Alexander Rybak – Turned down reality TV

The artist and musician, Alexander Rybak, has released a new single from his upcoming CD, audio book and children’s book called “Trolle and the Magic Fiddle”, where he uses a combination of classical music and pop music.


Source: Dagsavisen 13.06.2015   Author: Espen Hågensen Rusdal. Photo: NTB Scanpix, Cappelen Damm English translation by Jorunn Ekre, revision by Bita.

Children’s book? Explain. How come a children’s book?

I’ve never made anything in Norwegian before. It began with the music because that’s my expertise. Initially, I wanted to write a script for a musical, and I had some ideas for the songs, but then I realized that by the time that musical would be released I would probably be enthusiastic about another project. It was important to me to begin as soon as possible, so I created a musical universe about a troll who’s named Trolle. It was originally just a sound, meaning music and audio book, then someone suggested that it could become a nice book. It will be out in September, and inside the book there’s both an audio book and songs included. My audience still has their inner child. In addition, I have a big family audience. I have noticed that people of all ages come to my concerts.

Is this a comeback? Where do you go when you’re not in the spotlight?

I feel that I’m in a sort of everlasting comeback. No, I don’t think about that. Having said that, I have purposely kept away from food programs, various reality shows and red carpets here in Norway. Since I have such an important project regarding Trolle, I don’t want to use up the momentum. But recently I was in Texas to perform a concert, I played for 15 000 people in Romania, and I was in a TV show in Russia where we dressed up as various artists. I’ve taken it slow in Norway.

What’s the pop star life nowadays? Can you walk down the street in peace, for instance?

I understand that I have eyebrows which are easy to recognize. But I don’t complain. Being recognized is, after all, a part of the dream of becoming a famous musician. May 17th is one of my favorites days because on that day you walk slowly and stand in lines, and then I can’t just pass by those who want to say hello. I think that after this book I would need to wear a bunad (national costume) next year.

Which book has had the biggest impact?

It’s “Til musikken” (To The Music) by Ketil Bjørnstad. That was one of my big sources of inspiration for Trolle, as well.

What makes you happy?

Material things, but they mean nothing if you can’t share it with someone. FIFA15 is fun, but you need someone to compete against.

Who was your childhood hero?

Well, Dennis Storhøi? He is in the audio book too as a narrator. Stig-Werner Moe is the bad guy, while Anders Baasmo Christiansen is the mayor. And I’m voicing as Trolle. Dennis Storhøi is both a hero and a good friend.

What do you dislike the most about yourself?

I can’t say no to anything. Even though I notice I can stay away from red carpets.

What do you when you “let your hair down”?

I go out on town without thinking about the fact that I’m a celebrity and dance with everyone within a mile.

Who would you like to be stuck with in an elevator?

Right now two girls are passing by here. I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with them.

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