What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?
Alexander Wahl: We haven’t released any albums yet but we are currently working on one, we have only released EPs, Easy Pleasures and our latest release Citrus.The fun part is to create and let things happen spontaneously without too much thought. This is kind of the concept of Animal Daydream, it’s like some kind of adult playground where we make all the rules and anti rules in a blend of social silliness, caffeine, beer and spicy food. The most fun is to destroy boring songs and remake them into fun songs.
Daniel Fridlund Brandt: Yep, and we always try to keep the recording process fresh by not using the same formula each time. If we get to comfortable it tends to be boring, so a lot of our songs contains first or second takes. If the feeling is right it´s not necessary to play every note perfect. The instrumental bits comes very easy for us but the singing and the lyrics is what takes more time.
If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?
A:Not a favorite question for me. I usually get hooked on a song and terrorize all my friends, telling them how awesome it is. Lately it has mostly been old songs like Take It To The Limit by The Eagles and Love and Mercy by Golden Smog and Talks We Used To Have by Fargo. A while ago I listened a lot to EZTV, the whole album is really great and Dust in the Sky is a super song.
D: I also find it hard to let a couple of songs define me as a person, but I can say that I still think The Byrds – Lady Friend is one of the best pop songs ever recorded, even though I heard it too many times during the years. Stuff I been listening to lately:
Doug Tuttle´s latest album It Calls On Me (which deserves more attention for sure), Felt – Forever Breaths The Lonely Word, Melody´s Echo Chamber – s/t, Goran Kajfes – The Reason Why Vol 2 and the latest Wild Nothing record Life Of Pause. The Morgan Delt record blew my mind some year ago and recently I have been rediscovering early The Posies albums and 70’s era Steely Dan.
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
A: I guess that it’s easier to spread your music and you don’t need lots of money to make records. We make music for fun and industry sounds like work and work is not fun.
D: Exactly, you can record an awesome record in your bedroom and you don´t need expensive studios and corporate label money to get it out there. The downside is that there´s too much information and distractions everywhere so it´s kind of hard to cut through the noise. If people do not love the first 10 seconds of a song they skip to the next.
Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
D: Hmmmm. This is a tough one. Our friend Tommy Lindström AKA Gondolen DIY-released a great record some years ago.I guess not that many people have heard it. It´s on Spotify so check it out!
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?
A: I’d probably go for some classics and make some kind of vertical word of the letters like “Color” or “Pay my bills so I can play rock n roll”.
Can’t Explain – The Who
One Way Ticket – The Breakaways
Looking The Magic – Dwight Twilley Band
Oh Babe – Van Duren
Round and Round – The Edgar Winter Group
(Hidden track My time – The Pretty Things)
D: Haha. Next question please.
What’s up for the next couple of months?
D: Hang out, make new music, release a super limited edition cassette containing both EPs, travel, welcome the Swedish summer, eat some Indian food (regular joint close to our studio The Zoo), have a couple of beers and release a new video.
A: Yes, all that. Our latest release got some pretty awesome reviews and I guess I’ll be hovering on those for a while and continuing making songs.
School steals a lot of time but keeping the mind busy gives a lot of inspiration and I’m thinking that the songs we are working on right now are the most interesting so far.
D: Thank you for your interest and check out our stuff if you haven´t yet!
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