Today’s Track of the Day comes from producer and musician Anders Rhedin (aka Dinner). We talk to the artist about the single ‘Cool As Ice’ and that wonderful 80’s sound
Anders Rhedin, is one of the most eccentric and eclectic musicians on the scene, distributing his time between Berlin, Copenhagen and Los Angeles, not only focusing on his unique music but also a series of meditation tapes. Performing under his stage name Dinner, Rhedin, who is also a household name in production, combines 80s-90s lexicon with trance melodies and a distinctive vocal tone that is instantly recognisable.
Anders has released ‘Psychic Lovers’ with the intention of uniting his listeners, and forming a correlation between his two passions – music and meditation. Armed with a devoted legion of supporters and a collective of close friends, he has created a music that in essence holds beauty, meaning and transparency in it’s intentions to bond his listeners. I managed to have a chat with Anders where we talked about his unique style, Dinner’s conception and how ‘Psychic Lovers’ is portrayed as ‘sexual Christian rock’.
When did you come up with the idea to start Dinner? Was it completely a solo project or do you have a couple of friends helping behind the scenes?
It was an autumn day in Copenhagen. I was sitting on a balcony with a dear friend Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, who has a band called Choir of Young Believers. I produced their first two albums, and we’re really good friends …I was heartbroken at the time. A relationship I had been in had just ended. And I had all these songs, and I didn’t know what to do with them. We were sitting on this balcony, in the autumn sun, sharing a cigarette, and he suggested that I gave him 100% creative control, that he should produce me for a change. So we booked some studio time, got some friends together, and went in and did seven songs in two days. That’s how Dinner started. The other people involved were Nicolai Koch (Pre Be Un), Cæcilie Trier (CTM), and Rasmus Waldorf (Choir of…).
I don’t know. I don’t particularly fancy the 80s, to be honest. I actually wanted to do a record that sounded like a mix between 70s John Cale and 90s euro-dance. Conceptually, I liked that idea. However, that was not what the songs wanted. Ah, such a beautiful example of mind versus spirit; my linear intelligence versus my intuition. The songs wanted something else, you see. They wanted 80s sounding arrangements. So, with this new Dinner record, I had to scratch all the 70s styled recordings we did in the studio and start over. I had to surrender and focus on what wanted to be created rather than what I ideally would want to create.
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Your voice is also incredibly unique, almost paying homage to classic lower ranged vocalists like Johnny Cash, Tom Waites and Morrissey. Do you think there’s a place in our current time for low and emotive vocals?
I’m the wrong person to ask, obviously. There’s plenty of room in my heart for baritone vocals. I don’t know about the general public. In my personal experience so far, singing in a deep voice does seem oddly offensive to many people. Maybe it’s a biological thing? Maybe we feel instinctively threatened by a low-pitched voice? I don’t know.
You call your new album ‘Psychic Lovers’ “sexual Christian rock without the Christianity”. Is this spiritual methodology and practice an essential part to Dinner’s aesthetics?
Sure. I put out a guided meditation tape before I even put out my debut album. With the limited edition of this new album comes a CD-R with a guided meditation too. Next week, I’m gonna lead my second group meditation here in LA, as Dinner. I’ve often done 5- or 10-minute group meditations during live-shows. Thematically, in lyrics, I work with themes relating to permanence and impermanence. Lust, greed, suffering – and transcendence.
I like to approach concert as a ritual. I do my best to approach my live shows along certain premeditated lines. I like to think of songwriting as ritual too. You evoke a spirit. The spirit is the song. It’s all about channeling. So – I don’t differentiate so much between my spiritual practice and my musical practice.
You already have 3 EPs and 1 album under the belt so what are the plans for the future? Would you like to return to EPs or keep on track with more LPs?
I’m in the process of making a new album right now. This one I want to base on collaborations. I already have some really amazing artists involved – some of the contemporary songwriters on the planet that I personally like the most.
I’ll record everything at night with this one. It’s gonna be a tropical nighttime summer album.
This Dinner article was written by John Gittins, a GIGsoup contributor