It’s hard to believe, but today – April 30th 2013 – it’s been 20 years since the most faithful and life changing night of my life as a musician.
After 5 years of struggling in a tiny garage in the suburbs of Copenhagen, the three of us: Martin Nielsen (bass), Søren Friis (Drums) and myself (guitar) finally felt we had found OUR sound. A sound good enough to compete with whatever else was out there on the danish rock scene in the early 90’s. All we needed was a singer. Me? I was going to concentrate on writing the songs and playing the guitar – I didn’t want to sing!? But as it turned out, lead singers were hard to come by and so I had to do the job until something better would come along – after all, the annual national ‘Battle Of The Bands 1993’ (DM i Rock 93) was coming up.
Actually, we didn’t even plan on entering the competition that year at all, as we had gone all the way to the final the 2 previous years – without winning. At the age of only 18, 18 and 19, we didn’t know ANYTHING about anything, but STILL had this theory that ‘competitions wasn’t the cool way to break a band’. Luckily we were talked into entering anyway by a close friend (thanks Sonni!) and the rest is pretty much history.
On the night of April 30th 1993 at the legendary Montmartre-venue in Copenhagen, a jury of 10 people – all related to the danish music scene – decided to make our band, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, the winning band, in front of 9 other amazing (and much older) bands: Tom Lindby Band, Fools Parsley, Odd Gallery, The Amp, The Law, Jane Doe and Inside The Whale (featuring my future collaborates and best friends: Lars Skjærbæk and Marcus Winther-John). Impotators came in third and in second place came the band that now have had the longest career of them all (as a band), Kashmir. All power to them!
This sound clip is a transfer from a cassette recording that I did of a radio broadcasting called ROCKLAND by Danish Radio’s P3. Originally broadcasted a few days after the DM i ROCK 93-final, this is an on-location coverage of that faithful night, including backstage interviews with some of the bands and listening in as the judges try to decide on a winner. The broadcasting also includes bits of some of the actual live performances from the big night (incl. DML) AND one of the very first interviews with (a VERY shy and VERY young) Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, done a few days later. Enjoy 🙂
Very little info on the actual broadcast exists and I can hardly read what’s handwritten on the cover of the cassette, but I DO remember the people involved. Credit goes to: Anders Dohn, Jan Laursen and Palle Steffensen.
Also huge credit to the creator and brain behind the whole concept of ‘DM i ROCK’, Rasmus Nøhr (now a famous danish singer in his own right).
At last, I have to give a shout out to my buddies Mikael Huwendick, Thomas Larsen, Sonni Steffensen and of course Martin and Søren for being such a big and important part of my life.