Tell me something about yourself.
– We’re Rangleklods, a duo from Denmark – real names Esben and Pernille. We make electronic weirdo pop music that always aim to move people – physically as well as mentally. When we’re not touring we live and work in Copenhagen. In our small studio we experiment and compose, produce, record and mix our music.
When and how did you start making music?
– We started making music together when we met back in 2005. We just shared the same taste and vision when it came to music and it felt completely natural to start making songs together.
How did you come up with the name “Rangleklods”?
– It’s a nonsense word and the idea with the name was to have an “empty” band name. Something that meant nothing. Then people can put their own meaning into it after having heard the music. Plus it’s fun to hear people around the world try to pronounce it.
Where do you find inspiration?
– In music. When we’re stuck creatively in the studio, we always turn to our headphones and listen to both new and old music. We’re not afraid to mix genres and different moods and often when we hear a lot of very different music the interesting ideas start to flourish. Life in general is pretty inspiring. How we feel definitely finds its way into the tracks as well.
How would you describe your music?
– It’s electronic music with lots of soul. We seek to combine a club feeling with complex songwriting and strong melodies.
Which of your songs is your favorite?
– Esben: On ‘Straitjacket’ it’s ‘Dry Me Out’ at the moment. It was the very last song we finished. Two weeks before deadline. It’s a song we sort of tried to write for years – and then suddenly after a depressing day in the studio we had five magical hours and the track was basically done.
– Pernille: Tricks. The aggressiveness of it. It still gets me every time though I’ve heard it countless times. To me it’s sort of a NIN track combined with early 90’s Jungle music.
Where in the world have you performed live?
– Many places! To mention some: all of Central- and Northern Europe, Spain, England, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.
What’s the best event you’ve played at and why?
– Until this day it’s still Roskilde Festival 2012 where we played in a tent in front of 6000 people. We were pretty new on the scene at that time and as a Danish band Roskilde Festival is very special to play. Especially because we went to that festival many times as guests dreaming about playing there some day. We were the first band playing that day at 12.00. But honestly, by the end of the set it felt like it was midnight.
What should your fans look forward too in the future?
– Explosive live shows and a lot more music from our hands. We really feel like we’re just getting started.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
– Not to try to formulate the creative process too much. We spent a lot of time preparing to write what would become ‘Straitjacket’ but for a long time nothing happened. We talked way too much about what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it – we just forgot to actually do anything. So when we liberated ourselves completely and decided just to make a bunch of good songs everything fell into place. So relax with the master plan and just make songs. That would probably be it.