Get To Know Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends

Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends is a Sweden, Stockholm based musician who is well versed in the arts of power pop, folk and indie rock style of music. Alien Friends has released a single titled “Strange Times Boogie”. We had a few questions and answers with him. Below are exclusive details on Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends and his new release.

 

 

Photo credits: Malin Floryd-Welin

 

What’s your official stage name and why did you choose it?

My somewhat ironic alias (I wouldn’t call it a stage name) is Alien Friend. I kind of like the connotations – and the combination of something friendly and unknown – and the initials are the same as in my birth name.

 

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How would you describe the music you typically create?

It’s almost impossible to describe from the inside, but people usually point out the power pop- influences and the love for Americana. And these things are probably there, though it’s nothing I think too much about when I write or record.

 

Who (living or dead) inspires you as an artist and why?

It varies over time, depending on what kind of music I listen to. Music from the sixties is always a constant. When it comes to producing and arranging – and THINKING about music and musical form – I usually get inspiration from the people I’ve worked with. One of these is the incredibly talented David Myhr (from Merrymakers), who has co-produced – and played on – some of my songs. He actually appears as a guest vocalist on this tune.

 

What’s your creative process like?

Ideas usually come in the form of embryos, a combination of a few words and a short melodic line. From there on the process differs from time to time. My last single (“By Your Bed”) almost wrote itself in half an hour, while a song like Strange Times Boogie took quite some time. I had some difficulties cutting it down to size: The first version was like seven minutes and quite repetitive. – But the source of ideas (what this source is, is impossible to say, it’s like a power independent of the person I am) seldom runs dry. My problem is the opposite: I don’t have time to take care of all ideas and develop them and give them a musical and lyrical form.

 

What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?

O, that’s a hard one! As I mentioned above the first that pops up in the process is usually a short phrase – a few words and a snippet of a melody. And that in turn is usually influenced by something I’ve read about, thought about or just experienced. My music is seldom explicitly political, though the premises sometimes are. This song is an exception, though it is somewhat allegorical and a bit tongue in cheek: On one level it’s a tune about political hypocrisy, about established (and respected) conservative politicians who, in their description of the world, establisha language we usually associate with the extreme right: Hateful, cynical, racist…

 

Get To Know Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends
Get To Know Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends

 

Describe your favourite and least favourite part about being a musician.

I love these rare moments when you’ve finished writing a song or recording a song and you feel that things finally fall into place. But the rest – especially recording – is mostly painful. It takes such a long time, and most of the time there’s always something that sounds like shit. Haha!

 

Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of music?

I read a lot…

 

What has been the high point of your career so far?

Last year I released my first album as a solo artist (a double one, actually). Listening to it now, I think aspects of it feel a bit rushed, but I still think it holds together pretty well – and I still can’t quite believe that I was able to pull it through! Earlier I’ve always relied on others when recording and playing. When I played and recorded with Redmoon (with whom I played for fifteen years), the thought of playing on my own would’ve seemed absurd. So going solo was a huge step.

 

What is this new release about, who and how many people worked on it?

This song is actually not a single, but one of the tracks on the album mentioned above (“17 Birds at the Summer’s Gate”). My co-producer David Myhr sings lead on two of the verses and is responsible for the Beach Boys-like backing vocals. David Lennartssons plays saxophone. The very high-pitched voice in the chorus belongs to Stefan Petersson (of Mother James). The female voice in the bridge is my daughter’s. I always smile when I hear it!

 

What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

Yes, I’m recording a bunch of new songs right now. Two singles will be released before the end of the year, and – hopefully – a full length-album in 2023. I had hoped we would be able to launch the latter in January or so, but realistically I don’t think it will hit the digital (and physical) shelves until late spring or early summer.

 

If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?

Most of all thank them for listening to my music, or even buying it on CD or vinyl. It means a lot – and it’s inspiring. Some artists claim they write music for their own sake, and that might be true. I would probably never write another tune if I thought no one would want to hear it.

Christian
Christian
Young and vibrant man I am, God fearing, warm at heart. Music is bae food is life. If you've seen this then you know me!!!
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