Despite the growing popularity of When Saints Go Machine, the band members still seem to be surprised with the attention given them by media and rising number of fans. However, praise is not only a reason for self-satisfaction, it’s also a stimulus for further development and search for a new style, which you can hear on their third record – Infinity Pool. Few days before their upcoming shows in Poland I had the chance to talk to Simon Muschinsky about his memories connected with this country, where does the energy for such amazing shows come from and the pressure related to recording a follow up to a great album like Konkylie.
musicis.pl: Do you have any special memories connected with Poland?
Simon Muschinsky: When we come to Poland it surprises us that there are so many people knowing about us, therefore each time we’ve been there has been special to us. I remeber when we played in Warsaw last year, it was Halloween so everybody was dressed in Halloween costumes, and we had to play three encores, which was really special.
musicis.pl: Few months ago you played your first shows in the States, how did it feel? Was it different than in Europe?
Simon Muschinsky: The people were the same like everywhere else in the world, it was like playing a normal gig in Denmark, besisdes that it has been our big dream to play in the US, so of course it was exciting.
musicis.pl: You are known as great performers, your shows are full of emotions, where do you take the energy from?
Simon Muschinsky: I don’t really know, I guess when you have the chance to share the music with other people, you get very emotional and want to do your best. There’s also a certain amount of danger, you can always fuck up but you still want to show your best side and do something that is really good. Additionally, everytime you try to reach the audience, so that’s where all the emotions come from. Besides we really like playing live. Does it make any sense to you?
musicis.pl: Of course, so I understand that everytime you record something you anticipate the moment when you can play it to an audience?
Simon Muschinsky: Yes, definitely.
musicis.pl: Infinity Pool is more experimental than your previous record, it’s also darker, less melodic, was it your intention to make it sound like this before you started recording or did it just happen naturally?
Simon Muschinsky: I think it just happened naturally, sometimes we start a new album with the intention of making it sound like something, but it always ends up sounding completely different..
musicis.pl: Is there a theme that connects all of the songs on Infinity Pool?
Simon Muschinsky: I can only speak about the sound, it’s definitely more chaotic, darker and also urban.
musicis.pl: Did you feel any pressure when recoring a follow up to such a succesful album like Konkylie?
Simon Muschinsky: I guess that the only kind of pressure we experienced came from ourselves, as we wanted to do something better than our previous records.
musicis.pl: How did the collaboration with Killer Mike come about?
Simon Muschinsky: We had this beat which sounded like old school hip-hop, we’ve all been fans of hip-hop so we joked around that it would be fun to have a rapper on this track. We considered many rappers, and then Nikolaj mentioned Killer Mike. We sent him the track and he liked it, so he recorded his vocals in a studio, in the US. After making a few adjustments, sending stuff back and forth a couple of times we got the final version. The first time we’ve met him face to face was at the Roskilde Festival last summer, we didn’t see each other before recording the track.
musicis.pl: Do you have any dream collaborators?
Simon Muschinsky: There’s plenty of people we’d like to work with, however, first we need to record new music and see if there’s anyone who’d fit into it.
musicis.pl: What are your plans when you finish this tour, are you going to rest, focus on side projects or record new music for When Saints Go Machine?
Simon Muschinsky: The last five years were a bit hectic so now I’d be nice to work on side projects and then slowly start to make a new When Saints Go Machine album.