BEFORE I slope into the weekend…
I have been catching up with Virgin Suicide and asking about their new single, Madonna. The Danish band talk about playing The Great Escape festival and what their next moves will be; how they got together – I ask how the music of the 1980s found its way into their own sounds.
Virgin Suicide talk about a favoured musical memory and whether there are any tour plans; what the scene is like in Denmark right now; what advice they would give to new artists coming through – they recommend a new artist that is worth seeking out.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
Good! It’s been good. But, we’re maybe a little depressed after haven such a wonderful at The Great Escape festival in the weekend - and before that, the similar SPOT festival in Denmark.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We’re Virgin Suicide; a band based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Five people making Indie-Pop/Rock.
What can you tell me about your new single, Madonna? What inspired it and how did it come together?
It’s inspired by a sort everyday social anxiety: the feeling of being misplaced in your ‘favourite environment’. That can be a tough one. Your friends hear to sing, Madonna for instance, but inside you’re blue.
You released your second album recently. Can you see yourself releasing any more material this year?
Yes! We are hoping to let another single go within the year.
How did Virgin Suicide get together? Have you all known one another for a while?
We’re becoming pretty old friends. A couple of us grew up together and we have already played together for five-six years. Within those years we have spent A LOT of time together, so we’re very close.
It seems like you have a love of the 1980s - but cast your net quite wide. Do you all have quite eclectic tastes and favourites?
Yes, definitely. We all like very different sorts of music.
Denmark is where you are based. What is the music scene like where you are? Might you have time to come to the U.K. this year?
The scene in Denmark is great. Lots of good artists. But, yes, we’re also looking towards playing shows in U.K.
Where are you heading on tour? Where can we catch you?
We already finished our tour for the album, so now it’s about making the next single. Sorry! But, hopefully, we’ll be back on the road soon. It’s just a single (smiles).
Is it true you played The Great Escape this year? How did that go?
Yes; it went very well! Such an awesome experience to be and play in Brighton. Had a good show and hung around on the pier playing air hockey for a whole afternoon after the festival. Definitely coming back to play the area as much as possible...
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
We hope to do a tour in Asia - and release another catchy new single.
Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
Playing Roskilde Festival for 6000-8000 people must be it. There’s a special vibe about that festival. So very happy that we got the chance to feel it!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Don’t be stressed out about the whole SoMe part - and you don’t have to sing Madonna at parties if you don’t feel like it (smiles).
IN THIS PHOTO: DIET/PHOTO CREDIT: Rasmus Laurvig
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Check out the Danish band DIET. They just released an E.P.
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
We hang out at the beach in Brighton or play quiz games at home. Also, we like to do lunches in nature with beer and snaps.
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