“I’m not really trying to be difficult. I just wanna lay the cards on the table”

Our very own Radar blogger Victor Holmberg, a.k.a. 1987, just released his debut album Härskarkonst. We had the chance to say congrats, and ask him some questions about it.

Congrats to your album! How are you feeling about it?
– It feels very strange… I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time and now I’m finally releasing it. It feels like a dream actually.

Last fall you told us “I’m feeling a bit weird having to work alone with it. And not being able to talk to someone about it”. Has the process of making this album been a lonely one?
– Yes, but I think it’s been good for this album. I think I just needed to do this for myself to get what I wanted. But I feel like I probably won’t do it again.

Is there a certain theme on the album?
– Well I guess there is. I’ve never thought about it. But if you listen to it I think you’ll get the sense of it. I think it’s a very straightforward album. I’m not really trying to be difficult. I just wanna lay the cards on the table.

Do you have a favourite song on the album? 
– It’s very difficult for me to say. I don’t really look at it like that. I think all of the tracks have their own purpose on the album.

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Your lyrics are very personal and seem to be such an essential part of 1987. How important is writing lyrics for you?
– It’s very important to me. I spend a lot of time with lyrics. For this album I wanted to write something that made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Something real. And I tried really hard to find what was bothering me. And write it down. But sometimes it just is what it is. I can feel a bit trite. But I can’t help it, because for some reason I have to stay honest.

You’ve been hyped by a lot of music journalists and blogs. Do you feel it’s all been happening fast or more like an ongoing process?
– I don’t know. It’s hard for me to see all that when I’m in it. But for me this feels like a very slow and comfortable process. I’m not expecting to be liked by everyone or to even be listened to. But for me it feels like this is growing at a nice pace. And I definitely hope to reach more listeners this year with my album.

For this album I wanted to write something that made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Something real. And I tried really hard to find what was bothering me. And write it down

How is it living in London and also being a part of the Swedish music scene? 
– It makes no difference at all I think. Also I don’t really know anything else. It’s just been nice for me to kind of step away for a while and be able to get a bit of distance to it all. But I guess now once the album is out I’ll have more time to get a feel of it all.

Which artist would you like to work together with?
– There are a lot of people I’d love to work with. I love writing with other people and hope to get a chance to work with more of them this year.

What’s happening next for you?
– I’m gonna try and enjoy the fact that I just released my album for a while. But I’m back in the studio now and have a lot of projects that I’m excited about. So it’s gonna be a fun summer I think.

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Photography by: Isabella Ståhl