Adrian Skavlan is a singer-songwriter from Trondheim, Norway also known as ALLFAR, which means Father of All in Norwegian. The name is connected to the old Norse wanderer God Odin, God of war, wisdom and the runes. Adrian acts as the messenger for this icon using guitar and song as his tools.
I discovered Adrian’s music recently and decided to get to know him a little better. It is symbolic as today is the day of Odin, so there is no better opportunity to present ALLFAR.
ALLFAR describes his sound as acoustic, organic, natural, philosophical, honest and true.
Music is a highly intuitive and unconscious process. For me, a big part of it is letting myself go, as in a trance state.
What does it mean to you finally being able to share your first compilation of songs with the world?
It feels like another step, to be honest. I still feel like an apprentice, as I am. On the other side, it’s a lot of fun being able to connect with people and give meaning. The feedback I receive is of much importance to me.
How long was your journey up to this point?
Feels like it has been a lifetime. It’s all a bit blurry really. Not of work, but just getting to this point has taken time. I’ve had issues to deal with for sure. These last few years I’ve come to accept many things which have allowed me to move on.
Finish the sentence – music to me is…
Music to me is holy.
Let’s have a look at the debut EP:
“In This Moment” is a mellow song with a positive message about an outlook on life. I’m of the opinion that dwelling on negativity is time wasted. After each fall, one should always re-adjust their aim and refocus. Life happens to us all. “In This Moment” should serve as a moment of reflection in someone’s life who makes the great decision to just take the world by its bulls horns.
“Not For Me” is a song that describes personal illusions, lies, loss of friendship, but in a light that is understanding and optimistic. Seeing it all as a natural process on the way to greater understanding.
“Darkest Nights” is a song about those darkest points in our lives, where we fall so deep into the abyss we have the ability to make it a turning point. The chorus mentions the light, which represents a great many things. Consciousness, love, the divine etc. Where Dark acts as it’s polar opposite and temptress.
I guess there is a red thread running through these three songs. I’d call it The Great Work. Lighting up the darkness and making conscious choices to create a better tomorrow. I think awareness and enlightenment go hand in hand. One has to have the ability to shed light to make something appear visible.
What was your biggest influence in music?
My first clear memory of music I can think of is AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” and Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, Iron Maiden & Megadeth. A few years later Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill” struck a nerve with me. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot to Revocation, Mastodon, Lamb of God & Baroness, Cloudkicker, Neil Young, Elvis Presley & The Beatles.”
Chris Cornell probably was my favourite singer these later years. His recent death had a massive impact on me.
The year is coming to an end. What do you wish for yourself for 2018?
Growth and love. Lot’s of positive growth and expansion so I can care better for my family. I want to spend more time playing and making music. I will be keeping one eye on my son at all times, who was born just a couple of weeks ago. Watching him grow is my nothing short of fascinating.
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Release date: December 2017
Location: Trondheim, Norway
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