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 to start the band?
We decided to start 7000apart because we were in a long-distance relationship for 3 years. We decided to start a project while we were in different countries to still make music together and have something in common to talk about. We started as a YouTube channel to make covers & originals. Once we got married in 2016, we wanted to keep going with 7000apart and it ended up becoming our full-time job.
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history?
7000apart, at the core is Amelie Eiding and Jon Kresin. We are a married couple. Amelie grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and has been singing her entire life. Jon grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin (where we are currently based out of) and started playing piano at 4 years old and writing music when he was 11 years old.
We have other members that we perform with and record with as a full-band. We are joined by our bassist, Charlie DeVillers and drummer, Thomas Killian. Both have studied music and are excellent at their instruments. Charlie even has a masters degree in bass performance.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
We aren’t really tired of any questions yet, we’re still super excited to tell our story and share about these songs that we really believe in with others.
We set up RGM to share music with both countries, good idea?
I mean, since Amelie is from Sweden we have a bunch of fans in Europe, as well as the U.S. So, we’re all about getting to know people all over the world.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
We aren’t really conspiracy theorists, but we hope dragons are real because we’d love to have one as a pet someday.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Plane tickets to Sweden, and we had to reschedule like 3 times, but it was worth it once we finally got to go!
What useless party trick do you have?
Amelie can wiggle her ears. It’s not very impressive.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
There are a lot of memorable moments and typically we can find something fun at every venue. But one of our favorites was at a music festival called Mile of Music last year. It was an all original music set and people were dancing and singing along. Everyone had a blast and we really felt like we connected with the audience.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We’ve played in a lot of random places and a lot of places have their quirks. From RV parks to castles and grocery stores to repurposed strip clubs. One of the worst experiences we had was playing at a large festival on a smaller stage close to the main stage and the main stage was sound checking during our set so loud that no one in the audience could hear us.
Tell us something about 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?
What makes you stand out as a band?
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?
The overturning of Roe v Wade.
What’s 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 album, what can you tell us about it?
Our next album is going to be called Feel Your Feelings and No is a Nice Word 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. No is a Nice Word was written in 20 minutes on a balcony in Sweden with our amazing co-writer Jade Ell, it just kind of flowed out of us.
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 it’s finished?
We’re extremely happy with how No is a Nice Word turned out, it’s a banger! (as our bassist Charlie would say)
What are your plans for the year ahead?
We’re in the process of moving to Sweden, so together with the album release, we have our hands full!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?