MEB staffer Murjani Rawls recently met up with bassist Henrik Linder of the pop fusion group Dirty Loops. They discussed the band’s current U.S. tour, the recording process of their debut album Loopified, and who they would like to collaborate with.
MEB: Just for our readers, can you guys introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about how the band formed?
Henrik: We’re a Swedish dynamite trio that’s playing slightly more hysterical than most bands. We were session musicians and started up a hobby project where there weren’t any restrictions whatsoever. Then we uploaded a video on YouTube to try to get gigs and then that and the following videos went viral and started our career.
How are you guys enjoying the U.S. Tour so far and what has been your favorite venue to play?
Yeah, it’s been awesome! A dream come true to come to the US. The best venue so far was the House of Blues in Chicago. Great looking venue and we had a blast there!
What is the difference to you guys between the international crowds vs. U.S. Crowds?
The U.S. crowds always understand what we say in between songs.
On Loopified, there is a precise technical tenacity about it that makes it different than pop records. How long do you guys practice your instrumentation?
We’ve been doing it all our lives. So it’s just been something for the album that we really had to sit with and do.
You guys have covers of songs like “Wake Me Up” and “Rolling In The Deep” on the American version of the album. Particularly with “Wake Me Up”, you guys changed the tempo and arrangements to make the song yours. What is the process on how the band picks what songs to make covers for?
We listen to the melody of the song and try to get an idea on how we could do it our own. If we find that vision, we roll up our sleeves and get to it.
There are a lot of classical and funk elements on Loopified. Songs like “Die For You” and “Hit Me” are very catchy, but extremely deep from an arrangement standpoint. Given the current pop climate, did you guys intentionally set out to merge the two worlds together?
Not really, we never really had any strategy. We always just did what we thought was fun for the moment. The thing we focused more on was to get a diverse album where all the songs weren’t in the same keys or tempos.
In 2012, Johan did a duet with Chaka Khan. How great did that feel and who are some artists that you guys would like to collaborate with?
It was a dream come true to sing with such an artist. She’s a great performer and a really nice person. It would be a dream come true to collaborate with Pat Metheny.
Do you guys have any crazy stories from the U.S. Tour so far?
No, we’re a monk band. We have a strict practice and only have fun for one hour each Thursday.
Thank you guys for taking time out to answer my questions. I know the road can get crazy and hectic. Anything you guys would like to say to your American fans?
We’re extremely grateful for all the support. You guys are the people responsible for starting our career and we want to repay that by giving everything we have each show!!
You can check out the video for the Dirty Loops’ single, “Hit Me” here.