“The magic thing about music is that songs, and feelings for songs vary, in two months we may have another favorite song…”
The Swedish band The Majority Says has been on our watch-out-for-concerts list and so we are really excited to catch the 6-piece band live in Berlin this coming Tuesday, at the Bi Nuu Club. They are starting their Introducing Tour today in Cologne and will head over to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt after that. Lead singer Hanna Antonsson has an enchanting voice – and she seems like such a doll as well. We had a chat with Hanna Axel Engström, Timo, Emil Berg, Jonathan Lennerbrant, Mathias Jonasson about their music, interhuman relations, about how important fashion is for them and what they think of the Berlin hype.
Life without music would be…?
Life without music for us would be quite boring and sad, since we’re together almost all the time, playing music or listening to music I think we would be doing other things. Without music we wouldn’t have met each other, that’s for sure. We would have hade other professions, we would have been teachers, gardeners and programmers. Some of us may have wandered the world on a pilgrim’s journey.
Your EP is called “Between Love and Simple Friends”. Which one of the songs is your most personal one?
All the song is personal in some way, otherwise we wouldn’t have written them. The magic thing about music is that songs, and feelings for songs vary, in two months we may have another favorite song. The songs on the EP have different feelings, and suit us different in different moods.
Who of you is actually responsible for writing the lyrics?
Most of the lyrics is written by Emil, some of Mathias and some of Timo, we try to help each other when we’re making music, everyone is involved in completing the songs.
“ We believe that we can transmit a special feeling with our music.” If I understood right this special feeling is about interhuman relations and love, something that you feel strongly between each other as a band as well. What are the most difficult parts regards to interhuman relations in your eyes?
Humans are difficult, we just wrote a whole record about it, I think humans never will understand their own way of working, that the magic of love and relations.
And talking about that what have been the most difficult situations for you as a band so far?
We’re actually smooth sailors, the biggest issues we have is that someone does not do their own dish in the rehearsal studio or so. That’s one reason we’ve come this far, we try to stick together, help each other out, talk about feelings and such.
You all look very stylish – how important is fashion for you? And is there the pressure of being stylish as a musician?
I don’t think fashion is that important to us, I think it’s more important for us to dress as we want to, we don’t want no other person to tell us what to wear.
Whether you call it fashion or just clothes somehow it’s art, it has something to do with music. The way you dress is a way of expressing yourself, just like music, that explains the importance of it.
“Run Alone” is the title of your song video release. When was the last time you felt really alone?
Hard to say, maybe last time we were in Bremen and had nowhere to stay after the show. We had forgot to book a hotel and it was after midnight, we had no one to call and nowhere to go but the van… It all went well though.
“Our music is a lot about growing up and taking new steps in life without really knowing what the future holds.” Nevertheless not knowing, where would you like to see yourself in a few years?
We want to play as much as possible, of course. We want to meet new interesting people, play for new crowds and see different parts of the world. We want to continue doing what we’re doing now, but in a bigger scale.
You are coming to Berlin next week ( 18.02/ Bi Nuu) and we look forward to see you guys! What are your thoughts about Berlin – are you jumping on the “Berlin-Hype-train”?
We’ve understood that Berlin is a hip city and what happens in Berlin is hip. Of course we want to be a part of that, but that is not our aim. Hopefully the hip people of berlin like the thing we do, but we’re not changing just to fit the taste of Berlin.
Are you still nervous before playing live?
Sometimes of course, we’ve done so much shows but still it’s hard to get rid of the nervousness. It’s a part of being a musician, being nervous. Every show is a new experience, that’s why you’re nervous.
What´s the most important thing for you in life?
Being together, express ourselves, feel joy and play music. Those things we do all day, The Majority Says.
images by Samuel Westergren