MB: Would you say your style and sound have changed and progressed from when you released your debut single, Quiet, about two years ago?
NT:Well, it’s fair to say that the sound has developed. Actually I can’t really say when or where that happened. All I know is that we did a lot of things wrong after we released Quiet. First of all, the project Non Tiq was born really fast and I basically didn’t have any songs at that point. So I wrote a lot of songs really fast. Some of them were good, but many were really bad. It all went too fast. I had to make myself some time to breathe or whatever. And then things started to go right. And the sound just grew out of that process I think. It was darker, warmer and less perfect.
NT: I wanted Love Machine to sound very much like a live take. Like an angry girl suddenly stepping out on a stage screaming out her pain over a failed relationship. Like me haha. But then we have also worked a lot on making it a rhythmic song. For example there’s a lot of really simple and repetitive guitars that create a certain rhythm. Maybe people think that that’s boring but I love it. I like creating rhythms with other instruments than drums.
NT: Oh my god. People are so talented here! And there’s so many people who make music. I think that that’s amazing. At the same time, I think that the Swedish music industry in itself has a lot of issues. When musicians are getting depressed because of the pressure from the environment I think that something’s wrong. We should be better at taking care of eachother.
NT: That’s correct! Finally! It’s probably going to be named “17”. The album will be really poetic but at the same time fierce. People will recognize the sound from “Love Machine”, but some songs have a rougher side to them. And some are softer. There will be electronic elements, but with more focus on guitars, piano and rhythms than on “Quiet”.
NT: Right now I’m actually listening to a lot of folk music. Going home on the subway I put on some nice folk songs and day dream that I’m up North. Nordic is a really good Swedish folk band!
NT:I spend a lot of time with my dog. She’s an angry but really funny Jack Russell Terrier. We take long walks in the woods, which is the most relaxing thing I know. I’m also a journalist student, and therefore a real news junkie. I read a lot of news. Apart from that I like hanging out with friends and drink red wine and dance ugly.
NT:To finish and release the album. And to play more live gigs, hopefully outside of Sweden!
MB: What is the recording process like for you normally?
NT: It’s different from time to time. Sometimes me and Karol do everything together. Sometimes I record a lot of the stuff on my own. We have a lot of fun during the process, but we are also two strong wills. We have had our fights so to speak. But in the end we’re always on the same page. All of the songs are recorded in my living room, which is nice. But it also makes it harder for you not to think about work when being home. I love the recording process. During the process the songs are like little secrets that no one knows of, except for me and Karol. Releasing songs is a lot of fun too, but it’s scarier.
MB: Is there a song that you wish you wrote, if so what is it?
NT: Can’t up with one actually…. I think that people write the songs they write, because of who they are. So I think it’s impossible to wish that I had written another person’s song. Even though there are thousands of great songs, they are not mine. But of course, if I had written “Rolling In The Deep” I probably wouldn’t be sitting in my worn out, dirty jeans eating noodles right now. Money is nice. But it’s not my goal with music.And I like my dirty jeans.
NT: I would love to play a big show in Mexico. Then I could eat lots of delicious Mexican food and also visit my brother who lives there. Plus, the Mexican people seem really cool.
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