Q&A with WinterBeach

Photo by Hanne Cathrin Olsen

Tiam (vocals), Baz (drums), and Angel (keyboard) from Norwegian dark synthpop band WinterBeach did a quick Q&A with us!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

Tiam: Haha… I first met Angel the first day of school in first grade, so it’s awfully long ago! I think my first impression was that he liked Kiss and played football..?, while I was more into kissing and watching girls playing handball … 

Angel: And Baz was hijacked from another Bergen band in year 2000 after performing an extremely tight beat at a concert! When he was invited to practice with us, the first thing he did was to pull out a packet of chocolate biscuits from his bag and offer us! You just have to love a guy like that!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

Tiam: Oh! It must be that very special atmosphere that occasionally arises between the audience and the artist when absolutely everything is 100% perfect! I remember a gig in Stratford (Cox’s Yard?) which was absolutely amazing! We could have played for years that night!

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Tiam: It must definitely be a Paul! Maybe Paul Waaktaar or Paul McCartney?

Angel: What about Paul Stanley?

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WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

Angel: Good question and a difficult one to answer actually. But If I were to choose just one it would be “Playing Dead”. I love the lyrics and it reflects some of our times most important challenges. What do we do with the world that we are handing over to our children…

Tiam: My personal favorites are “Dark Minds” and “Sky & Stars,” two intricate dark pop song which were both sewn together by 3 separate songs!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

Baz: If it’s after dark and my wife doesn’t see me, I guess it would be chocolate biscuits? If not, it would definitely be salad…

Tiam: If it’s in the UK it must be tuna sandwich! There is no such thing in Norway!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

Tiam: I love everything that is creative, artistic and beautiful and this constantly re-fuels my mind with new creativity – I get inspired by gardening and watching jumbo jets take off, but nothing is more inspirational than wandering or running in the Norwegian mountains.

Angel: I love to read, work with graphical productions and like to follow the public debate.

Photo by Hanne Cathrin Olsen

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Angel: Believe in yourself and what you do. Music is art and art will always be perceived subjectively. There is thus no objective template for what is right and what is wrong in the music that is made.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

Tiam: The imminent plans for WinterBeach is to release our first LP and promote it until we drop. After that, we look forward to further refine our music style together with Animal Farm. In the future WinterBeach hope to develop an even purer sound universe.

Baz: I have a dream that one day… It will be possible to do concerts again!

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