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November 2019

Nelson Can: “It’s cool to be a dork"

Danish trio Nelson Can make addictive off-beat pop bangers; their new EP is out now, and they're off on tour later this week.
Published: 5:20 pm, November 15, 2017
Hey Selina, how are you today? Have we interrupted anything fun?
Hi Dork! Haha, love saying that! I’m also a dork. It’s cool to be a dork. Love being a dork. Øhm… [Danish for hmm…], I was actually just cooking some dinner. No biggie.

So, how did you guys get together?
Signe and I have been best friends since pre-school, and we met Maria at Roskilde Festival in 2012. We fell in love with her drumming and her awesome personality. I always say that we really only became a band after we met Maria.

What’s been the highlight of your time as a musician so far?
We’ve had so many good and bad times (mostly good though, but you can’t ever leave the bad out of the equation) together, so it’s hard to name just one. But I think we’ve grown so much this past year. Both as a band and songwriters, but also as friends. The last being the most important for us as musicians. We are stronger than ever. We had a rough year in 2015, which meant the songwriting stopped - but after a whole year of eating good food, drinking beer, fighting, making up and being together as friends again, I can say, that our highlight for us as musicians, is our newest baby - ‘EP3’. We are so proud of her.

What’s ‘EP3’ about, then?
Uh, it’s all about LOVE. Haha, no… but also a little actually. All the mixed up feelings you can have inside. Stuff that’s been bottled up for a while. It’s about overcoming anxiety, and how you sometimes just feel like making things worse for yourself to feel better. And how you can overcome shit you didn’t think you could - but you can overcome it if you have friends and family to support you.

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What makes a good EP, do you think?
Wah, øhm. For us and our process, it’s been important that the songs are different and have different sounds. Though still trying to stick to the same overall sound. It’s really difficult actually. Tough question guys and I’m really hungry right now, so my mind is just playing tricks on me. Okay, I’ll try an answer like an adult... A good EP is a collection of emotions, sounds, rhythms and lyrics that are different, but still similar enough in order to make it sound whole. Like a piece of art.

Are you guys working on an album at all?
Wouldn’t you like to know? <3 Ps. Yes, we might be.

Music aside, what do you do for fun?
We love eating. It’s a hobby we all share. Maria is a wonderful chef.

How did you get into running your own record label?
Long story short - we didn’t fit with any other label when we started out, and thought it would be easier to just go DIY. It has been one hell of a ride, and we still have The Entrepreneurs, and Gurli Octavia signed to it. We believe in DIT (Do It Together) just as much as DIY, and helping out other bands is rewarding. We finally found a label we love, and being signed to Alcopop! Records is one of the best things that has happened in a long time. They’re wonderful, hardworking, talented people who believe in the music they work with.

You’re in the UK later this year touring with Jaws, is there anything you especially like seeing/doing/eating while you’re in the UK?
We can’t wait to go on tour with JAWS! It’s gonna be so much fun! As I mentioned earlier (btw, I had to stop answering more questions before I had something to eat. So I’m all good now after a lovely dinner) we love food. I was born in Plymouth, Devon, so I grew up with my dad cooking Cornish pasties, so that’s a thing I have to try when I’m there. We always aim for at least one Sunday roast as well. We like walking around experiencing the cities we’re in. Try to learn something about the culture or the people. And going out to concerts. Maybe you have some cool new bands we should know about?

Tell us a secret about yourselves?
We always blame someone else for the horrific smells on the tour bus. Yes. Food can do that to a van.

Taken from the November issue of Dork, out now. Nelson Can’s EP ‘EP3’ is out now. They tour the UK from Friday, 17th November.

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