A Q&A with Drew Sycamore
Danish singer-songwriter – a bit like Sting, but for grown-ups…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
My second studio album Sycamore. It means I’ve got proof I actually did spend my time on something else but Netflix during the corona lockdown. Lol. It only means the world to me. It’s what makes all the strings pull me in the right direction and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
The hardest part? Learning to just lean into it all. Sometimes making music is like road rage – you can get a proper bee in your bonnet about it but it doesn’t really improve whatever situation you’ve come to be in. You just gotta breathe and let go and relax. That’s when the good stuff usually happens. It wasn’t ever that difficult to make this record but I did sometimes get overtaken by fear of what other think of me and then I quickly got myself together and back on track. What other people think about you doesn’t matter. It only matters what you think.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Frederik and Fridolin Nordsø. Twin brothers and absolutely bonkers, mad-scientist geniuses. And my best mate and writer Lasse Boman. That’s the team. They really taught me to just play music during the process. They are all incredible musicians. There’s not one instrument they can’t just pick up and play and I think the record really shows that musicality. Frederik has produced vocals for Brandy and we had a lot of fun getting all his tools out of the bag. I really feel the vocal arrangements we did are quite something. If anything they were fun to do.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I feel there is a song for whatever your mood you might be in and need a little something for. That was my mission. I think thats a very old school way of thinking an album but I kinda like that.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
First the chords and a little vibe and then the melody comes along and some of the lyrics might already be in that feeling and then I sit with it for a while until it’s done. Usually doesn’t take too long.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
There’s an army of artists who’ve had an impact. Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson had an impact for sure. Amy Winehouse, Linda Perry… So many heroes… So little time.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Can I order one round of Wembley? Cheers. (just to shout ‘GOODEVENING WEMBLEYYYYY’ really loud).
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
Uh… I can’t just pick one! The pressure.. ‘Take it Back’? ‘Bodytalk’? Maybe ”Jungle? ’45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL’!
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
I shall leave this open to interpretation.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Thank you, GOODNIGHT!
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