(RSC, London, UK)
(NEW YORK, USA)
("Bichi", "Blue Foundation", "Ghost Society", Denmark)
("Cold Fairyland", China)
DR ROBYN LUCAS
(National Centre for Epidemiology and
Population Health, ANU, AUSTRALIA)
DR SETH FORMAN
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR THOMAS BEAMISH (University of
(University of Miami, USA)
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“A Foundation for success”
Grammy and Critics Choice Awards winner Danish Tobias Wilner (a.k.a. Bichi, ), founder of Ghost Society and Blue Foundation is, without a doubt, one of the most unique and talented music artists of the last decade.
It is not surprising that his creations as songwriter and producer, especially with Blue Foundation, have called the attention of music directors from blockbuster movies such as “Twilight” (in which the music played a protagonist role to its huge success), “Miami Vice”, “Manslaughter” or hit TV series like “The O.C.”, amongst others.
Songs like his “Eyes on Fire”, written with Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjaeg (lyrics) which scores almost 10 million plays on Myspace, the astonishingly beautiful “Shine”, the frenetic-sweet “Stained” or the cinematic “Sweep” have made of Blue Foundation one of the smartest of teen choices and the shoegaze/electronic-folk/pop treat that has surprised older generations, who can identify in their works the influences and exquisite taste in experimentation of iconic bands and artists such as Sigur Ros, Bjork or even Vangelis.
Ghost Society’s tunes like “Love Love”, “Jeremy Parker” and “Under the Sun” serve to set the genre of dream-pop apart from any other modern pop style variation.
Bichi focuses in atmospheric sounds, digital beat manipulation, which, with the voice of Sara Savery “It Begins” yet another inspirational stream of intimate melodies.
Almost outrageously polyfacetic, Tobias Wilner also owns his own music label, Dead People’s Choice, and now his own Independent Film company, DPC Film, which has released his first movie, “Tankograd”, directed by Boris Bertram. “Tankograd’s” story is set in Chelyabinsk, Russia, once the site of a top secret Cold War atomic bomb factory, and the most radioactively polluted city in the world. Ghost Society is responsible for the outstanding soundtrack of the already regarded as one of the year’s most unique urban essays.
Do not be fooled thinking that his dazzling accomplishments come from the commodity of a relaxed mindset though. Tobias is the perfect example of the genius shining through the darkest hues of common life struggles and if impressive is his meteoric professional career, more impressive are the depths of his sensitivity and strength of character as a person.
We are very pleased to interview this multi-talented young artist, which with his amazing works and his down-to-earth attitude has profoundly impressed the MDM team.
Tobias, thank you again for taking the time to respond to our questions, we know this is a busy period, especially for music artists.
1. MDM_ We cannot help but observe some parallelisms between you and one of our featured music artists in our June's number, the also very gracious Jace Everett. Both of you created a song, in a bleak moment of your lives, that was later picked to be included in the soundtracks of two of the most popular vampire productions (one in film, the other in TV) of the last years, which in turn have permitted you both to share your impressive talent with, in your case, literally millions of fans. In your opinion, is destiny invariably written or one's destiny is made up by one’s own choices, particularly when faced with life’s most challenging tests?
1. TOBIAS_ I choose not to believe in fate because I don’t like the idea of not being in control of my own life. You can say that the fact of not believing is also a way of believing in something. It’s a paradox and it’s in this tension I want to live/see my life.
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2. MDM_ Was music a natural inclination, academically nurtured, in your childhood or did you feel this call at an older age?
2. TOBIAS_ My interest in music started when I was very young. I really wanted to learn to play trumpet when I was around 6 years old, but we didn’t have the money for lessons nor for a trumpet. My mom gave me an old guitar instead. I didn’t start playing the guitar properly before I turned 14. I heard Dinosaur Jr. in a skateboard movie and I instantly got into their sound and wanted to start a band. Jonas (Lead singer in the band Mew) was my first choice because he was my only friend in school. We were both weird and shy kids. We named the band “The Degenerates”. The same year I was kicked out of the school. We continued to play together, but I went more and more into noisy bands and Hiphop. I had a rough time at my new school and was very isolated which influenced my sound. So after 4 years of recording demos on a 4 track recoder and rehearsing in his parents living room the band split. I wanted to do more experimental music and Jonas then started Mew.
3. MDM_ What is more difficult, to think that you may not make a living from what you love doing or handling worldwide success?
3. TOBIAS_ I just feel so privileged by being able to make a living out of music, so I can easily live with the success. Shitty jobs suck but it’s doable if you have no choice.
4. MDM_ Blue Foundation is, in your own words, not a “normal band”. Which would you say are its main idiosyncrasies?
4. TOBIAS_ It’s certainly not a normal band. The band members have changed a lot. Even from concert to concert. When Blue Foundation played Roskilde Festival 2004 the band consisted of members from countries as diverse as Japan, UK, Dk, Brasil and US at the same time. It was so good and very inspiring for me. I have learned a lot about different cultures over the past years… It is the diversity of the band that makes the band so unique.
5. MDM_ Ghost Society is your band with vocalist Sara Savery, guitarist Frederik Sølberg and Lasse Herbst. Its name seems to come from the popular beliefs on ghost haunt and paranormal activity, especially in Southern US. How did the project emerge from these stories?
5. TOBIAS_ It didn’t really emerge from that topic. It’s all about the ghosts in you and your own schizophrenic society. But in some way I get your point, because I can easily see the connection with some geeky ghost hunters trying to record the incomprehensible aspects of life.
6. MDM_ As Bichi, you seem to be more focused in ambient and digital sounds. Which would you say are your most defined influences when working solo?
6. TOBIAS_ Bichi is all about going with the flow. The structure is not based on the song but the sounds. It’s all about breaking the solid framework for pop music.
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7. MDM_ Personal authenticity no matter what or bending to popular demand because…it’s popular. Which would you say define best your character?
7. TOBIAS_ Argh! I do not really have the words to answer that question about myself. I hope my music is an answer in itself….But I know what you mean. Maybe that’s the reason why I love to skate with the local kids. There is no bullshit. It’s only you and your skateboard and the few punks around you. Punks who don’t give a damn about who you are but only want to do their next trick. It makes me happy… It’s honest and beautiful...
8. MDM_ In the cinematic music arena…Which soundtrack you wish you would have composed?
8. TOBIAS_ The 3 Rooms of Melancholia. It’s a Finnish documentary film written, directed and co-produced by Pirjo Honkasalo. The film documents the devastation and ruin brought on by the Second Chechen War, more specifically the toll that the war had taken on the children of Chechenya and Russia.
The music is fantastic and composed by the Finnish composer Sanna Salmenkallio. Wow, she is good!
9. MDM_ Tell us about your current and future projects, please.
9. TOBIAS_These days, I’m recording a new Blue Foundation record with my partner in crime Bo Rande (Blue Foundation member since 2001). We will record marimba and kora this week and I’m very excited about this.
That’s all I have in my head these days….
10. MDM_ Now about your other passion, cinema. When and where can people watch “Tankograd”?
10. TOBIAS_ "Tankograd" will premiere in November at American Museum of Natural History in NYC and then it will be shown around the world for special events. We will release the soundtrack on a CD together with the movie soon…
Tobias, thank you. We hope you continue doing what you obviously excel at, to our and many other’s delight and may your next projects bring you another big portion of well deserved success.
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