Music Art & Love got to talk with Sweden’s Manfred Kidd about their delicious indie, pop single, “Lights”. Manfred Kidd talks with us about the Swedish music scene and the process of making a song– check out the interview and track below!
Music Art & Love: How long have you both been making music together?
Manfred Kidd: About four years ago we sat down and started recording and writing. But the friendship we build our music on goes way back. Back to us discussing things around slides, swings and sandboxes next to the soccer field in elementary school.
MA&L: Are you planning to tour in the US?
MK: Always! Seriously! We’re in this to tour a lot. We’ve had some venues in NYC asking but the US is a new territory for us tour-wise. We’re like a spider in a foreign web. It takes some time to know how to put it together nicely.
MA&L: Describe your sound and your musical influences.
MK: Organic & handcrafted.
George Harrison. He was very good.
MA&L: Have you ever been to Chicago? If so, what do you like best about the city?
MK: I (Victor) have been there a couple of times actually. A great city, filled with many fine places for musical escapades. It’s been a few years since the last time, but looking forward to going there again sometime soon!
I’ve (Fredrik) never been but it just so amazingly filled with music history.’The Chicago blues’, the birthplace of house music…
MA&L: Do you have anyone representing you (label, publisher) or are you doing this totally DIY?
MK: 100% DIY. It’s the two of us doing everything from writing, recording, mixing and then getting it out there with cover art.
MA&L: Can you describe the process of making a song?
MK: It’s never the same process for us, or at least it hasn’t been yet. It often starts with an idea that we build a theme around. Then it just creatively takes off into any direction that follows the theme and sounds nice. Ultimately, we let it sit and simmer and sink in our minds, cutting and adding until it’s just about ready.
MA&L: What can we expect next from Manfred Kidd?
MK: You can always expect new music from Manfred Kidd. We are releasing some great songs within short, a video for the spring with release party and also hosting events through our manifest NOTFLOD. All with the love for music.
MA&L: What is your favorite thing about the Swedish music scene?
MK: That it’s so rich. Not money-wise, but culture-wise. Historically and presently we have a treasure. From children’s music to sound design. We have great music coming out of this small country gaining the respect of the world by simply being who they are or whoever they want to be.