Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Young Dreams

Young DreamsSometimes we come across a band who simply put us in awe with their songwriting skills, and Norway’s Young Dreams are one of those bands. After reading Young Dreams’ answers, we admired the band even more. When asked to create a new law they said, “Make good music. Music with an intention to create a genuine reaction on the listener…” We honestly couldn’t agree more with this. Loving Young Dreams’ music and views on music, we’re excited to share our interview with the band to everyone! Have a look as we spoke with the band about their debut album Between Places, friends jumping on stage, and more!

AMBY: How would you describe Young Dreams’ sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Young Dreams: Symphonic Pop Trance Psychedelia.

AMBY: You have just released your debut album Between Places. What does the band have planned next?

Young Dreams: Right now we are on our European tour. Then comes some festivals and the hopefully a trip to USA in the fall. We have also started the recording of our second album so we will hopefully finish that this year and start on the third next year.

AMBY: Fog Of War is a remarkable song, what is the story behind it?

Young Dreams: It was an attempt to make a concentrated version of the musical and genre fusion that we like.

AMBY: Your cover of Tame Impala’s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards is ace. What other songs would you like to cover?

Young Dreams: Not really sure. We did a cover of Daniel Johnston a while ago which is on the internet somewhere. SoundCloud or YouTube. I much prefer spending time on original material.

AMBY: Does hailing from Bergen, Norway influence your music and if so, how?

Young Dreams: I guess it does in a way. It rains a lot and there isn’t much to do out side so we stay in a lot. So it’s easy being productive. Another thing is that the industry is based in Oslo so we don’t really relate to it that much. And the size i guess has something to do with it. Since the city is so small the different scenes hang out in the same places so you don’t have the punks hanging with their own or the indie or rock guys hanging in their own part of town. Everyone kind of hangs together. Which can be a good thing cause you get ideas and different approaches from different worlds.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Young Dreams: Stravinksy’s “Petrushka”, The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”, Milton Nascimento’s “Clube Da Esquina 2”.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

Young Dreams: There isn’t really much room for surprises in our set since it is very arranged and “produced”. But when we played at Karma Lounge in SXSW suddenly a friend of ours jumped up on stage. We didn’t even know he was at SXSW. He is a drummer so he started playing percussion and jumping all over the stage. Our Modular people thought he was a stranger messing up the set so they were about to get him thrown of the stage but when the song was over it was obvious that we knew him.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Young Dreams: Releasing our second album. And touring more countries. Maybe doing some more colabs with interesting bands.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

Young Dreams: Make good music. Music with an intention to create a genuine reaction on the listener not just to sell it and feed the listeners mind with shit that gives it constipation. There is a lot McDonalds and KFC music in the world.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Young Dreams that nobody knows yet?

Young Dreams: We are not normally 12 people on stage we are 6. Matias never sings lead vocals on the album, Chris and Rune does most of the leads.


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