Driven by his desire to try something new, Copenhagen's own Soren Lokke Juul began performing as Indians in February 2012. Since then he has established a strong presence in both the U.S and Europe alike. He toured extensively with acts such as Beirut and Other Lives, signed to 4AD Records, and put out a debut album titled Somewhere Else
on January 29th following the self release of his first single. He recorded the album in the Danish countryside, and his unique approach led to some really "playful" results. Managing Editor Matt Howard was able to catch up with him while he was staying in Berlin.
How has your tour been going?
It's been really good! Lots of people are showing up at the show, and it's nice finally traveling around with the band. We're having a day off our tour, so we just decided to bop around the city.
Can I ask you a little about your history? When did you start playing music?
I've been playing the piano since I was a little kid, and then I found a band when I was about 12 years old and we were being rock 'n' roll. I found out I wanted to play in bands at a young age, and I started playing in serious bands around 2000. After being a keyboard player in different bands, last year I decided to do my own stuff.
How is it being on your own after being in bands?
It's a big challenge. That's what I wanted to try. I wanted to do something different, and I always knew I wanted to do my own stuff for me. It just had to be the right time. I've been working with really good musicians in the studio, and I learned a lot doing that. I found that I felt ready to write my own stuff.
And how would you personally describe your style?
I think it's very playful and unique. Whenever I write songs, I don't have an idea of where it's going to go. I just spend some time alone in the studio, playing around with it. I like to use my time recording and just writing songs.
Are there any stops you're looking forward to on your upcoming U.S. tour?
I just like to come to the States. It's so different from Europe. Every time you're on the other side of the Atlantic, you're in an adventure, you know? I did some touring with Other Lives. I've been enjoying seeing different cities, just being in the States.
How was touring with Other Lives?
It was intense. They were really nice people. They've been playing for a while and they helped break us out. Their audience was really committed, so a lot of nights when I did the support, there were a lot of people and they were a really nice crowd. So yeah, it was amazing traveling with Other Lives.
Who would you say are the influences for your album and your style of music?
I like a lot of different kinds of music. I like experimental stuff, but I like music where you can actually hear people playing around. I like The Flaming Lips a lot. I like Animal Collective. But I haven't really thought about what kind of music I would make. I didn't have any idea, "Well if I would make this song sound like a Flaming Lips song..." I don't think that much about it.
Is there a song that you would suggest embodies the album best?
Mmm, I'm thinking of a song. "Magic Kids," maybe?
Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Yeah, it was the first song I did. So in a way, it was the first brick of the record; it gave me a direction of what I wanted this record to sound like. The first song is the inspiration for all the other songs of the album. It's about realizing that you had something in your life that just disappeared from you, and you want it there, but you don't have a chance to get it back. It described the theme of a loss of something like that. I received an email from this girl in England and she just lost her grandaddy and she wrote me an email saying how she has been listening to that song for a long time and it really helped her though getting over the loss of her granddad. That's what it's about. It's about loss, it's about death, but I think there is hope in it, too.
That's great. Do you get a lot of fan mail? Do you read your own fan mail?
Yeah, I do. I want to reply as much as I can.
Thanks for talking to me as you walk around Berlin.
No problem. We have a show tomorrow, so it's going to be interesting. I've always been nervous about people showing up. This is the end of the European tour, and we played really well together, so we feel pretty safe on stage.
Check out the video for "Magic Kids" below:
Indians - Magic Kids from Mademoistella on Vimeo.
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