Today’s Track of the Day comes from Danish band ‘Yung’. We talk to frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær about the new single ‘Uncombed Hair’ and the upcoming album
‘Uncombed Hair’ is today’s BOOM! Track of the Day from Tough Love Records’ band ‘Yung’ (taken from Yung’s debut album ‘Youthful Dream’ due to be released on the 10th of June).
Yung are a 4-piece from Aarhus in Denmark. Frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær explores the musical harmonies and instrumentals that take you on a journey of reflection. Being only 21, his song writing skills far outweigh his tender age and his ability to translate personal experiences through song are impressive to say the least.
GIGsoup wanted to meet with the multitalented artist and he explained how: “Being polite can sometimes be hard but necessary”…
How did you get into music and what/who are your main musical influences?
My family got me into music. I remember my first memory with music very vividly. I was three years old; riding around the living room on a plastic toy motorcycle, when out of nowhere this very lovely tune with New Model Army came on. I believe it was Over The Wire from the album Strange Brotherhood. I was blown away and asked my Dad what it was: “New Model Army Son” to which I replied, “I like it”.
Obviously I’m very influenced by my family’s approach to music. I’ve always been taught that if you want to play shows, release records and tour YOU’RE the one that has to make that happen, and you can make it happen.
‘Uncombed Hair’ is your new single! It has a catchy tune! What is the story behind the song?
I wrote the song at a time where one of my dear friends was struggling with some really heavy things such as death and depression. It was sort of my way of copping with that. The song pretty much wrote itself. I came up with the riff that starts the song and ten minutes after I had the lyrics and all the guitar parts. After that I went straight to my practice space and demoed the full song.
Your use of instruments such as pianos and grungy guitars creates a great gravitas to your music. How does your musical process work? Do you have a favourite instrument you like to use?
My ‘go to’ instrument is the guitar so when I write songs I usually start on the guitar. I wouldn’t say that the guitar is my favourite instrument though, because I absolutely love playing the drums too.
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Describe what Yung is all about in 8 words?
Being polite can sometimes be hard but necessary.
Your new single is off your Debut album ‘Youthful Dream’ what were your ideas behind this album? Where they based on any particular experience?
When I wrote the songs for this album I was very aware of the fact that I was writing an album. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and experiment a bit more than earlier. I think we managed to do that when we where in the studio. Obviously there’s nothing ground breaking about horns and piano in rock music but it was still something that I had to think a lot about before doing. The Song lyrics simply reflect what I was thinking and feeling at the time where I wrote them.
You are due to play some live dates later this year? Any venues and dates you can share with GIGsoup fans? Any highlights you are looking forward to in 2016?
I have so many good memories from shows and tours that I wouldn’t be without, so the thing I’m looking forward to the most is touring. We’re going to celebrate the release of our new album with a June tour in Europe and the UK. Full list of shows bellow. More Shows will be announced later.
7th – Brussels, BE @ Atelier W/ Palehound
8th – Paris, FR @ Mecanique Ondulatoire
9th – Guildford, UK @ The Boilerroom
10th – Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
12th – Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy
13th – Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club (Games Room)
14th – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
16th – Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
17th – Amsterdam, NL @ Black Eye Club – Oedipus Brewery
1st – Toulon, FR @ Rockorama Festival
16th – Haarlem, NL @ Kliko Fest
17th – Leeuwarden, NL – Welcome To The Village Festival
This Written Yung article was written by Sarah Ebockayuk, Track of the Day Editor. Photo credit : Fryd Frydendahl