Interview – Tokyo Denmark Sweden

Following the release of their debut self titled EP, indie dancers Tokyo Denmark Sweden have been touring around Australia. They spoke to Tomatrax about their music.

Tokyo Denmark Sweden

How and when did the band form?

Chris and Amy started working on music together soon after they met and Tom had been a longtime friend. Things started to take shape in late 2011 and then started to do shows in 2012.

Where did the name Tokyo Denmark Sweden come from?

It’s a lyric from one of our favourite Gerling songs.

You released your debut EP this year, what’s it like to have your first release out?

It’s awesome to have something to show for us as a band, like a mini body of work, and also have something for fans/listeners to own. Too often we had people at shows asking if we had an EP to sell, and we had to refer them to our Unearthed or SoundCloud, which doesn’t seem as special. So it’s great to have something tangible.

What made you decide to make the EP self titled?

It seemed natural to make the EP self titled. It was our introduction into the music scene.

Was it hard to work out which songs would make it onto the EP?

Not really. At the time of putting it all together we didn’t have a huge catalogue of finished songs to work towards putting on an EP. Some of the songs were old and reinvented, some written a couple of months before the EP was released. We chose our favourites. It was as simple as that.

What was the inspiration for the skating video clip for When It Breaks?

We wanted something simple and summery, and little bit nineties. It was inspired by videos like Youth Group’s Forever Young. Just something really clean and breezy.

You’ve been playing round Australia as part of the When It Breaks tour, how has that been going?

It’s been great. We played an awesome packed out show in Brisbane, not to mention playing New Year’s Eve at Peats Ridge Festival. Each show is always something different. We definitely love touring and reaching new audiences.

Is it hard to translate the studio version of your music into the live performance?

It was something we were unsure about when we first started out, and didn’t fully understand the complexities of making it all translate. But we’ve spent a lot of time building and sculpting our live set, including a drummer, and watching/learning from talented musicians, like RUFUS, Parachute Youth, and Pluto Jonze.

You entered songs on the Unearthed webpage, has this had any impact on your music’s coverage?

Unearthed was the catalyst for our success so far. Through having our songs on Unearthed, they were played on Unearthed Radio, then on Triple J, FBi and so on. It got us support slots, gigs, and blogger love. It has been so important to us.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

We never really get the urge to listen to our own stuff and by the time everyone else is listening to it, we’ve probably heard it a gazillion times when recording, mixing and mastering. But I won’t lie, it’s a super nice surprise to be driving and hear it come on the radio or hear it out at a club.

What music do you listen to?

We’re all so diverse… collectively it would be something like… ∆ (alt-J), Macklemore, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Hot Chip.

What do you have planned in 2013?

We’re in the process of finishing a bunch of new tracks which will then likely lead to a new EP. Play a bunch more shows and festivals and hopefully drop some remixes of some of our favourite artists. Throw in some DJ sets round town, and we are ready for a big year!