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Nordic Playlist # 14 – Lemaitre

Lemaitre

Norwegian electro duo Lemaitre have had an incredible year!

Mar 2014
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They released their fourth EP Relativity 3 as well as a remix EP, they performed far and wide – from Roskilde Festival to London’s iconic club Fabric – and they topped their year off by signing to legendary label Astralwerks, home to the likes of Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers and Deadmau5.

And that’s not even mentioning their series of performances at this year’s South by South West Festival, or the release of their acclaimed latest single ‘High Tide’. All in all, these two musicians are keeping very busy indeed.

Lemaitre – also known as Ulrik Denizou Lund and Ketil Jansen – are currently living and writing in LA, preparing to unleash their debut album upon the world. We asked Ulrik to take some time out of his hectic schedule to talk to us about some of his favourite Nordic artists, and to share some of his favourite tunes from the region with us – and we can confirm that the guy has seriously good taste.

So scroll down to read an exclusive interview with Ulrik, and tune into his Nordic Playlist by pressing the ‘Play’ button just above!

First of all – congratulations on signing with Astralwerks! It seems to have been a crazy busy time for you since then – playing SXSW, by:Larm, New York… Can you tell us what the last few months in the life of Lemaitre have been like?

Thanks! It’s been hectic but a lot of fun. Our first shows over here [the US] have been really great. Sold out every night and crazy crowds. We have a studio set up here now and are working on new music to be released soon. It’s been really fun and I just hope that we can continue living out here in the sunshine.

We’ve read that you’ve been spending a lot of time in LA – how has your music been received there, and how are you finding working as musicians in such a different city to your home city?

We’re living here now for at least a year and hopefully many years to come. It’s been received really well, we have always had a pretty good following down here, but it’s cool to see it first hand. There are a lot of musicians and producers here, both working here and stopping by. So you’re more in the middle of everything. And Europe isn’t further away than a 10 hour flight.

What are you loving about LA and missing about Oslo?

It’s summer every day, the food here is great, and everywhere. There is a lot to do here. You have the ocean, hills, desert, mountains, downtown, though things are really spread out. Though we have really little time for activities it really helps that the sun is shining every day. Oslo is smaller, and maybe more cozy, at least when it actually is summer there and the sun doesn’t go down 4 o’clock. Since it’s small you always meet everyone there.

So being able to live in LA and still travel a lot back to Oslo is kind of the best of both worlds. We are going to spend the two months of summer in Norway this year touring, which is really nice.

What have been the highlights of your recent adventures?

Playing New York, LA and San Francisco was really great. Fans here were really enthusiastic. Can’t wait to do a more extensive tour of the US and Canada later this year.

Is there any news on an album release yet? Anything that you can share with us?!

We are releasing a new EP now pretty soon, but an album is in the works and will be our next thing after this EP. We are aiming for late this year, but it’s hard to say when that will be ready.

Do you remember the first mixtape/playlist you ever made? What was on it and who was it for?

Hmm… hard to say. But probably for my MP3 player when I was a kid, featuring The Strokes, Rolling Stones, old school Hip Hop and Daft Punk.

Has anyone ever made a mixtape or a playlist for you? If so, can you remember what was your favourite track on it was?

Hmm, I started out discovering music through my father’s record collection and brother’s playlist on our computer. I think one of the first songs I remember really clearly from his playlists was Phoenix’s ‘If I Ever Feel Better’. Which is still one of my favourite songs.

Can you tell us about some of the tracks that you’ve picked today and why you selected them?

These artists are some of my favourite established and upcoming Nordic acts. Lots of good electronic music coming out of the Nordics now.

You’ve picked two tracks from Ágætis byrjun, the second album from Icelandic legends Sigur Rós – how did you first hear about them, and what appeals to you most about their music?

I have known about Sigur Rós for a long time, but really didn’t start to appreciate their music before I heard ‘Staralfur’ in the ending of my favourite movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Can you tell us about some of the tracks that you’ve picked today and why you selected them?

These artists are some of my favourite established and upcoming Nordic acts. Lots of good electronic music coming out of the Nordics now.

You’ve picked two tracks from Ágætis byrjun, the second album from Icelandic legends Sigur Rós – how did you first hear about them, and what appeals to you most about their music?

I have known about Sigur Rós for a long time, but really didn’t start to appreciate their music before I heard ‘Staralfur’ in the ending of my favourite movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

I really like that they sing in Icelandic, which is a beautiful language. It doesn’t really matter that I don’t understand what they are saying – I rarely pay attention to that in songs I listen to myself. I really like their big sound, instrumentation and beautiful melodies.

The Nordic Playlist is all about discovering music from the Nordic countries through recommendation – can you tell us about a Nordic artist/album that was recommended to you, and is particularly special, or has been particularly influential on you? 

I don’t know if I have hidden gems or stuff that most people don’t know about already… But one of the most influential Nordic album must be the classic Melody AM from Røyksopp.

Which artists from Norway would you recommend we tune into? Any old and new favourites? 

Cashmere Cat and Kygo are doing great stuff and getting a lot of attention all around the world.

And finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you? What are you most looking forward to, and what can you reveal of your plans for 2014? Can you give us some hints about what you have in store for your show at Sentrum Scene? 

We are really looking forward to start working properly on a full length album. And play more shows in Europe and the US. We don’t really know what will happen after summer yet. Of course the Sentrum Scene show in Oslo will be a big deal for us as it will be the biggest headlining show we’ve done to  date. We will upgrade the live show and add more members to the live setup. We will also be playing new tracks and put on a cool light show. Hopefully it will just be an amazing party!

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