TENTS creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases. Read our interview below to find out more about TENTS wide-spanning influences, creative environment and studio methods.
Hi TENTS! Where can we find you right now? How did you start off your day?
Looking out the window to the backyard, having buttered toast and black tea. Things have been going pretty slowly since our day jobs were put on halt for covid-19 reasons 🙂
What was your first foray into the world of electronic music?
Die Schlümpfe – Schlumpfen Cowboy Joe (smurfed-up covers of 90s radio hits)
When did the idea of starting a project begin to take shape? Has it always been something you’ve wanted to do?
We’ve both been making music individually since we’re teenagers or even kids. We met in Vienna in the early 2010’s, however, it took us until 2015 until we started rehearsing for this project as a three-piece together with Lucas, our former bass player. Tents quickly turned out to be something versatile, something we can put in a whole bunch of different influences. That was different from the experiences we’d had before.
Which artists have your interest these days?
China Crisis, Jenny Hval, Jorge Elbrecht
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
We usually don’t think in terms of genre when we’re writing music which helps a lot to make unexpected things happen. This doesn’t mean we don’t employ specific references and allusions to well-known styles. Our omnivorous listening habits and the unconscious urge to leave the comfort zone of sticking to just one style are definitely contributing to that kind of fusion. Mostly building on moments of ambivalence, I think, it’s an obvious thing to also mix styles.
How much has your musical criteria changed since you started?
In the beginning we were still flirting with the idea of becoming one of those tenth-wave-post-punk-meets-krautrock-meets-indie-bands until we found that it wouldn’t be very satisfying for us. Today, it’s probably more about making something weird without dismissing aspects of pop that at the same time.
What did it mean to you to be part of the Numavi Records label? How much have you learned collaborating with this great label?
Numavi Rec. gave us the opportunity to release our first EP in 2016! So that was an important step early in our career – we had only played a couple of gigs until that point. Numavi Rec. as part of a bigger community of idealistic people who passionately work for the sake of the music is still something we look up to.
How would you define your sound?
Rhythm-based, melodious, ever-changing.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
We’ll definitely keep on releasing singles. Making an EP that is more consistent sound-wise is something we’re also planning to do soon. Besides that, we will make an album and put together an extended live band … given there will be a chance to play a tour again after the Covid-19 situation.