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.
Early, I picked up tunes from the radio and sang along with a clear and honest voice. Then punk gave me the courage to make songs and perform in bands. These days I enjoy solitude, reflection and to have control over the creative process as I often get lost with others. In spite of this I look forward to play with a band together someday with the forthcoming album release after the corona blast.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
During the past year, I have begun to doubt humanity’s ability to do good and survive. Only two percent of everyone who ever lived is alive now. And this minority does not seem to cope very well. Some of us are more dead than the buried ones. I often have dead people around me, I reason with them and try to learn, sometimes they only piggyback on our relation and want my company. It’s very confusing.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Today I am inspired by my inner child, Greta Thunberg and the environment movement, hospital and church yard workers, the bonobo monkey and growing things. In my boy room you could listen to David Bowie, Joy Division and other unmentionable stuff. My mother inspired me to read, my father to chill and make jokes. Johan Nordbeck, a poet, offered me a place in the neighbourhood crowd. My grandfather had time and encouraging eyes.
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?
There is no striking difference but my voice and maybe some personal variations in composing and arranging. I am a grateful member of a long tradition. Me and producer Jon Bordon strive to belong to this tradition but also create sound ambiguity and soulful ambience.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell
Hatful of Hollow, the Smiths
Bloom, Beach House
Albert Camus, L’Étranger
Voyage au bout de la nuit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Elizabeth Smart
Santa Sangre, Alejandro Jodorowsky
L’eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni
Stalker, Andrej Tarkovskij
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Most often, I prefer studio as it gives me control and truth. Playing live is a struggle, but sometimes fun and a bigger than life experience.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I’m proud of my first single All the children, for the composition, lyrics and my boastful guitar sound. I thought after making this song, why continue? But it was too much fun. The next song No plan plan, is also an undiscovered gem.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I will keep on making songs and hopefully play live once in a while. I want to expand my musical expression, involving other genres, we’ll see. I had this jazz guy playing on one of my tunes. It was unpredictable and exciting. The feeling of falling …
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
I am trying really hard to find and express a possible position in the world. But I need company.
Photo Credits: Andy Allen-Olivar
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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