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INTERVIEW: Sparkling

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

Hi! Thanks. We’ve been fine. Lots of great stuff is happening for Sparkling these days. We just played a great release concert in Copenhagen, the vinyl is out, the audience have embraced our new video for “Fractions”, and we’re looking very much forward to the worldwide digital release of “Felonious” April 23rd.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fractions”?

It’s one of the poppiest songs on the album; a beautiful and epic song about love, life and the love of life. One thing we’re particular proud of with this song is the way we’ve created a warm, organic sound to complement the lyrics.

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

We’re very aware of where we are in life right now in terms of for example age. Thus, like a prism we have the perspective of both looking back and forward in life. We believe this song is very much a consequence of this. But that said, it’s up to the audience to extract whatever meaning and feeling they want from our songs. We tend to keep our lyrics quite open for interpretation.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was one of the most wonderful experiences we’ve had doing non-musical stuff related to the band. The two elderly couples are persons we know from our network. And they were the best company ever to spend 12 hours with while filming the video – fun, lovely and positive people. One of the actors has been taking dancing lessons since he was 3 years old! The director Stig had a lot of great ideas and managed to get the most out of our beautiful hometown Copenhagen in tandem with the editor Michael. And – not to mention – our friend Morten who cooked the meal you see in the video!

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

Being non-native English speaking, we stumbled upon this magic word Felonious and it became the pivotal point for the song Felonious… and consequently the album title as it reflects the mere mood and diversity of the songs on the album.

How was the recording and writing process?

Long and playful. On overall level we changed our working method for this record and did everything together – production, lyrics, etc. We actually started working on the foundation for some of the songs 5-7 years ago in Berlin, where Jens had his studio back then. We had no plan, just wanted to write some songs and play around in the studio. Later, we moved the sessions to Copenhagen and we began sorting the material, throw stuff out, build new arrangements, etc.  At one point we relocated to a summerhouse and went into decision mode and started focusing on 7-8 songs and wrote the principal lyrics. One important part of the process was when we invited a good handful of musicians to come play on the songs and challenge our perspective on the songs. We’re lucky to know some of the best alternative and jazz musicians in Copenhagen. What they brought to the sessions is essential to the way the 6 songs on the album ended up. We’re very grateful for that.

How much dark did you guys allow yourself to go with this material?

We have no limits to how dark or how bright our material should be.

Was it easy to navigate into this water?

We’ve both made music for so many years so we’re not afraid of moving in new, unknown directions – being avant-garde or pure pop. You shouldn’t limit yourself to a certain sound or expression. Or genre for that matter. We like pushing the music as far as we can. When we find ourselves on deep water – we know we’re up to something good.

What was it like to work with Dave “Rave” Ogilvie and how did that relationship develop?

We’d released our debut album “Waiting for an Accident” and wanted to make more of some of the tracks on the album. Dave’s name came up – we’re both very fascinated of his work with the likes of Skinny Puppy, N:I:N and Bowie – and we contacted his manager. Dave listened to the album and fell in love with the weirdest track on the album; a pretty lo-fi hi-speed ⅞ time signature track called “The Hunger”. We were quite nervous – to be honest – of how the outcome would be. But Dave was very unpretentious and played around with it and moved it in a totally new direction together with the late Phil Western.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Not at all. That was then, this is now.

What role does Copenhagen play in your music?

Copenhagen is a fantastic city with a great music scene. And we love our daily lives here. But ironically enough, we’ve always had our largest audience outside of Denmark: Germany, USA, and in particular in the UK.

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

We are both very aware of noticing what happens in life, for better and for worse. And we’re both the type of artists who brings notebooks filled with ideas – vague and sometimes fully formed – to the writing sessions. We also find inspiration in other bands, artists and authors. Listen to the album – you’ll find many greetings to artist we love, miss and enjoy.

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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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One comment

  1. What a lovely interview, I was compelled to read it and like your page after the video, I can’t stop thinking about it and mentioned it at my Buddhist group tonight I can’t stop raving about it. I said at first I thought that the couple visiting had drugs in their bags and money and were some kind of Don’s from the mafia. There were no comments then the drinks, in the kitchen at parties, came to mind and the food started coming the food and the laughter, then the glitter ball and the moves’ it completely threw me absolutely smashing seriously clever in my opinion, seriously grown up guys. Thank you it really made me smile just great.

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