Get To Know Søren Juul: 6 Amazing Facts About The Danish 4AD Signee Before His Radar Concert
This week, the Danish singer-songwriter Søren Juul visits Radar in Aarhus. Even though most people know his music, few people know the artist previously performing under the alter ego or moniker of Indians. As usual, we have published our weekly guide, with some of the concerts that we – at the SoundOfAarhus office – find extra exciting. Dubbed as ‘Denmark’s Bon Iver’ by Village Voice, One of the shows we highlighted was Søren Juul’s upcoming gig at Radar.
Almost since his first public appearance in 2012, Søren has been on the roster of major, British label 4AD – also housing Future Islands, Beirut, The National, SOHN, Deerhunter, Purity Ring and many more – so this concert is really a must-see experience. However, few people really know the introvert music albeit media and blogs all over the world have praised his music.
To use a phrase from this week’s guide: it should be mandatory to experience Søren Juul every once in a while. Therefore, we have done a little research and found eight amazing things, that people should know about the Danish music before the show.
- The Quick Signing With Major British Label 4AD
Let’s just agree, that 2012 was an insane year for the blooming new alter ego Indians. They were signed by 4AD, performed their first concert during Frost Festival at Blågårds Plads in Copenhagen (Feb, 2012) and released their debut single in April 2012. After releasing demos online in early 2012, Søren’s manager suddenly got a mail from major, British label 4AD expressing their interest in creating an entire album with Indians, even though they knew only one track. Check out one of the amazing live sessions below, which was released after signing 4AD.
- He Hails From A Small Town Between Horsens & Silkeborg
Actually, Søren is hailing from the small railway town Brædstrup in Jutland. As many others hailing from the country side, he ended up in either Aarhus or Copenhagen – in the case of Søren, he ended up living in Copenhagen, where he also performed his first concert under the moniker of Indians.
- The First Song He Wrote Was ‘Magic Kids’
For some, the social in a social network can be border breaking and create, not necessarily overnight success, but at least create interest. After writing his first song ‘Magic Kids’, a friend of Søren helped him create a music video, which he then uploaded to his facebook profile. Soon thereafter, friends started spreading the word, sharing the video, which eventually made it pop up on different music blogs all over the world. Then, in January, Søren’s manager got the mail from 4AD. Even though, they knew only one single track, they wanted to create and entire Indians album.
- He Dropped His Moniker Indians To Get Closer To His Own Music
Initially, when Søren started writing music, the idea behind creating an alter ego or moniker was to distance his ‘self’ from the music. To let the music of Indians have its own world, where he could pretend to be whatever being he wanted. Over time, after traveling and touring extensively, his initial plans slowly changed. Whereas the distanced moniker gave him a feeling of freedom in the beginning, eventually it made it hard for him to include himself in his songwriting and performances. Thus, he dropped the moniker to challenge himself, and to not have it as a kind of imaginary protection.
- He Used To Work All Kinds Of Jobs To Be Able To Create Music
In the beginning of his life as a Copenhagen-based dreamer, or musician spending his nights in the rehearsal room, he used to be an average joe working with all sorts of things like the rest of us. According to an interview in Politiken a few years back, Søren has actually worked as both a mail postman, a gardener in North Zealand, and assembled Bodum coffee jugs just to earn a living, so he could spend his nights in the rehearsal room.
- Last Summer, He Relocated From His Suitcase To A House Near The Sea In Svendborg
Since the beginning of international recognition for Indians, Søren basically lived out of his suitcase. After 12 years in Copenhagen, he simply decided that there would be other places in the world, where you can find a good cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll, as he told Interview Magazine in June. However, listening to Søren’s music, him relocating to a city like Svendborg may not be the most surprising ever. After all, we are talking about Denmark’s Bon Iver.
Details: Søren Juul + Support: Infants
Price: 100 DKK
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Søren Juul – ‘Ambitions’ (2015)
Indians – 4AD Session (2012)