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.
There are 3 parts to this question so splitting them up
I played guitar in a couple of indie bands in the 90s (Doopy & Mikado)
This was before everybody had a PC to record their music on, so we had to go to a proper studio to record.
And the format we were used to was drums, guitars, bass and vocals. One day one of my band mates (Jon Kristian) played me a tape of his project Safariari that was music he had made home on his computer only using samples and midi instruments, and it sounded out if this world to me, this was my first meeting with home made PC production. He also introduced me to Japanese artist called Cornelius that released and album called Fantasma. That album literary blew my mind. So from here i started to compose my own music and save up money for my own computer)
Back then (late 90s) I also had a some friends in a Hip Hop group called “pen Jakke” (Norway’s first Norwegian rapping group) that had a studio near me and i hung around them allot in hope of getting my music recorded. One day I was there i started playing around with a little Casio keyboard and i thought hm, this keyboard has drums and everything i need so i «borrowed» it and i started playing around with a tape recorder i had at home And from there i prepared the elements for my first 2 recordings, and decided i wanted a band called Remington super 60.
And i also started my lifelong obsession with collecting small Casio & Yamaha keyboards.
I still could-tn afford a PC but the first singer in Remington super 60 Benedicte had a boyfriend with a computer and recording software so i brought my two «prepared» Casio songs to them and recorded my first two songs Lost kid & Give to you using a Casio Sa-1 keyboard and acoustic guitar this was in late 98.
I sent these two songs to 3 labels and all responded and it ended up with my first “7 on the Norwegian label Myke Droner and also an EP in Japan on the label Automatic kiss records.
And then finally i could afford my own computer and i just started recording and releasing music and have done so ever since.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our latest release “New EP” is something i have spent the last year recording, it was recorded in my living-room here in Fredrikstad where we live. It is a nod to my old sound but i also think it has taken Remington super 60 into newer direction. In the early days we were labeled Casio pop by the media but now they apparently call it dream pop which i think is very fitting. It is released on my own label Cafe Superstar recordings but i also licensed it to Slovakian Cassette label called Z Tapes.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I Have been a big music collector most of my life and have so many artists ranging from famous to obscure that are dear and inspirational for me but I will try to answer as best as i can.
I don`t think Remington super 60 would have existed if it wasn’t for the inspiration the artists below have given me in my life
Classic artists: The Beach boys, The Kinks, Burt Bacharach & Paul McCartney
Newer artists; Cornelius, Yo La Tengo, The High Llamas, Eggstone, The Lemonheads & Safariari.
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?
Music is always difficult to describe, although there are other bands in the same genre as us. I do feel we have our own sound. I think people that know of our music can say that is Remington super 60 when they hear something new from us. Lately we have been labeled Dream pop, someone even wrote that we sounded like Enya doing twee which i kinda liked hehe.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
This is a hard question
I wouldn’t be able to live comfortably sipping on a coconut on a desert island without the Cornelius album Fantasma, and I need my daily dose of the Beach boys, right now my favorite is the Friends album.
And then in the sunset i would put on the Burt Bacharach album “Make it easy on yourself”
Assuming i also brought a TV with sun-panels for electricity I am going to be so childish to say this Star wars episode IV,V & VI of course!
I mostly read biographies but i would probably bring The Neverending story by Michael Ende as it was my favorite book as a kid and i always discovered new elements in that story. If i had to bring any of the biographies i would say “Big day coming, Yo La Tengo and the rice of indie rock” by Jesse Jarnow and Paul McCartney “The life” by Philip Norman very interesting artists and reads.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Since I am what most people would call a bedroom producer (although I record in my living-room) I would haft to say the studio. That is where the magic happens for me. But we have played allot of shows over the years and i still enjoy that, especially when we have new material to play.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Well maybe not a funny story but quite unique i would say.
My first label was called Cafe 2001 (A record company) and we were active 2000 – 2004.
As mentioned earlier one of my early inspirations was my friend Jon Kristians project Safariari.
I released his first album and it was entitled “Save New York” after a Commodore 64 game he loved
and on the cover a butterfly was near the twin towers. We released it the day before 9/11 ! Extremely strange coincident but we of course had to withdraw it. It was then licences to another label under the name Zeebra Knights with new artwork (my all time favorite Norwegian release)
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
The song i am most satisfied with over all the years is a song from my first full album “Pling 2001” released in 2000 on the Italian label S.H.A.D.O records called “You used to be my baby pt.2”.
At this point in time I was on a big creative peak and i feel that song represent that allot, i didn’t quite know what i was doing cause i just started recording and i guess it sounds a bit Lo-Fi compared to my new stuff but i am really proud of that song.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I feel i have gotten some new inspiration back after the release of our new EP so my plans is to continue to record and release music as that is all I can think about right now.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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