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   Dylan Mondegreen - The World Spins On (2009)

Dylan Mondegreen - The World Spins On
 01. (Come With Me To) Albuquerque
02. The World Spins On
03. Bantamweight Boxer
04. A Skin Too Few
05. I'll Be Your Eyes (feat. The Aluminum Group)
06. We Cannot Falter
07. Deer In Headlights
08. Love Has Overtaken Us
09. Gang Of Two
10. Last Day Of Harvest

Dylan Mondegreen is Norwegian singer and songwriter  Børge Sildnes. His debut album "While I Walk You Home" was released in 2007. The second album, "The World Spins On", was released last year on Division Records in Norway, Universal Records in the Philippines, Fastcut Records in Japan and Pastel Music in Korea. Characterized by an unique and fresh sound with beautiful arrangements, his music exhales simplicity, elegance and talent...

Interview with Dylan Mondegreen :

Dylan Mondegreen

S: How and when did all begin with music? 

D: I got my first guitar when I was eight or nine. It was a present from my parents, as I finally managed to say the letter “s”. I didn’t really start to play before I was fourteen-fifteen and we started a band, called "Tears For You". I started writing songs almost immediately. Since then I’ve been in a couple of bands, always as a guitarist and songwriter. I decided to try singing my own songs five years ago, and it didn’t take long before the first Dylan Mondegreen record was finished.

S: Where is your stage name coming from?

D: Mondegreen means misheard lyrics, and well, a Dylan mondegreen refers to misheard Bob Dylan lyrics. It wasn’t my intention that people should believe it’s a person’s name, but it seems like most do. I think the name says something about the beauty of pop music; that it doesn’t need to be understood or analyzed.

S: What are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in Norway?

D: We have some really nice grant funds, which make its easier having enough money to tour and to record albums. Still, Norway is a small country, so the number of potential fans isn’t that big, which makes it even more important to reach a foreign audience.
S: Do you feel anxious before a show?

D: No, not really.

S: What musicians or artists had an influence in your life and in your work?

D: The Smiths were my first big discovery, and what made me start writing songs. There are bits and pieces and small details in many songs by many artists that have inspired me. One big influence, though, has been the films of Hal Hartley, I always want to write songs after seeing one of his movies.

SDo you remember what was the first CD you bought?

D: Yes, the first CD I bought was some sort of 60’s collection that they sold where I bought my first CD player. I remember it had "Summer in the City"  by The Kinks on it.

    The Kinks     

S: Do you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in another language?

D: No, not really.

S: How could you define the music of Dylan Mondegreen?

D: It’s pop music. It has chords and chord changes that few can really figure out, still it can present itself as intuitive. It’s honest. And I strive to make it sound interesting even after many listens.

: Do you agree with Victor Hugo who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?

D: Perhaps. Melancholy is a bit scary, though, as it can keep you from getting what you really want.

S: When you write a song do you follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?

D: One doesn’t work without the other, I guess.

S: What is your favourite song of Dylan Mondegreen and why?

D: That’s a difficult question. I think I’ll say "Wishing Well", ‘cause that’s the song that initiated the whole Dylan Mondegreen project. It was the first song I demoed for my debut album, and it was also the first single. It was sort of a fresh start.

S: As musician, what is your feeling about Internet?

D: I think it kills music, and I think it creates music interest. It’s a paradox that I think it’s hard to find a solution to. I think it makes us less patient as listeners. I feel that having endless choices make it hard to choose.

S: You know a very nice success in Japan, how can you explain it?

D: Well, that’s hard to explain, but I sell more albums there than at home. I think my music somehow suits the Japanese way of being. They are patient listeners, and there are many music fans that don’t seem to care so much about trends and hypes, but are willing to spend time on finding the music they like.

S: You worked with The Margarets, Madrugada and Ephemera, how were this collaborations?

D: Well, I’ve only worked with some musicians who are in or have played with these bands. I don’t feel their connection with these particular bands had such a great impact on my music.

: What are your hobbies aside music?

D: None in particular, music tends to be quite time-consuming. I like to cook, watch dvds, travel, read etc. Nothing out of the ordinary, I guess.

S: Where would you like to play in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?

D: There are so many places I would like to play. Actually I’d say France is on my top list. My album was just released in Korea, it would be exciting to play there as well. And I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia. And to play in New York again. There are so many places, the list is endless, but money and time is limited.

S: What is the best moment and best place to listen to your music?

D: That’s not really up to me to tell, but I think it’s best to listen to while you’re alone, perhaps on your iPod while you’re on the train or out walking.

S: I know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?

D: I think I’d prefer to keep none. If I’d pick just one album I love, I’d probably end up hating it pretty soon, and I wouldn’t want to do that. But one album I don’t seem to get tired of hearing is Dusty Springfield’s "Dusty in Memphis" – the deluxe version with lots of great bonus tracks.
Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis
S: What was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be the next?

D: The last song I listened to before this interview. I think it was "Heaven’s on Fire" by The Radio Dept. And I wrote to my friend Naoki, who runs my Japanese label, saying it reminded me of Japan. We listened to the previous Radio Dept album as we were driving his little yellow Toyota heading for the spectacular samurai castle in Himeji.
The next song I’ll listen to, I think will be a b-side by Tracey Thorn, "Taxi Cab". I’ve just ordered her new album.

S: Can you tell us the name of one French song, or singer, or band?

D: There are so many French artists I like, I wouldn’t know where to start: Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Air, Phoenix, Claudine Longet, Tahiti 80 and more obscure ones like Taxi Girl.
I played a concert with French band Syd Matters in Brighton two years ago. They did a really great performance.


S: And say something in French or in "Broken French"?

D: I never had French in high school, so I only know phrases like “sil vous plait” and “j t aime”. I learned some more when I was in Provence, but I have forgotten, I’m afraid. Time to go back …

S: What are your plans for the nearest future?

D: Right now, I’ve just started writing songs again. It will probably take some time before there will a new Dylan Mondegreen album, if there will be one at all. I don’t know yet, all I know is that I’m enjoying the writing process and time will show what that leads to.

SAnd finally, what’s the most important thing in life for you?

D: My wife. She’s a ray of light.

MANY thanks to Børge for the interview!

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