KW 1 Interview mit Captain Casanova

Holen wir schnell nach, was wir bisher versäumt haben: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Gitarre. Du bist das vom Landesmusikrat Schleswig-Holstein gewählte „Instrument des Jahres 2013“.

Diese Auszeichnung war uns Anlass genug, ein Interview mit Rasmus Bredvig zu führen, dem Sänger von Captain Casanova (ich nenne es Gitarrenmusik).

Und wie der Zufall so möchte, sind Captain Casanova ab Ende Januar auf großer Extravaganza-Deutschlandtour, zusammen mit The Broken Beats. (Letzten Monat hat Sound of Aarhus den Sänger von The Broken Beats interviewt. Sehr lesenswert.)

Ich schlage folgende Reihenfolge vor: erst zwei Musikvideos, dann das Interview, und Ende des Monats aufs Konzert (zum Beispiel am 26.1. im Berliner Kaffee Burger).

The Broken Beats – The Rules

Captain Casanova – I Wanna Be With You

Rasmus, who are in Captain Casanova?

Actually we’ve had quite a few changes in our line-up since we started. Initially it was Rasmus (Rasmus Rathe, plays drums) and me, who formed the band with a friend named Simon in 2012.

When we head out for the Extravaganza tour the lineup will be Rasmus and me with our new and very likeable bass-player Kenni Hede. Oh, yeah Rasmus Rathe plays the drums and I play guitar and sing.

If one doesn’t know the first thing about music, one tends to describe bands by associating their music with a decade. Somewhere I read about Captain Casanova that your music feels “so 70s”. I would rather say 90s. So what’s right now?

I think you are right – it’s more 90s than 70s. I’d say a mix between the 60s and the early 90s – by the end of the 90s the “rock-sound” got too exploited and capitalized on.

Many Danish musicians begin their careers so young that they can recruit their fans from their own class. At the first concert the Statsgymnasium then makes up 90% of the audience. But who are your first fans?

I’ve seen us appeal to a lot of people. I’ve had both teenagers come up and say that it was insane, men in their 50s telling me “wow, you guys were really amazing!”, even girls saying stuff like “that song was really sexy” – which I am not sure I really get …

I guess the music seems to affect more than just a few “demographics” which can’t be that bad. Also when people compare us to other bands, I’ve heard a lot of different references – I think that’s healthy – also most of the references are to artists I enjoy and respect, so I’m not complaining.

In January and February you play along with The Broken Beats – believe it or not, dear reader – 18 concerts in Germany. How did it come to this constellation?

Kim (frontman of The Broken Beats) and me found out about a year ago that we share a lot of the same ideas and thoughts regarding music. We did a few shows together and tried doing a small tour where we found out that our music and live-shows complement each other really well. There’s a little more humor in The Broken Beats’ and there’s more raw power in ours. So we decided to hook up for more tours.

We even bought a van together, we got it really cheap from an old “party-band” named Dance On. Nobody else wanted to buy the van cause it had been rebuilt into a tour-van, painted red with big yellow stickers literally everywhere saying “www.danceon.dk – dancing music at its best – call this number” in Danish. We ended up buying the internet-address instead of using money to paint it a new color … we’re the first bands to directly earn money on advertising!

It also became a catch-phrase on our first tour together – whenever we drove through cities we’d open up the windows and shout “Dance on brother” at people passing … they’d see this big-ass ugly red van with “Dance on” written everywhere, hauling eight long-haired, bearded guys inside … most people looked really confused, the rest would smile and wave back.

You work as a music producer at Tapetown Studio in Aarhus. It has the same address as the Feedback Studio, where the “Kulturklubben classics” Asbjørn and Lydmor recorded their debut albums. What does the collaboration of Feedback and Tapetown look like, and what are the differences?

We closed down the old Feedback Studio – we were a lot of different producers in one studio. Now we’ve made a bigger complex with more studios and room for more producers. Magnus Vad runs Feedback Studio in the new surroundings and him and me have done a lot of productions together – he’s by far one of the best technicians I’ve ever worked with. He does a lot of tracking and mixing. Tapetown Studio is my own studio I’ve started when we closed down the old. I spend most of my time on rock productions. I’m really into the whole dirty, lo-fi sound.

Finally, do you have a tip for Aarhus visitors?

Check out Headquarters, mostly underground shows. The place has a great atmosphere and people are always nice. Sway is a great rock-bar for beers after midnight. If you don’t like going out, come and say hello at my studio on Jaegergaardsgade, free coffee.