What is your name and role within the band?
Louise Sansom, Frontwoman/singer/anything they ask me do!
How did you start?
We first got together in 2003, some of us knew each other from school, but we got to know each other better because we all hang out at Cal Trempat, a very run down house where bands would practice and set up punk and hardcore concerts on weekends.
Where are you based?
In Collbató, Barcelona. small village next to magic mountain of Montserrat.
Please give an example of your music writing process?
It changes with each song, but Ferran and I usually work on making a rhythm or sound work with a certain vocal melody and lyric. One we have a more or less clear structure we get the others to come round and see how they feel. Lyrics are something that just appear with a feeling, I might be feeling really down or really happy one day, or see something I don’t like and a word suddenly appears in my head, then i carefully work on turning that word into a full idea. It come sometimes with a sound, just a note on the keyboard will remind me of something i felt that week and then we together we expand it into something real.
What are you working on right now?
We are ‘reworking’ a song by an electronic artist from Barcelona called Museless, the song is already electronic but we are trying to twist back into a more acoustic kind of song. We are also recording a new song to release it in September.
What is your gear setup?
Pen and paper, nord electro, a small Akai and a Roland loop station.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
I work at record label and have just recently set up my own label Hidden Track Records, its a mother label that aims to help smaller labels and self publishers get better conditions by working from one main structure. It effects my music a lot as music is constantly my day to day, it helps me feel inspired by other artists strength and hopes and other times it makes me sick to see how the industry works, making be always want to do things as different as i possibly can. Animics other members work in completely different sectors, tourism, audiovisual… (it keeps them sane). But manly all Ferran and I do is music and more music, as well as playing and educating our seven year old son.
How would you describe your music genre?
We have evolved constantly in our last albums so each one has its own world and genre really, i would say our latest one is electronica, but at the same time its full of humanity, the guitars, bass and vocals kind of bring it down to earth.
Do you know any music theory?
None at all, none of us do really, just the typical chords that we’ve had to learn to communicate with other people haha!
What are your plans for the future?
Right now we are concentrated on our live concerts for the summer, we have quite a few good festivals coming up and are really excited about them. We’ll finish recording a couple of songs and see where it goes from there.
How did you get into music?
My husband forced me haha! He already had the band with our guitarist Núria, he asked me out and then started insisting that i had to sing, I had never sung in my life, but one day i suddenly said yes and I never looked back, it made me feel like I had a reason to be on this earth, only my son makes me feel that way and even that will only be for a while until he grows up. I will always need music.
What are you listening to at the moment?
mmm… it takes me ages to find new music that i really like, for some reason there are constant similarities in the music i listen to, they are usually woman, British, minimalist (i don’t really like music with to many things going on at once)… right now i’m still stuck on M.I.A’s last album, its amazing, I’m also a big FKA Twigs fan, Kate Tempest and King Krule..
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
PJ Harvey of course (hahaha), Anika, Geoff Barrow, FKA Twigs… and Patti Smith.
When are you playing next?
We are doing Primavera Sound on Wednesday 31st, A festival called Embassa’t on the 7th and Sonar on the 17th.
Please feel free to include any extra info.
A Spanish duo called Supercomputer have just remixed one of our songs: