Blaue Blume are a Danish four-piece, comprised of Jonas Smith (vocals), Søren Buhl (drums), Robert Buhl (guitar) and Peter Bøgvad (bass). They released their debut EP, 'Beau and Lorette' in June 2014, which received great reviews and a lot of radio airplay in Denmark, Germany, the UK and France. The single 'On New Years Eve' was named best debut track by Fake DIY and featured in The Line Of Best Fit's Top 50. They've also played several festivals and sold out shows across Europe. We caught up with Jonas for a Q&A about the band, their latest release and of course other things music...
1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Music has always been a huge part of our individual lives. We all come from families engaged with music, so growing up without it was inevitable. As a band we've existed for approximately six to seven years.
2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
We have all seen a Danish performer called Nils Grondahl, several times. He is really something to witness. Very loud, very dark and very beautiful. A lot of artistic performances whether they are musical or not, can be musically inspiring.
3. Who have you been listening to lately?
I listen to Brian Eno a lot these days, especially one record called 'The Pearl' which is a collaboration with a guy called Harold Budd. Ambient music in general is a very interesting and undiscovered genre for me.
3 Qs for Blaue Blume:
1. Why / how did you choose your name 'Blaue Blume'?
It sounded beautiful and ugly at the same time which is the contrast we would like our music to represent or express in some way. We were very drawn by the fact that it was in another language than English or our own. It seems foreign and therefore very much alive every time we pronounce it. Also no other band had taken it... That might be the primary reason why we chose it.
2. Which track from your debut album 'Syzygy' are you most excited for people to hear?
That's pretty hard to say. It's like choosing between your kids. I guess I would really like for people to hear the record from beginning to end maybe even read the lyrics simultaneously. It is really, from our perspective, thought of as a whole.
3. What process did you go through creating 'Sky', was it a collaborative effort or did you all have specific roles within the band?
Well we all have different roles in the band but I guess we try to find the same thought when making music. Everything we've created together so far, including 'Sky', is an attempt of expressing the same idea. More practically, and less analysing, we were having fun jamming.
If you could play a show anywhere, where would it be and why?
We have this insane dream of playing Carnegie Hall one day. Some of our absolute favourite live recordings were made there. Check out 'Nina Simone Live at Carnegie Hall'! We often put that on before going on stage ourselves.
'Sky' is an atmospheric and haunting track; with beautifully chilling vocals from Jonas leading the way and the steady drums and bass lines rising and falling with the track, as well as the intricacy of each instrumental, specifically guitar throughout too. Continuously contrasting, with light and floaty sections and rising into a dark and intense second half of the track. Powerful and poetic, an all-round beautifully crafted song, a fantastic start to their debut album 'Syzygy'.
Blaue Blume's Links:
'Syzygy' (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/syzygy/id1062570619