Having started out as part of the Danish Aarhus underground scene, vocalist, keyboard and bass player Thorbjørn Kaas AKA Bear With Me has just released his debut single and has plenty of ideas about where he’d like his music to take him in the future. He spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about where in the world he’d most like to play and what his ultimate goal as an artist is.
TITL: For anyone who hasn’t heard of you or your music, how would you sum up Bear With Me?
Bear With Me: It is about having fun, experimenting and see where the moment will take you. I’d like to think of it as very personal, current music with an analogue feel or just danceable melancholia.
TITL: Which few bands or artists would you say you’re most influenced by and how do those influences come across in the music you make?
BWM: I find a lot of comfort listening to various dream-pop and shoegaze bands, such as Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine to name a few. I seek that swirly vibe but in a more upbeat manner. Hopefully people will enjoy listening to the music on the dance-floor, but also under more chilled circumstances, too.
TITL: Is there one band or artist you most commonly find yourself being compared to, and if so, do you mind such comparisons?
BWM: Since ”After Me” is the first single there hasn’t been that many comparisons yet. But Röyksopp, Tame Impala and Air have been mentioned. I think they sum up the vibe in good way, and even though their approaches to music are different Bear With Me could easily be described as a mix of those three.
TITL: Tell me about your debut single “After Me”. Is there a story behind the song and what do you want listeners to take from it when they hear it?
BWM: It’s about losing someone who were once close to you. Even though it is hard to say goodbye and let go you can always hope that the person can stay in your thoughts and still be a part of your life. I would describe the song as both melancholic and hopeful. It’s an homage to any kind of close relation between people, but also an acknowledgement of how delicate and changeful such bonds can be.
TITL: Have you started thinking about what your next single might be and are there plans for an EP/album in the works?
BWM: There’s a recording session planned in August with some great guys. It’s not decided whether it’s gonna be an album or an EP yet.
TITL: Do you have any tour/performance plans lined up, and if so, for those who haven’t seen you live before, what can you tell them to expect?
BWM: We are playing with our friends in Moon Loves Honey on the 27th April at Radar in Aarhus. It’ll be the second time we’ve played the music outside the rehearsal room, so I guess people can expect something unheard.
TITL: If you could perform with any three bands or artists, who can be living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?
BWM: 1. I would love to play with a big jazz glitterati at the time where things went down. For example Thelonious Monk at Village Vanguard or something. 2. I guess a lot of people would want to be any of the performing artist at Woodstock festival 69’. In that case I would prefer to play the tambourine. – it’s not so demanding. 3. I have a feeling that I would enjoy to play the bass in Mac Demarco’s band. I’ve always wanted to play at Orange Scene at Roskilde Festival – the largest scene on the largest festival in Denmark – so I think that would be a fitting location.
TITL: Are there any other plans or projects in the pipeline for the coming months you can tell me about?
BWM: I’m arranging a one-day festival the 16th of June. Besides Bear With Me, the greatest acts of Aarhus will be present.
TITL: Finally then, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what’s the ultimate goal?
BWM: I’d like to see myself, and my band, a long way from Aarhus, in a bus, touring all kinds of places. The ultimate goal is to make an album however we want, whenever we want and to perform wherever we want. We want success and hopefully, freedom is a by-product of that.