10 Fragen / 10 Antworten
1.When and why did you become a musician ?
My brother wanted to learn to play the drums, and mom said no, so he settled for the guitar. I joined in. He was 9 years old and I was 10. I started putting chords to my homemade nursery rhymes with lyrics that made no sense, and never stopped basically. Also, I was into music from a very early age. I wanted to be Joey Tempest. When I heard The Final Countdown, I knew what I wanted to do the rest of my life. Problem was, my acoustic guitar didn’t sound at all like the guitars on that album and I couldn’t figure out why.
2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?
I’m bland and derivative. With that said, I think the songs I write have a classic feel to them. It’s hard to describe, but they sound old, not in terms of the sound necessarily, but in terms of melody and chord progression, if that makes sense.
3. Who and what inspired you?
Artists such as The Railway Children, Memoryhouse, Azure Ray, Simple Minds, Benjamin Orr…
and yes, I know the lyrics to way too many tracks by Cure, Smiths, Depeche, New Order, Church, Sound, Comsat Angels, Chameleons……….. here’s an example: “With fading powers we sit for hours by a television screen. With funny cigarettes and talk for hours of the places that we’ve seen”. See? I know.
Every once in a blue moon I actually finish novel. I always find quotes that express notions and feelings I haven’t been able to really articulate myself.
4. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?
Although I’m very album-focused when it comes to releasing my own music, I’ve become the opposite when listening to music. Streaming platforms enable cherry-picking tracks from your favorite artists. When I was young I’d listen to music without attempting to multi-task. That doesn’t happen anymore. I am of the opinion that our new album is only allowed to be listened to in the car.
5. Who are your most important role models and why?
I’m a very agreeable person, so a couple of fascinating people are people who aren’t very agreeable. To me, that’s a super power. I love contrarians, people who go against the grain in terms of opinions. I’m referring to some famous comedians.
6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?
I will never understand the appeal of Instagram. As for YouTube, sometimes I’ll record an acoustic version of one of our songs and upload it. Personally, I’m horrible at marketing my music. Thankfully, I have band mates who aren’t as grumpy, and I have a good relationship with Aenaos Records, who releases the music. I’m very thankful for that. I guess I’m not interested in the visual and marketing aspect of making music.
7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?
Yes, I work as a course developer and coordinator.
8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?
I think it was The Goo Goo Dolls in Sweden 1999. John Rzeznik had a cowboy hat on. I love their 90’s material. Also, when my niece started crying because I wouldn’t let her borrow my phone. Crocodile tears.
9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?
Jeff Goldblum, please!
10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?
I want my life to be exactly the same, i.e. having my family and friends by my side. I’m quite content with my boring life.
On the current situation: How do you deal with the Corona Pandemic? How do you take advantage of the difficult time?
I’m very grateful that none of my closest friends or family members have suffered any serious complications from the virus.
I actually recorded vocals for a couple of tracks for Heart’s Racing when I suspected I had the virus. I hope it’s not contagious the way it works in the movie Ringu. I went to do an antibody test (is that the right term?) two days ago. However, my body refused to part with any blood.