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2016 Artist Survey: Anders Rhedin of Dinner

Rhedin on the Election, Leonard Cohen, First Kisses, and Friends

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For Under the Radar's 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Anders Rhedin, who records as Dinner. In 2016 the Danish musician released his debut full-length, Psychic Lovers, via Captured Tracks.

For our annual Artist Surveys we emailed the same set of questions to musicians about Trump and the election, 2016's deaths, self-driving cars, Stranger Things, first kisses, scary movies they shouldn't have seen as a child, which Friends character they are most like, and much more.

Pick up or download Under the Radar's Best of 2016 / 15th Anniversary Issue for Artist Survey interviews with Amber Arcades, Austra, Faris Badwan of Cat's Eyes and The Horrors, Boxed In, Caveman, The Charlatans, Cursive, Lucy Dacus, The Dears, C Duncan, Sadie Dupuis of Sad13 and Speedy Ortiz, Dutch Uncles, Ezra Furman, Robyn Hitchcock, The Invisible, Justin Lockey of Editors and Minor Victories, Lost Under Heaven (LUH), Lush, Midlake, Phantogram, The Range, Springtime Carnivore, Sunflower Bean, Surfer Blood, TEEN, The Thermals, Nick Valensi of CRX and The Strokes, Jenn Wasner of Flock of Dimes and Wye Oak, and Yuck.

Top 10 Albums of 2016

I don't even think I could name 10 records? I mean, all years and decades combined? But I really like the new record from Sean Nicholas Savage: Magnificent Fist. I think he's a genius. He and I are working on a song together. Working title: "Soft Anal." He put out the whole thing on YouTube. He released his new album there, I mean. That's very modern, I think. A friends of Sean's and a genius in his own right is Better Person. He is very handsome. He's from Poland. He looks a bit like a sexy, young version of that guy that plays Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies. His record is called It's Only You. He and I ended up having deep, deep talks at five in the morning in Berlin when we played a show there together this fall. At Odessa. It's a cheap version of Soho House. I love it.  Other than that. I think Choir of Young Believers put out something of a modern masterpiece this spring: Grasque. Very, very poetic. Check out the music video for "Face Melting." Maybe the best video ever made.

2016 was regarded by many as a fairly tough and negative year. Was it also a hard year for you personally? If so, how? And also what were the high points for you?

Every year is a blessing for me. 

What are your thoughts on how the U.S. presidential election played out?

My thoughts are that the result wasn't what I hoped for to put it mildly. But "My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon," to quote Mizuta Masahide. The election result was "not good" seen with my eyes. But who am I to say what's "good" or "bad?" My hope is that there will be a counter-reaction to Trump. A counter reaction of love and tolerance. In the long run, maybe the election of Trump will create more "good" than "bad." 

Let's discuss Donald Trump. What does the rise of Trump tell you about America in 2016? What concerns you most about a Trump presidency? How do you think his presidency might personally change your life? What message do you have for those who voted for Trump? What actions will you take over the course of the next four years to either protest a Trump presidency or support it?

It would seem there is a global need to address the growing frustration that is happening all over the world, and causing results such as Brexit, Trump, and so on. I can't heal the world (surprise). But as an individual I can get involved, play my part. Play for the team of kindness, and love, and tolerance, and understanding. I'm looking for ways to get even more involved. Message for people who voted Trump? Same message as to everyone else: Be nice to yourself. Treat yourself kindly. How can you be nice to others if you are not nice to yourself?

What reality TV star would you have rather been elected president?

Rather than Trump? Kermit the Frog. The Muppets are reality TV, right? 

If you were president, what would you try to accomplish in your first 100 days in office?

That is too hypothetical for me. 

We lost three highly influential music icons in 2016. What are your thoughts on the passing of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen? And what are your favorite albums by each artist?

I sat down the other night, alone, out on my front porch. It was a cold night. Nights can get quite winter-like here in LA. I listened to a live recording of "Hallelujah" from 1989. I smoked a cigarette. I went back into the house and tried to write a song like Leonard would have. In his style, I mean. That didn't work. I like his work a lot. I now it's cheesy, but I miss him. 

What do you think Prince and Bowie's afterlife project sounds like?

Leonard Cohen isn't allowed to jam with them?

Which Friends character are you most like?

Despite all my talk about "love" and "kindness" I have to say that I do hate everything about Friends. I would rather have someone hammer a nail into my thigh than watch a Friends marathon. 

What scary movie did you see way too young as a child, how'd you end up seeing it, and does it still scare you now?

I don't remember. I must have repressed it. Friends

Are you ready for self-driving cars and a more automated future?


Tell us about the most memorable fan encounter you had this year.

There is no way I'm gonna tell you that.

Tell us about your first kiss.

Same? I was 13 and so was she. She had an older boyfriend. I was afraid he'd beat me up if he found out about this girl and me. 

Under the Radar has been around for 15 years now, since December 2001. How do you feel the music industry has most changed in that time, both for the better and the worst?

There is The Internet now. I miss the days with no Internet. But I don't miss not having it. You know what I mean?







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