Q & As with Tokyo Denmark Sweden

Who are Tokyo Denmark Sweden? How did you meet?

Tom and Chris met at a Midnight Juggernauts show in a dingy Brisbane Pool Hall. Chris and Amy met via MySpace. It was like Facebook but way easier to creep on people. Your clichéd threeway love story, really.

The name: one city, two countries. Why that combo? And how did you come up with that?

We wanted something sleek, punchy, memorable and universal and Presidents of The United States Of America was already taken. Also, it’s a line in a song from one of our favourite bands, Gerling, a sick Australian band who combined guitars and electronics, just like us.

Did you have any musical projects before Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

We’ve all been involved in other bands, collaborations and musical projects in some form before TDS. None as fruitful as the current, but all fun nonetheless!

Where was your first ever live show?

Our first live show was at the Caxton Hotel in Brisbane, Easter Long Weekend. We’re good friends with the owners and they asked us to come up and play. Our set involved a power outage and multiple-level keyboard stands collapsing mid set!

You have been gigging around Sydney lately, supporting Nantes and Pluto Jonze to name a few, what have been your favourite gigs so far?

We loved playing the Select Music 7th Birthday show, playing alongside many of our favourite artists like Argentina, Pluto Jonze, and RÜFÜS. The whole night was just epic! We also had fun recently playing the FBi & Sony Headphone Amnesty at FBi Social with Elizabeth Rose. And the sold-out shows with RÜFÜS and Parachute Youth!

What is the strangest thing that has happened when you have been performing so far? Any random injuries?

Strangest thing? Um, people turning up to our shows other than our friends. Strange but really cool. Worst injuries? Just the damage to our pride when neither our friends nor ‘fans’ turn up to gigs, which is inevitably going to happen along the way when you’re first starting out in Sydney.

How do you go about making your music? What is the first thing you do when writing a new song, or does it vary?

It definitely varies. A song could be borne out of a melody Amy dreams up, or a cool beat we hear. There is no method to our madness! We all write, usually separately, and then bring songs at various stages of completion to the group and we finish them together.

What do your record collections look like? What are the albums you have always listened to, and the ones that never get old?

Combined, our musical tastes are broad. From Robert Johnson to LCD Soundsystem, Paul Kelly to Niki and the Dove, Santigold to Jonathon Boulet, Neil Young to Beyonce. We’ll give anything a whirl!

Although every band is different, what other acts have most influenced the sound you hear in Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, you’d also hear a bit of Robyn, Kanye West and latter day Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

There have been rumours of a forthcoming EP, can you shed any more light on the matter?

We’re literally working on it as we speak. It will include our first single Little Quarters together with our next single, Lights Off, due out by the end of July. The EP will encapsulate our sound: fat beats, throbbing bass, dreamy synths and racy guitars. There are some sick chanting choruses to play sing-a-long to, as well!

2012 has seen you guys take some big steps, what does 2013 have in store for Tokyo Denmark Sweden?

Giant leaps! A lot more shows and touring, hopefully some festival slots, remixes & DJ sets. We would just love to keep this thing progressing to the point where we could get a bit of time to work on an album. We are the absolute masters of half writing songs so we have a lot of material that we can play with.

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