Since the debut album, Luke, of indie pop band I USED TO BE A SPARROW was our album of the week, we took some time and talked to Andrea and Dick – the two guys behind the beautiful bandname. We talked about this beautiful bandname, the hype around them, their album Luke and of course about their plans for the future…

––

Hey guys – please introduce yourself.
Hej! We are I USED TO BE A SPARROW from Västerås, Sweden. We are two guys who love to make music, hang out, meet people and the tour! Life in general…is good.

Since you both are songwriters, how did it come that you make music together. When, where and why did you decide to do so?
It all started when we met at a local gig. We just began to chat and drink a few beers at the venue, and eventually ended up recording a few tunes without really having any idea of what to do with them. Eventually we became caught up enough with the songs we were making that we decided to turn our collab into a real band. This was a new thing for us, a new sound and a really new way to approach making music.

[one_half last=”no”]


Life Is Good taken from Luke (2012)

[/one_half]
[one_half last=”yes”]


Mikkael taken from Life Is Good/Mikkael EP (2012)

[/one_half]

What’s the story behind the name I USED TO BE A SPARROW?
We really wanted to find a name that fits the feeling behind our music. A sparrow is a little thing, fragile and delicate in a big dangerous world, just trying to live on and find its own space. And we are also pretty sure we used to be sparrows in another life… or?

[one_half last=”no”]

This good mood really boosted our work…



[/one_half]

When you released the video to “Life Is Good” – what kind of reaction did you expect from the people? It all seems to be overwhelming…
Not to sound pretentious, but to be honest we were pretty confident that people would have enjoyed the song and the video, because we do to! We worked really hard on this and we really put a lot of ourselves into it. We did even better with the help our friends and collaborators that participated to our project in many ways, with a lot of enthusiasm. This good mood really boosted our work, and we really think this positive vibe can become really contagious!

 Your debut-album “Luke” was released lately. How and when did you write these songs and have you done all this as a duo or were other people involved, too?
We wrote, produced and recorded everything by ourselves. We didn’t really plan a setlist or anything like that, but we just relied on our mood and feelings to write the songs almost on the spot, when we felt like it. This is why there is so much variety on the album! Although we did everything by ourselves, our friends Maria Schweitz and Daniel Larsson played on a couple of songs (the former sang on Moby Dick and played the piano on Hawaii, the latter played bass on Give It Up)

[one_half last=”no]

In June you will tour Europe together with SONGS FOR THE SLEEPWALKERS – presented by Nothing But Hope And Passion. Will you tour as full band or as duo?
In the future we’ll tour with a full band, but for this particular occasion we are just traveling on our own, presenting a more intimate acoustic set, where we are going to be able to let the songs shine in a different light than on the album versions. In this setting a song wears a different dress, and so many things are unveiled. We will play a single set featuring a blend of I USED TO BE A SPARROW and SONGS FOR THE SLEEPWALKERS songs rather than splitting the two acts up. We feel its going to be very exciting and innovative to do like this!

Since Nothing But Hope And Passion is about a bit more than music: what do you think of when you hear the word passion – and what does it mean to you?
“Passion” is the commitment to something or someone, the pillar of a good life: We think that to be passionate about something and carrying it on in your life is really important in the pursuit of happiness.

[/one_half]

[one_half last=yes]


[/one_half]

What are the things you hope for? In your personal lives, as musicians and in general…
On a personal level, we hope that we will always have something to be passionate about! About the music, we just want to work really hard to reach as many new ears as possible and play as many live shows as possible. We’ll see where this is gonna take us!

What can people expect from I USED TO BE A SPARROW in the future and why should everyone spread the word about you?
You can expect a lot of songs with a lot of feelings, from nostalgia to hope for a brighter future. But don’t get us wrong: only because we play heartfelt songs, it doesn’t mean that we are gonna settle down. We are still going to kick your ass live! (Literally, and we wear boots)

The last words belong to you…
Thanks for this fun interview! We would like to invite everyone to get our album Luke for free download on our Bandcamp page. Or if you wish, you can donate what you want for it or get it on CD!
Have a good time, and keep a look at the calendar, because we might visit your town pretty soon!

––

I USED TO BE A SPARROW
[one_half last=”no”]

indie / pop / alternative
from Västerås, Sweden

[/one_half]

[one_half last=”yes”]
Bandcamp | Facebook | Homepage
photo by Sanna Nilsson

[/one_half]