Interview: Saint Best

Interview by Chris Musicborn

Hey Saint Best, really cool to meet you. How’s life in Copenhagen and the general music scene there?

Copenhagen is a great city to live in as an upcoming musician. Lots of venues and it’s close to Roskilde Festival – the biggest festival in Scandinavia, which is a huge opportunity to show the world what you got. We played there last year and it was wicked. 

Your video for 'In The Morning’ [watch below] is pretty funny. Who came up with the concept and who filmed it? I hate oysters by the way!

So does the male actor, which made the oyster scene quite a challenge! But he nailed it, didn’t he! The music video is produced by 73Collective. They came up with this insane idea, and we were immediately in love with the concept. The director explains: "When we saw the egg-scene from Juzo Itami's Japanese classic, Tampopo, we were mind-blown by the simplicity of the idea, both how good it looks visually, as well as all the implications in that action (intimacy, trust, creativity, curiosity and a little bit of kinkiness). First of all we asked ourselves if the egg thing is actually something we could recreate, or if it's hard to pull off. At least it could be fun to try. But after seeing the film we also discussed how weirdly little food is visualised or discussed in art in general, there's of course some paintings, but rarely there's a film or song made about food, even though it's so vital to us. Around the same time, Saint Best sent us their new song and we found it to be about urges, desires. What better way to show our urges visually than with food? Especially this very distinct relationship to food, a sexualised one. So we decided to make a video inspired by the scenes in Tampopo, set in Denmark. A video that shows a relationship between two individuals, both to each other and to food, at two different times in their lives. For us it was important to work with the contrast between the beach-scene, where we imagine the couple meet for the first time, the innocence in the oyster, the licking, even the costumes, and the scene in the apartment, where they are now together and have fully embraced their attraction to each other and food."

For acts wanting to come to Copenhagen, are there any cool venues for new bands to play?

Yeah, sure. Depending on your taste in music. Mayhem is the place for punk and all kind of experimental and obscure music. Being the nest of acts like Ice Age and Communions it properly gained some international recognition. Beside that there is VEGA which is an old and beautiful venue. It has three different sized venues suiting the fan base you might have in Copenhagen. 

What are your touring plans for the rest of the year, any countries you're planning to visit?

We are finishing our debut EP at the moment. It will properly be out in autumn on Fake Diamond Records. Along the EP we are working out some dates right now and hopefully some shows outside of Denmark but that we can’t tell right now. 

We love word of mouth so can you recommend five upcoming acts that the world should no about but probably don’t?

Mont Jake – Former Mont Oliver combining the soul of hip hop with modern synthesizer pop.

SIBA – This is one of the most progressive underground pop acts we know of. So cool.

Kwamie Liv – The most crisp voice in Danish music right now!

October Dance – Groovy old-school disco with a modern twist.

Gents – These guys are bringing back the Eighties vibe in a really cool way!

‘In The Morning’ is out later in the year on Fake Diamond Records