1. Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!
The pleasure is all mine! I am Asbjørn, I am basically the Danish prince of pop, but in a fucked up kingdom where princes cross-dress and pop is a free and inclusive space, where you can be whoever you wanna be.
2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?
Well, my new song and video is out! It’s called Remember My Name and it’s kind of a break-up song for my old record label, who didn’t really believe in my way of being a male pop artist. The video is a prequel to Young Dumb Crazy, which I released in May and there’s a final video coming in this trilogy I’ve made, called The Boyology Series. Basically it’s all leading up to the album, which is out in the fall.
3. Name 3 things we all should know about you as an artist
1) I dance while producing my songs, to let my body inspire and sometimes dictate the feeling and rhythm of the track.
2) I may do pop music, but I always do something unexpected (check out that key-change on “(Love Like A) Teenager” if you don’t believe me)
3) My childhood teddy Tigermouse is starring in a couple of my songs and musicvideos (I still spoon him every night).
4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?
Hardest. Question. Ever. Uhm… The way I make music is often by studying my heroes and try to make something that pays homage to them. But I always get carried away and start doing my own thing, so it comes out totally different and, well – it comes out… me. Could we call it Future Vintage? Like I’m redesigning second hand clothes into new items that both honors history and points forward?
5. Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?
A lot of my music is about masculinity and femininity, and how these terms affect our identity. Either as a positive force in our self-exploration, but also in the pressure and expectations that societal norms and ideals can put on us. At least that’s what the upcoming album is about to me; trying to define my own masculinity instead of trying to live up to some idea of “a real man”.
6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?
I jumprope in polyrhythms, which is a really geeky way to do cardio.
7. Being on stage feels like…
At it’s best playing concerts feels quite vulnerable but in this strangely proud and powerful way. I mean, it is a really daunting thing, trying to create a synergy with people you don’t know, by telling them something about yourself. But most of the time it doesn’t feel like I’m the center of it. It feels like we enable each other to let go, like we’re falling in love but without the fear of rejection.
8. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??
As a kid, I used to make songs with my mom about… anything really; wanting a hamster, my best friend dumping me, dinosaurs etc… Slowly I guess I developed my own language in songwriting. Growing up in my family was kind of like living inside a musical; my parents used music and dance as a way to just hang out, which made it a space where I could feel safe and free and let go. I really want to create that for my audience.
9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls
Well, I have always wanted to talk about dinosaurs in an interview. Every time I doubt myself as an artist, I daydream about being a paleontologist, digging up bones and being picked up by John Hammond to go to Isla Nublar. I think it’s so incredible that these creatures ruled earth for 165 MILLION YEARS and maybe the question I’d like to be asked is “If you had to die, how would you prefer it to happen” and then my answer would be: “I’d like to be demolished by a T-Rex while I’m on the toilet, please”. (if you haven’t watched it already, I demand you to watch Jurassic Park, kids).
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