Audio indulgence with Sea Change
This Audio Indulgence with Nordic by Nature this week features the very sweet, Sea Change. Heralding from Norway, Sea change is Ellen A.W. Sunde's alter ego and passport to the exploration of the dynamic musical landscape that her sound provides. Having just released her new song Bridges on vinyl and digital release to work in with her performance at the infamous Spot Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, Sea Change sits down with Wolf to help us get to know her a little bit better.
If you had the chance to make a duet with one artist, who would it be?
I would really love to do some nice folk music. Maybe Bonnie 'Prince' Billy? Or if he was alive I would love to do a duet with Arthur Russel.
Who was the last interesting person you encountered within the past 24 hours?
The train conductor. I'm on my way from a gig in my hometown in Norway to Oslo. Train ride takes 6 hours.
What are your three favourite tracks at the moment?
I rarely listen to tracks, I'm more of an album kind of girl, but if I have to choose:
Warpaint - Keep it healthy
Wild Beasts - Nature Boy
Sleep Party People - Floating blood of mine
Oh! I need 4…
Lana del Rey's newest single - West Coast
Do you have any weird rituals before going on stage?
No not really. Sometimes, if I'm really tired or unfocused I've adapted from the Sekuoia boys to do ten push ups just before you're about to perform. It's a really good way to get focused before you go on stage.
If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, what would you say?
I would say the same as I would today. Focus on making the best music your able to make. Follow your gut. Be fearless. I'm working on this all the time.
Being a musician is a pretty awesome skill, but tell us about something you are not so skilled at...
Hmm... I'm fantastically unskilled when it comes to drawing. I think my friends can laugh for hours if the topic of me drawing a horse comes up. I tried once - it was really horrible. I was told it looked like Satan's dog or something. Yes that's right, Satan's dog that got rabies... But I really do love to draw!
How do you know when your work is finished?
I never know. Sometimes I actually perform unfinished songs. Those songs evolve when I play them live over months, they are always under construction, and can transform during a period of time. Both the melody and the lyrics. I really like that. Everything is in constant change.
It's different when I mix and produce because at some point it needs to be finished. I can get a bit crazy and a little bit manic in the mixing process. So its really important to take a long break from the song. When I pick it up again, I usually know what to do with it. If I don't know what to do, then its finished or I need to trash it.
Talk us through the best concert or show you have ever seen? Where was it and why was it so amazing?
I think that might have been a concert with the Danish band Under Byen when I was 16. Of course my age at that time had something to do with it. They were supporting this local band in Kristiansand where I lived and we had gone there to see the headliner, but when the support started to play they just blew me away.
The music was so dreamy and overwhelmingly beautiful. They had all kinds of instruments like cello, trumpet and even a saw. I had never seen or heard anything like it, the music was so mesmerising and hypnotic. The girl that sang was so blond and skinny, she looked almost transparent like glass, and she was singing in this whispering voice that sounded almost like she was about to break. It was really a momentous experience. That has followed me since.
After the concert we were told they were called Under Byen, which translates to Under the City. It was perfect! The next day I bought the CD.
What's coming up? Albums, tours....
I'm going on a small tour in Germany with Kreidler, I'm really looking forward to it. I love Germany! We are also doing some headline shows there and I'm really excited about them! These days I'm also working on my debut album that hopefully will be out in late autumn.