Swedish duo Black Beach Bay, Aka Andy and My, was founded in 2017. In their fully DIY recordings you will find surreal emotions floating around in a dreamy atmosphere. They released their new song, “Hold On“, on 20th March 2020.
See our exclusive interview with them below
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
Andy: Well, appreciation…… I guess the very early appreciation came to me when I used to rent a room from a very strange fella. He had a massive Hi-Fi stereo system in his living room and he barely went to work so he played a lot of crappy music days along. And it was so loud that I could hear it in my room even with a door being shut. It has definitely helped me to appreciate the music I loved at that point and the music in general. Early production… I started as a drummer a long time ago. I bought my first drum kit when I was 16. I was a kid and had no money so I had to sell my bike, my skateboard and my mobile phone. I record drums by myself in Black Beach Baby.
My: I was about 9 years old when my dad gave me the best punk album in the world. Only 2 years later I played the guitar and sang “I love rock’n’roll” with my first band in a church. I picked up the bass when I was 15. There was a band in my school and they needed a bass player.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
Andy: It starts with an acoustic guitar. Music comes first, then comes lyrics. Then I record the whole thing using voice memos on my phone straight away. All our songs are recorded digitally through my mbox audio interface.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Andy: Good gig. I like to see other artists playing, it’s very inspiring. Good weather of course.
As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
Andy: Art is the business. Business can be an art too, depends on what you want to sell.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
Andy: Probably performing and interacting. As we make our music DIY and you can’t be alone all the time.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
Andy: Once we got feedback on one of our songs from a german blog and it said: “that singer sings weird, he seemed to be mad.” Sometimes it’s hard to disagree.
What’s on your current playlist?
Andy: Spinning Coin, Sam Evian, Wilsen, Lunar Vacation, Reptaliens
My: Hatchie, DMA’s, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
Andy: Oh, we have a single release today. It’s called ‘Hold On’. Would be nice to be able to release another one in the near future.
Famous last words?
Andy: Don’t spend too much time on social media
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