Young and gifted, Henrik Koefod is a Danish electronic music artist with a very promising future ahead of him. Making music that captures heavenly atmospheres such as the single “purple Ivory”, his sense of music production will amaze you.
Could you present yourself to our readers who are new to your music?
Hello Trez_Trez and readers, I'm Henrik Koefod, and thanks for interviewing me. I am a currently unsigned, young and fresh artist and I have been making my own music for a little more than a year.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Henrik, and I live in Roskilde, in Denmark. I turned 17 a couple of months ago, and I am in the second year of high school.
How do you define yourself as an artist and as a person?
As an artist I would probably define myself as very new and humble, I am taking one day at a time and just learning and taking in advice so I can become better.
I don’t really know how to define me as a person. It’s always hard to describe yourself, but I definitely think the artist and the person in me goes hand in hand and that is probably also the reason why I don’t use another artist name when I make music. But I am not denying that I sometime in the future would consider using another name for my music.
How did you get into electronic music?
The reason why I wanted to start making electronic music probably came when I started in high school. I met some guys, who also had the same hobby and interest for electronic music, and we just shared some stuff to each other, and from that day I’ve just been producing ever since. I think that it has helped me a lot to be in a creative environment with people who shares the same love for music as I do.
Was there a specific track or artist that inspired you to start your own project?
I don’t think there is a specific track or artist that has been the main reason why I wanted to start to make my own music. I live in Roskilde, the city that is famous for the great festival every summer, and I have seen a lot of great concerts with great electronic acts that all have inspired me a lot.
I think that I just thought it could be fun and exciting to start making electronic music, so I just gave it a try. I have never really thought about it in that way, I don’t like to compare myself to others, and I don’t really think my music can be just put in a box, and be called a certain genre.
I listen to so much different music, and I do not only become inspired by music only, I feel that I can be just as inspired from photos and art as well.
What kind of audience are you looking to garner?
I’m actually not quite sure, electronic music has become a huge term for so many kinds of different music. I haven’t found a specific audience that my music relates to; I have gotten a lot of nice feedback from very different people in different ages.
Is pursuing a career in music something you long for?
If I could choose exactly what I wanted to do in 5-10 years, I would of course choose just to be making my own music. But I still have a year and a half before I’m finished with school, and then I will see how everything looks at that time. I’m not sure about what I want to do after I’m finished with school, but I am sure that I will continue to make music and then I will just see where it takes me.
What's your music software of choice? Ableton, Reason, Pro Tools or other?
I produce all of my music in Logic Pro, but I use Ableton for live performances.
How far into making your debut EP are you?
I have come pretty far, I have decided that it will contain around 3 tracks. I am almost finished with 2 of the tracks, so I’m currently working on getting the tracks all finished. I don't have any label, so there is no need to rush and that’s a pretty good thing for me right now, so I can totally focus on making the tracks perfect.
Are you satisfied with what you've recorded so far?
I have made some pretty good recordings so far, I have been using some both old and new gear and recorded a lot of different instruments. I think that the tracks have great potential; right now I’m just looking forward to finishing the EP, and then hearing the reactions from the listeners.
Besides making music what are your other hobbies?
I actually don’t have any hobbies anymore; I think music has replaced them all.
Is there a particular artist you’d love to collaborate with in the future?
It’s hard to pick a certain artist… I am inspired by all kinds of music, and I don't just listen to one genre, so I think in that way it’s a very tough question to answer.
How was 2010 for you? What was your highlight?
2010 has been a nice year. I didn’t expect that so many people would like Purple ivory, I am very happy that it got all the attention and the fact that some people are starting to notice my music is amazing. I have only made music in almost a year so everything is still very new for me.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2011?
2011 is going to be a very exciting year. I am going to release my debut EP, I don’t have any deal with a record company, so I have plenty of time to finish it and make it perfect. I have also been working on some remixes that will be out soon, one in around February I think and one around march/april I think, so I hope 2011 will be a great year. And hopefully when my EP is finished, I will maybe get some more live shows and make some more tracks and remixes, so my music gets out to more listeners.
What's on replay?
James Blake - Lindesfarne I
Artist's track: Purple Ivory
Photographies by Kasper Voltzmann