Sharing music is so much different in 2013 than it was when I was growing up. We’d take our box of LPs or 45s by bike to a friends house. Maybe even make a cassette mix tape if you wanted something permanent and special. I found Bodebrixen through a fellow music fan who lives in Norway, on the other side of the world from Dallas. She recommended I check out Ja Ja Ja Music a Nordic Music site. I’ve found a lot of great music there in a short time. It was via Ja Ja Ja that I found Bodebrixen. They had a stream of their new song The Wave which I love. I contacted them immediately about an interview. Here we go…
Bodebrixen (Andreas Brixen & Aske Bode)
Label- Playground Music
Recent Releases- Out of Options (2012)
The Wave – Single (2013)
Bodebrixen consists of Aske Bode and Andreas Brixen, who met at a summer school for jazz musicians. They started playing instrumental gigs, but the music developed and on their first demo Andreas started to sing to the music. Now the band plays happy indie pop songs with a large amount of instruments. When the band enters the stage, the two young talents are at the head of a 6-man orchestra, providing a show including synthesizers, percussion and handclaps, confetti…And of course, bongo drums!
What is your songwriting/composing process?
We usually write some sketches separately. Then we meet in Aske’s studio and produce the songs together. We try to unleash our creativity and let everything happen in the studio 🙂
What are you most proud of?
Actually we are proud of everything we have written – and then we are proud of sticking together through 7 years of making music, and being a band. That’s an accomplishment in a time when new is better, and everything goes faster and faster.
What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Maybe “Birds” by Neil Young, in all its simple beauty… “When you see me fly away without you / shadow on the things you know.”
What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Try don’t to think about whether what you have written sounds stupid or silly – and don’t think about what others will think about it while you write. Don’t work against your songs; If its a pop song it’s a pop song – don’t try to make it something it’s not. Write a lot of songs. Songwriting takes time and like everything else it takes practice. If you’re in a real hurry, try a different career. Maybe things will go your way – and when it does things start happening very rapidly indeed – but never count on it, that will only make you depressed!
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