– Being the first year alive as Le Dupont, this year would best be described as one long birth process. An accidental musical pregnancy delivered through the to-become-debut-album Tea at Eves.
I had been studying the recording process of music by playing around with the few songs I had written at different points of my musical past, learning how to manage pro-tools, how to use a michrophone, experimenting with the dynamics and acoustics of different rooms, discovering the importance of arrangements, rhythms and experimental and creative lust.
During this time I also met and made a whole bunch of new dear friends being in the same position as myself, dreamers and musicians, and they all shared their expertise and provided a whole lot of inspiration.
Sometime in May I realised I had made a record, I had produced, recorded and mixed eight songs which I had grown very fond of during the playground sessions, so I thought: "this needs a proper treatment". Ultimatelty, along came the practical stuff as naming the album, naming the "project", creating the artwork for the front- and back-cover etc. etc.
Le Dupont had been born! As the creativity junkie I am I started writing for the follow up already while finishing Tea at Eves, this meant the summer turned out as one long writing binge.
Then autumn came and with a pile of nice words concerning Tea at Eves, a few well recieved live performances and an exhausting period of time spent working in Oslo behind me I started dreaming of the future of Le Dupont.
A month in India turned out to be very effective oxygen for the creative fire, and a simple but charming video-blog-thing of five episodes is to be released in January. So, to sum up 2009 Id best say it has been a year of learning, discovery and realisation, a year of finding out what I want to accomplish musically and creating my own little universe to do that in.
What are your plans for 2010?
– As soon as the calendar hits January 1 Im headed for a house in the country, rigging up the gear for the recording of album number two, growing a beard and zipping the good ole red. There is already a few names booked for guest appearances which Im very exited about, they are all people I have great respect and love for. There is also going to be a lot of documentation going on, photographing and filming, which possibly could result in a documentary or short film of some kind.
While growing my beard and zipping the red Im also going to pursuit my other creative passion - acrylic painting. And who knows, maybe the two will join forces in time for the album release and mate for a really coulorful sleeve?
Hopefully there is going to be a lot more of Le Dupont-on-stage during 2010, join me if you will!