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This alt-electro rock duo from Norway is Lemaitre, and they are going to be your new addition to this year’s fall playlist. I had a chance to interview the duo and what great answers I received! They have a sound much like Muse with a Passion Pit twist. They have smooth, mellow, and melodic tunes, and the vocals equally croon through the track. “I’ll see you soon in soon in a dream, when I fall asleep.” Their sweet, happy-go-lucky tunes combined by simple lyrics and dynamic instrumentals are the foundations of Lemaitre’s sound. Lemaitre’s new single “Big” drops today and is accompanied by a comical visual. As the guys drive you around through the song, we see a variety of characters in the back seat and their personalities and stories as Ketil and Ulrik act as our narrators.
The guys have released 5 dance EPs, a remix collection, two short form releases and their full debut album Chapter One. They have had amazing collaborations with artists such as Betty Who and Mary Noyes in the past as well. Overall, their music has surpassed 200 million streams and they have had the chance to have their songs featured in global campaigns for Google, Apple, Facebook, FIFA 2017, Skyy Vodka, PayPal, Tropicana, Infiniti, Hugo Boss and more!
The guys of Lemaitre are also headed on tour and you can check out their tour dates below:
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U.S. Tour Dates:
10/7 Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits
10/14 Austin, Texas: Austin City Limits
11/28 Los Angeles, CA: El Rey Theatre
11/30 San Diego, CA: The Irenic
12/1 Santa Barbara, CA: Velvet Jones
12/4 Seattle, WA: The Crocodile
12/5 Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom
12/7 San Francisco: August Hall
12/13 Boston, MA: Brighton Music Hall
12/15 New York, NY: Gramercy Theatre
So now for our interview! I had a chance to chat with Ketil and here’s what he had to say:
NM: How did you guys get started in music?
K: We both started messing around with music production software in high school, making beats and stuff. When we were finishing high school, we started talking about taking a year of before going to college and just make music. Now we are going on 8 years, and still haven’t applied to college.
NM: So what was the inspiration behind the new single “Big”?
K: It’s really inspired by the Beatles and 60´s pop/rock. We wanted to have that vibe but wanted it to sound like a current record with big drums and synths. The lyrics are about loss (mainly about losing my dogs), and the fact that if you are sad about someone departing, it means you must have really liked them, and so should be happy about the time you had together.
NM: How did you guys find the home you did?
K: Ulrik found it on craigslist after a couple of month looking around for a suitable house. We were almost giving up on finding a nice house and was about to settle for something mediocre when it came up. After we had been at the house for a few months the owner came by with some family members to show “Dr. Dre’s old house”. Which made a nice house even cooler.
NM: Why is the band named after the astronomer?
K: It looked cool on the page, and is a cool story. We are both kind of into popular science, so it felt like a good fit. Should have tried to say it out loud before we settled tho…
NM: When fans hear your music, what do you want them to feel or think?
K: Hopefully they get the same feeling we had when we wrote it. We always try to communicate an emotion or a feeling you had when you were writing.
NM: What are fun facts about you guys?
K: Ulrik is gender fluid and Ketil can bench 400lbs.
NM: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you want to work with?
K: Really hard question to answer, there are so many. Thundercat and Paul McCartney probably. I could name 40 others though. So many great artists around.
NM: How would you describe your sound in one or two words?
NM: What’s your favorite social network platform, and do you have a favorite post from it? Can you share it?
K: Reddit probably. It’s nice that you have all these niche communities where people with similar interests can talk. Shout out to /r/lemaitremusic!
NM: Who are some of your musical influences?
K: Daft Punk, Justice, Noisia, Phoenix, The Beatles, Django Reinhardt.
NM: What are you guys On The Verge of?
K: Getting it on.
NM: What are your go-to songs? [Name Top 3]
K: Louis the child – Better Not, Arataan – Effervesce, Superorganism – Something For Your Mind
NM: What are you looking forward to for your fans, new projects or something else exciting?
K: Really excited to show them our new music! We have been writing for quite a while now, so we have a lot of songs that are either done or wrapping up. Get hype.
That’s where we wrapped up the interview! Ketil had really thoughtful answers and I was very happy to have the chance to hear from him about the whole creative process! Be sure to check out the new song/video, and be sure to follow Lemaitre on social media:
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