Axel Flóvent – „Chasing the Night“ + Exclusive Interview

1. Thank you very much for your time! Before we introduce your new release to our readers – what kind of drink would you recommend to sip on while they listen to your new music?

A good warm cup of chamomile tea is the only right option here. 

2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

I’m releasing my second full length album on June 7th. It’s called “Away From This Dream”. I’ve released 4 singles from it so far and I have one more coming out in the end of April before the album comes out. For this record, with the help of my amazing friend and director Magnus Andersen, we made a music video/visual story for every single song on the album that will come together and be released with the record and post record. I have a tour in Denmark in April supporting an amazing Faroese artist called Marius Ziska and right after that I’m touring Germany supporting an amazing Austrian artist called Clara Louise we’re working on some nice stuff for the summer but nothing more locked in yet.

3. We live in times of many conspiracy theories. Which, harmless, theory would you wish were true? (For example Dinos living inside Earth or E.T. living in a home in California)

The moon is made of cheese. 

4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

Soft boy hipster vintage – The style of clothes you would have thrifted at a vintage store in 2016 (To be clear, not the Y2K, you would thrift now in Berlin or NYC). 

5. Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

My upcoming album “Away From This Dream” paints where I am these days as a person and as an artist. In songs like “When the Sun Goes Down” I’m reminding myself and other people that need the reminder that we got it! It’s in us we just need to keep going. Sometimes you just need a reminder that the work you’re putting in is making a change and has its own purpose. It’s hard to depend on other people and the outside world to give you that reassurance so I wrote the song to be a mantra I can use to remind my self that at the end of the day everything is okay. 

I try more often than not to pick apart feelings that I’m feeling and write a lyric that helps me process it and go through it. It’s quite therapeutic. While writing this album I have also been thinking a lot about what I am other than this artist that I show the world. I’m a big people pleaser and a codependent so a lot of these songs go into the topic of communicating in the state of trying to please for the wrong reasons – to get approval and not be forgotten. Sometimes being an artist and getting constant approval makes it hard to work through the need of getting that approval because as soon as you don’t get what you’re used to, the whole world falls apart. “Away From This Dream” is about the idea of who I am if I loose my dream (and the idea of loosing my dream is to not get attention, affection and money for what I love anymore which is a real privilege in itself which I try to not take for granted – but in the world of everlasting change it feels like it’s fading away.) 

6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?

I haven’t practised at anything other than music for years but I used to be ok at skateboarding and I loved juggling as a kid.

I guess I could pick up both again with some practise.

7. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

01. The visual part of my music is very important to me and I make a point being involved in it.

02. I write my melodies before I write my lyrics.

03. I am aware that a lot of my lyrics are not clear and hard to understand and sometimes, most of the time it is intentional cuz it sounds better that way imo.

04. I was an arts student before I became a musician.

05. I really like using abstract lyric writing to pick a part a feeling and make it open to the listener to adapt to them. 

8. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

I guess time has been on my side since I started young. I learned to sing with doing it for years before starting to record my voice.

So I found my voice from practising and then recording myself sing in my bedroom so I got to know my voice from a recording standpoint as well. Same with writing, and I guess playing has always been more of an emotional expression in my mind than technical but I did study classical guitar for three years from 13-16 years old. With what I learned on the technical side there and my curiosity to play something that felt new and refreshing I started writing. I’ve always been a fan of finding ways to do something new with something old. So I used the most simple techniques, chords and chord progressions to write something that means something to me. But all of that came from growing up in a musical family. My dad is a guitar collector so I got my first guitar as soon as I was interested at the age of 9 and my brother was a self-recording and self-releasing artist for all my youth and still is, so he was a big inspiration and I wanted to just follow his footsteps. 

9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls

What is your favourite star constellations?

It has to be the “Aquarius” cuz it looks like a person doing a front flip. 


Foto Credit: Magnus Andersen