Christopher is a very familiar face to music fans in Denmark, having released a whole armful of hit singles throughout his career so far. As 2018 got underway, the artist returned with a brand new single called ‘Bad’, and the rest of the year has seen him continue to release pop anthems that are TOTALLY irresistible.
All set to perform at Ja Ja Ja Berlin on the 6th September, Christopher will be joined by emerging Icelandic singer Hildur, as well as up and coming Norwegian musician Jimi Somewhere. And once he’s all wrapped up there, he’ll be heading over to London to perform at Ja Ja Ja at The Lexington on the 26th September!
So, read on to get to know Christopher better in an exclusive Spotlight interview, and then come and join us at the shows!
For those that haven’t met you yet, could you please introduce yourself – who are you, where are you from, and how would you describe what you do?
My name is Christopher and I’m 26 years singer/songwriter from Denmark. I live in Copenhagen and I have been touring and recording music professionally for the past 8 years.
Spotlight Interview : Christopher
You’ve already had a very busy 2018 – we LOVED the single ‘Bad’ that you dropped earlier in the year, so can you tell us a little bit about the thoughts and inspiration behind that song?
I wrote Bad in Sweden in Stockholm. I wanted to write a bouncy pop song with attitude and edge. We started with the Bass line and immediately I felt like we were moving in the right direction. Once in a while you run into these songs that will almost write themselves and Bad was like that. It only took us a couple of hours to go from the very first idea to the final structure and basic lyric of the song. I remember looking at the guys in the room when the demo was done after the first day and saying “I think we just did something special today” 🙂
And you’ve very recently released ‘Monogamy’, which has a brilliant accompanying video. What was the making of the video like? Was it hard to get the timings to work exactly right?!
I always wanted to do a video that was One take or a least had a one take vibe 🙂 We had several meetings with the production team and the crew trying to figure out exactly how to make it happen and where to do it. Finally the director found this perfect little French looking street in the middle of Copenhagen and managed to close down the entire street for a full day of shooting. We started early in the morning and ended around midnight, we only did every scene 5 or 6 times and then we waited and started preparing for the next scene. I loved working with that team and how they organized everything was really awesome. When I saw the final result I was very happy 🙂
What/who/where would you say are some of your biggest influences when it comes to creating music?
My first big inspiration was probably Michael Jackson. I still remember the first times I saw him dancing and singing to those powerful up-tempo songs with lyrics about making the world a better place and thinking to myself ” well he has a pretty cool job – maybe that’s what I wanna do when I grow up”. Later, when I was around 12 years old I picked up the guitar and my whole world changed. For a few years I listened to nothing but John Mayer. He was my guitar and songwriter Guru and I taught myself how to play all his songs on YouTube. A couple of years later I started writing my own songs but found it very difficult to write something that didn’t sound like Mayer. When I turned 17 I got my first deal with a label and then I started the search on the artist I wanted to become.
With all of these great new singles coming out, can we expect more new music from you soon?!
You can expect at least one more brand new single before 2019 and a LOT of new material in the beginning of 2019. I’ve been writing and recording intensively for the past 2 years and I absolutely can’t wait to release these songs and go out there and perform them live.
And we know that you’re supposed to love them all equally, but which are your favourite songs to perform live?
It changes a lot, but right now I love playing the new songs. I would say ‘Bad’ and ‘Monogamy’ are my favourites to play live at the moment.
We’re very excited for you to join us at the upcoming Ja Ja Ja club nights in Berlin and London! What should people who are coming expect from your live show?
They can expect an energetic and personal performance with a mix of some old and some brand new songs. I beyond excited for these show and can’t wait to play some of the brand new material for the first time.
We always like to ask – do you have any good new music tips to share with us? (Danish tips are particularly welcome!)
I think we have a lot of great music coming out of Denmark at the moment. I think you should check out both the Danish singer “Mø” and the amazing Danish singer and writer Lukas Graham. I think you can expect a lot of new good music coming from these two in the near future as well .)
And as a local in Copenhagen, you’re the perfect person to ask: If someone that loves your music is heading to Copenhagen for a day, what would be the 3 things you’d recommend that they do or see?
First of all you have to go to Tivoli. If you have never been to Tivoli you have to go, it’s one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe and is probably the no. 1 tourist attraction in Denmark. Then you have to pay a visit to Christiania. Christiana is located in the heart of Copenhagen and has a really cozy vibe and are famous for the food, the people and some other good stuff 🙂 Lastly I would recommend Jazz House. It’s a phenomenal kitchen and most nights they have jazz musicians and local acts playing on top of the restaurant in this little cozy jazz club. And they make great cocktails 🙂
Finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?
Other than playing my first shows in Berlin and London. I will be playing a showcase in Ibiza and then I have my biggest headline tour ever in Denmark. We are playing in the 3 biggest cities Odense, Århus and Copenhagen at the biggest venues I have ever played as a solo artist. As mentioned I will release a brand new single in the beginning of October and do promotion around that in both Europe and Asia 🙂