How did the band come to be?
I used to be a drummer in various bands until I decided that I wanted to sing my own songs. I knew that I didn’t want to be in a set-in-stone band constellation, so I teamed up with two producers and various hired hands to work on my music. You could say that A Permanent Shadow is a solo project with a band name.
Do you have any releases coming up this year?
We’ve just released a single called “Shining Star” with another one due in early November. In March 2022 we’ll have our second album out.
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
I put much thought into the lyrics with an awful lot of tedious rewriting. I tend to avoid the typical boy-meets-girl subject matter and rather focus on less obvious stuff. On our second album “Humdrum” there will be songs about ageing, self-help gurus and tsunamis among other topics. I hope that the listener will be able to identify with some of the lyrics. Musically, we try to keep things interesting with unexpected hooks and left-turns.
With everything that is going on in our world what is one cause or organization that you are passionate about?
I am a trained grief counselor. I am passionate about people and their life stories. Some people are dealt a difficult card in life, so if I can help to point them towards a new direction I’m happy. I don’t support any particular organization though.
What is your writing process like?
I write all the lyrics and the basic melodies and my producer friends Albert and Valentí flesh those out with arrangements for keyboards, guitar, bass and what have you. We try to be as ego-less as possible and leave the word “no” outside the studio door. We tend to try anything even though some ideas might end up in a cul-de-sac. But that’s the fun part about being creative.
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
We all love Bowie, so there’s lots of references to his music in our songs. I strongly believe that the music should somehow reflect the lyrical content, so there’s always a basic mood we seek when composing. In terms of instrumentation, it’s usually rhythm first, what with me being a drummer, and then Albert weaves a web of synths around that. He’s a real gearhead, which helps. We don’t shy away from quirky sounds and weird ideas.
Any tours coming up soon?
Not now. As a self-managed artist you have to choose wisely how to promote yourself, otherwise you can run out of financial steam really quickly. We are doing lots of live-in-studio stuff which we share on social media, but for the time being we have no shows coming up.
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
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