Interview: Nominated Decade
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I’ve always listened a lot to punk, emo and post-hardcore. It just made sense to me to be a musician. My brother and I are both musicians, and I try to teach him a little about these music genres.
If I were not a musician, I would probably sit in France and eat cheese and drink wine all day long, I think.
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I watch a lot of movies and go for a walk in my hometown. It helps me drift away and afterwards a good song comes out of it. Sometimes with fiction.
How long has your band been around?
I formed Nominated Decade in January 2020, with an idea for a tribute to the 00s sound of emo and Pop-punk. I've always played punk music in teen bands and listened to Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and stuff like that, so I have a great love for punk and emo.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I come from Herning, DK. In this city we are few people who hear bands like Black Flag, Minor Therat and other punk bands. There is a venue called Kontrast in Herning. This venue can give influence to each other, and you can come and be just the person you are. That's awesome and gives me influence.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
For me, it means youth and about growing up in the 00s.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
I haven't played any gigs with Nominated Decade, but it's coming in 2021. I've just released my debut single, and I'm still in the process of songwriting.
In 2019 I had a support gig for the Pure Noise Records band Spanish Love Songs. I played this support gig with my band Halcyon Hope where I am bassist. It was awesome.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
Posten, Odense, DK. It's a cool place to play. There is green tea and citrus backstage, it's good for me.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Dashboard Confessional should definitely be on the lineup.
That band is the reason I started my project and has been an influence for me.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Make some cool music and enjoy it. Good communication with each other and drink a beer after a rehearsal.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Get lots of tattoos and listen to punk rock. It does something good for me.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I have written a song called Twenty-19
It's not released yet, but will be my next single.
It means a lot to me, and I hope it can have an impact on other people as well.
The song is about the whole summer of 2019. It's a true love story. That summer was just a really good time for me.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
I have written a song called 'All We Do'
It's cool to play with delay and effects. This song is also going to be on my EP.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I always wake up from dreams and have an idea for my next song. I try to write the ideas in my booklet and the next day I write the music.
I am inspired by youth and use a lot of clichés in my songs. I like that people can relate to my songs, so we can create a social atmosphere.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
My lyrics and music should be a common thing, something people remember and can sing along to. The lyrics should be things that you remember from your own youth. Memories that you will not forget again.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
One good thing about being a solo artist is that you only have disagreements with yourself.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
I am in the process of recording my debut EP 'The Story That Never Turns Around' which will be released in early 2021. I continue to write new songs and play concerts, and I look forward to that.
I want to thank you guys for this interview. It was cool.