Anders Holst - 10 Questions Music Interview
Swedish born, NYC based singer/songwriter Anders Holst Music brings his sensually romantic vibes and poetic juice back to Smooth Jazz with his inspiring new album ENDLESSLY. While elegantly produced by Grammy Award winner Gordon Chambers, and music director Shedrick Mitchell, Holst muses on various aspects of love via inviting originals and spirited re-imaginings of Kem’s “Heaven”, a delicious duet with Sy Smith in George Michael’s Cowboys and Angels, as well as paying homage to Stevie Wonder in an intimate string laden rendition of All I Do.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Songs have always been rolling around in my mind and when I turned 40, I decided to start listen to them and bring them out in a more organized way than before.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Quincy Jones got to listen to my songs some years ago, I tried to comment and explain the songs while he was listening, but he hushed me and waved his hand every time, I think it was 7-8 songs, I think I lost 4 pounds in the process, afterwards he was very complimentary and gave me some great advice.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being nominated for the American Smooth Jazz "International Vocalist of the Year" along with Michel Bublé, Seal and Matt Dusk.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It starts with an idea for a melody and some lyrics, I record them and then I meet up with my songwriter colleague Mats Byström, a successful jazz musician in Sweden, he will work on the music and I will work on the lyrics and the first step is usual demo of some sort.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think there is no secret that indie artists do not have the same income earning potential as they did before. Today it is possible to have an unprecedented global presence in the blink of an eye, but the opportunity to earn money on that presence is just not what it should be in my mind.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I think I would love to work with Chris Botti the jazz trumpeter, I have followed him for some years now and seen him live in New York at the Blue Note and I find him very talented, with a great taste for arrangements and is also a very nice guy.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We rehearse with the band but equally important is to rehearse the show.I have been lucky to work with a great producer Eric Michael Gillette, whose background is in theater and musicals has enabled him to have a unique sense of what is means to bring music, songs and stories together in a meaningful unity.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
In my experience the songs that give you the most headache are the ones where you, for whatever reason, try to put too much in them, yes there has to be a bridge, perhaps an interlude or there can be another theme introduced at some point, but at the end you realize, less is more, kill your darlings and move on.
What's coming up in the future?
I am inspired by listening to chill beats these days and I write melodies and lyrics for them. Next time I would like to have a more contemporary sound and that I think will require some experimentation.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Stream on Spotify