Today Swedish producer and songwriter Andreas Kleerup is releasing a mini-album as a follow-up to his much acclaimed solo-album Kleerup. On the new album As If we never won he has once again collaborated with famous female artists like; Niki & the Dove, Maja Ivarsson, Jenny Wilson and Norway’s pop talent Susanne Sundfør, with space disco feelings, 80’s vibes and acoustic surprises. When I got the question if I wanted to do this interview I didn’t hesitate one second, Kleerup’s music is gold for me as a synth fan. He’s a giant in the Swedish music world and a fighter for what he’s gone through.
My photographer Victoria Stillwell and Andreas Kleerup are running around like crazy, photographing inside of the restaurant Riche in Stockholm when I arrive. Riche are filled up with chattering dining guests and Andreas asks me if I want to sit somewhere quieter, but it’s hard to find a less noisy place during this time in the afternoon. Finally we find a place in a little corner between the restaurant and the kitchen, maybe not the quietest place but we can talk alone here. Andreas tells me about why he often choose to collaborate with women, why he actually doesn’t like listening to music and of course details about his new solo album.
The driving force can sometimes be that the heaviness compels you to keep on going, to see the good through the bad
Why have you chosen to only release a little part from the album now?
–I wanted to drag out the fun a bit; if you release everything at once then it’s instantly over. My favorite album is In a beautiful place out in the country with Boards of Canada, that is also a mini album and that size just suits me very good. You could say that my new album is in a bit of an ADHD size.
In which way is it different from your previous work?
– It is about other things and is recorded in another way. It’s more of a mix between the first album, Me and My army and Aniara. It contains more live-instruments than the first, contains more synth-sound than Me and my army and isn’t as dark as Aniara. So it probably reflects where i am now.
Thank god for sending demons has been following from the Me and my army album to this solo album. It stands out markedly with its acoustic clang as a contrast to the rest of the strong synth tracks. Why did you choose to bring that one into the new album?
– I usually always show what comes next and I will release a full acoustic album next year. I think that it’s fun to only have a microphone and that thing with angle the guitar right for the best sound. It is nice to get away from the computer and the studio too.
But does that song mean a lot to you, since it has been following you to this album as well?
– That one, yes! It really means a lot – it’s a bit like stamping on the wicked and embracing the light. The driving force can sometimes be that the heaviness compels you to keep on going, to see the good through the bad. Thankfully, I got over that threshold and I feel great today. I’ve yet went through a lot and when you finally understand how it works it is like – Thanks, you made me finding right.
What feelings do you want to mediate with the album?
– The first album was about relationships that never work out, the concept with this was about relationships that you hope will work out but it doesn’t anyway. I want people to feel that music doesn’t need to be stupefying, my goal is to create music to people that actually likes the music and cares about the aesthetics. That’s the place I dig and want to be in and I’m very grateful that people like what I do.
What do you think people likes with your music?
– I think that people notice I’ve invested all my life in creating music and that I have a symbolism with it. I mean, this is my art form. I listened to so much music when I was young and I’m probably trying to pass on some sort of tradition so that many older people also like it.
I’ve always gotten along best with women, they understand me and I understand them
So what did you listen to when you were young?
– I listened to my brother’s mixtapes on the country, a lot of rock, jazz, pop and Carola Häggkvist.
Is that so? Carola?
– I was in love with her.
Why is it that you almost always collaborate with women?
– Because women are awesome! I love the female voice and I’ve always gotten along best with women, they understand me and I understand them. I rather listen to women talk over dinner than a men.
Why are women more interesting to listen too?
– Men, what do they babble about? Women have more tenderness and are much stronger than men. They can just handle things in another way.
That’s nice. I read in Nöjesguiden that you don’t like listening to music; you rather hear it in your head than for real. What did you mean with that?
– If you hear it in your head then you get some sort of desire to listen to it, but when you listen to it the desire disappears. Generally it doesn’t give me that much, unfortunately.
What will happen after the album release?
– I will probably do this, talk to journalists.
What is the greatest thing with your work?
– What I think is the greatest? Every part of what I do is great. Sitting here talking to you is great.
Why do you think that this is great?
– Because this means that I have completed something, that something has gone from thought to product and that I actually can feel – Ah, nice. That was that.
Like closing the sack a bit?
– Yes. That is why it’s so nice to release a mini album because then it’s not over yet, it will come more rounds of this.
“As if we never won” is being released today and the complete album in the beginning of 2015.
Photography by: Victoria Stillwell