We are currently recording a bunch of new (and old) songs in our tiny suburban studio in Denmark. This snippet is from a song in Danish. Stay tuned for the full album later this year.
Hurrah! Today we welcome ARENA the single and video to the world, starring feather eyelashes, white gloves, sleek haircuts and funky moves:
Did you know that the large crystal around my neck is from the annual street fair at 103rd street on the upper west side? I was a whopping 20 dollars. The award for best comment on it goes to Christopher Henry for: “Does that one take you back to the mother ship?”. The white lace jacket is from the second-hand store on Nørrebrogade in Copenhagen that doesn’t only sell clothes and furniture from dead people’s houses, but also sugar, flour, jam and other goodies that outperformed the expiration date of their owners.
I had an amazing time writing, recording, producing and shooting ARENA. A very special thanks to Michael Miltersen / Sepia Productions, Tommy Rasmussen / Smussen Design and of course Kristian Baek.
My grandfather Boy played a little salon music for me when we were working today, inspired by a new piece I’m writing. He’s helping me with the score for it. He is 78 years old and pretty awesome.
Boy & Line / click to play
Salon music was a popular music genre in Europe during the 19th century. It was usually written for solo piano in the romantic style, and often performed by the composer at events known as “Salons”. Salon compositions are usually fairly short and often focus on virtuoso pianistic display or emotional expression of a sentimental character. Common sub-genres of salon music are the operatic paraphrase or fantasia, in which multiple themes from a popular opera are the basis of the composition, and the musical character-piece, which portrays in music a particular situation or narrative.
On the 4th of July two things close to my heart materialized: the Higgs boson and the video for the upcoming single ‘Arena’. Kristian, who originally helped me compose ‘Arena’ and is singing the backing vocals, was home from New York for the Roskilde Festival, so we hijacked him for the video. Snap. The dancers Elematronics (Maria Miz Gold Guldmann & Julie Joules Kunz) did a spot on choreography and dance for the video, we were blown away. These girls are so young and have a great future ahead of them. Talk about talent.
The video was shot at photographer Bo Egestrøm’s studio in Copenhagen. We felt like kids in a candy store. Bo had everything we needed and he is just awesome.
Tommy did an amazing job directing and shooting, staying cool, calm and creative all day. Elematronics aka Maria & Julie, runner Gustav.
The tools of the brilliant and lovely makeup artist Dana Mario.
Don’t smile to the camera.
Kristian and Firebird.
Black or blue? Blue or black? Testing colours on Gustav before they end up on me.
Elematronics doing their magic. These girls rock.
It’s a wrap because the makeup is a mess.
Me and one of my favorite instruments, the jew’s harp. Just a little show-off for a dear friend of mine.
Tights by Geoffrey Mac, legs by me, guitars, t-shirts, furniture and photos by Lance Horenbein. I ended up modelling for this sneak peek of the Fall/Winter tights after the team behind Mr. Mac saw my somewhat leggy EP cover. Once again I thank you dad for providing the genes (even though you gave me super straight eyelashes, sigh…)
Geoffrey’s design is absolutely brilliant and like nothing I’ve ever seen. This jacket is insane and I wish it was mine. The same thing applies to this dress. Bonus info: our beloved Debbie Harry wore this amazing dress performing at the Standard NYC this New Year’s Eve. Approved by Debbie, approved by me.
Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious “Destroy” tee (1986) and leather jacket from Metropolis.
Leather jacket from Sears (1986). On the back: Minor Threat “Bottled Violence” and a Corrosion of Conformity sticker. White Yamaha RGXA2.
Silver leafed B. C. Rich 1980’s warlock and Scorpions “Love at first sting” tee (1984). Aka the Eagles of death metal. Enjoy the wonderful association sequence on how Eagles of Death Metal got their name:
And this would be the idiot of death metal holding a Dean Baby ML Guitar.
Exploited tee (1986) and Tennessee Walking Horse ladies show tie (1960-1970’s)
The L-Team of Lance, Line and Lily (that’s the name of my bike) spend the Super Bowl Sunday before the game fooling around in Chinatown. Highlights included fried dumplings at “Fried Dumplings” (logic at its finest), cherries and Van Halen street posters. As always Lance was behind the camera, great work my friend.
“Don’t be afraid of the dark, Be afraid of the morning, for the morning always tells the truth”. From “Where are the rebels?” by Joseph Ridgwell.
Back in the studio. Feels so good. We can cancel Christmas, it’s ok. Recording makes me happy and jolly like an idiot. Right now I’m working on the track ‘Arena’ with Michael Adler Miltersen from Sepia Productions. It’s one of the first songs I wrote – the original GarageBand files are from 2007. They sound SUPER crappy, but the song has a very special vibe and it’s still one of my favorites, so I decided to let ‘Arena’ be the first song to finish for my upcoming album set to be released in 2012.
Yes, I love making music.
Go ahead and sing.
For the geeks.
For the über geeks.
Drink, drink, drink your spinach juice. Good for you.
The observant eye will notice that the big speaker is upside down. Reason? To have the treble hit the ear directly when sitting in the chair mixing. Pretty clever.
Michael is going to Kiev to see IAMX this week – painted here by the talented Gregers Albrechtsen – so we will have a short break. When he is back from the vodka, meat and music mayhem, Kristian Baek from Honolulu Blitz will visit us in the studio to do the backing vocals.
“The skinny monkey/shivers and shakes/the chain around its neck/rattles a requiem…”