We chat to Swedish born artist Mountain Bird this week, as we are still soaking up his incredible EP "Cubism." Read on to hear more about it...
Good to have you! Please tell us a little about yourself...
who are you and where are you currently based?
Hi! I’m Mountain Bird, real name Adam and I'm music producer and artist from Stockholm currently based in Berlin!
How long have you been making music? What made
you first want to write it?
It’s been a while now! It started off around 14 years ago when I borrowed my sisters drum set when she was not at home, then later on that became my first instrument I learned! I remember getting an album fro my sister by Explosions In The Sky that really made me fall in love in sound and more emotional vibes. After that moment nothing has been the same in my head.
What do you enjoy most about producing? What
difficulties does it sometimes bring?
I love the fact that I could have the worst day, write about it and it’s like I’ve gone to the shrink and talked about everything. I have a lot of energy in my mind that needs to get placed otherwise I get crazy and really sad so that’s a really good thing, the mental output I get from it. I could just forget everything and make sounds the whole day without thinking about anything else, it's like the perfect escape. Creatively you always want to make something new and develop yourself, so I think to feel inspired and to find new sounds sometimes can be hard. Especially if you’re doing it 6 days a week. Business-wise it’s a lot of pressure sometimes, people wanting more and more things from you, but you have to cope with that and in the end it’s good that they want something from you. A lot of people doesn’t have that.
Do your surroundings inspire your music?
Both yes and no.. I have a lot of things in my mind and different landscapes that I want to create, but it always helps to switch environment. I believe you have a fixed amount of hours in one room, and then you have to switch it to get your head a fresh start. That’s why it’s so inspiring to try new things live, the songs feel completely different in that environment.
How would you sum up the signature Mountain Bird sound?
Super honest lyrics, with heavy, beat-driven tracks with a touch of Scandinavian melancholy. Imagine if Flume and Moderat made a band, and they all had to write to a Volvo commercial lol. I love pop music but still creatively I want to make sounds that no one have heard before.
Are you pleased with how “Cubism” has turned out?
It’s hard to look back and be like, fuck yeah I’m the man. But I said things I
wanted to get out and that’s the main thing. It’s really a compilation of old songs so I’m really stoked about the new stuff I’m releasing later on... "The Wolf" was important to me, it really got me through a hard time.
How did you meet the featured artists who contributed
to the EP?
Both Flora Cash and Lara were close friends back home in Stockholm so I just sent them stuff and we met up and recorded! Autrey is from the US so we met through my label when she sent demos to them!
Do you have a personal favourite from the set?
From the EP? "The Wolf" - since I’m singing and it’s the most honest track I’ve released so far. There will it be more of that in the future. I’m singing a lot more and that feels good.
Where do you see your sound progressing over the
My new material that I’m writing right now has made me want to mix in more organic instruments. I am also going to sing more, I have a lot of things to say and since we toured with "The Wolf" I’ve gotten more comfortable with my own voice - and that’s a big step for me. I don’t want to fall into being an EDM guy, I want to work against that and release more stuff that is more handcrafted and honest.
If you could work with any artist (alive or dead) on a
track, who would you choose and why?
Ryan Lott a.k.a SON LUX. I think he’s a genius when it comes to challenging the normal vision of what a pop song really is. I would love to just meet him and discuss life for a whole evening. He’s also a really big inspiration when it comes to including acoustic elements in electronic productions. The whole branding, everything is perfect.
What can we expect from you next? What are your
dreams for this year?
More music I hope! We want to release some singles when I sing. And hopefully working with more inspirational artists! I would love to ghost produce a bigger artist and would love to join on another support tour... Son Lux, call me!