Photo Credit: Aron Pelcman
Of all the places in Stockholm to write and record, boerd did all his creative work within the comfort of his apartment. It’s right at home that he let it flow and the result was his latest album, Static. A record that builds sonic landscapes by marrying melodic waves with classical infusions. It’s a sound record out now on Anjunadeep, and it’s bound to be a favorite for music fans who are audiophiles to the core. We talked about what he would and is doing differently next time, signing with a label, and what fans can expect in the coming months.
Kendra: Your sound is a little of this and a little of that. When you sit down to create music, do you know what style you’re going to lean towards more before or does it come naturally?
boerd: I usually have an idea of what I want to do, but I often end up with something completely different. And if I do I try to just go with the flow.
Kendra: Has signing with Anjunadeep changed your creative process at all?
boerd: I’ve been doing a lot more promotional stuff than before haha, which seems to pay off. I think my music has been introduced to a lot of new people thanks to Anjunadeep. Which is great, but that’s not really a part of the creative process though.
Kendra: What sort of themes were you working with when you started writing and recording Static?
boerd: The theme of the songs are quite vague but I think they all somehow reflect a certain state of mind, which I find myself in quite often. It’s an introverted and reflective state of mind that can be both sweet and mellow at the same time. I think it’s nice when the listener can decide for him/herself what themes they think the music is about though. I can only speak for myself.
Kendra: The lead single, “Blind,” made me want to ask what you think many of us in the world are totally blind to – what are we ignoring?
boerd: Not an easy question, hah…I think people are blind to a lot of things. For example, it seems like they only consume music, art and other things that are in their comfort zone, afraid to explore anything different or new. They also only hang out and talk to people that are almost exactly like themselves. I don’t know if I’m any better myself, but I’d at least like to think of myself as a curious person.
Kendra: Static is available now. Is there anything that you wish you’d done on the album that will have to wait until the next record?
boerd: I finished composing the tracks for Static a year ago. So I’ve already been working on new material for quite a while. There are definitely some new things and sounds I want to explore. I have some interesting collaborations coming up as well. The problem for me is usually that I have too many ideas that are very far from each other. So when I put together a release I have to narrow it all down a bit. It’s part of the process for me.
Kendra: What are your plans after the album drops? Touring?
boerd: I’ll be playing my first live show in quite a while in London, in June. That will be fun and hopefully, I’ll get to play my new live set in some other places too. Other than that, I’ll be working on my new material. And play some double bass of course, mainly in Stockholm at the Royal Opera.