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Emil Brandqvist Trio

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January 1, 2019

Within A Dream

We interviewed Emil Brandqvist, Swedish drummer and composer who, with his trio, recently released the album Within A Dream.

> Ivano Rossato

How was the Emil Brandqvist Trio formed?

I met Tuomas, the piano player, at the “school of music and drama” in Gothenburg where we both studied. I started something called Emil Brandqvist Orkester in 2005 and I had Tuomas on the piano. It was an 8 piece band and we made a recording with this project. The main source of the band was the piano trio and during the years I got more and more interested in the possibilities of arranging for the trio as well as other instruments. In 2011 we released our first trio album, Pappas Vardagsrum, and in 2013 we released our first album on the German label Skip Records (where all of our last 4 albums were released). On this album Max Thornberg started playing with the trio on bass.
How was the Within A Dream album born?
When we do a new record I compose 9 or 10 songs and I ask Tuomas for two compositions. This was also the procedure for Within a Dream. This time, though, I also got one song that is a composition from both Max and Tuomas. I wanted to have a dreamy atmospheric sound to the music. My goal is that our music should flow thru the different instruments like small streams that take different paths but which, together, makes a big river that then becomes the song.
What approach do you take for the writing and arrangement of the songs?
I have two small children so my time schedule is very tight. The compositions usually start when I have a few minutes by the piano at home. This is where I make some quick sketches and ideas. They always seem to pop up when I should be doing something else so I need to be fast! When I’m in a real hurry I just record the first idea on my phone. Then, when I have more time, I come back to my sketches and continue working on the song and the arrangement by the piano. I do the final touches to the music on my computer. After that, I deliver it to the other members of the trio and we start rehearsing.
How do you think your sound is evolving and how does Within A Dream fit in your discography?
I think the sound of the trio is getting better and better with each record we put out. The last 2 albums we were in a new studio and Åke Linton was our engineer. I like the sound that came from this. I think the music is flowing and we are getting closer to my idea of small streams on every new recording we do. We’ve toured a lot in the past 5 years and I can hear it in our playing. This makes me happy!
What are the future plans for the Emil Brandqvist Trio?
At the moment I’m composing music for a new record and hopefully we can start recording in the early part of summer 2019. The plan is for it to be released in the beginning of 2020. Until then we will continue touring with Within a Dream. We are really looking forward to meeting our audience in 2019. We love to be on tour and meet new people!

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