After spending the last few months building and cultivating his sound, Norwegian singer and songwriter BUKVE has now delivered his sensational debut single 'Let Me Go Son'.
Channelling the same broad and atmospheric direction as acts like Sigur Ros and Bon Iver, 'Let Me Go Son' makes for a mesmerising introduction to his sound. Filled with broad textures, soaring tones, and beautiful ethereal vocals layered throughout, this new effort showcases him as a bright and shimmering addition to the new music scene.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and influences over the last few years.
What were the first instruments you fell in love with?
Well, the guitar for sure. But I’ve always been first of all interested in songwriting, and sounds. I love weird sounds, great melodies and lyrics, and appreciate the imperfect before the perfect.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
It started out with The Beatles, but the soundtrack of my life is Radiohead. I’m also largely inspired by Wilco, Blur, Sigur Ros, David Bowie and others.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Radiohead. Teenage me feeling like an outsider.. Match made in heaven.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
That is a hard question. There’s not one single song. There’s a lot of them. My contradiction is wanting to do music on my own terms, but also wanting to stay in background, writing the music and pulling the strings. Letting someone else deal with the attention.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Depends a lot on my mood. Lately I’ve been listening a lot to country music. Some days it’s Queens of the Stone Age, some days it something completely new, Sigur Ros, Wilco or Radiohead.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
A lot. Must be hundreds.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
Getting my debut single, “Let me go Son”, as BUKVE on BBC Radio is one of the most memorable moments, no doubt. Going on Norway’s biggest national radio station to talk about an album I wrote and released with Secret Treehouse was a highlight. But there’s a lot of live gigs from previous and current bands I’m in as well. I’m planning on bringing BUKVE project to a live scene too.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
My family, politics, friends, travelling.
If you weren’t musicians, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I do have a day job within Health Care, that I really like. All I know I need to keep writing and making music to stay somewhat sane in this life.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?
Don’t rush into things you're not comfortable with. Try to listen to your gut and inner voice, coz people and business people might throw around sentences and opinions without really giving you and your music a fair chance and listen.
BUKVE's debut single 'Let Me Go Son' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.