Interview: Noise and romance with The Entrepreneurs

During our time at Devilstone festival in Anykščiai we had the chance to sit down with one of the most talked about bands playing there this summer, The Entrepreneurs.

Interview with The Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurs are a young romantic noise rock trio from Copenhagen. Their music is noisy homage to the complicated existence of love, or so their Soundcloud account says, and we would have to agree. They were hands down one of the nicest and incredibly down to earth bunch of guys we’ve had the chance to speak to AND they were dressed really well… Seriously super stylish!! 🙂

The band itself has been around for just over a year and are becoming one of the most talked about trios coming out of Copenhagen, Denmark. We actually heard of them couple of months before Devilstone, when we were couchsurfing in Stockholm, so word is most definitely spreading… and fast.

The band’s debut record Tony Rominger was released in April of this year and features some sensational guitar, blistering drumming, and of course front man Mathias’s charismatic enchanting voice wrapping up one of the most refreshing/unique sounds we’ve heard from any band to date. There’s real urgency and drive about this album that’s simply exhilarating. These gents fully deserve all of the success that comes their way.

The Entrepreneurs are:

Mathias Bertelsen (lead vox + guitar)
Anders Hvass (Backing vox + baritone guitar)
Jonas Wetterslev (drums)

Standout Tracks:

Now lets see what they had to say…


Why The Entrepreneurs?
Anders: Well Mathias and I came up with the name even before we started a band. We had the name and thought “That’s a pretty cool name” but we were in another band at the time and only talked about it like “Wouldn’t it be cool to be in the band called The Entrepreneurs”. Then we kind of started writing some tunes, one thing led to another and here we are. You know it’s kind of difficult to find a really good band name these days.

What’s the hardest or the best thing about being in a band?
Mathias: Free food is always good.
Anders: I don’t know if it’s hard but free drinks and free food is always good! It’s also a really nice way to see the world in a way. I mean we’ve never been to Lithuania before.

What’s the furthest place you’ve travelled to, because of music?
Anders: We’ve been to Albania actually but that was a long time ago with another band. Unfortunately, we are in Lithuania only for like 20 hours but so far it’s been fun. Hopefully we will get to come back.

Do your moms listen to your music?
Jonas: My mom actually does. At the beginning she was like “I hate it, it’s too much noise” but then my parents came out to see us play and I don’t know if after that or hearing us on the radio but she said “Ok, this song Brutal Summer it’s really nice, it’s brilliant”. So my mom listens to our music now.
It’s the same for my dad I think. He’s really happy we have some kind of success. I’ve been in bands where I didn’t have any success, so it means a lot to him and me as well to finally do something that’s actually working. Then also he has hearing impaired and has a hearing aid so it’s a very good thing that our music is very loud 😀

What was the first song you guys, as The Entrepreneurs, wrote and thought “we sound pretty good; we could actually make something out of this”?
Anders: Not in terms of the commercial side of it but when we were in the rehearsal space and played “It Strikes Again, Love“, it kind of set forth the whole thing we wanted to do. We kind of felt like we hit the right sound with that song. Our biggest hit so far has been the song “Brutal Summer” and it’s been part of the whole progress but in a sense it started with that one song.

Do you like sound checking and how long it takes sometimes?
Mathias: I kind of hate long sound checks but, it has to be done. 1o-15mins is perfect after an hour or so that’s a bit much.

What’s the weirdest fan story you have? Do you have one yet?
Anders: I don’t know? I don’t think we have one yet to be honest.
Mathias: Can’t think of any, we are still waiting.

In Bono’s autobiography he says he doesn’t like bands that are comfortable with the distance between them and the crowd, how do you guys feel about that?
Anders: We really embrace it, when we play our goal is really to try have a concert with the audience not for the audience. The physical distance has some benefits in terms of if there are a lot of people, it’s nice to have sort of border between us and them but it’s nice to feel that they are almost on stage with us.

What’s the song you love to hate?
Anders: We have a soft spot for Justin Bieber in this band.
Mathias: I don’t agree, I have a dispute about that.

So you guys are pretty talented and artistic, do you have any other hobbies or talents? Like painting, poetry or drawing? 
Jonas: Well I like to build bikes, well bicycles actually.
Anders: He’s really good at it, I endorse you, my friend.

We’re going to randomly pick bands’ names and you will say the first thing that pops up into your head.
Spice Girls: The nineties.
Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl.
Blink 182: Travis Barker.

So there you have it, that was our time with The Entrepreneurs we thoroughly enjoyed talking to them but most of all we loved watching them play. If you ever do get the chance to see these gents live, do yourself a favour and buy a ticket, you won’t be disappointed.

For more details please check The Entrepreneurs out at the following sites.

Look out for Podcast episode 3 where we will also be featuring The Entrepreneurs with bits and pieces from this interview. Did you enjoy this post? If you did, please show the LOVE by sharing it on your favourite social media platform or drop us a comment in the comment section below. We love hearing from you.

Much Love,
D & T


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