The Norwegian duo Skrap consists of Heida Mobeck and Anja Lauvdal. In the past few years they have made their mark in bands like Broen, Skadedyr and Moskus, and when the eccentric indie pop goddess Jenny Hval played at CTM festival in February it was “FEATURING SKRAP.” In the summer of 2016, Skrap created Antropocen, a commissioned work for Moldejazz. Antropocen was published in March as a full length album on Fanfare. Besides the 14 people in the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra (who number among the most significant musicians from the Norwegian noise, pop, soul, classical and contemporary scenes), contributors to the album include Kjartan Fløgstad, Hege Schøyen, Jenny Hval, Susanna and Emilie Nicolas. Skrap searches for resistance within the eclectic in music. The music is as much inspired by jazz as it is by classical, hip hop and club music. The duo ignores all genre conventions, making use of popular musical sounds and melodies, field recordings and small compositions, and tying it all together with improvisation.
1: We are a part of nature, not above it.
2: History needs some rewriting.
3: Perspectives change from where you stand.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Emotions, thoughts, logical curiosities, movement, shapes, shadows. + noname
2. How and when did you get into making music?
We started making songs together when we met, 10 years ago.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Lauryn hill – Miseducation of lauryn hill
Iver Kleive & Knut Reiersrud – Himmelskip
Peter and the wolf – Sergei Prokofiev
Keith Jarret, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen & Jan Garbarek – Belonging
Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Good times, spring, good weather, freezing weather, food, adventure.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The nature around it.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Some other kind of art.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
John Coltrane – My Favourite Things
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
We already have so many great collaborators! Anyone?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Frode Gjerstad, Christian Winther, Magnus Nergaard, Adrian Myhr, Jan Martin Gismervik, Johan Lindvall at Mir in Oslo this year. Fresh sounds :)
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Depends on what platform we’re working on. Sometimes we use our instruments, sometimes words and walking, sometimes we work in pro-tools or other programs. We use synthesizers and lots of pedals with the tuba. It’s not essential, but it can be a great tool.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Yes, Anja has three younger brothers and Heida has two. One is a drummer/welder, one is a fighter pilot, one is a carpenter, one is an engineer, and one is soon to become whatever he wants. They are all huge fans, and supports us in their own way. The carpenter-brother makes us playlists with gangster-trap and rap.
To Listen: http://soundcloud.com/skrapmusic