I like to lend support to all sorts of bands, young, old, garage, punk, new wave, psych and any Artist that pour their heart and soul into their work. Such is the case with Moonbabies, this is from their bandcamp page and it’s one of the reasons , I slowed down to give a listen..
“This album began as an experimentation of songwriting. We decided to write songs which were rhythmically dominant and our newfound love for dance music, especially the local Berlin scene, where we were living at the time.
After Seven years of working on this album, we are extremely proud of the songs and the direction it took. ‘Wizards on the Beach’ turned from being an artist’s worst nightmare to something that we feel is unique, interesting and experimental, but in its core is all about being honest and pure and doing music that speaks to yourself.”
– Peace & Hearts, Ola & Carina
how could you not want to listen to something that took seven years. Music should be something that opens doors for all of us, doesn’t much matter where we are in our listening habits . Moonbabies are in this for the right reasons and all of us need to support Artist that sometimes stretch us, so join me in giving a listen today to, Moonbabies, it’ll be time well spent…..
Hi our name is….
Ola Frick (Male) singer + guitars and drums and electronics
Carina Johansson (female) singer + electronics
People say we sound like…..
Since we’re all over the place with our music, we get everything from Beach House to caribou to Yo la tengo
We are from…….
Malmö, and that’s the industrial football city in Southern Sweden.
Who are some that have an influence on you
My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd and tons of other bits and pieces.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
Very young. Ola was 5 and started to write “the wall”-type opuses before hitting 1st grade. Carina started playing piano and singing young, later proceeded as a drummer in all female band Hazy (90s Indie) and later in Scoff (Grunge-Lo-Fi). Ola played Heavy Metal (Dio/Bon Jovi Style) and Thrash Metal (Anthrax/Slayer Style) in various bands all through School before finding our paths in the universe and colliding musical formations as Moonbabies together with Carina in 1997.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
Normally, there are two ways. One is writing a song in your head or on guitar or piano in the traditional Songwriter way, and then recording the whole song in the studio in one way of another. The other way is just starting by doodling around without any specific set ideas and just let one thing lead to another: really just fucking around until something triggers your inspiration, which in it’s turn will lead to new parts. From that first seed to the final production is often MILES from the original. We always try both of us as lead singers, and different Keys and signatures and tempos, before settling on what we want.
*a note: The first way is always the easiest, whilst the second way is too time demanding that we simply doesn’t have the time/energy to do it anymore. Hence why it took 7 years to complete the new album.
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges
Money. How to recoup even some percentage of the breakeven what the costs are to make an album (including PR, Pressing, Mastering). How to overcome this problem, the future will tell.
1st rock concert you went to and age….
Ola: Europe (the Swedish hair-popmetal band) when I was 10. Follwed by Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden the same year. 1986!
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
Ola: One time I got severely black-blue kicked in the head during Suicidal Tendencies gig at Roskilde Festival. To top things of some bugger also stole my Suicidal cap.
* Sorry for the surprisingly amount of Metal references all through this interview.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
I think opening for The Knife or Caribou or Hot Chip or Faith No More = or any kind of musically open-minded and creative and fun live band +their open-minded audience would be a perfect fit for us.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Let your instinct drive you. Always listen to what your heart tells you, even if it’s totally against the general opinions of people.
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Positive: More great music coming, maybe more than ever // Negative: No Doe
Our plans for 2015…..
Just released our Forth Album ”Wizards on the Beach” and more Music will follow this year!
Next year is more on the Agenda for Moonbabies