Röyksopp - Running To The Sea feat. Susanne Sundfør
An interview with Svein and Torbjorn tonight at "Skavlan" on swedish TV 1.
http://www.svt.se/wd?widgetId=23991&sec ... position=0
Edit: I've been trying to translate from norwegian as far as I can understand it.
Fantastic to have you here for the first time. I saw your preparations earlier today and you actually brought laser with you. Is that because you're going to play for us?
(Svein) - Yes.
Very retro. It's been a long time since we saw laser...
- Well maybe that has something to do with your age then. (smile)
You said so just to provoke...
To me laser is serious stuff.
- It's a little bit 70´s retro, yes, such as with The Who and all that.
But I think for a person who is 15 yo today it's "Swedish House Maffia" or something similar that "is laser".
- ...and we. So we are somewhere in between prog rock and Swedish House Maffia.
Within the genre "electronic music" you're actually veterans.
(Torbjorn) - Yes you can say that. We have done this for quite some time now.
I thought about this backstage earlier if we're going to talk about when we first started. That's really a long time ago.
Just to pick a number, 1990 is closer to Apollo and the moon landing then the time from 1990 until "today". So it puts some perspective on the wholeness.
How old were you when you first started?
- We started to make some music more seriously when we were around about 12 yo by the means we could bring some musical instruments sort of speak.
It was electronic allready then?
- Yes. Sort of drum machines and synthesizers.
(Svein) - I'd just like to add, at that point in time when we were just kids about 11-12 yo
and we met people having these synths we were much more dogmatic and strict about the fact that is has to be
"synth!" Not drums or guitars.
We have become more allround with age and nowadays we have got more genuine drums.
How has the technological development been for you?
(Torbjorn) - That's very interesting. The technology has changed completely until today.
The knowledge to store music have become so much more publicly open and available.
If you go back to the pioneers in the 70's, Kraftwerk as for example. Their methods remained as professional secrets. But today insted of having a secret method many artists writes a software with their method and shares it. I'm sure that everybody sitting here has got the computing power, perhaps in their own cellphone to go on google or any other search engine and search how to download music softwares and without very much effort download it. You can find a manual on You Tube and within 15 minutes you can make at least very standard dance music.
So the problem is everybody can do all that?
- Yes, well you'll need "a little". You'll need a cellphone and a little computing power and some speakers or some good head phones.
(Svein) - That's what's so interesting that it becomes very similar all together. Everybody uses the same instruments all the way.
So it becomes a challenge to find a singularity. Something that is unique with the music you're making.
You have started to work with Susanne Sundfor, a fantastic singer.
- That's correct. We have had singers, independent artists in particular under our umbrella. The reason is that we all know where we are coming from (has got things in common (+ some words I couldn't quite make out