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Pop Excess – This Is Alphabeat

Posted in alphabeat, boom boom magazine with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by boomboommag

At the time of writing, the Danish pop sextet [Alphabeat] are riding high in the UK, where their debut album has sold over 100,000 copies in the wake of the huge hit singles “Fascination” and “10,000 Nights”. In addition to their knack of coming up with catchy hooks, Alphabeat’s success is also based on hard work in the rehearsal room.



Diligent pop preferences

The Brits are still astounded that Alphabeat aren’t a manufactured pop act, but a real band that has worked hard in the rehearsal room for years. “We are forever finding out that Brits are amazed that it’s possible to play pop music the way we do and at the same time be a ‘proper’ band with years of experience,” explains guitarist Anders Bønløkke, the main architect behind the band’s songs. It’s around him that the rest of Alphabeat – Rasmus Nagel (keyboards), Anders Reinholdt (bass), Troels Hansen (drums) and vocal duo Anders SG and Stine Bramsen – stack up the songs’ colourful building blocks.

In Danish — Mere om Alphabeat.


London calling

In autumn 2007, Alphabeat moved en masse to London in order to pursue their dreams of musical conquest. EMI spotted the sextet and were captivated by their catchy songwriting – but they weren’t the only ones. Their giant competitors Warner and Universal also fancied Alphabeat’s contagious pop, and a bidding war broke out. Iain Watt (Mika, etc.) was drafted in as the band’s international manager, and Alphabeat found themselves in the hands of experts who have launched superstars such as Blur, Coldplay, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.



Under the name Sodastar, Alphabeat took part in a local talent competition in 2004. They took judge Christian Backman, A&R for Copenhagen Records (Nephew, Spleen United, Mads Langer, etc.) completely by surprise. “They held a cracker of a 25-minute party. The band’s energy was so massive that you couldn’t help but get caught up in it. I didn’t think their songs were good enough at the time, but if they developed then I was in no doubt that this band would have something really special.”


In addition to a visit to the USA, Alphabeat also plan to record a new album in 2009. As well as working with Alphabeat, Copenhagen Records also has plans to sell Spleen United in the Benelux countries, and there has been interest from abroad in the label’s singer-songwriter Mads Langer too – and the story of Nephew’s co-operation with Timbaland still never fails to raise a smile in the label’s office.

Text: Thomas Borre
Photography: Søren Solkaer Starbird



Aura Dione — Colourful singer with global ambitions

Posted in aura dione, boom boom magazine, danish music scene with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by boomboommag

Ever since she was a child, Aura has dreamed of taking the world by storm with her music. Now, the 22- year-old Danish songbird is able to spread her wings via a major deal with Sony BMG in Europe.  […]


The hair is black as coal. The lips pink. The eyes focused. And the voice enthusiastic. The word “Aura” is of Greek origin and is said to be a field of coloured energy. It is a description that also applies nicely to the singer Aura Dione, a folk- and country-inspired singer-songwriter who incorporates discreet electronic undertones and is fuelled by pure pop energy. She has a certain undeniable affinity with other creative female artists like Kate Nash, Feist, Kate Bush and Emiliana Torrini, but Aura is most definitely her own woman.

In Danish — læs mere om Aura.

Musical dreams

In Denmark, her debut album “Columbine” was released by Kenneth Bager’s label Music for Dreams in January 2008. “It appealed to me to be signed to an independent like Music for Dreams,” says Aura. “They give you a plenty of elbow room. It’s not far from idea to reality, and I am able to do things on my own terms. That’s very important for me.” Aura met label-owner Bager in Ibiza three years ago. The dialogue between the two was informal until the day she invited him round for coffee, sat him on a chair in the kitchen, picked up her acoustic guitar and played 30 songs. Bager immediately insisted that they start recording the album that would later become “Columbine”, on which he is also credited as producer. As well as Europe, Aura also dreams of performing and releasing music in America. “I think the USA and I would go well together,” she says with an arched smile – although for the time being her eyes are fixed upon the European musical battlefields.

Text: Thomas Borre
Photography: Raw Format