What is your name and role within Rat City?
My name is Lasse Michelsen, and I’m a producer/songwriter and a member of Rat City.
Where are you currently based?
What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?
Right now, I’m on daddy’s leave, so it’s all about getting through the day with my nine month old daughter. It’s a lot of fun! Covid-19 hasn’t really affected our daily work as much as other businesses. We’re used to being stuck alone in the studio.
Your new single ‘Rather Be’, a collaboration with Isak Heim, is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
The sound is based on what we have released earlier, horns, live bass etc. Kind of an organic sound mixed up with house/disco-vibe. I have no clue what to call it… Since there are so many songwriters involved, I can only speak for myself, but I think it’s about cutting loose from a bad relationship or person.
How did you come to collab with Isak and how was the experience?
We have worked with Isak on several previous releases, so it was very natural for us to ask him to sing on the song. He has an amazing voice!
Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?
All recordings are done in our own studio in Drammen (Norway). Phil Tan (U.S) on the mix and Sing Master on the master.
How did you approach the recording/production process?
Like we always do, press record and use your imagination.
What does ‘Rather Be’ mean to you?
A lot! It’s one of a few records that we still love to listen to.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Kamara, she is really talented.
What do you like to do away from music?
Fly Fishing, hunting and hiking in the mountains.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?
Make more music!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
A nice meal in the tent on the tundra after a long day of fishing.