Q1 – Stein Akslen, please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? When and how Minneriket was born? And what does Minneriket mean to you?
A1 – Nothing special really, just a regular bureaucrat trying to make the ends meet. Luckily, since Minneriket isn’t a touring act, I can combine keeping a regular job with working extensively on the music and still have some spare time for other hobbies.
As a musical outlet, Minneriket was born out a desire to create something truly personal. Just take pieces of my heart and soul, bottle it up, drive it through the grinder and see what comes out on the other side. When you’re thinking beyond blood and flesh, what are we really made of? Memories. Experiences. Feelings. I am the sum of all my parts, and my body is a vessel to experience the external forces while at the same time it is a prison for the mind obeying the laws of both science and morality.
Minneriket became kind of an “what if”-project, pure expressionism. What if I go this way? What happens if I push this button? There’s no agenda, no ideology, not doctrines, no orthodoxy. Minneriket is the inside and the outside, the energy I’m feeding of, the logos and the pathos. If the Gerasene demoniac was Legion, then I am the Devils Gaul.