There’s nothing better than discovering a new band, so I was ecstatic when I came across Movits! If you aren’t familiar with their music yet, you’ll thank me for this later. Joakim Nilsson, the saxophonist of the band, was kind enough to answer some questions while they’re in the middle of the US tour and prepping for a European tour. If they’re playing near you, you owe it to yourself to check them out.
1. What have you guys been up to?
Most recently, we’ve been sitting in a car cruising down the Pacific Highway one from San Francisco towards San Diego. It’s definitely been the most scenic part of our U.S. tour so far!
2. How would you describe your sound for those that may not yet be familiar with your music?
It’s hip hop sung in Swedish with a lot of influences from jazz and swing. Basically, it’s rap, beats and horns.
3. Is it difficult being in a band with two brothers?
Not really. It’s cheaper for them taking turns calling back home. For me, it’s extremely easy. Since we have a total democracy in the band, I almost always lose when we vote. Which means it’s never my fault when things go wrong!
4. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Hard question, ’cause there are loads of them! From the hip hop scene, André 3000, The Roots and Kanye are big influences. Outside of hip hop it’s a bit more diverse. Benny Goodman, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Jefferson Airplane have been on heavy rotation lately.
5. How did you guys get connected with Stephen Colbert?
He actually contacted us. He’d seen one of our videos on Reddit and wanted us to come to the show. We had never played outside of Scandinavia when we got the email, but booking those tickets was one of the easiest things we’ve ever done.
6. Do you have a favorite venue you’ve played so far?
Wow, that’s tough to say. All tours are different. So far on this U.S. tour, Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco is topping the charts.
7. If you guys weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
We don’t like to think of that really! I would probably be reading philosophy in an attic at some obscure university. Johan would be living in Jamaica training to become an Italian chef and Anders would run a company that restores old vintage watches. But that’s just a wild guess.
8. What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever done during or after a show?
Fans are usually really nice to us. In Japan they are so nice they bring us homemade gifts, often small dolls portraying us. Once in Japan, we gave a Swedish edition CD to a girl that had attended all our shows on that tour. She had made us gifts and custom painted her nails with our logo for each show. When we gave her the CD she collapsed on the floor, shaking and crying. That qualifies as strange in our world!
9. Do you remember the first concert you ever attended?
No, I don’t think I do. That’s kinda sad when I come to think of it, since it’s my profession now to play concerts. But I remember a concert that radically changed the course of my life. It was a show with music teachers that I saw when I was nine. They were out promoting the local music school and there was this girl playing the saxophone. I remember she played some blues tune and how that really caught my attention. After that, I applied for saxophone lessons.
10. So what’s next for you guys?
We are going to finish our U.S. tour and then have a few weeks off. After that, the tour continues in Europe over the summer. Summer is high season for touring bands, so we’ll get a proper vacation in December. If we’ve been good.