Experimental Norwegian artist Jenny Hval follows up her 2015 breakthrough album ‘Apocalypse, girl’ this month, with a record that explores female vampires and menstruation. In turn, ‘Bitch Blood’ is her most fictional and autobiographical. Here, she completes our Getting To Know You questionnaire.
The best piece of advice you’ve been given
Produce it yourself.
Your favourite word
‘Myrull’ (Norwegian for cottongrass).
If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…
The worst job you’ve had
I got a job once in telemarketing selling rare coins. I was hired by a man who said the customers were older men and liked young women’s voices. He had no front teeth. I never even showed up.
The film or TV show you can quote the most of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All 7 seasons.
Your favourite place in the world
Arizona, for its little fluffy clouds.
Your style icon
Jordan, from 1978 cult film Jubilee, directed by Derek Jarman.
The one song you wished you’d written
‘Hearts and Bones’ by Paul Simon. But I never could.
The most famous person you’ve met
I stood next to Björk. I didn’t say anything because I’m too shy, but all the pores of my skin were leaning towards her.
The thing you’d rescue from a burning building
The worst date you’ve been on
The ones I didn’t know were dates until I realised I had to run away.
Your guilty pleasure
FlightRadar24. GRWM videos on YouTube.
Your first big extravagance
I bought a really expensive guitar once, then panicked and had to return it, which was horrible. Afterwards I stood outside the shop and cried. But eventually I found a much cheaper and much better sounding guitar.
The worst present you’ve received
The characteristic you most like about yourself
Your hidden talent
Your favourite item of clothing
Things that are not mine.
Your biggest disappointment
The celebrity that pissed you off the most even though you’ve never met them
Lars Ulrich. I feel like he is in every single music documentary I see, haunting me like an annoying ghost with a Danish accent. Always saying the same stupid things (there seems to be only three people appearing in music documentaries. Lars Ulrich, David Fricke, and Dave Grohl).
Your biggest fear
I can’t decide between [2014 horror film] It Follows and neoliberalism.
The best book in the world
I LOVE DICK.
People’s biggest misconception about yourself
That my hair has something to do with it.
Who would play you in a film of your life?
The bigger and much more interesting question is who would direct it?
What is success to you?
Making people cry.
What talent do you wish you had?
How would you choose to die?
What is the most overrated thing in the world?
The trickle-down theory.
What, if anything, would you change about your physical appearance?
What’s your biggest turn-off?
[The Rebecca Solnit essay] Men Explain Things To Me.
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
It’s not just you, those guitar solos ARE stupid.
Your best piece of advice for others
Value your doubts. Also: never ever listen to the dude in the music shop.