We Talk To Klyne On Ditching Pizza Places To Becoming Label Mates With Major Lazer
When Dutch duo Klyne dropped their dreamy, electro-pop EP Paralyzed last year, people began to sit up and take notice. Formerly known, somewhat confusingly, as just vocalist's name Nick Klein, Nick and producer Ferdous Dehzad are now known as Klyne and have been snatched up by Because Music, released the emotive 'Water Flow' and are working on their debut album.
We caught up with the Ferdous to talk ditching their day jobs, to being label mates alongside Major Lazer, Metronomy and Christine and the Queens...Tell us about the formation of the band...
"We didn’t go to school together but we had the same teenage group of friends when we went to school. We used to try out some instrumental stuff with my beats and Nick’s guitar around that time, but it was mostly for fun. Later on we decided to pick things up again and try making actual songs with lyrics."
What are your fondest/funniest memories of each other from when you were kids?
"I remember every time I visited Nick’s house he had this huge bullmastiff dog. Very massive and could’ve easily torn me to shreds but it was such a sweet thing. I was so jealous every time I visited 'cause I never had a dog in our family house."
What jobs were you doing before you made Klyne? Why did you decide to make it your full-time jobs?
"Nick used to be a full time manager at a pizza place [it was Dominos] and I went to music school. We just loved doing music and were curious to see how far we could take this project. That full time thing kind of happened out of nowhere."
Who got to decide on the name? Nick, we sense your surname had something to do with it…!
"Both of us. We used to be called Nick Klein but there was a techno DJ in the U.S. with the same name so we had to change it."
As a producer/singer duo do you see yourselves as a ‘band’?
"No we don’t really see ourselves as a band (unless we play live). We don’t make our music in a traditional way."
How would you describe your music to someone on the street?
"I'd probably say it's pretty much always something with electronic synth stuff, and nothing too complicated. Sometimes slow/laidback and other times louder and slightly more agressive. Then I'd wonder why I just stopped someone on the street to explain our music.”
Who, foremost, do you make music for?
"Mostly for ourselves. But it also really helps to see how friends and family respond when they listen to our music. I secretly stare them down and analyse every single move and facial expression they make during those moments."
The ‘Water Flow’ video on a road trip across Europe – are the people in the video actors or friends of yours?
"I don’t think we’re allowed to tell..."
Did you have any funny/frightening experiences during your time on the road?
"Yeah when we were in Poland, we had a very old GPS and it totally took us to the wrong place. We ended up in this very obscure, swampy area where we had to cross rail tracks without any sign or whatsoever and we could barely see anything. That was a bit creepy."
The director of the video noted inspiration from the Calais migrant “jungle” and both of you have refugee heritage, what are you thoughts on how Europe is dealing with the crisis at the moment?
"It’s actually just my family who were refugees, Nick’s family migrated to The Netherlands from Indonesia. But the refugee situation in Europe has been very dire. It seemed like most European governments acted on their own, at a time when it was essential for the EU to respond as a whole to a crisis like this. The cooperation between European countries has to be more effective, that’s their moral obligation. This is no time for referendums or hoping it will pass over soon, this is a global humanitarian crisis that affects us all. It’s time to stop thinking this will stay contained within one part of the world, it doesn’t work like that."
You’re signed to Because Music, home to the likes of Major Lazer and Christine and the Queens - does that come with any pressure?
"Yep pretty much. But most of all we’re just really proud because we really love the label and the other artists."
You supported Christine, were you surprised at how she exploded this year?
"NOPE :) "
What songs/artists can you not stop listening to at the moment and why?
"I’m in our touring van right now listening to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack, I’ve always loved it. It’s sick."
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