What’s your name?
Detox From Grey (vocalist and keyboardist Julie Kvaerndrup, bassist/synth player Jiwoon Whang, and drummer Marco Ninni)
How would you describe your genre of music?
We would probably call it alt-pop, indie?
How did you come up with the bands name?
It’s a phrase from one of Julie’s songs. The phrase ‘Detox From Grey’ refers to the idea that we humans sometimes lapse into the darkness and stay there. Learning to let go of negative ideas, people, yourself and the past is crucial in order to grow, and this message of ‘making space for colours in your life’ is prevalent throughout the music.
Your new single ‘A Lot Of Love Is Chosen’ is out, describe the track in two words.
Will we see an EP or album? If so what can we expect?
We are currently working towards an EP next year. We have another single coming out here in 2019, and a bunch of new songs up our sleeves!
Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading?
We are playing at Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney, London) on the 12th of October supporting Madmadmad, which we are super excited about. Paperdress is such a cool venue, always has a good crowd.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? Nothing planned at the moment, but with this single and next single we worked with a dear friend Max Mella, an active producer/musician who works on numerous projects
Who are your influences?
At the early stage we were really inspired by Bristol trip hop classics such as Portishead, Goldfrapp and Massive Attack. Julie is a long time Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen fan, Jiwoon is deeply obsessed with Radiohead, Bjork, James Blake and early UK dubstep. ��
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Jiwoon – Julie goes for walks with a notepad every now and then. A lot of times she starts off with lyrics, or lyrical motifs. I normally start from technical experiments, the beat-bed for the track or textural ideas. Julie sends me bare bones of songs and I put some flesh on it, then Marco flicks through his sample banks and we start shaping the track.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Julie – it was probably after listening to ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Jiwoon – I’m from Seoul and it’s a really bustling town. I could say it’s a sort of cultural hub of Asia at the moment. Lots of music, film, art, fashion, architecture, and of course food. It’s really not hard to find Korean indie bands in Europe these days, take Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg for example, who host a small stage for Korean bands. It’s not only K-pop happening there.
What else can we expect in 2019?
New music, more shows
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