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.
We started playing music at an early age. I took a shot at the trumpet and Stefan tried the piano. Maybe it wasn’t a success, but atleast it got us on the right track. After that we’ve always stuck together. It might sound cheesy but we never get tired of the process of writing new songs even if it sometimes fills us with great anxiety. The feeling when it all works out is unbeatable.
In Årstaberg, a Stockholm suburb, on a demolition lease we started writing music for Oxen. That studio meant a lot to us because it was both our music sanctuary and a place to just hang around and play foosball all day and think about nothing.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Right after the release of album ‘Postpone and Forget’ we wrote a bunch of songs and in the beginning of 2019 we started to record some, Matrix Moves didn’t really fit in anywhere but still felt too good to just scrap. It’s just a quirky, standalone single and won’t appear on the new album.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We’re not in a place where we think that what we’re doing is super unique. Our main focus has not been to imitate the sound of a specific era or band but rather to create well written songs. Although, lately we’ve been trying to change our mindset a bit, to let go of our old “perfectionism”. We’re already in the making of songs for future releases and we think the sound will differ quite a lot from this single and the album before, feels like we have a clearer vision with the new stuff. If that’s a good thing or a bad thing we have no idea.
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?
I am definitely absorbing styles and sounds from other artists from years of listening to the hip-hop greats to the modern connoisseurs of vibe. I’d like to think I have a unique blend of street and club – is champagne disco hip-hop a genre? Has any artist done Maverick Holiday yet? I just want to do me. I want to get vulnerable to show that we all share similar human experiences, fears and desires. I also wanna stand as testament to the happy broke artist who didn’t put what they love doing behind getting a career for money, embracing the fears that are involved in that and breaking through people’s expectations of me and the ones I have of myself.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
The Stone Roses self titled album from 1989
The strokes come down machine
Whitney – light upon the lake
The Intouchables 2011
All seasons of Sopranos
Smala Sussie – a Swedish movie
Any book by Gillian Flynn
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We consider ourselves a live band but really enjoy being in a studio bubble, where music is the only thing that matters. That sounded extremely pretentious.
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?
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Going for a short tour in Germany in September. After that we will hit the studio again. Looking forward to that a lot!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
What would you guys rather want to be the world champion of, gardening or rollerblades?
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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