Star Horse Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Star Horse Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

1

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:
Last year things started happening again for us, after laying low for a
while, finishing our album in quiet. Finding our new bass player
Viktor, signing with Startracks and finally sending our record to press
were highlights for sure.

2

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:
‘You Said Forever’ was kind of a last minute decision actually. We
couldn’t seem to find a suitable name for the longest time, and when we
stumbled upon these words in the lyrics of “All the Pieces”, it felt so
right, right away. Having a crushed hope kind of bittersweet aftertaste,
it describes the whole theme of the album.

3

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?

Answer:
“Last Life” and “Of the Universe” was originally one song. We split
them when we were discussing song orders on the record, so that Side A
would end with “Last Life” and B would start with “Of the Universe”.

The
21st of December 2012, Maja and Andreas were alone in Maja’s moms
summer house in the snowy countryside. Kind of believing but not
believing the prediction in the Mayan calendar that the world was going
to end that night, looking out the window at the snowy darkness waiting
for the apocalypse, wondering what it would be like.

4

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:

Maja: People who turns atmosphere and emotions into music, like Angelo Badalamenti.

My
father was a violin teacher so I started playing at the age of two.
Swedish folk music was a big part of my childhood and early teens. I
quit playing altogether as the pressure to practice for real and focus
on classical music grew. I lost the fun in it.

Samuel:
Anything and anyone that makes a human connection through music. I
rarely am interested in genre wars or nerding out over any particular
musician, but rather I’m interested in the humility that comes with
describing life and living through the vehicle of music. That being
said, the longest standing love affair I’ve had in music are with
anything remotely connected to soul music, dreampop, and certain
electronica.

Andreas:
I started playing guitar at the age of 18. I was more of a sports guy
before that but think that my teenage crush for Nirvana really got me
into learning. What really inspired me to start writing music was when I
fell in love with The Libertines.

5

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you

like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Answer:

Samuel:
Creating, for sure. There’s nothing like the electric spark between
four people pulling out a brand new idea together, and developing it to a
song. It’s the one thing I could do for hours at end.

6

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:

Samuel: I don’t like playing other people’s songs as much as making something new. It feels better being a contributor.

Maja
-When I was around the age of 17, I often felt like listening to
something that I didn’t know where to look for it. And then I saw a
documentary on TV about Khonnor, who made songs on Fruityloops in his
mom’s basement in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I decided to try to make that
music I wanted to listen to. I made a few songs, one called “Aishiteru”
that we remade with Star Horse years later.

7

Lamitschka:  What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:
Probably our different backgrounds in musical preferences within the
group. It helps making our sound what it is. Sometimes the cross-breed
is awkward and ugly and sometimes it’s a delicious fruit. Like putting
reggae beats underneath dream pop music.

8

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?

Answer: Maja: Basically anywhere outside Stockholm. Japan is high on my list though.

Samuel: United States, for sure.

9

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer:
One tall and three short people smiling, avoiding eye contact. A
keyboard waiting the whole set to be played on “Albatross”. Some
movement from the tall guy. One or two drumsticks flying. Pedals.

10

Lamitschka:  What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:

Maja: Cranberries – Dreams

Samuel: Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Andreas: The Libertines – Time For Heroes

Photo (c)  Sven joel Nordvall

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