Interview mit The Foreign Resort

Veröffentlicht: 22. Januar 2017 von steffischaaf in Fundgrube, Interview, Veranstaltungen
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Im Rahmen des Melting Sounds Festivals haben wir wieder den Kontakt mit den Bands und Künstlern gesucht. Heute haben wir für euch The Foreign Resort im Interview. Lasst euch die Dänen Live nicht entgehen und feiert mit uns und der Band am 25.03.2017 in Essen!

Who is behind The Foreign Resort?
Four people are behind the trio TFR: Mikkel, Morten, Henrik and Steffan. Some of you out there might have noticed that we swap a bit between Steffan and Henrik. Henrik is the original member, but his day job doesn’t allow him to travel very often, so Steffan has played most of our live shows over the past three years. It could be complicated, but it really is not.

How would you describe your music?
In short we describe our music as explosive post-punk infused with dark new-wave.

What´s the special of the Band?
Not sure what makes us stand out from other bands (says the modest Dane). But I believe people understand that our music comes naturally and from the heart. I know that’s a cliché, but we write and play music because it gives us a happiness nothing else can. We love playing live shows, which is the main thing for us. Traveling, getting out there and meeting people and see places weighs just as much as writing and playing music.

What would you like to achieve with your songs?
Short answer: That people get goose pimples & maybe shed a tear when listening to our music. That’s my body’s ultimate compliment to a band when listening to their music.

tfr-toronto-bwOn the longer scale, and talking about our latest release, “The American Dream”, we would like to draw people’s attention to some of the wrongdoings out there in the world. The EP might be entitled “The American Dream” but it could just as well be about Germany or other European countries or any capitalist country in the world really (aren’t they all?): the gentrification of cities, where creative people are pushed out by expensive apartments moving in, rich people leeching on the creative communities in cities, trying to be hip, but really just killing the creative environment, turning the area into a conform block of condos where nothing happens except rich folks driving their fancy cars to and from work. That’s one of the subjects on The American Dream. Could be in New York, could be in Berlin or Toronto. It is a sad story happening across the world and we would like to make people aware that it is happening. Money is crushing creativity.

Why did you start making music?
Not sure why we started making music. I guess to begin with it was just fun. We were these teenagers playing music and getting wasted. Fun fact: All TFR members come from death metal bands – except Steffan who played in a blues band !! – and some other bands.

Which bands had an effect on your creativity?
A lot of bands have had an effect on our creativity in different ways. I think the band that influenced us the most is The Raveonettes. Both their sound and songwriting, but also their way of doing things. Not getting carried away by the whole music business. They have kept their live setup to a minimum over the years but always made it sound and look great. We toured with them in 2011. They had an amazing light show and a huge sound. Everything created by a 4-piece band, a sound engineer, light person and a guitar tech. Smallest touring crew ever. Perfect! Ever since that tour we have been trying to keep everything to a minimum – but the output to a maximum – and so far, I think we have succeeded.

What kind of music you listen to at home, on the road or by doing sports?
Oh man, we’re listening to a ton of different music. But the only sports we’re doing is riding our bicycles around Copenhagen, and here and on the road, we listen to plenty of music. Here are some of the latest bands and some classics: Black Nite Crash, PRGRM, New Canyons, Vaadat Charigim, Tokyoidaho, Billy Idol, Slayer, The Chameleons, Drab Majesty, Ringo Deathstarr, Fleeing Joys, The Verve and of course The Raveonettes.

Wishes for the future? Which goals you have? What´s the next? Tour? Studio? Something completely different?
We are currently writing and recording new songs for our next full length album. Not sure when it will come out but probably late 2017 or early 2018. A single is coming out this spring so keep an eye out for that! We’re hoping to play some more festivals and larger shows in the future. We like what we do and would like to keep on doing it. Simple as that. But we also keep coming up with crazy ideas, like cooking dinners in American homes. So, who knows what the future brings?

A band has to pass many ups and downs. So, what was the absolute highlight in the past and what the bitter low-point?
It is weird about absolute highlights and low-points. It can be the smallest things that ruin a show or make it the greatest night. One highlight of 2016 was playing Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho, USA. We played at a small stage and had a good crowd. After the show, we were carrying our instruments to our van and some British people across the street shouted “The Foreign Resort! You’re the winners of today!”. That made it all worth it.

The bitter low-point is always not being able to play a show. In 2015 we were invited to play the festival SXSW in Austin, Texas but didn’t have the money to do it. We have had some really good experiences there in the past and wanted to go again, but we simply couldn’t afford it. But afterwards it inspired us to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three US tours in 2015 and 2016, which again created a career highlight, when we cooked dinner at a private home in Enumclaw, Washington on Halloween followed by an intimate show in the living room and an amazing show at a venue in Seattle. What a night!

What´s the first thought by reading this words?
Music: Life
Childhood: 80s music
Blockade: Writer’s block
Gig: Fun
Home: Relax

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