintage sky Baum Verge semi-hollow with a bigsby!

Why Baum Guitars?

I was looking for a hollow or semi-hollow body guitar and then watched one of Stefan Fast’  (aka The Pedal Zone) demo where he used a Baum. I fell in love immediately. To me, it is the apex of art and craftsmanship!

Why do you play guitar, and when did you begin?

I’ve been a drummer and vocalist for many years but I always wanted to be able to play guitar. A few years back, my wife bought me a cheap squire Strat and I was hooked. That turned into several guitars, a bass and I don’t know how many guitar pedals. Taking up guitar, changed the way I approach a song. I am by no means a shredder and consider myself a mediocre player at best but there is something about strapping on that guitar that makes my creative juices flow in a way nothing else does!

There is something about
strapping on
that guitar
that makes my creative juices

flow in a way nothing else does!

 

Let’s have some music before we move on to the next question!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXEGPzQmpP8

How would you describe your style of music?

That is an impossible question to answer.  I go from electronica weirdness to straight up singer/songwriter stuff in a heartbeat! I try to keep everything separate in neat little boxes but they always seem to get mixed up!

Who were your early music influences? And have they changed today?

I think influences change depending on what we are exposed to. Having said that, I have always been a huge admirer of Daniel Lanois. I was fortunate to see him live here in NY recently, playing his lap steel with “Venetian Snares”! A mind bending experience.

Your best and/or worst moment on stage?

Both with Roxanne, my Police cover band as a vocalist. Worst, but also kind of epic moment was our lighting guy using pyrotechnics and setting fire to kites that were part of an art project at a high school in Denmark! We had to stop the concert to clear the audience away from the falling burning debris! I will never forget that. The students that had made the elaborate kites were heartbroken but super stoked to get a t-shirt and an apology from the band! We got off very easy on that one!

Best moment? Same band, playing in Berlin, in front of a truly appreciative audience. This was half way through a tour that had the band in complete sync. Best gig ever.

Where do you see yourself/your band in 5 years?

Boy! I have no idea! If the world doesn’t end, I’ll probably record more songs. I know for certain that I’ll be playing my Baum if I can still hold it!

Zeppelin, Beatles or Queen?

All of the above!

Your three favorite albums?

Right now?
– David Byrne: American Utopia
– The National: I am Easy To Find
– Venetian Snares X Daniel Lanois

Ever? Too many to narrow down to just 3!

Your desert island rig: 1 guitar, 1 amp, and three pedals.

Guitar? Easy: My Baum Verge, of course! Amp? Either a Benson or a Black Volt Amp!

Pedals? Montreal Assembly – Count to 5. Fairfield Circuitry – Shallow Water. Drolo FX – Stammen V3.

Which 3 songs should people listen to, to get to know you better?

1: From my EP “Down”: Track “Your Shoes”. This entire EP is written on my Baum and every guitar part on it is recorded with that.

2: from coming album “All Good Things” (Release date: Friday, September 13th):

Title track “All Good Things”

3: From the same album: “This Is The Day” featuring my good friend Bjørn Ginman playing that delicious solo!

What would you do for a living, if you did not play the guitar/write music?

Exactly what I am doing! Mastering! When I am not taking care of my daughter or playing guitar, I master music.

Where can we listen to and buy your music?

All my music is on Bandcamp and you can find it here!

You can also find my website here!

Otherwise, my Instagram feed is all about pedals and noise. Go check it out!

That’s all – thanks for reading! What can you do now? You can either listen to more music from Olav and DVR, read more blog-posts or design a custom guitar on the site. Or practice! 

Best!

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Meet the Artist | Neu Mannas (The Matchstick Skeletons)

Who is Neu Mannas?

I’m Neu Mannas (CA). I sing and play guitar for The Matchstick Skeletons.

Which Baum Guitar do you play?

I play the Leaper Tone.

Why Baum Guitars?

They’re just ridiculously good. I’d never seen anything like them before.

The Leaper Tone in particular just dropped my jaw. The design was bold but refined, subtle where it needed to be, and boisterous where it needed to be. It sounds and plays beautifully, and willingly accepts the enormous amount of abuse I throw at it on tour.

Morten made me my dream instrument and it’s been with me at every concert and studio session since.

Why do you play guitar, and when did you begin?

I came up as a bass player but when I started touring with my previous group Head of the Herd, I chose to switch over to guitar for touring. That being said, I’ve always approached the instrument with the fundamentals of bass. That led to the unique style of The Matchstick Skeletons. I play because I cannot not play. It’s how I communicate and connect with the world, but it’s quite a different language from singing/lyricism.

It’s my way to say something the words can’t.

Photo: @katherinemariecolwell

“It’s how I communicate and
connect with the world.”

Let’s have some music before we move on to the next question!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-8ql2F7LW0

How would you describe your style of music?

We love funk music, and the rhythmic elements of those tunes have had a big impact on us. That being said, we are rock n’ roll. We like to call it a James Brown/Lemmy love child.

Who were your early music influences? And have they changed today?

I grew up in a house with a lot of jazz, soul & classical music, and whole lotta divas. Whitney, Tina, and the like. But it wasn’t until I started my first band at 13 that the switch really flipped in my head. I just became obsessed with Rock n’ Roll and then funk music. There were elements of the Doors that scratched the jazz itch, but I was constantly blasting Nina Simone as loud as I was Nirvana. The love of funk has only grown. You need to see George Clinton before you die. It will change you.

Your best and/or worst moment on stage?

Ha! Fuck, well this question has brought up some hilarious memories. I’d say the worst has to be playing in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada (look where that is on a map), and having horrendous food poisoning. I hurled on stage during song 2 of a 17 song set. Kept it going, and in the break before the encore I’m in the alley losing my guts and I look over and in the car parked next to me, 2 people were getting in on. We were having very different evenings.

The best has to be the first time I was thousands of kilometers from home and a crowd knew every word to one of my songs. That’s a feeling I’ll never forget.

Where do you see yourself/your band in 5 years?

On the road. I love making records, and I love touring even more. I’m doing some film scoring which I’ll continue to do, but I want to come to tour Europe more than anything.

Neu’s Leaper Tone waiting to be strummed

Photo: Red Lenses Photography

Zeppelin, Beatles or Queen?

That’s a loaded question if I’ve ever seen one! 3 juggernauts obviously but if you’re going to make me pick, I’ve got to say Zeppelin has meant the most to me over the years.

Your three favorite albums?

Another loaded question!! haha. Fuck. That’s impossible. Here’s a batch that I’m loving right now. 1999 – Prince, Ziggy – David Bowie, St Elsewhere – Gnarls Barkley, Songs for the Deaf – QOTSA, Channel Orange – Frank Ocean, Live at Carnegie Hall – Nina Simone.

Your desert island rig: 1 guitar, 1 amp, and three pedals.

Leaper Tone, Hot Rod Deluxe, Cathedral Verb, Aquapuss delay, & Microsynth.

Which 3 songs should people listen to, to get to know you better?

The Know-How EP is 4 songs so I’d say just head there.

What would you do for a living, if you did not play the guitar/write music?

Cinematography is a big part of my life artistically so you’d find me with a camera in my hand.

Where can we listen to and buy your music?

Anywhere you stream music/iTunes. We have vinyl for sale at www.thematchstickskeletons.com as well. Better than that though, come see a show!!

Thanks for reading! What should you do now? You can either listen to more music from Neu Mannas and the Skeletons, read more blog-posts, and learn more about our artists.

Best!

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