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INTERVIEW: CLMD

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

– Busy, but busy is good! first few months of a year is always intense, anyone else have that feeling?

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

— “Anything” is a feelgood track about sticking to your girl, no matter how busy or far away she and you are. And also how lucky people like me, who stupidly follows a distant dreams, is to have incredible supporters like the ones you have at home.

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

– This song is a result of a fun studio session between friends, we weren’t even sure at the time if we were making anything we could release (Blame the rum), but I guess it being summer, warm and sunny 24/7 helps on the inspiration.

How was the recording and writing process?

— Pretty chaotic, but I feel like all my good sessions are. I love when everyone just does their thing and creates a creative space where all ideas can form and flourish.

What was it like to work with Madcon and how did that relationship develop?

— Incredible, Madcon are such talented writers and the whole session vibe was unreal. I knew Yosef from my The Voice mentoring, and Tshawe I meet a lot out in Oslo. We were really just great friends trying to create something fun.

How much did they get to influence the song?

– I’d say a lot, and hope they agree. I feel the track is as much Madcon as it is CLMD, and we could all really connect to the sound in the end, even if we come from completely different sides of the industry. Madcon are clearly great at lyrics, but I think Yosef could make decent producer if he wanted to as well.

What is it about working with someone else that you enjoy so much?

– As I briefly mentioned, I love that creative space that emerges between creative people in a process. I love all kinds of ideas and always record them, even if I’m not loving it at the time. My hard drives are packed with snippets of good stuff from sessions with all kinds of people, and that really helps to keep me inspired.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or remixing someone else rather than on your own?

– I tend to be more openminded when working with other people. Not that I’m usually narrow-minded, but when collaborating you try to be at your best. When your at your best and your senses are sharpened, you tend to make better music. That’s why I try to collaborate as much as I can on the track itself, and do the nitty gritty computer work on my own.

How has Norway influence your music?

– The long, dark winters and equally long and light summers do something to your soul. you tend to work in a deeper, darker mood in winter, and in a very lighthearted way in summer. I make my best tracks in summer, apparently. Also the incredible nature in Norway is so inspirational, and as of lately the new Norwegian musical landscape is really rewarding to work within.

As your popularity keeps growing – do you feel any pressure as you work on a new song or it does rather the opposite?

– I hate it when my tracks do really well, because I’ll go in the studio and hit my head on the wall for days, maybe weeks, trying to figure out what made my track work in the first place and how I can create something better. I almost quit music entirely after “Stockholm Syndrome”. I can be really hard on myself when releasing new music and even dumped a girl when I released a song because I was an emotional mess and felt she deserved better. She was very understanding in the end, though.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

– I have plenty of new music, and I’m so excited to release what I’ve been working on. I spent most of 2018 in the studio, and am so ready to share! Also, summer is approaching, which means i’ll probably head back into super-inspired mode.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

– You’d have to ask my label for that, my head is too busy with the musical aspect at the moment. But I can give you a hint – more bass.

Any plans to hit the road?

– Always! Touring and performing is my passion, and I’m hitting the road as soon as I can. Want to get some dates set for Europe and North America soon as well.

What else is happening next in CLMD’s world?

– The world of CLMD never sleeps. I’ve designed a clothing collection, watches and perform as a mentor on The voice every week. This summer I hope to be more focused on performing, but I also need to buy a new house. It’s like 24 hours in a day isn’t enough sometimes. Hopefully, I get around to create another album as well, sometime soon.

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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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