A few days ago, I released the EP Birds with my uncle Per Gustavsson. So today I give the blog to him to talk a bit of the process of making the EP!
I think it’s interesting to compare the creative process between creating music and my other profession. I’m a picture book maker. When it comes to making a book it always starts with an idea. I don’t know where it comes from. It may be something I think is interesting and would like to know more about. It can be a question about how to deal with the big changes in life. Loss of a loved person or something like that.
When it comes to music it is completely different. Usually it starts with me just fooling around on the piano or guitar. I would like to quote David Lynch.”Getting ideas is like fishing. You don’t make the fish, you catch it. It may be a small fish in the beginning but once a fish is caught it will attract bigger fish to bite”.To me it’s like that at the piano. I’m throwing out hooks and suddenly some ideas take form. Suddenly there is a pattern or something that sticks. I play that part over and over again and wait för a bigger fish to bite. I have no clear idea what the music is about. And I don’t need to know. When I make a book I use words and illustrations to tell a story. When I’m making music I don’t need to explain anything. Music is music. If it makes you feel anything it’s great. If it doesn’t. Well, bad luck. Try again.