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by Bill Pearis
Why did you guys decide to do a live show together?
Both of us wanted to try something new after many years of travelling alone. What we do on our own is still quite exciting for us, but we think this new way of working together, bouncing ideas off each other could spark inspiration, like what happens between musicians in a band. Every time we practise we start playing some stupid cover, like Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now." We can't help it.
Can you tell us a bit about your set-up and what your show entails? How would you describe the overall sound?
Definitely more hardware. We've gotten a lot of new gear the last couple of years, and they've become quite important for our sound. There'll be more actual playing (not just hitting "play"), more not knowing what's going to happen the next minute. Well, it's electronic and it's danceable so we're not going to claim any peace prizes, but as both of us have backgrounds as musicians, we'll probably make it a tad more playful and hopefully add real music to it. What we need to do is set boundaries for improvising, find out how wrong we can go and how to pull ourselves back in. And no, we don't do requests. - [Resident Advisor]Norwegian dance mavens Todd Terje and Lindstrøm first worked together as the former mixed and edited the latter's album, Smallhans. Then a more formal collaboration happened early this year with the collaborative single, "Lanzarote," which you can stream below. (Anyone else getting some serious Haddaway vibes off this?) Along with this, the two announced they would be spending most of 2013 on tour together as a duo. Todd Terje & Lindstrøm will make their U.S. live debut on September 5 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only U.S. date so far.
Meanwhile, Todd Terje followed up last year's terrific The Arps EP with a new single, "Strandbar," that begins as a samba and then heads off into more than a few other directions. He also just made an "essential mix" for BBC1 Radio featuring nearly 30 tracks ranging from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Men at Work. Both "Strandbar" and that mix are streamable below.
Todd Terje & Lindstrøm - Lanzarote
Todd Terje - "Strandbar"
Todd Terje "Essential Mix"