SXSW Interview: Dinner

dinnerIt’s that time of year again kids. You guessed it, it’s time for us to start prepping for everyone’s favorite good time in March… SXSW. As usual, we will be doing everything we can to get you people ready and prepped for the fun times ahead. As part of that plan, we’ll be giving you some interviews from here on out focusing on some bands we think you should be paying attention to during the festival. Today we kick of these interviews with one from Danish group Dinner. Project mastermind Anders Rhedin has given us the responses. Follow the jump for more.

ATH: There was a lot of hubbub last year concerning corporate sponsors and pay to play and what not at SXSW. As a band, what’s your reason for coming to pay at the festival? What do you hope to get out of it?

AR: Dinners reason to come and play is to come and play.

ATH: For most SXSW sets, you get 30 minutes to leave a lasting impression. What’s your plan of attack? You have a set list mapped out yet?
AR: I get up there and try to channel what The Board of Directors Upstairs want me to say and do. Whether that leaves an impression or not is out of my hands, so it would seem pointless to worry about it. However, I am a human bing, not a saint, so I do worry sometimes. In my experience, we all worry. Thats fine too.
ATH: The festival caters to music fans, but food and booze are an important aspect of the fans and the bands. What’s your band’s food and beverage of choice?

AR:Dinners favorite food? Oysters. And burritos.
ATH: There are tons of bands coming into town. Who would you ideally like to play with of the 1000s of bands gracing our city? Make your own optimal line-up.

AR:1000 bands? Really? Thats a lot. I dont know. I couldnt choose. Does it have to be 5? Cant I just play with all 1000 bands? I guess Im doing that already. Life is good

ATH: We are partial to SXSW obviously, but what festival do you feel is the best around?

AR:I would say the best festvals around are those were you fall in love. Or those close to the French riviera.
ATH: Let’s say your band has been booked an official showcase at a pop up venue somewhere in the middle of 6th street. The lineup features thrash metal, hip-hop, spoken word, and you. The sound is horrible, the lineup is not your style, and the crowd seems angry at the world. How would your band deal with such a situation?

AR:Id silently send waves of loving kindness towards my fellow performers and the audience. Then I would leave.

ATH: What’s your favorite album to come out in the last year? What’s playing in the tour bus?
AR:Choir of Young Believers – Grasque
ATH: The digital age is upon us, like it or not. What are your band’s thoughts on streaming services like spotify, pandora, etc.? Blow em all up? Or embrace the future?

AR:Blow up streaming? I wouldnt know how to do that. Im really intro holograms. I cant wait till The Digital Age bestows more holograms upon us in general.

Don’t forget that Dinnerwill release a new album entitledPsychic Lover on April 1st via Captured Tracks. Stay tuned for show times and locations during SXSW. And thanks again Anders!

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