Last month I got the idea to interview and photograph Jakob Jørgensen, the bass player from the Danish rock band Psyched Up Janis.
The first concert I ever went to, at age 12, was with this band. I saw them a dozen or more times between '95 and '99, the year they broke up. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Sune Wagner went on to form The Raveonettes with whom he gained some of that international acclaim he unfortunately didn't get with Psyched Up Janis.
In the last couple of years of their existence, I co-webmastered their official website along with my brother. They are still one of my very favorite bands - and definitely my favorite Danish band.
In 2009, they re-united for a short stint of four shows, out of which I saw two. Since then I've kept on listening to them every now and then. But then I started following the sole fan page on Facebook, and then I was asked to be the co-admin of that page.
Suddenly Psyched Up Janis was a lot more on my mind than they had been for quite a while.
To contribute properly to the fan page, I thought I'd produce something specifically intended for the many long time fans of the band. It had been 14 years since I'd last spoken to Jakob, but he was all for it when I wrote him and suggested doing an in-depth interview - one that would allow him to give his side of the Psyched Up Janis story.
The interview went as well as any I'd ever made, and the whole thing was published over the course of three days. And on the third day, Psyched Up Janis rose again. Another reunion tour - marking the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album Swell next year - was announced.
Upon suggesting the interview, I had no clue a tour was in the works. And upon making the decision about publishing it over the course of three days, I had no clue the tour would be announced on that third day.
Needless to say, I'm stoked to be seeing Psyched Up Janis live yet again, at least twice, hopefully three or four or more times, in 2014.
Read the interview here.