Before we begin, let me tell you a story. Pink Moon, a little-known singer-songwriter, was the subject of my obsession. Nick Drake was the artist, and he died terribly early. His views were not just passionate and conversational, but he was also inextricably linked to his music. As if it were a link to the ether. Stars in Coma might be a reincarnation of that wonderful musician. Repeat the Narrative is the title of the new album. Repeat the Narrative was created by Andre Brorsson. Whether you call it pop, alternative shoegaze, or slowcore, the music’s evocative quality remains. The guitar chime is present in this tune, along with cheerful, moving notes. It has a secret new wave moment, but it isn’t leaned into.
The guitar flourishes and embellishments provide easy break from the background churning, which may become tedious. Because the vocals are exposed and raw, they draw you in to read and understand the lyrics. What would it take to have some peace of mind, knowing that society will not accommodate us? Since the beginning, this band has been consistently pushing the boundaries of musical experience and understanding. You’re Still Frozen in Time is still relevant as art, and its worth is only increasing. Albums have been released on a regular basis, with the releases frequently being the highlight for fans. Stars in Coma not only know what they’re doing, but they also try to assist us grasp it. Music has regained its essence.
Today we had a chance to interview Stars in Coma about his journey into the music industry and his freshly released single, “Repeat the Narrative.”
- How did you first get into music?
I was very interested in music at a very young age. Basically, I had this very profound experience when hearing 80s pop hits on the radio at around the age of four. I always found catchy melodies to be sort of magical from very early on.
- What instruments can you play?
Guitar, bass guitar and keyboard.
- Where do you see your musical career in 10 years?
I don’t really see it as a career, I’m just trying to have fun with music and use it as an outlet for current thoughts and feelings. But I’m definitely always aiming to improve my production skills. I mostly find it pretty easy to write music, but the production side is still somewhat a mystery and that is what makes it exciting.
- Which instrument is your favourite to play?
The instrument I play the most nowadays is a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, but playing electric guitar really loud is always fun.
- Which instrument is your least favourite to play?
All the instruments I (sadly) don’t know how to play.
- What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
Writing catchy melodies.
- What would you say is your greatest weakness as an artist?
The inability to maintain my career.
- Who is your favourite musician?
Van Morrison. He’s 100% about the music and doesn’t really care what anyone thinks about him. Or so it appears anyway.
- What is your proudest accomplishment as a musician?
Actually getting royalties once in a while for something I wrote. That’s a marvelous feeling, not so much for the money itself, but because someone thought the music had some sort of value.
- What interests or hobbies do you have outside of music?
Video games and philosophy.
- What is your creative process when making music?
Usually it starts with an idea on the acoustic guitar and then I record on my iPhone. Then if the idea is worthwhile, I just try to form a basic idea in my home studio and see if it makes me excited to continue working on it. Usually I work in the frame of an album so that often informs the sonic direction of the particular song.
- Tell me about your top performances.
Indietracks 2011, New York Popfest 2014 and Indiefjord 2018 were definitely highlights.
- Take me through how the song idea came about, the writing and production process.
“Repeat the Narrative” was the last song I wrote for the upcoming album “Artificial Consensus” (which is out May 13). I felt the album needed to start with a super-catchy pop song as the other material on the record was a bit more esoteric and low-key. I still tried to stay true to the somber mood of the album though. The verse is in a minor key and then the chorus goes to the major key. It’s a pretty classic songwriting trick, but I still think it’s pretty effective when done properly.
- Who would you most like to collaborate with artistically?
It would be cool to write a comeback album for a reclusive or retired artist like Bobbie Gentry.
- Who has been your most influential teacher or mentor?
It’s strange, but I’ve never really had any teachers or mentors. I’ve always been self-taught, and I really enjoy the solitude trial and error process. Of course other band mates or collaborators have inspired me greatly over the years, but that’s another thing.
- Have you ever taught or mentored another musician?
I have collaborated a lot with my wife, who has been in the Stars in Coma live band over the years. She recently released her own EP (under the name Anna Nicole), which we wrote together. I’ve been gently trying to push her to write her own material over the years, and I hope I had some part in her starting to release her own stuff. 🙂
- What was your worst performance?
Playing on an outdoor stage in the middle of the freezing winter in front of like three people. That’s all I’m gonna say.
- How do you deal with disinterested or unruly audiences?
I don’t know if we’ve ever played for a truly unruly audience, but you get some disinterested crowds once in a while. You just have to play through it and not let it get to you. Sometimes I just come up with some weird stage banter just to shake things up.
- Do you prefer to work alone or collaboratively?
- What are your favourite venues to perform at?
Clubs or venues with a lot of graffiti that have been around for a long time.
- What inspires you as an artist?
My main inspiration, at least lyrically, is just to try to figure out the world on a societal and universal level. The music part comes pretty naturally so in that case I really don’t have to actively look for inspiration.
- How do you nurture your own creativity?
The creativity usually nurtures itself, it’s almost like a separate entity that takes over my mind from time to time.
- Do you have trouble with performance anxiety?
Not anymore. However, the whole apparatus surrounding the gig can be a bit nerve-wracking with all the promotional and social anxieties before and after, but I don’t really get that nervous from the actual performance these days.
- What are your favourite musical genres, and are there any you dislike?
60s soft rock and 70s singer songwriter pop are some of my all-time favorites. I can basically listen to anything except for rap or nu metal.
- How do you differ from most other artists?
I’ve always felt that I’ve been working in my own little universe this whole time. I’ve never really followed trends. I can relate to someone like R Stevie Moore, who has created like 400 albums in his home studio over the years. That’s how it feels sometimes.
- What do you think of your previous songs compared to this new release?
These new songs are a bit more loosely produced. They actually have more in common with my very early stuff (like “Gizmo Goes to War”) than the previous record “Farewell, Bacchus Point”, which I meticulously wrote, arranged and produced over a couple of years. This new release was practically written and recorded over a couple of months, which is how I used to do it in the early days.
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