An interview with Vidunder
Here is an interesting conversation between Jens Rasmussen, the drummer of Vidunder, and Platon Sakellariou, radio producer of Just Radio. They are talking about the latest Vidunder album, about Roky Erickson, the Swedish scene and other interesting topics. Enjoy!
Can you introduce Vidunder to the people might not know you?
Vidunder is a classic rock band. We tend to have a lot of psychedelic influences but mainly classic rock influences. We tend to play the music we love, a big tribute to Roky Erickson, the Hellacopters and all those great bands, but with our own style. We deliver what we like and it’s classic rock music with psychedelic influences . That’s Vidunder!
Last May you released your second album, Oracles and Prophets. What is the feedback you have received, from the fans-media?
Very good I can say! We heard supportive words from the fans and the media as well.
In your latest album you had also Johannes back in the band. How important was his contribution in the album?
Of course really, really important. For not being such a guitar based band, It’s really nice with a flooding organ and I think Johannes made a really good job with delivering, like a new dimension to the music and took it one step further in what we will become I think.
I would like to know more about the concept of the artwork. Is it inspired from the Rorschach psychological test?
Yes, exactly. We had some ideas and we end up with this. I think it really worked out as we want. It’s a really great artwork designed by Henrik Person.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t notice any song in Swedish in Oracles and Prophets. I Really enjoyed Försummad Och Bortglömd from your first album and I was expecting a Swedish song in your new album also.
Yes, Kalhygge. The song has no lyrics but Kalhygge Is a Swedish word(describes a place where it used to be a forest but now all trees are cut). Maybe in the future we will try it again.
A few words about the lyrics? What inspires you to write for?
That’s not actually my field. It’s Martin and Linus who mainly write the lyrics. It’s a little bit of everything but I am not the right man to discuss those things. It’s critical to society and stuff like this.
I am a big fan of Roky Erickson, so you can imagine my pleasure when I listened to the b side of your single Gone with Dawn! Whose idea was this cover? Are you going to do something like that in the future?
Roky Erickson is a big inspiration for all of us, but I think it was Martin and Linus who came up with the idea, because I think they played it before. I think it was a good song and one of the best choices. In my opinion it’s a really underrated song as well.
I like it too, and I think Roky Erickson is an underrated musician also. He deserves more credit I think!
Yes, I believe it so too!
For the recording of the album you used analog equipment. In your opinion, how different could be the album, without doing analog recording?
That’s a good question. Analog way is always the better way. I think music deserves to be recorded as it’s supposed to be.
As a musician do you have influences from other arts? For example cinema, poetry etc.
I’ve got good influences from other good drummers, but not mainly from movies or stuff like that. I think that is more for the lyrics and stuff like this. Of course we are influenced from the movies when we write lyrics, but as for me I listen to good music, to good drummers and I tend to ‘’steal’’ all the best stuff they do, and make it better for myself.
What kind of music do you listen beyond rock n roll ?
I mainly listen to rock music but you are like brain damaged with all these radio stuff. I was always a big fan of Lady Gaga for example. I think she is really cool. She is an artist, as well and I think she has done music that stuck in your brain forever, which must be a success, I don’t know!
Your country exports many bands. Not only rock or metal bands. You can find Swedish musicians leading in almost every kind of music. Is it because of your culture, is it because of your educational system, a combination of both or something else?
I think is the water, I don’t know! Of course is about the education. Sweden has always been good when it comes to motivate the youngers to play an instrument. The government funds for rehearsal pays and things like this. In schools we are taught to play an instrument. I think that is the main reason why so many people in Sweden play music. And the weather I think! It’s raining all the time here, so what else you can do? You stay at home , listen to good rock music and start to play in a band.
Can you suggest me any Swedish underground band?
I am a fan of Skogen Brinner, I think they are from the most promising bands right now. And The Dahmers, I really like them as well.
You have already tour Europe, but you haven’t visit Greece yet. Should we expect you to visit us in your next European tour?
Yes, you should! It is a dream to visit Greece. It would be really nice! We couldn’t go so far, but hopefully next time we’ll make that happen!
Do you have any plans for the future?
We are quite here and there in Sweden, so we will mainly focus to record a third album maybe, or at least a single for now and then see where it goes. But I don’t think we have any big dreams about it, I can’t promise anything!
That’s it Jens!I don’t have any other questions. I have to thank you again!
No, thank you man, it was really nice!
- Πληροφοριακά Στοιχεία
- Δημοσιεύθηκε : 30 Ιανουαρίου 2016