A guitar, a unique voice and a devotion is what Schultz and Forever is all about. The young wiz-kid has, in a very short period of time, given the danish folk scene something to chew on.
For starters: this might not be electronic music, but wow…this guy has blown our mind!
He released his first ep "Odd Stories" in December 2011 and was immediately getting attention from the danish blogosphere. Afterwards he played at the Spot Festival 2012, where he was headhunted by the Parisian record company Cracki. They wanted to do a record with him, which lead to him taking a weeklong trip down to Paris in September 2012, to write and record the upcoming ep.
In January 2013 the results of the trip were released, "Céline", with a total of 5 songs.
He has shown big potential and has been predicted a promising future by danish media, such as Politiken, Gaffa and Soundvenue.
Andreas caught up with the folk wiz-kid to have a chat about his recent tour, experiences and the background story of his project.
A: You have been out touring a lot the last couple of months right? What has been the freakiest experience so far?
SAF: I was playing a gig in Silkeborg in Denmark and brought a couple of my friends with me. It can get a little boring being alone at gigs sometimes. Right before the show, me and my friends met a dude from Nepal, who was in possession of some smokable shit. He asked us to smoke with him, and we did. When the pipe burned out and we were finished smoking, he told us that it was Opium…I went on stage with a fully crowded room staring at me, sold out and all. I was so baked, but I did a good concert. It was very relaxed and i enjoyed it till the end.
A: Have you received some warm welcomes?
SAF: Yes i have! When i arrived in Paris for the first time back in September, to record the "Céline EP", i played a private concert in a friends apartment. When i was finished playing, the crowd kept clapping for a really long time and they were totally quiet during the concert. That was a mind-blowing response to receive from the audience. They tend to be like that in Paris, which is a thing i really like. Of course in Denmark the audience are amazing too, but with a more critical view, compared to Paris.
A: Did you play many solo shows or did you bring your band all the time?
SAF: Actually, the recent tours i have been playing solo. There is another tour coming up with the Raveonettes, where i'm also going to be playing solo. After the Raveonettes tour, there is another tour coming up with Dangers of the Sea, where i'm bringing my band. We're gonna have such a good time…drinking lots of snaps and wine.
A: Doesn't it get pretty lonely sometimes, playing solo shows and all?
SAF: Of course it's much more fun playing with my band, but the first thing that hit me, when i got started playing a lot of shows, was that i really like being on tour. Just the feeling of knowing there is a gig waiting for you the day after or the day after tomorrow, is such a rare and incredible feeling. Plus i get to play lots of music, which i'm really happy about. It would be a dream come true if i could do this for a living.
A: You have been to Paris on and off the last couple of months. How come you are drawn back that often?
SAF: It might be their frankness. I admire their way of welcoming new people and their way of looking at new music. Nothing is taken for granted.
A: Have you considered moving there after high school?
SAF: Yes, it occurred to me numerous times. It would be cool to say "fuck it, i'm moving to Paris" as soon as i graduate. I actually got a job offer in the summer. The job description is making salads, while people watch you doing it. Pretty decent job.
A: Then do it!?
SAF: It's kind of an intense thing to do. I have a full-length album coming up later this year, which is being recorded here in Denmark, which probably means that there will be some touring here afterwards. I've got some offers from a couple of different recording studios, including Black Tornado (a legendary rock-studio) who wants to produce a record with me. So the whole moving to Paris dream might be kind of a drastic turn for me.
A: Here's a cliché question: What inspires you to write music?
SAF: It's always been a natural thing for me to play and write music. I come from a very musical family, where there's always been a guitar and a piano in the house. When i was a toddler, my older cousins would put place me in front of the record player, put on some Neil Young and Nick Drake and make me listen to it. It's been a musical upbringing for me.
A: How come you chose guitar as your preferred instrument?
SAF: It's the most cool-looking instrument of them all (haha). It has always been the instrument i would find myself most attracted to. I'm not the best guitarist, in my own opinion, but for me it has always been about knowing the basics and writing your music from there. I took guitar lessons, until my guitar-teacher insisted that i had to learn reading music notes. That wasn't a thing i was interested in at all.
A: What was your personal goal with "Céline"? What where you looking to achieve?
SAF: The purpose of the trip was to record an EP with the people from Cracki Records. I visited for a week and had 3 days studio time, so i knew that i was on a thight schedule from the beginning. I wrote all five songs while i was there and recorded them the last 3 days My goal was to make a record that would satisfy me in all possible ways. Something i would listen to, and never get tired of. The funny thing is that my previous EP "Odd Stories" was also written in 3 days at my home-studio (my room). I was in process of writing a harsh school-assignment and was informed by a friend, that the deadline for the danish Spot Festival was expiring in 3 days. From there i recorded the 3 tracks for "Odd Stories". And they liked it. Surprisingly, i work better under pressure.
Fun fact: the version of "Falling", that you can hear on the EP, was recorded in a one take.
A: Did you have a band with you for the newest EP or did record all the instruments yourself?
SAF: I didn't bring my band no, so i recorded all the instruments myself. I really like it when the producer lets me do it all by myself, while he's just concentrating on his work. He really gave me the "Do what ever you like" thumbs up. He had ADHD and he smoked a whole lot of medical weed from sunrise till dawn. We had three chilled out, but very productive days in that studio.
A: How is the process of writing a song for you, since you can write five totally new songs in a week?
SAF: Writing songs always happens when i'm bored, ex. when i get home from school, i usually pick up my guitar and start writing. Typically, the chord-progression happens first whereafter the lyrics takes place. Often, it is a quite short process for me.
A: Just out of pure curiosity, do you have any relation to electronic music?
SAF: Yeah, i actually started fiddling with FL Studio when i was at continuation school a couple of years ago. After a while, i found out that it was a quite shitty software, so i started using Logic Studio, which i'm also using now. I still produce from time to time and it's normally very fluent and spacy things. I have a soundcloud profile, where i post it. I think i've reached about 60 followers….yes! It's really nice being able to post anything i want, because nobody gives a fuck for what i post on soundcloud. With Schultz And Forever it's a longer process, because the record company has made a sort of plan for my music and how it should promoted etc.
A: Does it bother you that the record company controls your music like that?
SAF: Not really…It's kind of a new thing for me, being signed to a record company and all. I'm just enjoying it at the moment, also because i'm working with a group of really nice and descent people. It might irritate me in a couple of years…but for now it's totally fine with me!
A: If you had to smoke your last cigarette ever, what track should be the one blasting out of your speakers?
"William Basinski - Disintegration Loops 1.1"
SAF: It's an one and a half hour long track that was recorded while the World Trade Center collapsed. 3 saxophone tones with a hell of a lot reverb. I remember Pitchfork posted it when i was at continuation school, and since then i have heard it every night when i smoke before i go to bed. Amazing track!
A: Last question. Vinyl or Mp3?
SAF: Vinyl Vinyl Vinyl. I'm attracted to that shit. Any time, any day…i would rather buy a LP, than buying a album on Itunes.