Danish musicians The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are dedicated to technicolour pop fused funk and soul shaken beat laden folk. Or something like that!
They’ve supported Amy Winehouse and amidst the blur that’s been a short-lived rise to stardom, they kindly took time out to answer some questions for us here at Glasswerk…
AS: When you take aim with your peashooter/pellet gun/sniper rifle, you’re aiming at?
TAGT: The new rave electro-rock pigeon!
AS: Where do you go when it all gets too much?
AS: Is bedtime more half nine with a half read paper or more half four with fully red eyes?
TAGT: The latter – only it’s usually half six.
AS: What do you do in your recreational time?
TAGT: I work.
AS: Who would be your dream collaborator?
TAGT: George Clinton.
AS: What’s the best music video?
TAGT: ‘Hey! Ya’ by Outkast could be a contender.
AS: Do you believe in love at first sight?
TAGT: Yes, at first sight maybe, it happens all the time but only to get really disappointed with the second.
AS: Where do you most enjoy playing live?
TAGT: Away from Denmark!
AS: Who is most influential on your sound?
TAGT: I am.
AS: Why the name?
TAGT: You have to have a name right? Our trumpeter Miloud came up with the name ‘The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’. We liked it so much because it sounds less like a band name and more like the title of a future fairytale – anno 3008!
AS: Who’s the most likely to go solo or crazy?
TAGT: Again, Miloud.
AS: What makes you better than everyone else?
TAGT: We’re not into electro-rock.
AS: When do you plan to take over the world?
TAGT: You mean the galaxy? Shhh! We already did but it’s not official yet!
AS: Wish you were doing anything else with your time other than music?
TAGT: Let me see… No.
AS: Did you have any heroes when you were a teenager?
TAGT: Luke Skywalker.
AS: What do you think of the paparazzi?
TAGT: Ask someone famous.
AS: What are you listening to right now?
TAGT: My TV mixed with Marvin Gaye from my stereo!
AS: Any career highs or lows you care to share?
TAGT: Until very recent it’s only been lows…
AS: Moving on then!
AS: Do you enjoy playing live or are you more at home in a studio?
TAGT: I am a studio rat and Mette loves the stage; we’re a perfect match.
AS: How important do you feel visuals are in relation to music?
TAGT: It’s half of it! It goes hand in hand. Would you honestly be diggin’ Bob Dylan if he was a skin head, Prince in a track suit or Mick Jagger without the moves? Your eyes are organs as sensitive as your ears!
AS: I’m sure you’ve done a few but, do you know which has been your best ever gig?
TAGT: We played The Borderline in London in May 2008. It was a very casual gig but also very real!
AS: What will this year bring?
TAGT: Hard work! We’re doing some festivals; Roskilde and The Secret Garden Party. And then finishing the album too, mixing etc…
AS: Best song, movie or LP ever?
TAGT: Song: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue by THEM (f/Van Morrison). Movie: Deer Hunter. LP: David Bowie: Hunky Dory or Stevie Wonder: Innervisions
AS: What’s your secret vice, what are you a sucker for?
TAGT: I am obsessed with vintage racing track bikes with only one fixed gear!
AS: What makes the world go round?
TAGT: Gravity to the sun.
AS: What’s your favourite instrument?
TAGT: Drums of course! Aren’t they everybody’s favourite deep inside?
AS: What inspired the LP title?
TAGT: We haven’t got a title yet. Any suggestions?
AS: Well, in keeping with the band name and your love of George Clinton, I’d go with ‘Wow…Cosmic’. Certainly something incorporating cosmic anyways!
AS: Are you a good dancer?
TAGT: Yes I’m excellent! But I hide it well!
AS: Ha! That’s what I say about my being the perfect gentleman!
AS: What kinds of music do you dislike the most?
TAGT: Music that tries really hard to be advanced or clever or something. It’s especially a dominant disease amongst a certain group of so-called indie-bands. It’s a big misunderstanding! Write a book or do math instead!!!
AS: Where will you retire to when you're tired of comeback concerts?
AS: Who is the main driving force or do you work as a team?
TAGT: I write the songs for the most part but I always have a close collaboration with Mette and she’s always got some strong views on the songs.
AS: How important are the charts?
TAGT: You got to pay the rent somehow but honestly, I don’t know. We never tried them… yet!
AS: What revival would you most like to witness?
TAGT: I generally hate revivals! It’s never as good as it used to be and it ends up being really pathetic. I would much rather remember Sly Stone as the magical myth I’ve seen and heard on some of my favourite albums, rather than seeing him in a 2008 revival, old, fat and out of touch with the times.
AS: Who’s the most gifted person alive today?
TAGT: Damon Albarn is one of them.
AS: Which rules, the digital age or the vinyl/cassette age?
TAGT: I use a nice blend of both worlds. I couldn’t live without either!
AS: If a musical style was to become extinct, which would go first i.e. jazz, folk…?
TAGT: (Wait for it) Electro-rock!
AS: What’s the biggest myth about stardom?
TAGT: Ask Jim Morrison.
AS: Cheers for that, all the best!
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