Trentemøller is a pioneer of a new Scandinavian sound that resonated across the globe and influenced countless modern producers and musicians. The producer has been crafting his musical identity for 20 years now which gained iconic or dare we say legendary status worldwide. Establishing a sound that is always evolving yet easily identifiable as his own, Trentemøller is making a musical appearance in Beirut this weekend at The Grand Factory. We had a quick chat with the producer and got to ask him about his history, process, Beirut expectations and everything in between.
Your music defies the definition of genres, emotions and even sound design. Although it’s hard to describe music using words, how would you pen the sound you make?
Where artists grow up often plays a huge role in their music. Besides Scandinavian music that clearly influences your sound, how does home play part in Trentemøller’s process?
You are one of the pioneers of a novel sound of Danish music and the world. Tell us about your creative process in the studio, how do you go about building off the beaten road timeless classics?
Your process is quite interesting. It’s something like a film director where you finalize everything then include your band members and give them strict instructions as to how to play every piece. At the same time, you’ve expressed the pleasure of playing live and experimenting with sound. How do you translate the contradiction of studio experimentation with the precision of your live performances?
It took you many years of experimenting before deciding to release your music. It also takes time, playing around at the studio to find the final sound of an album and hone it to perfection. What’s your relationship with time, and how can an artist still manage to come up with a meticulous end product when everyone is always in a rush to get things done?
You’ve been playing music for twenty years. How does touring and performing live evolve with someone who’s been doing this for such a long time at such a global caliber?
What is so appealing about remixing tracks, and why do you think it’s important to rework your own tracks?
You influenced countless musicians and artists around the world, it would be interesting to know who influenced you. What are some albums that lingered with you over the years and what’s your guilty pleasure?
Your fans around the world religiously await any Trentemøller rumours, gossip and news. Any new album on the horizon? A surprising sonic turn? What does the future hold for you?