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2.08 | APLAY with Whomadewho • ЮБК by APLAY 

In conversation with Jeppe Kjellberg

What have you learned through WhoMadeWho on a personal and professional level?
I have experienced incredibly many great things from being in Whomadewho. The joy of a great team. The art of sticking together. The great gifts of three individuals making a unity that is stronger than 3. I love my band.

What do you like and dislike the most about each other?
Haha. That’s a very sensitive question. When you spent so many years touring, you learn to know each other better than your kids and wives. The big lesson from being around for so long is to give each other their own personal space. The power is intense if you cherish that space in the creative process and also in the social tour-life. Personal space is essential. 

Looking back at your music journey, is there a specific time you reminisce about the most?  
Recently we have started doing hybrid DJ-Sets. And I believe that when we played in the Marrian Warrior Art-car at Burning Man last year, something new and revitalizing happened to us. We experienced playing with our “old-school” live skills in a DJ setting in the desert. It made so much sense. Since that event, we have spent most of our touring time elaborating on that intense energy. Latest in NY at the Brooklyn Mirage and again in August we are looking very much forward to playing the Mayan Warrior Art car in Black Rock City desert at Burning Man again.

What was your first musical memory?
There are so many musical memories. The first I can remember right now is watching my father play the saxophone with his swing-jazz band at hippie parties.

There are seven deadly sins [pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth] which one are you?
Recently I have been struggling with powerful wrath. Guess it is my own weird weapon in the world against feeling too vulnerable.

What was the last thing you’ve done or experienced for the very first time?
On Saturday I am going to play in Minsk with the live band. That I am looking very forward to. It is a country that I don’t know much about, but I have the feeling that they have some similarities with the great people of Ukraine. I still can’t forget the first time we played in Kyiv, and how it completely blew my mind to experience the punk energy of your great city. Just a few weeks before the revolution. That was VERY intense!

Could you share a fucked up story from your career? (we already know about House of Yes)
Our main goal as a live band is to make people freak out, party and go nuts. So every time we play we try to carry that energy with us.  We try to bring people to the next level. We tried many fucked up things during our career, but the main goal has always been to loosen up the crowd and to let the audience do the most fucked up things.

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever done?
We tried playing in a club in Oslo once, where there was only a bartender since it was brand new, and they didn’t do any proper PR. That was a weird night. But still, we managed to have some fun with the bartender. 

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your life?
The birth of my daughter was the most intense beautiful thing I ever saw and felt! Unconditional love. Super intense.

What are the most important things your kids have taught you?
If I don’t take care of my own happiness, it makes them sad. They have taught me to have a meaningful life. To feel my purpose and to live my life with direction. If I don’t, I get sad…. And then they get sad, and all gets sad.

Is there a country, city, or club left where you would like to play in?
As I told you I am looking forward to playing in Minsk on Saturday. In Mykonos Greece, we recently had to turn down a great offer. Hopefully, this place will show up in our tour calendar very soon…

If you had to choose between sex and music what would it be? Why?
Sex and music go together. Couldn’t live without any of these two essential things.

There’s this film by Yorgos Lanthimos ‘The Lobster’, where single people are meant to find a partner in 45 days, and if they don’t, they must choose an animal to transform into. What animal would you choose? Why?
I would definitely find a partner within 45 days… but if I had to transform into an animal I might be a wolf. 

Tomas mentioned that If he wasn’t part of the project and if he was at some festival and saw WhoMadeWho then he would find the whole thing pretty cool… But wouldn’t buy the records. If you were music, which genre or song would you be? So that you would actually want to buy the record. 
Which Tomas said that… Barfod or Høffding? That sounds pretty sad. I guess its Barfod? I personally feel very good about our discography. If I were a genre I would probably be Ukrainian avantgarde jazz:)

What moment in your life would you recall to your death?
Playing Satisfaction at 3 in the morning at Roskilde Festival with 3 drummers and Claudius the great roman emperor on stage spitting out lasers of his 3d mapped mouth while Denmark went in to orbit for 10 minutes with us.

What absurd or useless piece of information can you share with us?
I seriously enjoy Danish summer and chilling out in my bare feet in my house, while doing this interview.

What was the wisest thing you#ve ever heard in your life?
“Just listen” in this book by Mark Goulston. I learned the art of listening. Very wise words here.

What do you think the next stage of your life will be like?
My life is entering a more electronic stage. And I love it. Our new hybrid live set-up will send WhoMadeWho on a very long tour around the world. And I love the thought of it!

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