Vibeke Falden is one of those artists that perks up my mood whenever I hear her. Introduced to me by The Handless Organist, I’ve been religiously listening to the Danish songstress ever since and her album Debut is 16 tracks of precise, lo fi electronica that’s as beautiful as it is intelligent. While at times she can recall the likes of Bat For Lashes and My Bloody Valentine, she’s seeped in her own sound with a voice that would enchant Oscar The Grouch. It’s gold from start to finish and with a remix version of it released last month with Ireland’s very own The Handless Organist, The Karman Line and Puca contributing to it – she’s also a fan of the Irish contingent which is a great thing. I caught up with the lovely multi instumentalist for a very informative chat on recording, gigs and the Eurovision.
I suppose firstly, what was it that got you interested in and writing music?
I’ve been singing and playing music since I was very little, in bands, in school plays and in music school. I had a great music teacher in school who played rock guitar and loved the 60’s so I grew up playing the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival etc. Listening to music was like going into my own private world. Like an escape from reality. I didn’t feel very happy growing up. So I put on my headphones, listened to records or radio shows, recorded live concerts on my tapes, letting my imagination drift – and I guess it made me feel independent.
Along the years, singing became a way of expressing myself emotionally. I started writing poems when I was teenager. My best friend got a piano for her confirmation (is it the right word??) and we used to sit in her room and write melodies to them. She had a big room and a lot of old Doors records that we used to listen to. In the 80´s 🙂
When I was around twenty and learned how to play the piano, I started writing songs on a regular basis. During the same time, I was accepted for the conservatory of contemporary music, and from there I started my own bands and met other musicians. During the last ten years, my focus has moved from pop to rock to electronic music. At the moment it’s free vocal improvisators like Maja Ratkje and Sidsel Endresen that I listen to.
What is it in particular that appeals to you about electronic music?
How would you describe your sound to someone that’s never heard you?