Artist Interview: Kasbo

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How do you handle song requests when you are DJing?

give them a nod, a thumbs up, and then never play the song

 

What do you do when equipment goes on strike?

I’m very stressed out when it comes to shows and want everything to be perfect. If it’s during a show i’ll try to find a way to work around it and if it’s not possible to mask it i just say it on the mic to the crowd. Once i had to go on the mic to tell my tour manager to fetch fresh batteries for my in-ears haha.

 

What are your musical influences as a child?

I listened to a lot of indie bands, like franz ferdinand and the strokes. But it de-pends on what age we’re talking about, my taste changed quite a bit when grow-ing up.

 

Is it even possible to argue about musical tastes?

It’s hard to say someone has a bad taste in music. i’ve found that people having a bad sense for when certain music should be played is a lot more concrete and real though. There’s a time and place for all sorts of music I feel, so you don’t neces-sarily have bad taste just bad timing.

 

What was the worst job you ever had?

I was working as a dishwasher one summer and the owner was kind of an ass-hole. It was a two man job but she would only hire one dishwasher on for the day. I would only get paid for 8 hours of work but had to stay until every single dish was clean, which usually meant working for like 12-14 hours. Being completely soaked in water for like 12 hours would usually mean i almost couldn’t even walk home afterwards because my feet were so sore from being wet for that long

 

Describes your sound to someone who has never heard it before?

Organic, intimate and emotional dance music that makes you wanna cry and dance at the same time

 

What would you do if you weren’t a musician?

I’ve wanted to study psychology for a while, i think i’d be really interested in that

 

Which style of music should have the most followers? And why?

I mean it’s art, you can’t really say what should and shouldn’t have most follow-ers.

 

What is the most important musical equipment invention of all time – and why?

Hard to say but for me it’s probably the drum machine since I feel like it was the starting point for electronic music.

 

What would you advise to become a professional?

You have to full heartedly love what you do. There’s absolutely no guarantee of money, fame or anything in this field of work. You can work your ass off day and night for 5 years and get nowhere. If money or fame is even a bit apart your motivation that would be devastating if you don’t reach success within that, if love of making music is your motivation those 5 years will always be 5 years well spent.

 

Which track would play when you stepped into the boxing ring?

HAAi – It’s all something we could learn from


 

Kasbo Unveils “Lune ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic” the Final Single from His Highly Anticipated Album, The Making of a Paracosm

Album To Be Released October 23 on Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records

Pre-Order The Making of a Paracosm And Listen to “Lune ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic”

Today, Swedish producer and electronic artist Kasbo returns with the final single ahead of the release of his sophomore studio album The Making of a Paracosm, set to release on October 23 via Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records. “Lune” features Australian ambient band Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and is the fifth release from Kasbo’s upcoming full length project, following the success of his most recent double single release of “Staying In Love ft. Nea” and “Skogsrå,” and earlier singles “Show You” and “Play Pretend ft Ourchives.”

Listen to “Lune ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic”

“Lune” is a testament to how well Kasbo and Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s signature sounds compliment one another. With both artists rooted in the indie-electronic crossover space, Tim Bettinson’s dreamy, fresh vocals are the perfect counterpart to Kasbo’s meditative synths and soaring soundscapes.

Kasbo on “Lune”- “I started Lune right before my Places We Don’t Know tour in late 2018 where Tim was supporting me. I remember working on the song in the back of the tour bus and thinking to myself that Tim would be the perfect fit for the song, having been inspired by falsetto vocals from Bon Iver and Sigur Ros when making the instrumental. We never ended up recording anything on tour but in March this year, I convinced him to come to Gothenburg to hang out and record in my studio. He came and that night was when corona really broke loose, Trump announced he was closing travel to the states, and Tim who was going back there was really confused over what to do. It all felt like a big movie, it felt like we both now were stranded in Gothenburg all of a sudden, which was a very surreal feeling at the time. We ended up recording the vocals for Lune that same night. Tim is a pro and came up with the melody line really fast and we spent the rest of the night fine-tuning the mixing, lyrics, and overall vibe. So happy we finally made something happen together.”

Tim Bettinson of Vancouver Sleep Clinic adds — “I’ve been a fan & friend of Carl’s for a while now and was grateful to finally be able to collaborate with him on Lune when I spent a couple of special days visiting his hometown earlier this year. To me Lune feels like a sonic representation of the sacred conversations you share with a memory forever lingering in your dreams.”

Vancouver Sleep Clinic is the brainchild of ambient singer, songwriter, and record producer Tim Bettinson. Their 2017 debut album Revival received widespread support, earning recognition from new fans and critics alike, with “Someone To Stay” reaching over 50 million streams. Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s latest project Onwards To Zion (2019) has revitalized their artistic purpose and allowed them to take their journey to a more joyful and lighter space, while maintaining its original sense with matured intentions and clarity.

Since the release of his breakout EP in 2015, Kasbo has positioned himself as an unstoppable force in the international electronic music landscape. His first full-length album, Places We Don’t Know, earned over 200 million streams, received praise from The FADER, COMPLEX, Dancing Astronaut, This Song is Sick and more, and introduced fans to the transportive nature of Kasbo’s imaginative productions. His highly anticipated sophomore album The Making of a Paracosm pays homage to his Swedish heritage both thematically and instrumentally throughout the project, which features collaborations from a host of Swedish creatives like Frida Sundemo, Freja The Dragon, Nea, and NOOMI. The Making of a Paracosm will again immerse listeners in a new surreal universe, born out of the dual worlds that live inside Kasbo’s mind between reality and the escape from it.