Schultz and Forever

Before he had even hit 18, Jonathan Schultz, aka Schultz and Forever, was already a man in demand. From creating music in his bedroom one minute to playing at Roskilde and industry favourite Spot Festival the next, Schultz and Forever has built up a significant amount of cred in a very short time. Recognised by media giants such as Rolling Stone magazine and Denmark's biggest newspaper Politiken, the now 19 year old Schultz is about to release a new EP on October 13th and Wolf will be keenly awaiting its arrival. Nordic by Nature and Wolf present Schultz and Forever..... 

What got you started?
Boredom. Boredom is still my drive, but I started writing when I was really young just because there were instruments in the house where I was raised, so it started naturally I guess.

If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?
I haven’t thought much about this to be honest. I have literally never written a song with another person and I don’t think it would work.

Who would be your dream fan? 
Snoop Dogg I think haha. I’m trying to imagine what it would be like if Snoop Dogg came up to me after a show and said he liked it. That would be insane.

Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours?
Mac Demarco came up to me and said he loved our show when we were supporting his band in Copenhagen last night. He’s really dope.  

What are your three favourite tracks at the moment? 
The Shaggs – My Cutie
Minnie Riperton - Loving You
Sandra – Maria Magdalena

If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?
I would like to play Berlin Festival because I haven’t been to Berlin for a while.

Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?
No weird rituals. Just the classic hugs and “play well, bitches”.

If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say?
Shower. Eat well. Stay away from prescription drugs. Get fit. Perform well.

What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical?
I feel the most inspired when I am alone and I can concentrate on writing without any distractions. Normally taking a walk doesn’t inspire me, or reading a book, but it happens rarely. I like to just focus on my thoughts and feelings and try to write from them.

Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?
I think last week in Switzerland was one of the greatest shows I have ever played. There were thousands of people and I ended up beatboxing at the end of our set because I felt so good about the show. I normally never do that and especially not on stage but it was a great show. The people responded well to our set.

Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at?Cooking.

How do you know when your work is finished?
When the lyrics are written, chord progressions are written and of course when I receive the master.

What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc
There’s an EP coming out the 13th of October and afterwards we will play a small Denmark tour and possibly a European tour afterwards. 


Article: Ash Francisco
Photography: Theis Alstrup