Interview: Drops of indigo

Swedish folk band Drops of indigo are on the up and up! We’ve shared a few tracks by them recently, with Shrouds of illusions being one of the best things they’ve ever done, in my humble opinion. You really need to check it out – a full stream can be found at the end of this interview.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a single titled Shrouds of illusions. What can you tell us about the track?

The track Shrouds of illusions describes the struggle against an inner voice that continuously pushes me down, telling me I’ve not got enough, hindering me from reaching my goals and dreams. The you in the lyrics can relate to that inner voice, as well as to other people that are holding you back. The voices in the refrain invite me to see behind the shrouds of illusions created by negative thoughts and beliefs. Under the snow, a new spring is waiting for me if I dare to welcome it.

How has the reception to the song been so far, and where can the song be purchased?

The reception has been really good! Several music bloggers have reviewed it and the song has been added to many playlists around the world. The music video for the song has also gotten much more response on Youtube than we thought it would, it’s almost up at 15 000 views. The song can be purchased on Bandcamp, iTunes and Apple Music.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We are actually working on our first album, so we won’t release any more singles until the release of the album. This song will be a part of the album that we hope we will have the joy to share with the world at the end of 2023.

Your music has a folky, Americana sound. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

We listen to a lot of different styles. To be honest, our style is just happening, but we have been trying to pay attention to our music so it doesn’t scatter away in different directions. The result of that is the sound we have today.

How do you manage to create such a full sound as a duo? What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I guess we have been singing together for so long that our voices have adapted to each other. There are a lot of small details that could only be matched when you know each others voices very well. We also have been blessed with two other great singers in the band, who beside their instruments, also bring us lovely choirs. The writing process can vary a lot. Sometimes one of us have a complete song that is represented to the band – sometimes it could be a refrain, a verse or a guitar loop. The whole band is always involved in the arrangement of the song and we let it take the time that the song needs to be finished.

We never rush the creative process. The recording process usually starts with recording drums and bass, with other band members playing along as support. Usually the vocals are the last part of the recording process. We record most instruments in a professional studio with a real producer, however, we sometimes do some home recording of guitars, keys and percussion.

Do you have anything else exciting coming up this year?

The rest of this year we will focus on getting our album done, but we also have some really cosy gigs upcoming! So the second half of this year will be really creative and we will spend a lot of time in the studio, as well as in our rehearsal space.

You’re based in Sweden. How is the local music scene faring at the moment?

The local music scene feels nice. We live in a small town in southern Sweden. There are a lot of opportunities for bands to play live, as well as on the local radio.

Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?

Not yet, we will see what the future brings for us. After we have finished and represented our debut album, we will focus more on live gigs. Gigs in the UK would be wonderful.

Any last words for the fans?

We are so grateful to everyone who is listening to our music. Drops of indigo is one of our life missions and a portal where we can mediate our thoughts and feelings to the world. We really want our songs to be able to bring up reflections and positive changes for the listener, and when we get feedback that show us that this has actually happened we float on clouds. So thank you so much for listening to us and stay tuned for our new album. Love to you all.