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INTERVIEW: Andreas S Jensen

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

Hi Rafa. Nice to meet you !

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trust In My Anchor”?

Yes. Great!

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

Trust Is My Anchor is a song about taken off, moving out, running away… whatever you wanna call it, and whatever way you look at it.

When I wrote it I was trying to think back to how I felt, back in Copenhagen… way back, when I sat and considered moving to London.

The dithering, the doubting, the debating…

I wasn’t in a relationship, my band had recently broken up, I had fallen out with my best friend through many years and life was kind of shit…

I felt like I HAD to do SOMETHING ! But I was scared shitless.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

There IS in fact a video of the song . You can watch it on both my Facebook page www.facebook.com/AndreasJensenMusic/  on my website www.andreasSjensen.com and on youtube: http://tinyurl.com/TrustIsMyAnchor

The single comes off your new album Disturbed – what’s the story behind the title?

What’s behind “Disturbed” as a title ?  I suppose it’s a play on words:

1. Being disturbed as in being “out of it” emotionally… or…

2. Being disturbed as in reality kicking in and craving attention, wanting me to take a stand, make up my mind, stop dreaming my life away… finish my f****n’  album and put it out there…

3. It also fits nicely in with that my debut EP was called “Disconnected”…..(which is an even more worrying word, ha, ha….)

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recording process for this album was long… very long… I loved writing the songs, and loved hanging out with the co-writers and creating, and I loved putting all the ideas and instruments down, but finalising it was really hard…. I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist, even though I as a listener love imperfect music !

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating or writing for someone else than when you are working in your own original material?

When I write with an artist for his or her own project I usually let them take the lead to start with. Just to see if they have some great idea they really want to do. I don’t see myself as a pushy type in that situation. I try to accommodate, encourage and help (usually in that order). I try to let people feel comfortable enough to let it all out, get inspired and vibed up. Later on, when the artists run short of ideas, or if something just pops up in my head while we are vibing, `I’ll just say it out loud, like: “what about THIS !…” and then I’ll say, sing, or hum it… sometimes I play the notes of the melody on a guitar, or sing the beat out loud… it can be anything; an addition of words, a melody thing, a riff, a beat, a completely different angle on the story we are trying to express…

Sometimes we songwriters can get really carried away… like little kids shouting over each other trying to get heard… sometimes we dance, sometimes we wear sunglasses, are miserable or show no feelings, sometimes we argue !!! It’s all songwriting, and I have learnt, that every time you get stuck, you just pull out some trick… ANY trick-… to get the ball rolling again… and I have a LOT of tricks. Every time I write with someone new I learn something new… (and i steal a trick or two as well, for my Library of Tricks”).

Later on in the production process I usually try to make sure we preserve that main original idea. Some songs can take a total overhaul: a change of tempo, pitch, instrumentation, beat… others need to be a bit protected. They can be fragile little things… them songs…

Compared to writing on my own, when I work with other songwriters I tend to spread out and relax much more. It can be a story about anyone….not all about me. I always make sure though that I have myself in the co-written songs somehow. So even if I am singing someone else main idea, I still feel connected to the song, I have still have got my own little story about what this and that means and where that comes from in my life, Pictures that come up before me when I perform the songs live.

Writing songs with other people is amazing !!! it’s like having good sex ! It’s like flirting, it’s playing like a kid, it’s a game, its psychological, it’s intelligent, emotional, creative and much more.

It makes you feel invincible when you get it right….or heartbroken when you mess it up, or can’t finish something…

It’s a very emotional and (often) satisfying experience…. You learn a lot about yourself, and about other people…

When its done great, its your most inner secrets that you put out there, right in front of peoples eyes… but only you know what the words really mean ! Not even your co-writer knows, they probably have ANOTHER storyline going on in their head…

What aspect of disturbance did you get to explore on this record?

I sat for many years in front of a computer in London studioes, doing music and it kind of drove me a bit crazy, you know. I had to take a break from it. I went to the House of Songs in Austin and to LA and wrote songs with real people. Thing I loved about Austin was that there was (at that time at least) no computers involved. Everything was done sitting face to face, only a guitar or a piece of paper and a pen between us….. it’s great ! You just sit on the porch drink coffee or a bear and talk, plays songs for each other and write. SIMPLES !! -No engineering or annoying left brain activity going on, ha, ha…. Having said that, I’m a sucker for jam-writing: Electric instruments, computers, rappers, singers, perfectionist, chaos artists, vibes….bring ‘em ON !!!

-We do that sometimes in sound checks with the Dub Pistols….we JAM….groove about and laugh, and I love it. There’s song ideas coming out there right, left and centre. _They just need to be caught (…like butterflies…).

Any plans to hit the road?

I am planning on hitting the road yes. It’s a bit complicated though, as I work as a musician in some seriously busy bands….. some seriously good bands too……..we play amazing shows… And you know that’s what pays the rent….. but I am building it up.

I am playing solo shows round London and in Denmark, and I gig out with Jack Cowens, the drummer who plays with Dub Pistols,  Bondax and Landings. Jack and I go out with some backing tracks and we play the drums and guitar parts and I sing.

It’s like a rawer version of the album. More like noisy Neil Young or something….. I will also be touring in Denmark in the fall. I have got Jack and two amazing Danish guitar players with me. And it will sound sick !!

What else is happening next in Andreas S Jensen’s world?

Gigging with Dub Pistols ! We’re in the middle of the summer festival season. Which is great ! Zoom out there, straight on stage, smash it and home !  Whenever i have extra time on my hands I run my little bands business, do social media, try to find opportunities to spread my music. I go to Denmark a lot as well, these days. Hang out with mates, make music and plans and all that…

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