Audio Indulgence with Boeoes Kaelstigen

After a Swedish grammy nomination for the debut album, Tanum Teleport, back in 2010, Boeoes Kaelstigen are back with the new single, Be the Lights. Likened to the pop stylings of Röyksopp and Robyn, the creation of Boeoes Kaelstigen was a successful endeavour for Leo Nathorst-Böös and Tor Rauden Källstigen. The Swedish duo have remixed the likes of Familjen, Tove Styrke, Seinabo Sey, Duvchi, Jonathan Johansson, Firefox AK and Andreas Tilliander, with their new single, featuring Stockholm pop performer/producer Hanna Brandén aka Name the Pet, is sure to keep adding to their suite of audio treats. Nordic by Nature takes Wolf to meet Leo and Tor....

What got you started?
The urge to try something new. We were next-door neighbours who had been making music together for a year or two when we started Boeoes Kaelstigen as an attempt to see if we could turn our ideas of trance-influenced pop minimalism into something great. It worked! 

If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?
A machine-to-machine duet with Giorgio Moroder in 1984. Like that amazing scene in “Electric Dreams” – We're not amazing singers, so we'd be happy to let computers do a fair share of the work.

Who would be your dream fan?
Sofia Coppola. We'd love to make a soundtrack for her. 

Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours?
Tor: I just got back from Taipei. I didn't get to meet the first president there, but at least I leeched off his wifi. 
Leo: I'm on an island out in the middle of nowhere. In the last 24 hours I haven't met anyone outside my family except a horse named Hector. 

What are your three favourite tracks at the moment?
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
Jessie Ware - Tough Love
Lido - I Love You 

Sun Angels - A Drink Before The War
F(x) - Butterfly
Rank 1 - Airwave

If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?
We're super thrilled to play at Berlin Music Week in September. Which in turn means that the only ‘festival’ left on our wish list is Ibiza.

Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?
First of all, topping up the fog machine is really important to us. Leo might have a sip of his home-brew Böös-beer and Tor usually brings something hardly drinkable from Poland. 

If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say?
Don't look back, make something new. The best music is always made tomorrow. We're really looking forward to hearing what the music of 2020 sounds like and we'd would hate for it to get too retro or set in its ways.  

What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical?
Inspiration and creativity is 10% of making music, the rest is just hard work. The first inspirational spark can happen anywhere you take a laptop and a pair of headphones. Being on the move is a great way to get inspired – that feeling of turning breathtaking landscapes into chord progressions.

Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?
Cornelius' Ultimate Sensuous Synchronized Show at Södra Teatern in Stockholm. It's an old theatre so you sit down for concerts. Cornelius was perfect for the space, playing something in between a concert and video show. Plus the music was awesome. 

Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at?
Leo: Singing. It's so much easier to find amazing vocalists to work with.
Tor: My general sense of orientation is horrible. Before smartphones I used to print maps of my own city to get around. 

How do you know when your work is finished?
When there's nothing left to add or take away. Finishing is the hardest part of making music, and is the bane of working without deadlines, at home, with few constraints. Sometimes it takes two days to make a song. With some songs we just never get to that spot but refuse to give up. It's like diplomacy – repeating and refining the same things over and over again until you've actually achieved something.

What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc
We're working on a new album following up on Tanum Teleport, navigating in a landscape between love and space.

Article: Ash Francisco