There's a new movement on the rise in electronic house music. It's defined by a more relaxed, yet musically rich style called melodic house and led by European artists like Klingande (Swedish for "sounding"). I remember when I first heard Klingande's latest melodic masterpiece "Jubel." I was sitting in my apartment with my roommate and we were both working furiously on our laptops. I was cruising Spotify in search of something that would help me get through my work, something different from the typical EDM fare. It was on that night that I discovered the vibrant saxophone-driven track "Jubel," and I it has been at the top of my playlist ever since.
Ultra Music fully believes in the melodic house movement's staying power and its imminent American invasion. Earlier this week, they released "Ultra Deep House," a compilation of melodic tunes including "Jubel," as well as tracks and remixes by Bakermat, Bondax, Nora En Pure and Kaskade. You can sample tracks from the compilation at the bottom of this article.
Klingande recently set off on a wildly successful world tour, including stops in Milan, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Geneva. Luckily for me, Klingande landed in my backyard for one of his New York City shows, taking over hipster electronic music enclave Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was a packed show, and Klingande fully commanded the crowd, weaving a musical journey that meandered through deep and melodic house, as well as his own originals, accompanied by riveting live sax.
I had the opportunity to chat with Klingande just before his set at Glasslands.
Is this your first U.S. tour? How does it feel traveling across the country?
Yes. The problem is my time here has been very short, so I haven't really had the time to enjoy it. I'm really happy about it, because I didn't know what to expect. Yeah, it's been really great, and I can't wait to come back.
I know your artist name 'Klingande' is Swedish and that part of the reason you chose that name was because you have a love for the Swedish language. How did you develop an appreciation for the language?
Yeah, I love the city, I love the way of thinking of the people there. Also, I started to make music because of Swedish artists, especially Avicii, six years ago. And it was great for me because people didn't know in France that I was French. It was good because at the beginning I wanted to keep it secret.
I know that Klingande originally was a duo, you and Edgar. But I read on your social media that you represent the group now. Is Edgar still involved?
Yeah, when I finish something, when I have some ideas, I send the ideas to him and I try to find any ideas that he has. And recently I thought that maybe next year, he should come with me on stage, you know, like playing a real show together. We are still working on some stuff together, we're still very very good friends.
I read that you studied music theory when you were young. What was that like, were you studying music theory in school?
When I was young, I played the piano. A few years ago, I went to London. I was producing music on my own for a long time, but I wanted to have a year to know if it's what I want to do with my life, so I went to London to a music production school called Point Blank.
Were there any particular artists or styles of music that influenced you when you were younger?
My main influence is pop music. What I love about this kind of deep house music is that it's a mixture between pop and deep house, something brand new.
Was there anything special or meaningful to you about the saxophone in your life? Was there something that triggered it or was it mainly the artists that influenced you that were doing it?
Originally I was doing EDM kind of music, like Avicii's style. I had always wanted to make a song with saxophone. And after hearing Klangkarussell, it was like a revelation for me.
How does it feel to have 'Jubel' remixed and played on Pete Tong's radio show?
I'm really happy about the remixes. I wanted to have just official remixes, no remixes from other people. So I had remixes from Nora En Pure, Friend Within and Kant. The remixes cover a broad range of kinds of music. The Kant one is more club, the Nora En Pure one is a bit more chill, and the Friend Within one is more UK style. I'm really happy about them.
I also have lived in London and I loved it. How did living there impact your career, in terms of the clubs you were going to or the people you were meeting?
Yeah, I've thought about that. In my school I was with a lot of producers of different kinds of music and at the beginning I was very close-minded, and after that, when I finished school, my taste changed and I was open-minded to every kind of music, hip hop and everything. That had a big influence on me.
We've seen deep and tech house become more popular over the past few years. Do you see this trend continuing in electronic music?
Well the cool thing is that a lot of newcomers are into this style of music, so it's becoming very popular. Remember three years ago, it was nothing, you know. If there are a lot of good new songs coming out, of course it will get bigger. If not, it's not going to be. When you have good songs, they inspire other artists.
Are there any releases coming up that you want to talk about or anything you're working on in the studio?
Yeah, I have a lot of projects that I haven't finished because I don't have time because, you know, I'm always on tour. So I'm going to finish this summer, maybe I will go to LA to work for one or two months. And the next thing would be an album. I would like to do one. An album can be something different. You can show the people that you can do something else, maybe besides saxophone music.