The release of one successful studio album is an achievement in itself, but could you imagine staring down the barrel of your seventh release? Well, for Danish act WhoMadeWho, this thought is a brilliant reality. After almost two decades of music-making together, the three-piece are not looking to slow down, as they are gearing up for the release of what can arguably be pegged as their most dynamic album to date: UUUU.
“It’s our first ‘normal’ album since Through The Walls,” divulges the band’s Jeppe. “It feels like we were on a journey back into the electronic world. We learned a lot and developed as a band in the process. For this album, we have composed and produced it with a different aim. We’re aiming for the ecstasy and connection between performer and crowd – for the intimate moments between recording and headphone listener on Spotify. We were not trying in any way to compete with all the shitty generic music out there in the commercial field. It never really worked for us anyway.”
Ahead of the release of the band’s album, WhoMadeWho’s Jeppe got candid with Wonderland about the good vibes set to radiate out of the upcoming project and how the fans of the band are what makes their success possible.
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Hi Jeppe. Thanks very much for taking the time to talk to us here at Wonderland. How are you guys doing and where in the world are you right now?
I’m having my first weekend off in ages. I am celebrating it with my wife in Stockholm.
2022 seems to have been an absolutely crazy year for you. Any special highlights so far?
There have been many big moments in North and South America. The Buenos Aires solo show in February kind of blew my mind, in particular. Coming back to Europe after the pandemic has also been very special. A sort of European homecoming. For instance, we played an amazing event in Barcelona last Sunday, which felt absolutely amazing.
We’re lucky enough to have had a sneak preview of your new album UUUU and we’re absolutely loving it. Can you tell us more about the album and the concept behind it?
First of all, I am happy to hear that you liked it! It’s our first ‘normal’ album since Through The Walls. Since then, we did the Watergate Compilation, we did the huge Synchronicity project on Kompakt and a bunch of singles and collabs along the way. It feels like we were on a journey back into the electronic world. We learned a lot and developed as a band in the process. For this album, we have composed and produced it with a different aim. We’re aiming for the ecstasy and connection between performer and crowd – for the intimate moments between recording and headphone listener on Spotify. We were not trying in any way to compete with all the shitty generic music out there in the commercial field. It never really worked for us anyway.
What do you want people to take away from the album and your sound?
Hopefully, it will bring good vibes to these troubled times. Peace of mind, ecstasy, longing, curiousness, and perhaps a song that stays in your head for a while.
How do you feel your sound has evolved over the course of your career?
That’s a big chapter. We evolve all the time. I think at this point in time, we are a little more mature and less chaotic than we used to be.
You’ve managed to scoop some amazing artists to remix the album singles over the past year, from &ME and DJ Tennis to Black Coffee and Adriatique. Were all of these hand-picked by yourselves?
Since we play a lot all over the world we get to meet so many amazing people and DJs. These guys are all handpicked, in the sense that they are artists that we deeply respect. Some are good friends of ours.
Can you tell us about your relationship with Rampa and his involvement with the album project? Have you guys known each other for a long time?
We started working on a song together called “Tell Me Are We” back in 2018 which came out on Innervisions. We felt a connection in the studio and realised that we had to do more music together. Rampa has an amazing ability to cut to the chase. We as a band on the other hand generally have so many ideas that they can be hard to control. Therefore the match with Rampa has been very fruitful for us.
You’ve had considerable success over the last few years. What fuels your work ethic?
Our fans are the key. We love that connection very much, and we want to keep that. We are all willing to sacrifice many things for it. Moving forward creatively. Trying to explore new places. Not in a straight line, but we are always on the way to new places. This persistent vision about exploring new things makes it fun for us. It is our hope and vision that our fans cherish the effort and enthusiasm and join in on our adventure.
After almost two decades together in this industry, it seems like you’re busier than ever. Does the constant touring ever take its toll? How do you manage it?
Generally, we all like travelling. We don’t see our friends and family much. But it’s been like that forever. It is what it is. We all do our best to stay on track.
In just one word, what do you each bring to the band?
Tomas Barfod: Direction.
Tomas Høffding: Perfomance.
Jeppe Kjellberg: Chaos.
Aside from the album drop, what else does 2022 have in store for you?
2022 will be the year we re-vitalise our live set. During the pandemic, we had a lot of fun developing our Hybrid-DJ skills, which is a lot about flexibility. Private parties on tropical islands and yachts and secretive lovely decadence. An amazing period. Still, it was too exclusive for my taste. I look forward to re-entering an open world, where everybody is allowed to the concerts. In 2022 we will try to properly integrate the DJ charms into our live show. We want the live show to blossom properly and for everyone to enjoy.