What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I’ve played music my whole life. I started with violin when I was like ten, then I just jumped back and forth between drums, guitar, bass and piano when I got older.
I think that’s why “Childmind” has become what it is. I like recording with a full band, of course, but childmind is my solo-project and (for now) I wanna keep it like that. Recording and writing everything myself is challenging, but it also keeps me pushing myself.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Moon Day” is the only instrumental track on the album. It’s one of my “older songs” but still one of my favorites. It’s an easy to get into-song, decent length and doesn’t involve any odd time-signatures haha! So I try to look at this song when I wanna create something similar.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Wow euhm.. Okey so. First of: my son. My son is my biggest influence to everything. He doesn’t really do anything more than existing in my life but still makes me feel this happiness and creativity in my song-writing.
Music-wise I would say king gizzard, MF DOOM and Ty Segall. Ohh and UMO, David Bowie, and Arthur Verocai.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
This question is really hard. But this debut might cover my answer quite literally: it’s psychedelic rock with a lot of different turns. Hopefully, there’s a song for everyone. And a lot of people say they get that “60s sound” after their listen, which I just go with.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Album: MM…FOOD – MF DOOM
My favorite hip hop album of all time. I like every song, skit and sample on this album so much, I’ve started to listen to the original sample-songs equally as much as I listen to the album haha!
Movie: Slacker (1991). I think I have movies that I prefer more, but I chose this just because it would be funny to reminisce the 90s while being deserted in the middle of nowhere.
Book: George Orwell – 1984.
Probably an “of course he took THAT book” for some but hey, it’s a good book. Read it when I was young and I think it still holds. And my favorite Bowie-album is based on this book.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Playing live. Like I love recording in different forms and constellations, but in the end I have a feeling inside of me that says that playing live will always be a little bit more fun than recording.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Hmm.. not really. I played with Froth once. Really nice dudes. Winded up in their van and drank whiskey to like 6 am, in like February. Not a crazy story but they where hella fun to hang with.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I like “Crystal” a little bit more. It’s acoustic setting with a repetitive riff really does it for me.
But mainly because I like how it turned out in the end. I had this totally different idea for it in the beginning but Martin (my friend that I record with) came with some input and the rest is history. You could say I’m proud of how it became haha!
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Sure, I’m already planning on album two. The songs will be recorded ASAP but that doesn’t really say when. It will have a more “consistent” sound and backstory. The working title is “Hello Apocalypse”. That’s all I’m gonna say.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Not really! I thought the questions covered the most! I really enjoyed this interview and hope we can have a chat again once more.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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