Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Bernhoft


Bernhoft is an internationally touring Norwegian artist who has been wowing live and TV audiences around the world with his unique "one man band" act. He's appeared on the Ellen Show. Check out the videos below for a taste of his act and come see him live November 27 to see it in person! Get tickets here.

Where and when was your first show?

My first ever solo show was in a tiny venue in my home town Oslo, Norway. It was packed (with about 70 people) and my brother was in there filming with a handheld camera. Now, I'm not generally prone to nervousness, but I was trembling here, and upon zooming in my brother saw my hands shaking. He's a very sensitive guy, so he got the sympathy shakes! The footage was useless, but the gig was cool.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

Sly and the family Stone, without a doubt. That band changed the whole picture.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

I generally have to stay sober while playing, too much stuff going on at the same time to throw booze in there. But there was one time I was to do just one song, and the venue was right next door to this magnificent restaurant I had wanted to check out for a long time. So I brought some friends along, and the wine these guys serve is just out the perimeter. It's just soo nice, so by the time I'm to go on, I'm a bit beside myself. Literally, that's how it felt like playing; like I sat next to myself, yelling at the performing me how shit I was. I probably was a bit shit too.

Favorite Food:

Leave it to the pros; go to a nice place and let them choose their favorite. It opens your mind.

Favorite Drink:

Other than the same answer as above, you can't go wrong with a gin and tonic. It even cures jetlag.

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

I would have to play myself. There's a budding actor in here that needs to come out. However I'm too old or dead, I hope someone young and extremely good looking is up for the job.

What two words would best describe your music?

Chocolate and gravel.