We had the pleasure of talking with Danish producer Anders Trentemøller ahead of his Australian tour this summer and in promotion of his latest LP release Into The Great Wide Yonder. We discussed his new album title, porno-inspired pseudonyms and what we can expect from a Trentemøller live performance.
To start off with, how did the name of your latest album, Into The Great Wide Yonder come about? I was watching a documentary and the narrator used the phrase “Into The Wide Blue Yonder” which I thought was really cool and wanted to use it for the album title – but then I found out that it was a USA Airforce war song. I really wanted to use the name for the title, so I just changed it to Into The Great Wide Yonder. It kinda gives the feel of something big and different which is exactly what I was going for with this album, it’s so different from my previous album The Last Resort.
Congratulations are in order – the album reached #2 on the Danish Album Charts. Yeah, that was a little bit surprising because this album is much more electronic and different from my last one and from all the other music that is usually on those charts. It was great to see that a lot of the indie-type fans were taking in my album. Do you remember who was at the #1 spot? No I don’t actually, I don’t usually even look at those things because they are all so commercialized. I mean, my music is definitely not Lady Gaga you know, so it’s much more difficult to compete with all the commercial music. So to be on the charts at all was actually quite amazing when you think about it.
We’ve noticed that you sometimes go by the name Run Jeremy? That was from a long time ago when I did a bootleg of ‘Window Licker’ by Aphex Twin and it was just a name to have as an alias for that. So I just did that bootleg under that name for fun you know and also because I wanted to do something that was not associated with Trentemøller. Did you choose that name because you shared something in common with Ron Jeremy? Yes, yes that was it of course (laughs).
We have read that you’re bringing a full band with you on tour to Australia, if your performance at the 2009 Roskilde Festival is anything to go by, we are pretty damn excited! Yeah yeah, Roskilde for me was so great because we were playing in front of 60,000 people and that night was just so fantastic. We played for nearly two hours with the whole live band setup and for me it was also something special because it was in Denmark and on the main stage. Since I was a kid I always dreamt about maybe one day playing at one, but I never really thought it would actually happen, you know? The whole vibe that night was just so wild and amazing. That was basically the kick-off for the new band setup which meant the addition of seven new musicians on stage as well as a bunch of choreographed dancers. We can only imagine of course, but it must have felt amazing. Yeah, it really, really was just one of those great moments.
Take a look at the above mentioned performance of their latest single at the Roskilde Festival in 2009. It has an epic vibe that we can’t wait to get amongst on New Years Day.
Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! :
Trentemøller has done an amazing amount of remixes over the last few years for artists such as The Knife, Röyksopp, Kasper Bjørke, Booka Shade, Franz Ferdinand, Depeche Mode, Moby and even the Pet Shop Boys just to name a few. Also having been remixed by artists like Four Tet, Pantha Du Prince, Gui Boratto and more recently Lulu Rouges on ‘Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!’.
You can check the entire Trentemøller discography, stay up to date with all the latest news and tour dates via the official Trentemøller website (see below).
Catch Trentemøller playing at Field Day’s 10th Anniversary on 1st Jan 2011. What better way to kick-start the New Year?
Field Day tickets are on sale now over at Fuzzy.com.au.
Standard Tickets: $135 + $7bf = $142 (no hidden charges)
‘More Expensive’ Tickets: $195 + $7bf = $202 (no hidden charges)