Today in this article we are sharing the exclusive interview with Malte Slywest, who is lead singer and guitarist in the danish alt-grunge band InCrest. So, here we go
Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
Ans: Thank you very much, for having me.
Q: How did you come into music industry?
Ans: Actually got into music pretty early, I think I was about 7 years old when I started with piano lessons. a couple of years later I moved onto the drums.
My parents has always been really into music, and both of them have played in different bands and such. My dad plays in a blues rock band called “Silverbacks”, and had this shiny silver acoustic telecaster model standing. I think that guitar was the first one I ever played, and the one that really got me started with songwriting and making music myself. I was about 11 or 12 years then.
It’s actually funny when I went to the boarding school where I started InCrest together with my band mates, my dad gave me that guitar as a present. I don’t think I’ve played any other guitar as much as that one. It was 4-6 hours of practice everyday, falling asleep almost every night with that guitar in my hands. oh the nostalgia.
I’ve always been a creator. I need to create, learn and evolve things. That’s just in my nature and blood, and music is a exceptional tool, for doing exactly that.
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
Ans: My inspiration has gone through many shifts through the time I’ve been doing this.
It started out with some classic ones like Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. But as a young musician I guess it’s normal to feel the urge of experimentation and constantly being in search of new music, artists and inspiration. So we moved into the progressive genre with influence of artists such as Tool, Porcupine Tree and the Mars Volta. We took our garage rock inspired music, and mixed it up with progressive hard rock music which ultimately ended up in songs like as “100 and Ten” and “Strangest World”. But we figured out after a while that It simply demands too much on stage giving you limited freedom of movement not to mention the limited audience in this genre. It seems only fit for the very top of the best musicians. And we also wanna have fun while doing it, so we went back to the roots, where we started, and continued on our 90’s inspired journey
Q: What is the name of your debut song?
Ans: Well the most obvious answer would be “Jenna Lynn” which we released about a month before our debut album “Rubicon Atlas”. but we made many songs prior to this release, so while “Jenna Lynn” was our first official debut song, our very first InCrest song played in public was actually, the first song I ever wrote long before I met Jonas and Anders, and InCrest was established. It was a song named “S-Same”
which I wrote when I was just 12 years old and had just begun learning to play the guitar. It’s a pretty upspeed and kindda wrecked song, that is about doing crazy stuff, only living in the moment, doing nothing but what comes into your head at the excact moment. We performed it as InCrest for the very first time at a big School festival back in 2003, being aired on live tv. It was a lot of fun, I actually think we have an old recording of it somewhere.
Q: Say something about your musical journey?
Ans: uhmm yes, well it’s been a long and tough, bot also very educational journey so far.
I hope It’ll continue close to forever. Will I always make rock music? I don’t know, I think It’s all up to the future to decide, I love Rock music, but I listen to many kinds of music from everything in between Metal and Psycadellic prog rock to EDM and DnB, constaly taking in inspiration. There’s different genres for different moods, and actions you do. As I mentioned I like to evolve and try out different things. That being said I don’t think I’ll be going away form rock music any time soon, If ever. It’s the genre that has been with me my whole childhood and most of my life.
I think the safest thing to say, is that I’ll always be making music.
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
Ans: My girlfriend and parents has been super supportive of this whole thing. They’ve really backed me up with good advices and positive influence throughout the entire time. Also a lot of my friends and been really cool about it, helping out where ever the could, and of cause my band mates Jonas and Anders.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
Ans: Mostly we’ve actually learned from looking at what our idols and influecers are doing, taking on the things we like, and leaving those we don’t. our producer Matt Wallace and former producer Søren Andersen has giving us some good advices, while in the producing period, but other than that, we’ve mostly listened to what magazines, and our fans and family has told os, taking all into consideration, trying out everything we see a possibility in.
Q: What do you do now a days?
Ans: Well besides from making music you mean? I have my own film production company together with one of my very good childhood friends. We mainly produce commercials and presentations, but if the project is good or exciting we’ll also take on a few music videos, and such on the side.
I also take a lot of interest in technology, lifestyle, dieting and fitness, which I spend much of my time on. I think the single most interesting thing that exists, is to learn new things, information and how things work – to evolve yourself and your knowledge.
Q: Let us know something about your future projects
Ans: We just released our 2nd album which has been the result of 4 years of constant hard work, so even though it’s a thing that you really don’t want to hear as a fan, we’ll probably speed things down a little until Christmas.
We need a little break to recharge our energy and creativity for the next projects to come. But we’ll definitely make some more music videos soon, and work on tour dates for 2019, where we’re counting on going on a European tour and if things go right a North American tour as well. As for new music we’re already working on a couple of tracks which could end up as singles or maybe an EP.
Q: What is your message to your fans?
Ans: Keep rock alive, and expand this magical and authentic genre by showing your friends whenever you find good rock n roll tracks whether they’re old or new. Music history seems to be dissapearing a little everyday in this new aged streaming and zapping culture.
Remember where it all came from, with real musicians, playing real instruments putting on a fenominal show without the use of screens, instead of robots playing on 1’s and 0’s, while special effects shoots out on the big screens. Rock-music is one of the mothers of all Music. Don’t forget her!
Q: Any message for new artist?
Ans: Oh yeah good one. Get you’re goals right from the start. What is it you’re trying to achieve, is it fore example money, fame, fun or changing musical history. make a plan on how you achieve the goals and what you’ll need to do that. You should also really take a look on what people listen too, and what those artists are doing, taking on what works.
Always keep learning new skills you can use like photo editing, social media, marketing, video editing, website/blog building and so on- Nothing comes free in the music world, it’s a lot of hard work, so as much you can do yourself the better.
Even if you by luck gets signed by a great label, you’ll not get everything for free, your just getting borrowed some money which they control the use of. However they usually have good contacts so I’m not saying labels are bad, but definitely weight in the pros and cons of these. Other than that, I wish you good luck, never give up and remember to have fun with it, music is is the greatest gift of life.
InCrest’s New Album Link:
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-ladder-the-climb-the-fall/1425930376