Face to face with Antiqcool

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Stunning vocals and heartfelt songs with gentle melodies full of delicate sophistication… Are you still not listening to Antiqcool? You’re missing out big time. Rock Britain chats with the singer about his music, influences and arts.
– How have you been lately and what have you been up to?
– I’m fine and dandy, thanks for asking. Ask any egotistical musician to talk about himself and his music, and he will most likely chew your ear off ad nauseum. Most people who know me well, would probably say I tend not to talk about myself all that much, I guess that’s kind of true. Arctic explorers and astronauts are way more interesting to me. What have I been up to?  Writing songs, recording songs, answering email, washing the dishes, gardening and vacuuming the house etc….I’m quite domesticated for a musician.
– You’ve got an album ‘Now And Then’ under your belt. Looking back at the time when it was released, how do you feel about it now in comparison to those times?
– Actually “Now and Then” is my third album, but I try to avoid talking about the first two because they were so bad. I think the decision to switch to more of an acoustic sound was a good one. I still enjoy listening to the Now and Then tracks, which is probably a good sign.
– Have you got any songs that especially stand out to you for some reasons from the album?
– “Girl In A Room” is by far the most popular song off the album. I recently remixed “Birdman” adding more harmony vocals and tweaking the guitar arrangements. I’m quite fond of its haunting simplicity, ditto for “Oh Mary”
– The name Antiqcool is a really interesting one. How does it reflect the nature, the philosophy of your music?
– That’s an easy one, I’m an antique but some people still think I’m cool (don’t ask me why) so I put the two words together 🙂
– What are the main sources of inspiration for your music?
– Anything and everything really. “Oh Mary” for example was inspired by a movie  and another well-known musician.  “Birdman” was inspired by a bird in a tree and someone I was missing at the time.
– How do you usually work at your music?
– It varies. I seem to get my best ideas Just as I am about to fall asleep, so I keep a notepad on the bedside table.   More often than not I’m just sitting with an acoustic guitar recording ideas. Then I might start making up melodies and meaningless words.  The lyrics are usually, but not always an afterthought.
– While writing a song, what is the sign for you that the song is totally ready?
– I’m not sure they ever are ready. Someone might hear the finished song and say “that would sound great with a mandolin bridge” to which I might reply “Why didn’t I think of that?” As I mentioned earlier, I recently re-recorded “Birdman” and the remixed version is, in my opinion much improved, but at the time (three years ago) I thought it was finished, so revisiting old songs can be worthwhile.
– Listening to music has the tendency of tapping into emotions. What kind of music usually taps into your emotions?
– Like many people I respond according to my mood. It sounds counter intuitive to want to listen to sad music when you are sad,  but a lot of people do, I think that’s an empathy thing.  If you are at a party or a club where people are happy you probably wouldn’t appreciate Leonard Cohen, don’t get me wrong, I love Leonard Cohen 🙂 I love Nirvana too, but probably not during a romantic dinner for two.
– What band/musician do you consider your biggest influence and inspiration?  
– Almost impossible to narrow that down to just one artist or band, but if I had to name one it would be The Beatles. According to my research the Lennon and McCartney song “Yesterday” has been covered by more than 2200 artists, and that’s just one song.
– What are your other favourite spheres of art, apart from music?
– I went to art college when I left school, and I still draw sometimes. My brother and I spent most of our early childhood painting and playing cheap guitars.
– What are your plans for the nearest future?
– To stay positive and try to earn a living doing what I love to do. To write a song as good as Eleanor Rigby. I don’t think I’ll ever come close, but I’ll give it my best shot. Thanks for the interview Olga, I hope my answers weren’t too boring.
4 Responses to “Face to face with Antiqcool”
  1. antiqcool says:

    Thank you for the feature Olga, and for the kind words 🙂

  2. Anita says:

    What I love about Antiqcool is that it’s the type of music that frames your day in a good way. Some music you listen to and some music you experience. Antiqcool gives an experience. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents. Love the Music 🙂

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