As we head into the final weekend of August, we speak to Swedish composer and musician Henrik Lindstrand about his new single ‘Hallonlandet’ from his upcoming new solo album release.
Now based permanently in Copenhagen, we find out about his musical career so far, some top tips on where to eat in Copenhagen, and some great recommendations on what we should be reading, listening to, and watching!
Please tell us who you are and what’s your sound?
I’m a Swedish pianoplayer and composer based in Copenhagen. For many years I’ve been a 1/4 of the band Kashmir and for almost as many years I’ve also been writing music for film/TV and lately also video games. I am about to release my third album as a solo artist. All sounds on these three albums come from piano/grand piano. That has been the creative frame I’ve worked with, to only use my old main instrument. I’ve allowed myself to manipulate the piano sound in different ways in order to create different soundscapes. Dense atmospheres, dreamy ambient textures, minimalistic beats or clean and pure piano, often with felt. It has been very inspiring to see what I could get out of working with one instrument only.
What exciting projects have you got coming up?
I am releasing my new album Nordhem on Oct 23. Because of the pandemic times we live in I’m not able to play as many concerts as I’d like to, but there are a handful in the pipeline including Sweden, Germany and Denmark. I’m also writing on a new video game for Light Brick Studios (we did a game last year called Lego Builder’s Journey). There is also a new film I will start writing for later this year. We have a reunion coming up next year with Kashmir which was postponed this year. We haven’t played together since 2014 so we need to prepare some. Looking forward to that as well.
Where did you grow up and what music influenced you?
I grew up in a mid-size town 2 hours west from Stockholm called Örebro. There was plenty of music in my childhood, I started playing the piano at age 3 and I’d say my grandpa was my biggest influence during the first years. He played old evergreens like On the sunny side of the street and Side by side. I was fortunate to have good teachers along the way and am thankful for the free education through the Swedish music schools. It gave me a pretty broad introduction to many different genres. I started out with classical but gravitated to more improvisation and jazz and rock as a teenager where I started playing in different bands.
What cool places do you recommend to visit in your city (bars, restaurants, etc)?
Copenhagen is filled with great restaurants. I highly recommend a vegetarian place called VeVe. I also love Kadeau that will reopen during the autumn. Formel B and Geranium are other favourites. These are all hi-end restaurants but there are also plenty of great places where you can get affordable gourmet-food- for example Les Trois Cochons, Geist and Uformel.
We love recommendations – what have you been listening to, watching, or reading recently?
A couple of things I’ve been into lately:
BOOKS: Tyll- Daniel Kehlmann, Permanent Record-Edward Snowden, Homo Deus- Yuval Noah Harari .
SERIES: Succession, Big Little Lies.
MUSIC: Te Deum-Arvo Pärt, The Greatest Gift-Sufjan Stevens, Jackie-Mica Levi.
Finally, what was the last thing that made you swear out loud?
Probably when I dropped a shelf on my foot last week. Clumsy and annoying and it hurt like hell.
To find out more on Henrik’s work and keep up to date with his news you can visit his website by clicking here HenrikLindstrand.com
Interview by Alex Minnis