Following what felt like 10, 000 nights without them (pause for applause…) Alphabeat are back with new song, Shadows. We caught up with them to find out what we can expect from the rest of the year.
Great to have you back! What have you been up to since we last saw you?
Great to BE back! Stine has been working as a solo artist and Anders B and Anders SG have been writing for other artists. They also have an electronic duo called THANKS.
Why was 2019 the right time to comeback?
Because it just felt right. We definitely needed some time apart to try out new adventures, but we slowly started to miss making music together. Suddenly one day Anders and Anders had a song they thought would be interesting to try out with the band, and Stine came by the studio to work on it and it was kinda magic. We sent it to the other guys and they loved it instantly, and a month later we met up in a summer house and started working on new songs. The new songs have been quite easy to write and it feels great working as a band again.
We recently celebrated 12 years of your debut on our podcast Track By Track, where we discussed the music scene back then, and the fashion… What are your memories of that time?
We were so young and experienced so much in such a short time! There was something very special about releasing music without too much knowledge of the industry, marketing plans and so on. We just did what felt natural for us and that made our debut album quite unique and full of raw pop energy. That’s actually our main focus right now too – following the band energy and that great gut feeling of loving the songs instead of worrying about charts and fitting in.
We were also huge fans of your second album, The Beat Is. What was your inspiration for it?
We listened to a lot of ’90s dance and house classics back then. Black Box, Robin S, Nightcrawlers, CeCe Peniston. Calvin Harris released I’m Not Alone as we worked on the album and we were really into his sound. Our approach was quite DIY. We made almost everything in our Hackney flat, doing vocals in the cupboard since we didn’t have proper acoustics and stuff. We then got the album mixed by a world class mixer called Serban Ghenea.
What can we expect from the new album and when will we hear more new music?
We are releasing a new (great) single before summer, which is super care free and positive, and we are very excited about releasing the album later this year. We’ve made an autobiographical song which is very close to our hearts, a song called Goldmine which is 100% pure energy, and we are currently working on our first full blown ballad. We actually also have a song talking about the current environmental crisis. In a very Alphabeat-ish way, haha!
Can we expect some live UK dates soon too?
We are working on setting up some shows in UK as we speak. We would love to go back and play to a UK audience!
You’ve had so many wonderful songs, what are your favourites?
The songs people scream out at the top of their lungs are always the funnest songs to play live. Fascination, Boyfriend, The Spell, 10, 000 Nights, DJ, Heat Wave…
Who excites you currently in pop?
Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, Kacey Musgraves and Labyrinth.
Listen to our celebration of This Is Alphabeat on Track By Track: The TRASH Music Podcast here.
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