Artist of the week

Friday, March 8, 2013

Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds

-Hi Shout Out Louds! Let's start with the name of the band, why did you choose this pseudonym?

 That's way too personal, next question!

-Why do you make music and what does it mean for you?
It changed our lifes, we grew up with this band. My entire adult life, the past 12 years. 

Don't know where I'd be without it. I love music.

-A new album ("Optica") is about to be released, is there a link between it and you last one ("Work")? 

Well, they contradict eachother. 
Work was very much a black and white album. 
OPTICA is all about colour and light.

-Many reviewers talk about "Work" as a turning point for your sound, but I think it's more a return to the roots. What do you think about it?
Yes, you're right. WORK is about the five of us playing together, taking away everything else. 

Us, rediscovering the foundations of the band. 

-If it was up to you, how would you define your sound?

Melodic, melancholic and mostly up-beat.

-Talking about the compositions of your songs: how and where they born? Do you have a favorite one?
Blue Ice

Usually Me and Adam create music bits and pieces together and then later, present them to the the band and everybody adds on their part.

-You have recently released the single "Blue Ice": a record actually made of ice. Wanna talk us about this initiative?

I go iceskating with my dad during winter. Here's a link
and so we have a special relation to ice. The idea of listening to frozen water felt too exciting to miss out on.

-What genres and artists influenced your music the most?

Influences comes from various places, art/music/photography/everyday life etc. I'm gonna name a few so here we go: Guy Bourdain, Yo la Tengo, Sebastien Tellier, Sophie Calle.

-You come from Stockholm, Sweden. What do you think about the music coming from your country and how how do you see yourself in relation to them?

I think Stockholm has a good scene. Many great acts in various genres, always pushing things forward.

-What's your favorite artist and song?

Suicide – Dream Baby Dream

-I have to tell you, your song "Very Loud" is one of my favorites of all time. What's the story behind it?

Escapism. Dreams. And the power of creating something together.

-Who do you think are the most relevant musicians nowadays and who are you listening to the most?

Shout Out Louds
Kindness, Forest, Taken by Trees.

-How much does the live element matter in your music? You have toured with awesome artists such as Strokes, Kings of Leon, The Magic Numbers etc.. Wanna talk us about this experiences?

Playing live is sucha fantastic medium. It's all taking place there and then. 
It's a fragile but important part of being a band.

-A new tour is about to start: there is one place in particular that you can not wait to reach?

Paris. Lots of friends there.

-If you could pick an artist or a band to play with on a stage, who would you choose?

The artist James Turrell, he does wonders with light & colour.
His work would make any show magic - for any band.

-What do you think about the music industry nowadays? Wanna talk us about your experience with the labels? And what would you say to all the young bands looking for a record deal?
Call me.

-What is the message that you'd like to express to the people who listen to your music and what would you like to say to your fans?

Explore all things.

-What is your favorite book and movie?

I saw the film Amour not too long ago. I liked it lots.

-How and where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Cycling Mont Ventoux with Yves Montand in my headphones.

-Beatles or Rolling Stones?

The Beatles

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