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INTERVIEW: Christian Dohber

Hi Christian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Thanks, I’ve been looking for the right reasons to look myself in the mirror again. Turns out it feels ok.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Illusion (Storm)”?

-Gladly. It’s a typical 2 level song. For the shallow person, it’s another breakup relation theme. Inside the coffin, sort of speak, you might say it’s a prediction of a disaster coming, NWO, burst of a bubble, whatever. If you believe the actual end is near, this might be your soundtrack.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

-Probably, but since so many inspiring events take place daily,  I don’t think it would be possible to sort out that specific moment. The fact that most of the actual writing was done by my dear friend Magpie Funeral could also have a major effect on my ability to write great stuff.

How was the video filming experience?

-Easy & relaxed. With only one location a few km from my home and the only day with perfect weather that whole month; who am I to complain?  It was a small crew & Enver Ramirez is a smooth director. Otherwise I thought my dancing lessons didn’t really come thru, if you know what I mean?

The single comes off your new album The Man, The Myth, The Living Christian Dohber – what’s the story behind the title?

-I thought ”the man the myth…” was a way better option than “Getting all the bitches”, which has a similar touch of hybris grandois, but would probably be more believable if I were in the hiphop part of the record store. I think I made the right choice.

How was the recording and writing process?

-Almost everything was recorded in my living room after my children gone to sleep at 8, so it was a waiting game. We had to plan carefully during daytime & nail it very quickly at night.

Writing the songs was difficult since they all started as dreams. Could you put a dream on paper and make it understandable? Never again I tell you!

What role did Sweden play on this album?

-Pfff, I would prefer to answer what shoesize I am, but this could be deeper – I like the fact we Swedes are quite tame, pretty naive, don’t talk too much or too loud, don’t interfere & leave each other alone mostly. It’s not too cold, it’s not too warm. We have no earthquakes or tsunamis. We have no tigers or venomous snakes. I love this country. Still it was no answer to the question, was it?

How has the countryside influenced your music?

-It made all the difference since I moved here. Decisions was easier, mind became clearer. People claims there’s nothing to do out here, but I’m on the other side of the fence. There’s everything to do but without having to look in their ugly eyes all the time. Get out of town citizens, and grow your own food. You will find yourself.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

-I don’t ”find” the inspiration and it sure doesn’t ”find” me. I’ll take any seed from myself, put it in wet soil and wait. As soon as there is a flower I just pick it.  All you have to do is smell it.

Any plans to hit the road?

-Sure. Nothing solid yet.

What else is happening next in Christian Dohber’s world?

-Real hands-on work and picking flowers for another record. What else is there?

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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