Who does the vocals on your album?
Usually Philip - Robin drops vocal effects
How did you guys meet?
We met through friends. We checked out some of the unfinished tracks and ideas we both had lying around and decided to try do something together. Almost a year later we met up again and did the Delirium track.
On Rewind 5 you do a cover of the Beach Boys "Caroline No". How and why did
you decide to do that song?
The idea was to do a cover of something a little out of our genre and hopefully bring a new perspective to a track people already recognized. The original has a certain melancholy to it that we both appreciate. That was probably what attracted us to the track in the first place. We also considered "Surf's Up"
Are there any plans to start DJ'ing?
Sure, with the beginning of the new year we'll start playing around some more
You both have had music careers before teaming up, how different are the
influences you bring to your music?
Probably what both of us brought to the table was an interest in music completely irrespective of genre. Therefore we knew we could each pull a track in any possible direction without the risk of offending the other.
Has the way you produced music changed since teaming up? What about technology?
One of the things we focused on in the beginning was how small imperfections can add character to a track. Especially when working on the first two songs, Delirium and Blue Jay. The idea was - record as few takes as possible, accept the result and keep the energy. There're a lot of mistakes on Living With...
The Danish aren't famous for music, what's your local scene like?
On the international scene, people might recognize a couple of Danish electronic acts like Laid Back, Trentemoeller, and perhaps Who Made Who... but it's true Denmark hasn't been as successful in exporting music as for instance neighbouring Sweden.
The music scene is alright but it's difficult for musicians to persuade local labels to take a chance on them.
You both have gained world wide attention, but how big are you back home?
Well...our mothers think we're cool
Hannibal has said that he owes a lot of his inspiration and lust for music
to Noerrebro, do you feel the same about the city?
I think what we like about Noerrebro is the cultural diversity you find here. It's the same thing that attracts us to bigger cities like New York and London.
You have received some amazing props for your album, what does this mean to
you? And did you realise that you had made something special when you where
in the studio?
Obviously it's great for us to find out people appreciate what we do. The feedback we've had is a good pat on the back, not only for us but also for those who've been patient with us and believed in our project - our label Ubiquity, our friends and families.
Working on the album I think our approach was, go with the flow and hope for the best. We were pretty much in the dark as to how people would receive it.
Often artist give a unique insight when critiquing their own music, what do
you think about Living with...?
How much of an impact on your own music have people like Metro Area had?
Morgan Geist was among the first 2/3 people to hear our first track "Delirium" and it was partly due to his encouragement that we mustered up enough confidence to send off the initial demo.
I heard there might be plans to play live? What roles would you guys play
in a live band and how would your music change in a live context?
We're not big followers of the laptop concerts, so any live show would have to be a reinterpretation of the album with an all new instrumentation. That's the challenge in doing it live - the tracks on Living With are so layered, often 60/70 tracks, that a live situation would very much be a question of priority, do we need strings? horns? do we make it more/less acoustic?...