WinterBeach are a Norwegian Dark-Wave, Synth-Pop, and EDM band whose orchestral songs combine melancholic Electronic sounds with majestic pop refrains focusing on monumental struggles. Their expansive and icily cinematic soundscapes are as extreme as the weather in Bergen. This seems appropriate as all 3 band members grew up in Bergen, Norway and met in primary school. At first, they went down separate paths delving into Black Metal, Eurodisco projects, and synthesizer wizardry, before realizing that they should combine their myriad of influences. They have a sound similar to bands such as Muse only without guitars and Depeche Mode with some great pop refrains. I asked them a few questions about their music recently so I hope you enjoy what they have to say.
What got you into making music?
Tiam: I have always loved music and especially pop music! Ever since I was a little boy, I have posed in front of the mirror and played air guitar while singing in a comb. First I wanted to be Paul McCartney, then Morten Harket and eventually Blackie Lawless.
Angel: I started with music already as a 4-year-old kid when I first discovered a piano and asked my parents to give me the manual so that I could learn how to play it. After that it was more classical music playing the trumpet before giving all my attention to the synths.
Baz: I’ve always been obsessed with drums and rhythms but didn’t actually start playing drums until I was 19 years old! But the learning curve was fun and steep …
Who inspired you to make music?
Tiam: We all have our own sources of inspiration, but for me, I believe seeing the great success of fellow Norwegians Aha, fueled my flame to start playing in bands. I must admit that also the Samantha Fox posters in my boys’ room inspired me a lot…
Baz: I was always inspired by drummers like Phil Collins, Lars Ulrich, Jeff Porcaro, and Randy Castillo to buy my first drum kit.
Angel: I always dreamed of becoming a kind of Gene Simmons on synthesizers! For that simple reason, my tongue is naturally a little longer than those found in other synth players.
What is your creative process?
Tiam: Angel has his own ability to unstoppably come up with new synth themes that Baz and I taste, wiggle and twist before we put them together as a band into complete WB compositions. I can be inspired by everything and anything and constantly write down interesting text ideas, fascinating song titles, and tone sequences that appear spontaneously in my head. Some of them pair with Angel’s ideas and end up like WinterBeach songs while other ideas fit best in my own solo project; Tiam.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
Tiam: I would love to collaborate with Max Martin or Flood 😊 or any really dedicated producer who gets a vision of how to make our musical expression even stronger.
What does Your Band Name Mean?
Tiam: I feel the band name is quite descriptive of how our music sounds. Like an icy beach. Alluring to the eyes, yet still too cold to enjoy? Well, really, our music is a constant dragon battle between summer and winter, light and dark, heat and cold. Therefore, the sum of all the influencing forces might feel like a winter beach.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Tiam: Oh, playing live in front of an audience is just a vague memory right now, but I always love playing “Star Wars”, as the vocal line suits me perfectly! Actually, we have never performed our new singles (Sky & Stars and Playing Dead), but I expect these to be fantastic to play live!
Angel: But judging by what is fun to play in rehearsals, I would say that I am really looking forward to performing Playing Dead – live!
What are you working on right now?
Angel: Right now we are finishing the music video for “Playing Dead”. We were so lucky to find a secret catacomb hidden under a church! We secretly sneaked into the underground armed with floodlights, smoke machines and cameras. Think it’s going to be a raw, dark and evocative video.
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