We asked Terje about the video, its relationship to director Kristoffer Borgli's short film Whateverest, Johansen's dance moves, and generally resisted the urge to inquire as to the similarity between the video and the everyday life of the average Norse dance music enthusiast.
Who came up with the video concept?
Kristoffer Borgli, a very talented director from Oslo, approached me a few months ago with a complete concept about the character and the story.
Where did the idea come from?
Marius from the movie, who's an old friend of Kristoffer, has a quite unique way of dancing to music. Unlike most people in a club who just move their weight from one foot to the other about two times per second, he's developed a collection of his own dance moves. Kristoffer told me he got the idea from watching him in a club dancing to -- guess which tune? Yes, "Inspector Norse."
What is the relationship between the video and Kristoffer Borgli's short Whateverest?
Whateverest is the short film they shot first, the music video came out of it. Kristoffer has made some real innovative music videos lately, but as he wanted more freedom in his narratives, he decided short films were a better format. I'd say Whateverest is a pretty good result.
Where did the Inspector Norse character/title come from in the first place?
Ever heard of Inspector Morse? He's Morse, I'm norse.
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