Nick Klein and Ferdous Dehzad are about to become your new favourite double act. Gaining serious buzz after dropping their incredible electo-pop EP, “Paralyzed”, last year, the boys are now getting ready to release their debut album.
Giving us a little taster of what’s to come, Nick and Ferdous put out “Still Not Over You” earlier this year. An uptempo beat and delightfully delicate vocals make this track an incredible electro-pop sensation and proof that sometimes getting your heart broken results in beautiful things.
Making us wait a little longer before announcing the date for their debut album, we had a chat with Ferdous to get us even more excited.
How did you two meet?
We met via mutual friends, back when we were around 15/16 years old in our hometown Helmond in the south of the Netherlands.
Was it “lets make music together” at first sight?
Nope. At first it was just occasionally seeing each other at parties, when we started hanging out more we discovered we were both making music and then we tried some stuff out.
What’s the Dutch music scene like?
Hard to say cos it’s very diverse. I feel like the Dutch artists I like best aren’t part of any scene, and usually those artists are the most appealing to me. At the same time I don’t think I’m paying enough attention, maybe there is an amazing scene going on that I don’t know of. I’m always late to the party, I only discover my favourite tracks months/years after they’re released by accident.
“I liked the silliness of singing about the worst possible heartbreak ever in a fun way, it’s kind of absurd.”
Your video for “Still Not Over You” has been blowing up! What was your creative vision for the video?
The creative vision for the video came from Margot Bowman and from the idea of what it means to be human in the digitised society we live in. For us, it feels weird making music about human emotions and real life interactions in a digital environment where there’s more room for harshness and dehumanisation. We think Margot envisioned this brilliantly and we’re incredibly excited we get to work with her for our upcoming debut album.
What’s the response been like?
I love the response for the song so far, people are so positive about it, it leaves me paranoid and wondering if I’ve been missing hate comments. It shows a different side from us and we’re happy people can appreciate it. We always make stuff that we want to do ourselves, but we’re glad we don’t have to stick to a specific musical format and that people are giving us space for that.
You tweeted about the track that you “wanted to turn heartbreak into a fun thing”. What was your inspiration?
I guess the idea of going through heartbreak is so shitty, and there’s no point in trying to sugarcoat it. I think that’s quite obvious in the lyrics cos they sound so desperate, almost as if you’re running out of air. But I liked the idea of doing it in a catchy way and making it upbeat in the overall tone. I liked the silliness of singing about the worst possible heartbreak ever in a fun way, it’s kind of absurd.
You recently finished your album. Can you tell us a bit about it?
The album is more or less a continuation of the music we’ve released so far. It feels weird for me that we’ve worked on this album since we started with this project three years ago, it resulted in the songs being quite different from each other and I think it’s a good showcase of different types of music we like to do. It ranges from slightly fragile, downtempo stuff we’ve made during the beginning of this project to more confident, dancier and synth-heavy songs we made more recently. We’re massively excited for the release, which will be announced very soon.
What else have you got lined up for this year?
Aside from releasing our debut album in early Summer, we’re currently working on a new live set for our upcoming headline show in London at Pickle Factory on May 15th. We’re also supporting Metronomy in that same week at Brixton Academy and Manchester Albert Hall and we’re playing festivals in the summer throughout Europe. I (Ferdous) am also working on the follow-up EP for my solo project “TRACE7000” on Turbo Recordings.