RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SWEDISH BAND 7000APART
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
For me, Jon, it was initially when I heard a rock band called, Switchfoot, and found out that you could write your own songs and travel for a living. Then it really became something I realized could make a huge difference when I was in high-school and a song that I wrote stopped a girl who was in middle school from committing suicide. For Amelie, she really realized when she met Jon that she wouldn’t have to do music alone and then it became a really exciting thing for her.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history?
The main two members are Amelie & Jon. Amelie grew up singing in Stockholm, Sweden. Her mom is a voice teacher so she grew up singing with a lot of local groups and grew up voice acting/singing for Swedish television shows and movies. Jon grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin performing in churches weekly. He took lessons on guitar, piano, and then studied audio production for University. We have a bassist named Charlie who plays and records with us and a drummer named Thomas who also plays and records with us regularly.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We tell our story quite a lot of how we met and about what the name “7000apart” means. It’s hard to not make it sound too scripted because it means a lot to us, but it’s hard to say it in a new creative way every time.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries including RGM SWEDEN 🇸🇪in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?
For sure. We are definitely all about meeting people in new places and love our friends all over the U.S. and U.K.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really, haha.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
We didn’t go crazy making bread or doing some crazy new hobby, but we definitely played a lot of video games we probably wouldn’t have played otherwise.
What useless party trick do you have?
Our bassist can do a perfect Yoshi impression.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
At Mile of Music festival in Appleton Wisconsin we played for 800 people who were all super stoked to be hanging out with us with amazing sound and lighting. It was a dream gig.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We’ve had a lot of not so fantastic gigs. Recently we played at a place for 4 hours where smoking was allowed indoors. It’s not too great on the vocal cords.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
Amelie is a voice actress and has done hundreds of roles for Swedish dubs of TV shows and movies, including: Lucy from Narnia and Mal in Disney’s Descendants.
Jon wanted to be a math teacher when he was little, he quickly changed his mind about that…
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it? Wiggly air.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
Being from two different countries and what we’ve gone through, both as individuals and as a couple has given us a unique perspective as artists. Also the fact that we do EVERYTHING together really shines through in what we do.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Honestly, it’s a good day, so nothing right now.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
A new song called “Lights Go Down”, cause we make the audience sing along with us and Amelie gets to rap!
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it?
Our next album is going to be called Feel Your Feelings and Whole Lot Left to Lose will be a part of it. The album will, as the name suggests, be very focused on mental health. No is a Nice Word is a pre-breakup song dealing with the feeling that you like someone more than they like you and the fear that they will soon say goodbye.
Talk me through the thought process of the album?
The album has been in the works since the beginning of the pandemic. We realized we wanted to write songs that were honest, real and vulnerable. Whole Lot Left to Lose was written on a day when we didn’t want to go to sleep because we knew we’d have to wake up and do it all over again.
What was the recording process like?
We’re working with a phenomenal producer in Nashville called Femke and most of the recording/production work has been done remote. We have a great studio setup at home, so we recorded all our parts there and she took those and elevated it into something really special!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
Working remotely has definitely had its challenges. Our first album was made within a couple weeks at a studio in Sweden, so this process has been very different. Having to rely on just each other and ourselves for in-the-moment feedback took a while to get used to, but now we’re getting really efficient with our recording process!
Would you change anything now its finished? Nah, it’s *chefs kiss* perfecto.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’re in the process of moving to Sweden and are finishing up our last 40 shows out of 140 this year, so together with the album release,we have our hands full!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Feel your feelings. It’s important.
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