Alexander Grandjean – “No Words” feat. Maenad [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Warm, organic, soulful.

A Spanish guitar, lush vocals, some very cool brass and a fully emotional melody. Tell us a few things about your new song No Words   

I was visiting family in Oregon and at Portland airport, this Spanish guitar caught my ear, so I went to the guy and asked what song he was playing. He said he was just improvising, and I asked him to play it again so I could record it. His name is Jason Okamoto and the recording you hear in the intro of the song is the recording from the airport.

What is the main topic of your lyrics?

This song is meant inspire people to speak less and feel more. We don’t always need a lot of words to connect with each other. But I write about many different things, and other songs from my album are about deeper love, losing someone you love or facing your own demons.

How do you relate to the music scene of Denmark? What do you love and what do you hate about this place.

There’s a lot of great artists, producers and writers in Denmark and Scandinavia generally! I love the Nordic model for society with high taxes and then everything is already paid for like schools, hospitals, roads etc. But I’m very tired of long, grey winters. Sometimes I miss more soulful and alternative indie artists to work with in this part of the world – there’s a lot of great pop but I think we need more edgy artists (we have some!).

If No Words was the soundtrack of a film, what would the film be?

A Tarantino movie taking place in Mexico.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Learn to play more instruments, co-lab more openly, and build a strong musical family where people support each other instead of competing. And worry less.

One last thing we should know about you?

I’m releasing my debut album in May and the whole album is made as a 40 minute film that I want you to see. See you on Instagram.

Thank you!

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