Audio Indulgence with Dinner
Anders Rhedin, aka Dinner, is a Danish music producer that is spinning his luck around, getting his friends together and creating an eagerly anticipated EP due out September 12th. After years of producing, Dinner is set for being directed, rather than the one directing, which has proven to be a successful formula with reviews labeling him as the lost song of Ariel Pink.
Going out, his first music video was released July 9th, was shot during an 18-hour warehouse party in Ridgewood, NYC and produced by Lily X. Meet the man behind Dinner...
What got you started?
It was summer, I was in Copenhagen, I was sitting at a balcony with a friend and sharing a cigarette. The love of my life had just left me and I didn't know what to do in my life or with music.
The friend with me on that balcony was Jannis Magriannis, front man from Choir of Young Believers - a band I used to be in and whose records I'd produced. Jannis suggested that he produce me this time to get my life back on the rails. "Just go into the studio with me and a few friends. You aren't allow to make any decisions. We'll be in charge. We'll tell you what to do"
So I went to the studio for a few days with him, Cæcilie Trier from CTM and Nicolai Koch from Pre-Be-Un, and these guys made the call that I should be the lead singer. I protested and said "But guys! I sound like a german transvestite when I sing!" "Great", they said. That how Dinner started.
If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?
Well, Mr. Wolf, I can't settle on one duet. My dream would be a barbershop-styled collaboration with Werner Herzog, Udo Kier and myself. 3 minutes of sheer acapella bliss. St. Vincent would produce the record.
Who would be your dream fan?
St. Vincent. Her music isn't really my cup of tea, but she is so talented and remarkably beautiful. I would presume she'd go on a date if she was a fan?
We'd go to a Liechtensteinian restaurant. We'd get delightfully tipsy drinking Aperol Spritzers. I'd try to be clever and talk about ritual magic and such, and I guess she wouldn't be impressed. But then I'd take her hand, maybe it would be awkward, but maybe not. Sometimes you just gotta stop talking, right? Let the Universe get its way instead of trying to force through your own intellectually conceived agenda, and who knows, maybe the Universe would want for us to kiss?...Or maybe it wouldn't.
Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours?
I just ended an email correspondence with Danish jazz-drummer and X-Factor judge Thomas Blachman. I called him an "uber-genius" and "my mentor" he called me "his idol" and also "a swine," and then he asked me to be master of ceremony at his wedding.
What are your three favourite tracks at the moment?
"Don't Cry Tonight" - Savage
"I Need a Freak" - Egyptian Lover
"The Great Dominions" - The Teardrop Explodes (Julian Cope)
If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?
Any festival in Monaco or Montenegro.
Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?
I do a specific form of Qi Gong that is very powerful - but it also involves 'free flow' which basically means dancing around uncontrollably like a complete idiot. You can always see me doing that before a show. In a humid, vomit-reaking corner of the club, or in a smelly toilet booth.
If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say?
Don't do drugs, or maybe do them if you feel like it. I don't know.
What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical?
When I'm in the studio with Jannis and Nicolai doing Dinner.
Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?
My Bloody Valentine at Roskilde Festival in...2008 I think? They were like a force of nature. The volume. The tactility of this monumental wall of sound that hit my body and soul was awesome in the truest sense of the word... they totally transcended "songs", "bands", "guys with guitars in leather jackets" all these representations... they transcended everything. Man. It was like a pop-version of Phill Niblock.
Seeing Norwegian art-speed-metal band Next Life had kinda the same vibe when I saw them play at Creepy Teepee in Czech Republic last summer. It was a warm summer night in a small town outside Prague. They had a cathedral of bones there (literally) in the town where the festival was at. A beautiful festival in this old courtyard, I ended up being seduced by an Australian girl, actually. The hotel I lived in hadn't had it's decor changed since before the Iron Curtain fell. Such a poetic 20 hours spent a that festival. Next Life was the perfect soundtrack.
Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at?
Dinner sucks pretty hard at math.
How do you know when your work is finished?
When the Universe tells me it's finished
What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc.
US-tour in the fall! EP out on vinyl in September! I've never been to Australia. I live in LA - I don't think the flight is that expensive? If any of your readers could setup a handful of shows I'd gladly add 'Australian tour' to the Dinner itinerary.