Markus Bøgelund Interview

Young Danish songwriter Markus Bøgelund has a career as dance music producer and DJ since he was 12, he’s a songwriter of the new generation. Already has several cuts for Korean pop groups including Super Junior in Asia, he has just started to write J-POP as well. He also loves to put some oriental phrase and chord Influenced by Ryuichi Sakamoto, mixing together with cutting-edge dance beat, we feel sure we can listen his J-POP song more.


Markus Bøgelund

—- This is your first visit to Japan. What’s your first impression?


M.B.: I really like it. I like the culture. Actually since I was 14 or 15 years old I was fascincated by the Japanese culture. I like the architecture of the old houses and temples. Really polite and down to earth people.


—- When is your first time writing J-pop?


M.B.: We have a camp in Denmark called D-pop and I attended that. That was the first time I experienced writing for the Japanese market.


—- Do you enjoy it?


M.B.: Yes, its really fun and I can do whatever I want in the beats. That fits the Japanese market right now.


—- What is the difficult part of composing for this market?


M.B.: Its a bit different from European countries because we were born and raised with Brittney Spears and all that type of pop. We’re getting that with a spoon since we were born so that’s how we think of music. Its a fun learning experience.


—- When did you start writing music?


M.B.: When I was 12, so its been like 11 years now.

—- Why did you decide to be a professional songwriter?


M.B.: I’ve always been fascinated by music and how it can affect people. Like you can make people remember things, make them feel good or sad. Music is a second language, and to be able to affect a big group of people at one time, that’s why I like making music.


—- Have you thought about making a band or being an artist?


M.B.: Actually I am an artist. I’ve been DJing since I was 12. Everything I do is tracked back to music. My second single was released July.


—- What’s your final goal in your music career?


M.B.: There isn’t really a final goal because you can keep on doing music and that’s how its supposed to be. My big goal is to have my penthouse in Los Angeles with my loving wife and daughter and make music for a living and keep on doing what I do now. I feel like its a privilege to be able to work with a bunch of talented people.


—- So you are pretty much influenced by dubstep, how do you embrace that?


M.B.: I like to mix genres even in my own project which is house music, I mix dubstep and trance music and drum and bass and all sort of things because I think we should not be bound by old rules. We’re a new generation and there is no boundaries anymore. You have a sculpture and you are allowed to draw outside of the lines now because you need to think outside of the box. Its basically about taking something that exists and mixing it together with something else that exists and making something new. I tend to take parts of dubstep put it into pop music. Just a little bit of bass line and chord progression so it sounds natural.



—- Everyone is surprised to see you work on Cubase spontaneously like playing a videogame.


M.B.: I think its because that I work fast. You should not be sitting down thinking to much, it needs to be spontaneous because then it comes from the heart. Music is about dynamics and feelings. If you feel good about what you’re doing. It should be like playing a computer game because you need to have fun with it because if you don’t its not going to be a good product.


—- Can you explain how your style of music making is like a computer game?


M.B.: Like a computer game you need to get one section right before moving on to another section and it needs to be combined. If you’re not finished doing that section the next section isn’t going to be that good. You need to get the first level called “verse” then get to the next level called “bridge.” Final boss is the chorus haha.


—- You mix club type music with pop music a lot. Can you tell us more about that?


M.B.: Pop music is not from the club scene, but the music that influences it the most is sort of club music. It’s a different type of club music though for instance dubstep is not accepted in Denmark. I was travelling in London at Ministry of Sound a few months ago and I learned about how to produce dubstep and just enjoy it. I brought it back to Denmark and when I was playing it the people at the club were not feeling it. They were like “hmmm?” because they don’t know how to dance to it. Its new for them and people encounter something new and strange they are like “Hmm, we can not have that!” Then again Denmark is an importing country. Like Avicii for instance, he’s a big house producer and when he came out with his first single called “Bromance” I was playing that in the club and people were like “Hmm” but when the song became a hit Denmark and people were like “Yeah now we like this song!” If you manage to mix that with pop music then you have something great.


—- You are 23 and already working as a professional songwriter. What’s your take of the future of music?


M.B.: I think we’re going into an era where everything is possible. For instance Skrillex just won four Grammys. Grammys are usually to be for people like Madonna. But he is the first electronic music guy that won four Grammys. So I’m thinking the next step in music is mixing electronic dance music with pop music. Its very exciting, it’s the club era.


—- Is there any worry about being a pro under the difficult market ?


M.B.: Its up for one individual for himself to decide if they want to succeed with what they do. Every person is capable of doing the same thing. We’re all born with the exactly same brain. If one person can be Max Martin then another person can also be Max Martin. We have the same brain, we are able to think the same thoughts. If you think that you are going to do good in the music business then you are. Its just a matter believing it and doing it and acting upon it..


—- What is your message for Japanese songwriters your age?


M.B.: Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and do what feels good to you as a producer. If you want to buy the product that you’re listening to, then probably other people will do. Experiment with dynamics and waveforms. Don’t just put a kick drum in. Stack a kick drum and make two channels of kick drums. And the one on the bottom, zoom in and move it slightly to the left and right so its not static. Don’t just make computer music, I mean it is computer music but it needs to feel organic. Its computer music but it sounds like its living and breathing. And compress and play around with different sort of compression techniques. And just do good in music, and have fun!


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