Interviewers: (ZoË Robertson & Sierra Lauren)
Photos: Sierra Lauren
Navneløs: Lin Rosenbeck, Mads Flethøj, Andreas Ledet, and Johan Kruse. (In this interview, we are missing bandmember Frederik Fogde who was busy mixing the album in the studio. What a guy.)
They Met through school five years ago and started to play music together. now, having just won the bands of tomorrow “ALTERNTAIVE NAME” Award, and at a median age of 20, THIS upcoming danish band is A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
you can preorder their album through crowdfunding. its official release is planned for mid-february.
WE SAT DOWN WITH NAVNELØS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING ALBUM VÆRK, HOW TO BALANCE BEING A MUSICIAN AND A BUSINESSMAN, AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY COULD SURVIVE WITHOUT DAIM CHOCOLATE.
[chat question=”SOA —Do you foresee it being difficult to break into the international market as a Danish band? Your lyrics and social media are in Danish.“]
NAVNELØS, Johan — We have talked about it, but would like to concentrate on breaking into the Danish market and the rest of Scandinavia.
Lin – It’s also more nærværende, more present for us, or for me, to write in Danish, for sure. So I think that comes to life in our music also.
Andreas — As an English listener, I guess you don’t need the lyrics to feel the music. There’s a mood to the music without the lyrics.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — How would you compare this album to your EP?“]
Johan — We have decided that we’ll experiment much more in the studio this time. We had a whole week where we didn’t have anything planned so we just tried something out. We used a lot of cassette tape, lo-fi loops.
Andreas – With the EP, we had five songs and we had five days in the studio. So everything was planned and we knew just how everything would be recorded. [/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — You envisioned this album on vinyl. Do you want to present the album as a collected work rather than as individual songs?“]
Andreas — I think maybe it was more a way to compose the music. I think it works very well on vinyl format but we still managed to make the songs in a way that if you only download one song, you can still enjoy it. You don’t need the rest, but we highly recommend it.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — Do you jam when you record? Lin, do you write all the lyrics?“]
Lin –Yeah, I write all the lyrics.
Johan – Often, we have an idea, and sometimes it’s me, and sometimes you have come up with ideas as well [motioning to band members] but we work with this idea together and yeah, talk about how it can grow.
Andreas – The studio gave us more opportunities there because one of the songs kind of came out of recording a grand piano into two different tape machines and kind of reversing them and doing all kinds of weird stuff. That was a whole other way to work with it, that was great to do in the studio but hard to do if you’re just in the rehearsal room.
Johan – I don’t think we can jam.
Andreas – No. We haven’t done that. (Laughs..)[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — Did you sit down and plan the album? Did you have a collective vision, or have a conversation about it?“]
Johan — Yeah, we are making plans about what are we going to do the next year. Where do we want to play, when should we release the single as a label. It’s a business, and we have to be in that music business as well.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — It’s hard as a musician to represent yourself and do the art side. Have you found a balance between both positions?“]
Lin – It’s difficult. We are talking about how, commercially, we have to brand ourselves but still be true to what we do. And all the weird aspects of our music have to be there too. That’s definitely something we discuss in the band.
Andreas – It’s hard with the whole economy thing because we don’t have some kind of big organization or sponsorship or anything. When we play a gig we cover all the expenses, for like transportation and all that, what’s left we stuff away because if we just took out individual payments and spent it on fun and drinks we wouldn’t have records because we wouldn’t anyone to fund but ourselves [/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — You just won the Bands of Tomorrow title. What was the award, or what were you recognized for?“]
Andreas – A small poster.
Lin – We were Bands of Tomorrow’s Alternative name. That was amazing. Six bands were up from all over Denmark.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — Are you planning a tour?“]
Johan – We’re hoping to tour in the summer next year, mostly in Denmark. Maybe we’re going South.
Mads – We are looking across the borders.
Andreas – But still Europe.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA — Do you hope to spread your name outside Europe?“]
Johan – It would be great.
Lin – It’s hard, it’s so far out. Denmark is enough right now. It’s far out to think about. But that would be really nice.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – How is your recording process different from live performances?“]
Johan – Most of the material is recorded before we play it live. When we are going to play concerts we have to arrange.
Mads – When we record, we do it mostly live actually. We play a lot of our instruments as a whole first, but we do all kinds of dubs over that. The fact that the studio is much more experimenting, we have to rearrange all the tracks when we want to play them live because sometimes we end up with some recorded material that we can’t really play. So we have to do stuff to it to make it playable live. [/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – With people downloading music illegally, do you make a lot of profit from merchandise? Do people want memorabilia from your concerts?“]
Andreas – At Roskilde, we sold the most at one time. We really sold a lot of stuff there.
Johan – It’s hard in the big cities, like Aarhus and Copenhagen, ‘cos people get so much music all the time, but in the small cities it’s easier to sell a lot of merch ‘cos they don’t have a concert everyday.
Andreas – And also when they have one it’s something special they want to remember. We were surprised when we played in Southern Denmark, like, out in nowhere, we sold ten T-shirts to this one group.
Mads – There was fifty people at the concert or something like that.
Andreas –It’s like, they all had to go to the same school, all walking around with the same shirt.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – What’s it like to be based out of Aarhus?“]
Johan – Actually we’re not based in Aarhus, because we all live around Jutland. Aarhus is a great city because there’s a lot of opportunity to play gigs and hang out with other musicians.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Is there a good music scene here?“]
Andreas – Yes, it’s pretty good. It is the next biggest city in Denmark.
Johan – And it isn’t too big.
Andreas: No, it’s not too big.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Do you see yourselves moving to Copenhagen eventually?“]
Johan – Not because of the band.
Andreas – I think we all have personal plans to go there at some point.
Lin – Hopefully we’ll get a bigger crowd in Copenhagen. It’s difficult actually to break through in Copenhagen. There are so many bands and some of them are so Copenhagen-concentrated and we are just an Aarhus band.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Do you have any weird, crazy fans? Stalker fans that are there at every show and buy all your t-shirts?“]
Collective – No![/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Maybe you do and you just don’t know about it.“]
Andreas – We have fans in the crowd that are very …
Lin – Overly happy. It’s our friends.
Andreas – But that’s great. We played a show two months ago when this sixty-year-old woman danced like she was on drugs.
Johan – She was cool.
Lin – Just up front, dancing, an old hippy mom. Red dress.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Lin, what is it is like to be the only girl in the band? Is everyone in love with you?“]
Lin – It’s nice when the female cello players are with us. It definitely can be hard when you’re on a small bus and have to travel. We have a lot of guys games I think.
Andreas – I think Lin kind of developed a filter.
Lin – Yeah, I have a filter for the perverse stuff.
Mads – Lin is kind of perverse herself so it’s not that big of a problem.
Lin – Yeah, you should write that.[/chat]
SOA – We have this game we play called ‘Would you Rather’ Are you familiar with it?“]
Lin – We play with kind of disgusting things.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Our questions are pretty tame. Would you rather play a show for really hyper kids who keep trying to climb on stage, or play a show for really drunk adults who request cover songs all night?“]
Andreas – I think I’d go for the first one.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – The babies? They’re really crying.“]
Andreas – But they like the show.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – They all smell a little bit like poop.“]
Andreas – Maybe the adults, because we actually like to jam on covers.
Lin – It’s easier to cope with adults. You can’t just push little kids off stage.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Would you rather have all your instruments stolen and have to play a show acapella, like play mouth trumpets etc., or get caught lip syncing, Ashlee Simpson-style?“]
Mads – I’ve always dreamed of making an acapella band. I’m always singing loud while I’m playing for myself.
Lin – Acapella. That could be fun.
Johan – Yeah, we talked about making a barbershop quartet.[/chat]
[chat question=”SOA – Would you rather that the only food you can ever eat is Daim chocolate (but you can prepare it any way you desire) or never have Daim again?“]
Johan – I can’t eat it, I don’t like it.
Andreas – I guess I could live without Daim. If I could have other kinds of chocolate.[/chat]