Last week we brought you a special Plastic Platform 'versus' mix between Sun Glitters and Monophona, to celebrate a Luxembourg showcase of music at The Old Blue Last this Wednesday.

This week we caught up with the electronic Luxembourgers (alongside Say Yes Dog) and asked them a range of questions about their music and if they identify themselves with a scene over in the tiny mass of land. The night of music titled 'Luxembourg Sounds Like...' in association with The 405 features the aforementioned on June 5th at The OBL from 8pm - event details and confirm your attendance here.


Sun Glitters

How would you describe your sound to someone who's not all that into music? (say your elderly Auntie for example)

Sun Glitters sounds between Chillwave, dreampop and shoegaze…hmmm, that's maybe too complicated. Let's try this, I like to use natural sounds that I record with my iPhone like my car keys, door claps for example and adding them to my beats. But the most important thing in my songs are the melodies. That’s where I express all my feelings and emotions! My main influences are artists/bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Boards of Canada & Gold Panda among others...

 

What's the best thing that you have listened to this year?

Difficult to say because I listen to so much things, but for sure I can mention the new My Bloody Valentine album.I'm also enjoying a lot Bibio and songs from Pick a Piper, Gold Panda, Mount Kimbie, Baths and of course Boards of Canada, can't wait to listen to their new album!

I'm listening to so much stuff and the most difficult part is to mention artists that people know as I listen to a lot of unknown artists. Best would be to follow my FB posts to know about what I'm into.

 

Hoes does Luxembourg feed into your music?

A lot because my music is inspired by my everyday life… 
I would say the melancholy you can hear in all my songs are influenced by Luxembourg and his greyish weather.

 

Does a 'scene' exist in Luxembourg as such? Tell us about it if so…

Yes of course but it's still not really known abroad so still very exotic. We have no industry and no media to help us spreading the word to the world. But Luxembourg is starting to get some attention from the outside due to the work of some artists who are starting to export themselves really well and due to the help of music:LX, Luxembourg Export Office who are helping us a lot, giving us export opportunities and the chance to play in important showcase festivals and more.

 

What are you working on at the moment, and general future plans?

I'm still working on some new tracks for my new album. I have also some remixes and collaborations in process. I'm helping producing the forthcoming EP of MWTE based in Metz/France and also for another friend... A new EP feat. Steffaloo "Cosmic Oceans" will be released the 8th of July on CD and 12" on LebensStrasse Records.

So in a few words I'm really busy and that's good!

 

Would you rather live in a giant dog's mouth, or have a tiny dog live in your mouth? Explain your reasons why in your answer.

Hm… Good question, but maybe I would say living in a giant dog's mouth just because I like to say yes to everything and at the end I'm so busy and on the edge of losing control, I love that risky feeling. I'm a very positive guy and so that dog would never swallow me!


Say Yes Dog

How would you describe your sound to someone who's not all that into music? (say your elderly Auntie for example)

To my Auntie I'd say probably this: Imagine the love child of Elvis and The Beach Boys dancing to the bleeps of pacman.

What's the best thing that you have listened to this year?

The best thing I listened to this year was probably the new James Blake 'Retrograde'.

What are you working on at the moment, and general future plans?

We're working on some new songs and finishing up the older ones. and there'll be a video real soon! General near-future bandplan: Releasing our first album and not eating so much fried chicken anymore.

Would you rather live in a giant dog's mouth, or have a tiny dog live in your mouth? Explain your reasons why in your answer.

That is an excellent question. I guess it'd be pretty cool to live in a giants dog's mouth for a while, there would be some rad stories to tell about that. But I guess only for a short time. Even the most exciting things can get boring after a while.


Monophona

How would you describe your sound to someone who's not all that into music? (say your elderly Auntie for example)

Like quietly thinking loud thoughts.

What's the best thing that you have listened to this year?

Well we never argue about our own music but on the other hand we hardly ever all agree when we talk about other people's music.

Chook: Daughter, James Blake, Suuns

Claudine: John Grant, Junip

Jorsch: I am sold (James Blake), Sapphire (Bonobo), Bambi (Suuns), Goin' to the Party (Alabama Shakes), Tesselate (Alt-J), Weather my bark went down at sea (Sofie Livebrant), McGreggor (Elbow), Love it or leave it (Asaf Avidan), Chocolate (Tindersticks)

How does Luxembourg feed into your music?

There is a saying in Luxembourgish that goes: "d’Fauscht an der Täsch maachen“, which means to clench your fist in your pocket. I would say that this is rather typical and it is something you feel on a daily basis: to be terrified but still wanting to express yourself and hoping to be heard.

Does a 'scene' exist in Luxembourg as such? Tell us about it if so…

Yes, there is definetely a scene, but it’s small – so lots of bands are made up of the same people, which makes for a rather familial athmosphere. In terms of genres, there’s lots of metal (getting those fist out of those pockets), but also electronic music – not such a lot of truly mainstream acts. There are also more and more bands singing in Luxembourgish. That would definetely be a trend.

What are you working on at the moment, and general future plans?

We’re working on a new album and of course we hope that we can keep playing gigs and building an audience.

Would you rather live in a giant dog's mouth, or have a tiny dog live in your mouth? Explain your reasons why in your answer.

I’d rather have a tiny dog live in my mouth, because I’d like to see how it would affect my singing.That should be quite interesting actually.