10 Fragen / 10 Antworten
Answered by Mikkel B. Jakobsen, guitarist/bassist/singer
1. When and why did you become a musician
I am not sure exactly when I became a musician. There was not an actual point in time where that happened. Maybe when I was in my teens and was playing death metal as a drummer. Or when I started playing enough shows to call it more than just a hobby. I’ve always liked to create and play music. And since we started touring with The Foreign Resort I fell in love with life on the road and meeting new people out there in the world. And of course we all have our egos that need to be supported. But the main drive is the creative element and interacting with people – audience, other bands, staff at the venues etc.
2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?
I would say our energy on stage in our most powerful feature. Lots of bands have that too, but that’s what people tell us they like about us. German press also call us “die sympathischen Dänen” People compliment my voice, Morten’s drumming and Steffan’s headbanging and smile when we’re playing our dark (düstere) music, which many people out there like as well.
3. Who and what inspired you??
We’re inspired by the music and the musicians we meet when touring or in our general work with music. If we’re playing at a festival or club with bands we don’t know, we try to give them a listen. There is always something new to discover and if we find something interesting there’s a possibility that we will incorporate those elements in our music. The list is long and keeps growing. Some of the bands that inspired us are André Obin, New Canyons, A Place to Bury Strangers, Creux Lies, Trentemøller, Melted Mirror, The Raveonettes, The Soft Moon, Weekend (from San Francisco) and finally Then Comes Silence who inspired us to wear more makeup.
5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?
I’m not sure what people like about our music or how they listen to it. The energy and the dark moods and emotions? I don’t know. I like to listen to music when driving. In fact, I prefer music that reminds me of driving – driving at night. Music while being transported, driving, being driven or even riding the bicycle, is the best.
4. Who are your most important role models and why?
I got inspired by The Raveonettes after touring with them, now almost 10 years ago. Their way of shrinking their setup and only brining the essentials on tour taught us to downsize our production on the road and enabled us to tour in a Skoda Octavia – 4 people + all the equipment. Keep it light and easy and you’ll have less trouble, which means you can tour more!
Other role models are many of the American bands we have shared the stage with. Their approach to meeting the audience, both before, during and after the show has been a huge inspiration to how to make the most of touring. So much that I got addicted to going out there and meeting people.
6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?
I think social media plays a big role. I’m not a super fan of it, especially because the noise out there is becoming louder and louder and the quality and relevance of things being posted has dropped and keeps dropping. In my humble opinion people should post less and keep things more interesting. That said, no one visits regular websites anymore, so if we want to reach people, we have to go through social media. During the current pandemic we have not been posting a lot, simply because there was nothing new to tell people out there. But once we were getting ready for the Gothicat festival, we backed it up with videos, photos and posts, which I would classify as relevant content. Fortunately, Germany is a bit old school and the number of people attending our shows is always twice as high as Facebook tells us it will be. In Denmark it is the opposite. So, in Germany good old word of mouth, flyers and posters make a difference. We will however still be posting ridiculous photos of us drinking beers and being hung over in weird locations.
7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?
8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?
We all have day jobs next to the music. Mikkel is teaching Danish to foreigners, Steffan is a truck driver and Morten just started a healing business. Our fourth member, Henrik, who you saw at Gothicat, is a graphic designer.
Of our own performances, I would say WGT 2019 or our last show so far in 2020 at Baracke 5 in Cologne in January. It is hard to say which one is the best. Over the past 2-3 years, pretty much all our shows have been fantastic experiences! Hopefully for the audience too.
Other bands? I loved seeing Creux Lies in California in April 2019, at WGT 2019 and a week later in Copenhagen. Outstanding live band with a great energy and amazing songs!
9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?
10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?
Hmm, I don’t know. I never remember actors’ names. I seriously tried to think of someone for a while, but I can’t come up with anyone. Sorry.
I would like to keep on playing music on the level we’re at now – or at the next level. I would also like the world to become a better place with less hatred and division, which means no Trump, no Boris Johnson, no AfD. Also fewer conspiracy theorists, like the ones making a bad situation worse right now by demonstrating and exposing others to infection in the name of freedom all while our countries are doing everything they can to reopen. We need to take better care of each other and the earth. I know that’s a hippie thing to say, but that’s my honest opinion and wishes for the future.