Professional air guitarists needed for movie and also to save the world
2009 National Finalist THE FRO (Chris Harden) wants to recruit you for an epic music video project. And he’s teamed up with former World Champion HOT LIXX HULAHAN (Craig Billmeier) to set the film’s score.
Send an email or facebook note to The Fro telling him you got some cool moves you want to show off. If your video is already online, send him a link. He can grab YouTube vids. You can send him a DVD - whatever. He’ll tell you all you need to know, and we’ll figure out how to get your vid.
For more info, mosey on over to this site. Of course, Fro asks but one question of all participants.
I don’t know about ya’ll, but I absolutely LOVE breaking into Bjorn or Hot Lixx’s e-mail and finding gems like this, inked by the 2011 US Air Guitar champion himself, Mr. Nordic Thunder. Are you ready to get Nordicy?
You guys, I don’t know where to start. Strap yourself in. I tend to be long winded, get all sorts of Nordicy, and have shitty grammar. Chelsie and I both had the times of our lives, and this trip will be one that will stay with us both until we are maggot food below a pile of dirt. Or turned to ash and smoked out of some tree loving human’s pipe. Does that make sense? Of course it doesn’t.
We met Hot Lixx at the airport in Chicago and found out we were leaving on the same flight which was a nice start to the trip! Once we landed in Helsinki Hot Lixx ventured onto Oulu and Chelsie and I had a 6 hour lay over. We could immediately tell we were not in the United States because of how incredibly NICE everyone was to us. You would think the funny money and weird letters on the wall would have given this away, but no. It was the people. A nice man who works for Norwegian Air (THE Nordic way to fly) kindly gave us directions into Helsinki VIA the bus, so we ventured out into the unknown for the first time. We didn’t quite make it to Helsinki but stopped in a small suburb along the way. If you’ve been to my house you know we collect useless junk and decorate our walls with it. I have a keen eye for thrift stores and riding in a bus down a foreign road in a place I’ve never been, my instincts kicked in. I had no clue where we were but I spotted a thrift store and soon we were on the hunt for junk (or “treasure” as we like to call it). Chelsie bought a little cup with boobs on it that jiggle around, and I was going to buy a sword but thought customs might have a problem with that. We then went to a bar and had our first Finnish alcoholic beverages. We drank a beer called Karjala, and each had a shot of what the waitress told us was a “REAL Finnish drink!”. She for some reason knew we were foreigners and thought she’d show us the ropes. She set a shot down in front of us that looked like oil, and smelled something fierce. She said we’d either love it or hate it. Chelsie hated it, I pretended to “like it” but in all honesty it’s not my favorite thing in the world. I would quickly discover though that, Salmiakki is a VERY popular drink/candy/EVERYTHING in Finland. We ventured back to the airport shortly after with a nice buzz and hopped our plane to Oulu …
This just squirted out of the mojo, penned by Hot Lixx Hulahan (Craig Billmeier), who was hired by AGWC to serve as their senior executive diplomatic attaché in Finland.
We’re just tying off our last night here in Oulu and it is as emotional as any last dance at junior high summer camp, and just as mature. The dust has settled and a new (non-male, non-French) champion has been crowned, one of which we can all be proud. She is not a random Katja-come-lately actor/dancer/comedian/dare-acceptor who treats her recent wins as a meaningless fluke, she is a bona fide music nerd and a scholar to boot. She is currently finishing up her thesis on, yup…air guitar. She’s the real deal, she’s friendly, and she’s a creative performer. Mütze glatze to her.*
Nordic sustained several new injuries while waving an American flag.
In 2009, when an air guitar-related back surgery put Nordic Thunder on the DL, he sent out a series of emails to the USAG family. They were long-winded and overwrought with sentiment. You practically had to wipe spilled Boones Farm off the keyboard as you read them. The term “getting allNordic” was thus introduced to describe a very dude-like outpouring of emotions, not unlike the stage of inebriation that is all hugs and love and weepy declarations of promise and passion.
In 2011, post Nationals/pre-World’s, these emails resumed fast and furious. A six-year journey finally landed Nordic at the pinnacle position within the competitive U.S. hierarchy, so what else is he going to do but get all Nordic on us? And who can blame him? As soon as the last traveling air guitarist cleared out from under his kitchen table, Nordic was on a plane to LA to be on national television. It seemed his every waking moment was being spent interviewed for every major TV and radio network in the country. His performance got nearly 50,000 hits on youtube in its first days. He became a spokesperson for an Anti-Polio campaign. Realizing that you are taking the hopes, dreams, and sauna-based fears of the US Air Guitar community across the world to compete internationally … well, it is easy to understand how that can influence a person’s emotions and enthusiasm. Plus, it seemed the entire USAG clan were getting all Nordic on Nordic himself with their unrelenting phone calls, emails, and gifts. This of course made Nordic get even more Nordic, and so on.
Nordic Thunder and the children who love him.
I, personally, fret much more over what kind of ambassador our national finalist will be rather than how well they will score in the global competition. To begin with, we all know how erratic and unpredictable judges can be so to base the quality of your experience solely on that would be naïve. Plus, this is an event whose prime purpose is inspiring world peace, and so it is our responsibility as a nation to put our friendliest foot forward and contribute to that cause. We have been fortunate enough to have a strong history in making friends on the world stage despite any global opinion of us outside of air guitar, but I don’t think anyone has ever left as strong and emotional impression on the AGWC as our boy did this past week. Biased hyperbole? Perhaps. But was everyone crying when Nordic went home? You betcha (but no one more so than Nordic himself).
We arrived in Oulu on Tuesday night, at which time Nordic got the only sleep he would get all week. For the next six days he was the first one to show up for every meeting/meal/party/adventure and the last one to leave, and he could always be spotted fraternizing with someone – and not just the air guitar community; it was not uncommon for him to be surrounded by little kids taking his picture or showing up to a bar (or “meeting”) with a new drunk metalhead he had befriended on the way from point A to point B. He was somehow always everywhere, socializing and taking in some new piece of Finnish culture. (Although, he did disappear for a few hours on our last day which was unusual. Turns out he was invited to the family house of the event’s soundman to eat reindeer meat in his home sauna. The soundman!)Nordic rolled deep and I’m not sure any one person could have absorbed any more culture in such a short time. His photo album is as thick as the Oulu phone book, and nearly as thorough. To quote facebook: Justin is now friends with Tapani Launonen and Aki Latvamäki and 35 others.
Oh, and to top it all off he got 2nd place. In the world.
So, if I may get all Nordic for a moment, I would like us all to share in our excitement for Nordic and his success this season. It took him many years and numerous physical obstacles to reach the level where he is at, and so few people are more deserving of the glory and reverence shining down on him right now. Well done, Nordic, ya done good.
Nordic and the new German Champion, DEVIL’S NIECE.
Hanna Jakku and Susanna Kyllönen, the heart and soul of AGWC.
Lil’ Angus, the future of AGWC.
Nordic Thunder and Dark Horse champion Cannonball Mavin.
* Literal German translation, “Hats off”. (In German colloquial, “To masturbate.”)