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Interview:
Denmark's Indians is finally making his own music
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Denmark's Indians is a tribe of one.

The moniker is the province of Soren Looke Juul, who played in several bands in his homeland but had a hankering to do more than that -- and has with first Indians release, "Somewhere Else."

"I've been playing music with different bands for the last 10 years in Denmark, being a keyboard player and backing vocalist, and I think it was just a matter of time before I wanted to do my own thing," explains Juul, 33. "I just wanted to do something new. I wanted to challenge myself and do something different than being in the background.

"So here I am."

Juul says he had no preconceived notions of what Indians would sound like until he hunkered down in his Copenhagen apartment and in the Swedish countryside to write and start recording songs. So, he claims, the shimmering, ethereal, keyboard-dominated sound of "Something Else" came organically and as something of a surprise -- but not an unpleasant one.

"This record was not a band kind of project," Juul explains. "I spent a lot of time on my own, every day waking up and just sitting with my headphones in the studio and not really being around people at all. You spend a lot of time just thinking and being on your own, having a silent conversation with yourself in a way.

"And I think being in Denmark and then Sweden recording just makes it kind of melancholy. There's not as much sunlight and stuff. It's dark most of the day and you just stay inside and make yourself comfortable and make the music you're feeling. That's how this (album) came to be."

Indians and Night Beds perform at 9 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Majestic Cafe, 4130 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Cover is $12. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.



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