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2013 Artist Survey: Efterklang

Rasmus Stolgerg on Obamacare, Lou Reed, Spotify, and the Historical Moment He'd Most Like to Witness

Feb 11, 2014 Artist Surveys 2013
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For Under the Radar‘s 11th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the important issues of the last year, as well as some quirkier subjects. Check out our next print issue and digital issue for surveys from My Morning Jacket, Foals, Amanda Palmer, Local Natives, Wild Nothing, These New Puritans, Lanterns on the Lake, Xiu Xiu, and Summer Camp.

Here are answers from Rasmus Stolgerg of Denmark’s Efterklang. After this interview was conducted the band announced that their final show will take place February 26 on the island of Als, Denmark, where the trio grew up. They clarified that they aren’t breaking up, but that it’s “the end of Efterklang as we know it.”

Top 8 Albums of 2013

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away
2. Anna von Hausswolff: Ceremony
3. Tim Hecker: Virgins
4. Julia Holter: Loud City Song
5. Greg Haines: Where We Were
6. Pinkunoizu: The Drop
7. Skammens Vogn: Asfalt
8. Lonnie Holley: Just Before Music

What was the low point of 2013 for you?

Getting food poisoning in Poland and generally feeling weary about where the world is going.

What are your hopes and plans for 2014?

We plan to focus on smaller projects and weird stuff.

What are your thoughts on the passing of Lou Reed? Did his music influence you at all and in what way?

He once told me to piss off when I asked for a photo with him. It did not make me like him less (okay, maybe a little). Coney Island Baby is my favorite album.

What are your thoughts on the U.S. government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate?

Spoiled babies ruining it for everyone.

What are your thoughts on Obamacare, now that it’s being implemented?

Free healthcare and education make everyone richer. All the fuss to implement this is sad.

What are your thoughts on music streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio? Are they good or bad for musicians?

Some of these streaming companies have managed to create a service that actually makes people want to spend money on recorded music again. The money might be small per artist, but just to have money coming in for recorded music makes me happy.

What moment in history do you most wish you could’ve witnessed in person?

I would love to see and feel how the pyramids were built.



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