It’s a busy ol’ week for Denmark’s The White Album, as they’re not only releasing a new mini album entitled Conquistador this week, but the band are also readying themselves to head to the UK to take part in London’s favourite Nordic music showcase, Ja Ja Ja on Thursday. As such, this would be the perfect time for us to introduce you to this fine trio of musicians, hailing from the ceaselessly creative hub that is Copenhagen. A shining example of how years of friendship can lead to musical sublimity, the band released the originally titled The Album to acclaim back in July of last year. Returning with this new release hosting six tracks written in the Danish wilderness, we can’t wait to hear what this fantastically bearded trio have in store for us next.
How did you guys first meet?
We’ve been the closest of friends for ages and started making music together from our late teens in our hometown, Odense.
What’s special about your relationship, and how does your musical relationship work?
It’s full of love. We tease each other a lot, because we know each other so well, but we feel safe around each other. Like family.
Musically it’s full of respect for each others skills as artists and musicians and we have developed a sense of when to step in and when to let go over the years. A good example of our efficiency is the very short time we spent making Conquistador.
We had most of the songs written beforehand, but the process from the first recordings until we had a finished mix, was less than 10 days.
What skills does each member bring to the band?
We all cover pretty much the same areas musically, so it’s more a case of bringing our different tastes together and then hope for magic.
What music do you all like, and which things (both musical and non-musical) did you first bond over?
We’ve been listening to heaps and heaps of music over the years, and we all agree that we just love the universal language of music. Preferably genuine and honest, heartfelt music.
What do you aspire to with your music?
We hope to bring some more beauty into the world. And also, we just can’t help writing, singing and playing. It’s what we love to do.
How would you describe your sound, music and attitude to someone who has never heard the band?
Three Danish men with big hearts, big beards and big bellies playing alternative folk music with a hint of Nordic melancholy.
How did you go about writing and creating Conquistador?
We wrote most of the tunes at home and then met up for a week in a countryside cabin for additional writing, arranging, recording and producing. Final mixing was done in 3 days at Jakob’s studio in Odense.
Was making the album as you thought it would be, or was the process very different to your expectations?
It was pretty much what we expected it to be. We like the simplicity of not overworking the arrangements, it feels more direct that way.
What do you think is special about Copenhagen as a musical city? Is it a good city in which to be a band?
There’s so much talent and inspiration to be found in Copenhagen these days and we’re proud to be a part of that scene. There’s a lot of healthy competition and everybody is supporting eachother. It’s very tough financially, but that’s probably the case for any indie band around the globe.
What should we expect from a White Album live show?
We have a pretty dynamic show, where we showcase both quiet ballads as well as some tunes with a more loud energy.
On top of that we have beautiful songs and we look really cool.
What are your plans for the future?
We have a few important shows coming up both in London and Copenhagen and we hope to land even more in the future. The next big thing will be the making of our debut full length, to be released some time next year.