Interview with Rasmus of Musik Til Mor


Tell us a bit more about yourself, what attracted you to the world of music and how long have you been performing/writing/recording?

My name is Rasmus. I’m 27 years old and I study at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. When I was a child, my parents thought it was a good idea that I learn to play an instrument. But it was first as a teenager the interest for music became my own. At that age I started my first band and I also started writing songs.

The reason for me working with music is an interest in all the things that we don’t understand and cannot explain. Like in poetry, where a major part of the message lies in the things that are left unsaid. Therefore, my primary focus when writing songs is composing the music, because through music I can express thoughts and feelings that I didn’t think I had access to.

How long did it take to record the new disc? Are you happy with the reception it’s had so far?

We recorded the fundamental tracks during a weekend. After that I spend two months recording more instruments and vocals, and finally mixing and mastering the record. The record haven’t been drawing a lot of attention to itself yet, but it is not keeping me awake at night. Now the record is out there and it will probably get picked up by people at some point.

Why the name Musik Til Mor?

Translated from Danish it means Music For Mother. I understand the name in a more abstract way instead of the specific meaning. The concept of motherhood is very strong and it has a great existential depth, because all humans are born by a mother. We have all been given life. A little bit like we use the term Mother Nature.

What’s your earliest musical memory?

I don’t know. I have a bad memory. And generally I’m not so good at remembering stuff from my early years.

I love the video for Virkeligheden Kalder, was the idea yours?

I created the video with two of my good friends. The concept was to create a video in one day. And we succeeded. It is written, filmed and edited in 12 hours. We started out by talking about the lyrics, which circulates around perception of reality, and then we tried to transform some of those thoughts into pictures. The opening shot is a nice example of how you as a viewer believe in the reality that is presented to you – until the illusion bursts.

What is your favourite song/piece of music that you’ve written and why?

I’m listening a lot to the music I’m writing and I think that some parts of it is very good. But I cannot pick one specific piece, because my perception of it is changing in the same speed as the weather. Some of my friends think that the track LYS OVER DIG from the record RØD is the best. It is about this girl that I met three summers ago, and whom I fell in love with in a way that I never tried before. I wrote the song when I was visiting her in Oslo.

How do you know when a tune you’ve written is complete?

I don’t think that I’ll ever complete a composition and actually I’m not interested in doing that. There are two reasons for it being that way. The first reason is that I like to paint with broad brushstrokes and then paint a lot of pictures, instead of painting with more details and then produce less. Right now I think that I’m learning more by working like that. Secondly it’s about leaving space in the piece for the listener’s own experience, and giving him or her the opportunity to complete it on their own. Maybe I’m using the word complete in two different ways here.

What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?

There is a lot of music that I would wish that I had written –  well aware that I could never have written it. I see it this way; if I had written that specific great song, I wouldn’t be able to write the things that I’m writing today. So if I could change history, I wouldn’t . One of these tracks could be Lars H.U.G – Mon De Kan Reparere Dig?

What musicians have been your biggest influence and in what way?

Even though I’m not listening to them anymore, I must admit that Blonde Redhead probably have had the biggest impact on me in terms of writing music to Musik Til Mor. I have stolen a lot of things from them – things that I think that they did good, but not good enough, and then I tried to do it better. Like Godard says: “It’s not where you take it from, it’s where you take it to.”

Name a song that makes you happy and why does it have that effect?

Slim Harpo – Raining In My Heart. At first glance the title doesn’t sound so encouraging and it isn’t. But in this slightly melancholic vibe I find something very beautiful and optimistic. And even though my girlfriend doesn’t agree, I think it’s a very good track for a romantic dance. Besides that it’s a very light track and it’s leaving good space for the listener.

Name some of your favourite records.

The Shaggs – Philosophy Of The World
Daniel Johnston – Rejected Unknown
Iceage – New Brigade
John Cage – Thirteen Harmonies (Roger Zahab)
Portishead – Third

What other bands/artists are you digging at the moment?

I’m not really digging anything right now, but I’m searching for it.

Who would you like to tour with?

I don’t have any idols in that way, so I’m ready for touring with almost any band, as long as they are nice and play music that I can relate to.

What question would you like to be asked that you never are? (and what would be your answer?)

There are many things that I would love to talk about. Especially I like to discuss art, spirituality and existence. But it’s hard to say anything smart and brief at the same time about these things. But it’s a nice recognition that you always must doubt yourself.

What’s next?

Right now I’m writing material for the next record and when it’s done me and my band is going to rehearse it, record it and release it. Besides that we are going to play more live gigs.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

I think that I would like to have silence for my funeral. Otherwise I would write a piece of music that should be preformed. But there are also some very beautiful psalms and hymns that I like very much even though I’m not a Christian.

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