Something extra happens, when a band meets its perfect fit. Something magical happens, when band and venue is a perfect match. This Saturday we could very well see that happen, when Kentaur will be performing on a 360 degree stage at Radar.
Kentaur is band we’re following closely these days, as we feel certain big things are coming their way – and we can’t wait to start the 2016 Kentaur-journey this Saturday.
We had a chat with Kentuar before their show, but before you start reading, we encourage you to go to the very buttom of this article and press play on the YouTube-link, then come back up here and start reading.
Firstly, can you tell us a bit about how you all met and how the idea of starting a band came up?
We met each other studying music at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. That’s not the interesting part though. It’s more like the framework of the tale. Marc and Søren were living together in a summerhouse in spring 2014. We were both getting dissatisfied with the niche musical landscapes we were residing in, and decided to write pop music basically. Both of us had been roaming in the outskirts of music for quite some time, and we wanted to write some songs that could be a part of peoples everyday lives. More specifically Marc decided, as a dogma, that he wanted his mother and sister to approve of, and enjoy the music. That dogma, took the whole “composer”-ego out of the equation.
As the process went on, we realized that we were, at the same time, too likeminded and too different to succeed in our quest. So we invited Mikkel, an avid songwriter and producer, into our process. Mikkel brought a balance, calmness and a lot of mixing and production skills to our team. We became a trinity.
What is your specific feature that makes you stand out from other bands?
Hm, we’ll we admire and respect a lot of other bands. We try to listen to our inner guidance as we write and arrange, and not get lost in the current landscapes of sound. We are interested in a fusion of the timeless and the accessible. The old school and the new school. The organic and the digital. We enjoy hybrids and if that sets us apart, it’s not intentional. That’s just the way it is.
What has been the most memorable moment on your musical journey, so far?
Already we’ve been blessed a lot of times. But our warm-up gig for Rhye in DR’s Koncerthus this past autumn was just one of those nights were everything clicked. As live musicians we try to move into a sense of a collective consciousness. Like watching a flock of birds surf the winds in perfect harmony. On that night we reached that same sense of being, and that was definitely a highlight.
Tell us about the creation of one of your favourite songs– what inspired you and how did you work it out in practise? Any process phases out of the ordinary we should know of?
Honestly, the best process we’ve had is with a cheap laptop, a cheap microphone, a cheap electric piano and a lot of joy and freedom. That is how the best tunes we’ve made, were captured and created. In humble environments.
How did you react, when hearing yourself on the radio for the first time?
Joyfully. We were happy that the radio was interested in a more calm and spacious approach to pop music.
You’ve been quite successful with sold out gigs and loads of radio time. But what can we expect from you next? Any big future plans?
Well, right now we are writing music and trying to ground ourselves once again. We’re trying not to get lost in internal and external expectations and return to a place within ourselves where all that matters is the music.
In a couple of weeks we’ll release some live videos and a live EP. That approach to music has definitely inspired us, and we are keen on building and capturing real moments of magic and presence. Setting up a situation we’re everybody has to do their best with what they have, and not rely on a “brush of edit” afterwards. That approach brings a fluidity and rawness to the music, and we are excited about recording new material in that manner.
Time: Doors open at 20.00
Price: 120 DKK
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