Getting To Know... Vargen

Having recently released his eagerly-awaited new album in recent weeks, Swedish singer-songwriter Vargen has now unveiled an accompanying live video to support his latest LP.

Dubbed 'Recordia Live', the new 38-minute live performance looks to highlight the progressive ambitions his newest full-length has explored. Performed alongside his band in an intimate setting, 'Recordia Live' gives us a whole new angle towards his aesthetic recently.

So with both the album and live video available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?


What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

As a child, the 60’s in my parents vinyl collection, as a young adult classic rock and grunge.

What was the first album you remember owning?

WHAM! Make It Big

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Bohemian Rhapsody

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

No. I seldom try. Often the tune comes to me and I pick it out on the guitar. Or the music comes to me while I’m playing. The effort starts with bringing the bits and pieces of music and lyrics together.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Miles Davis, Arctic Monkeys.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Most of my heroes are gone, but it would be awesome to open for Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Swedish Thåström or The Rolling Stones. Among artists under 60-70+, I’d go for Arctic Monkeys or Lana Del Rey.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

The whole process is exciting. But a satisfying finished studio master is on the top spot.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The logistics of planning studio, rehearsals and gigs and the business side of it consume time and energy from the fun in the studio, on rehearsals and on stage.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Do your thing. And don’t forget that silence is music too.


Vargen's new live performance 'Recordia Live' is available to stream now. Watch it in the player below.