WRITER: Cecilie Thorup
The duo Feel Freeze played for the very first time at SPOT Festival last year. Saturday night they played once again and we met up with them before the show for a chat about the year that went by, ambitions, hard work and disappointments.
Saturday afternoon. It is sunny and a little windy and the air is buzzing with typical festival excitement, you van vaguely hear mumbling networking conversations hear and there, and your head is a little heavy from the party last night.
In a remote corner we meet up with the duo Feel Freeze who is about to release their very first EP on May 12 with the title Future Emotions in a Digital Heart. They had their live debut on SPOT Festival last year and tonight they are playing again. And they are excited.
“Okay, I am getting really nervous now we are talking about it,” says Else Raymonde Gaunoux and smiles.
“We will be playing under a shroud of emotions tonight and express them in the best possible way we can and hopefully the audience can sense and feel that.”
Long time coming
The EP has been three years under construction.
“It has taken this long to achieve the expression that we consist of now,” says Mathias Vinther, the other half of the duo. An expression that they describe as melodic pop music in a disguise, very detailed and arranged by elements that have been separated and put into order.
The long working process has been very intense and also contained a temporary break-up when the two parts at one point got fed up by each other.
“We lived in an apartment with no doors and we were together constantly, 24 hours a day. All day long in the rehearsal studio and otherwise at the flat,” says Else. They differed in various musical opinions about the expression of Feel Freeze and eventually split up and started working on their own musical projects.
“It is like being married,” she says and continues:
“It is big fat cliché but it really is like being married to be in a band. You have to make compromises all the time and agree on things that you do not necessarily agree on.”
But they are more than happy to have reunited and now finally can present their work to the public.
“It is insane and surreal that Feel Freeze actually exists and that we are at this point right now and that we have a future ahead of us,” says Mathias.
First we take Denmark, then Germany
And the future has never looked this bright for the two happy music enthusiasts. They were chosen by ORA (the Organisation for Rhythmic Amateur Musicians) to play at the Belgium festival Play this year and were extremely well accepted. And especially Germany and the Benelux-countries are of main importance for Else and Mathias.
“First and foremost, there are a lot of people in Germany,” jokes Mathias but then explains that it has something to do with another perspective on music that Germans have but the Danish people are lacking.
“People are just more open to new music and they seem to take it a little more seriously” he says, and because of that they believe that the break-through might rely on the countries surrounding Denmark.
“We are lacking openness. It is not so common to take the chance and go out and listen to new music,” Mathias says and continues:
“And we want to go on exciting adventures!”
But tonight it is all about playing a good concert.
“Truth be told, all that really matters is to create some amazing music that people love to listen to,” Else says.