Ian Nilsen has pop on the brain! You only got to listen to a minute of his music.
He’s always on about how important songs are, “it’s all about songs you see”
Is it just talk, let’s try to find to out.
It’s like he got this button you accidentally press and while you are in horror on the lookout for the reset button he will go on about the state of the whole industry of music. Pretty tiring at times.
But that’s just Ian. It’s like Stian Summer is this grown up boy who simply refuses to grow in any dignity and who can’t take anything seriously for a minute. But his real-life self, is a lot more down to earth, even notorious laid-back. He has often been accused of a leave-no-trace attitude towards his privacy.
“Oh, you noticed, did you? he laughs.”
“Yeah, people is often on me , because I tend to be pretty private, but I like that. You know, there ain’t no much to hide, but it’s nice that you can get about without always be the other public person too. I’m pretty untouched by being known, you see, but have accepted that it’s part of the game somehow. If I want to stand up for the music that i do, people would want to know bits about me. That can be me as Ian or any other name that I come up with, don’t think that it matter too much. I’m not a bad boy, far from it actually”
Despite having a careful attitude to his private life, we do know that he is a pretty active guy. From early mornings in front of his computer to pretty late evenings early weekdays he’s plotting his next step for getting his music out and about. Being it on the label BritishPopSongs, songs, live shows, magazines, radio shows, videos, remixes… there is no end to it really.
“You know, there are so many things to be done, but i’m not the person that would spend a month on a single song and having 1000 takes for a vocal to get it juuuust right. Life is too short, and I feel by know that I have found what works for me, allright, there’s a few mistakes here and there, but thats cool with me”
What other bands does he like? “I like loads actually, but I don’t listen much. I would get to inspired and could end up doing similar things, and thats no good. I have travelled quite a bit, and looks always at things around me, but it does not have to be music, can be everything really. In the end all is about people. New York would not be New York without New Yorkers, London without Londoners, same thing everywhere… I’m not a hell-rasier, but I sure do like to party. Love to meet new people all the time.
All Ian’s album artwork is done in-house. “it’s not that I’m my favourite designer, far from it, but you know, I’m cheep… and I know what I want. One day when money gets bigger, I get some good people to work for us, but for now this can do, and it’s pretty fun to do too.
What’s outside of music then? Ian laughs, “Not much actually, well quite a few things, but it’s true that music and everything that surrounds it takes up some 60 hours a week easily. The rest… well, drinking wine, running about non stop and the (not so) odd hangover.
And by this the interview is over, Thursday is bank holiday so weekend starts early, and with so much to be done before, he is already on to something else.
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