The Amsterdam-based alternative act on leaving banter background noise in their songs, and playing Coachella. When was the moment you realised you first wanted to make music? There was a point where I figured out that I was a pretty bad talker. By choosing my words carefully and wrapping them up in songs, I felt like I had more time to think about what I had to say, and also add the right emotion to it on a musical level.
That already happened at a pretty young age. I probably was around 18 years old. Who did you grow up listening to? We have such a wide range of things we listened to while growing up. And some of the early Coldplay stuff to cry to every now and then.
How would you describe your genre? For this record we went through many different phases. We usually just stick with alternative. Nice and vague. Where do you get your inspirations from? Late nights in the studio, wine, and just bouncing ideas from one brain to another. This time around we stuck with a variety of synths that really got us into the right direction. Our Prophet 12 and Korg MS20 played a really big part in shaping the sound on this record. Playing Coachella and Zane Lowe recommending our stuff to the world is definitely high up the list of best feedback.
But as weird as it sounds, the best feedback that make it all worth is is a good hug from our parents and girlfriends. It works well a lot of the time, but it also loses the raw emotion of a song. When we are recording we plug in our microphones and synths and just start jamming out. Sometimes it happens that the first take, with the TV still on in the background and someone else talking, just captures the right emotion. Do you feel really vulnerable releasing music that is so close and personal to you?
Oh man, yes! The more you think about it, the worse that feeling gets. A record becomes a part of your life that stays with you for three years. No one gets to hear it, only the three of us. It becomes something very personal. Things that are very obvious for us might not be obvious to listeners. Like lyrics or other creative decisions. It becomes an obsession.
There is a nice European tour coming up in March. That will be the first time we are going to perform the new songs live. So we are all extremely stoked to buy a bottle of wine and play that for the very first time!
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