Updog

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Updog
Where are you currently based?
 
Currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark
 
How did you first start playing music?
 
Started playing the classical guitar at the age of seven. My dad was what got me into it all, he would always play and sing and I was so jealous of him being able to do that.
 
What’s been happening recently?
 
A lot! Personally, just got married and that has been an exciting journey :). Musically just working on my next project and getting into a lot of sessions with other writers and producers.
 
Your new single ‘Overthink’ is out now of your upcoming EP ‘Skellies’ what influenced the sound and songwriting for Overthink?
 
Sound-wise this whole EP is super quirky and different compared to what I usually do. I really honed in on the voice acting and decided to be as silly and weird as I could. ‘Overthink’ is just me being open about all the extremes my brain goes to, I’m a textbook over thinker and felt like it was important for me to write that out for myself.
How did you go about writing overthink?
 
I think I was just having one of those days where I couldn’t write because I was just overthinking the writing process. I got so annoyed I just started shouting in my room ‘I overthink I overthink I overthink’ and I really liked the rhythm behind how I was shouting that and just started singing each line chromatically while following a harmonic minor scale. It instantly stuck with me and knew there was something there.
What does Overthink mean to you?
 
It’s just a reminder to myself to take it easy and let life take its natural course. I often feel like my overthinking is a huge perk, because I can really plan situations out and avoid running into trouble, but at the same time it can be super limiting and take the joy out of simple joyful situations.
 
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
 
I wrote this end of October 2020, dark halloween season, my favourite season haha. I was working with Malthe Seierup who actually co-wrote and produced this full EP with me. At the time we were working out of this underground bunker studio in the centre of Copenhagen. It was located right outside a park, had no running water or toilet. It was dingey, dark and reeked of cigarettes and alcohol due to other people using the other studios. That said, it was a vibe, I really liked writing down there. There was also this super old, out of tune piano we’d always jam around and write songs on. Glad I don’t work there anymore, but I kind of liked it and it inspired a lot of great music!
 
How did you approach the recording process?
 
Generally I’d go into the studio with a melody and some lyrics. I would just play and sing the song on my guitar and we’d start building it out on the computer from there on.
 
Please tell us about the EP and how it came about:
 
It all started with the first song ‘break the norm’ the first single from the EP. I was having a hard time finding my new direction after my last EP ‘bouncy boy’. I was also watching a lot of Tim Burton movies and documentaries about Disney and their whole relationship with Tim Burton’s team. It inspired me so much and I just felt like I wanted to take that act-y, quirky route with this EP. Again most of these songs were written around Halloween season, which tends to be the best season for me to write to be honest, something always clicks for me around that time of year.
 
Who are you listening to at the moment?
 
Listening a lot to Upsahl these days, really love her sound, her vocals and her writing. Super inspired by her!
 
What do you like to do away from music?
 
I love to cook a lot but music right now is my ‘away’. I have a full time job, so in my spare time music is what I do for the most part. I’m also just super into mafia movies and series. Been binge watching the Sopranos this last month.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?

 

For one, trying to take a holiday!  Wrapping up and writing my next project, and continuing to show my face more through acoustic videos or livestreams.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

Definitely a good simple Pasta Aglio e olio and Cacio e Pepe or just a good sourdough bread with some fine extra virgin greek olive oil… that always hits the spot. Always love hanging out at those brewery / bodega bars in Copenhagen. They’re not super classy but they’re super vibe-y!

 

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