French filmmaker Vincent Moon and the band Efterklang recently collaborated on a film that's the same length as their album, and as long as you have five or more friends and a place to host it, you can have your own "private-public" screening of An Island. We held our own showing this week, and caught up with the band's Rasmus Stolberg shortly after to discuss making the film in his hometown, an island off the Danish coast.
What was your favorite part of An Island to film?
Doing "Alike" with our parents in the barn where I used to rehearse with the band I was in in eighth grade was special. Our girlfriends were there too, and we all just shared a moment that felt very special. It was a bit like the role between kids and parents had been turned around. They were so eager to learn the song and to participate and we had to teach and steer them. It was fun and heartwarming!
How did where you grew up influence your music?
That's a really good question. We haven't really figured it out yet. We do know that we have a very strong friendship and mission because three of us left this island at an early age to go to Copenhagen and make it with music. No one believed we could make it—but we have.
Who are some of the people in the film and did you know them beforehand?
The older folks in the barn are our parents. The man on the horse is Harry Clausen– he has the most wins ever in the history of Tilting-at-the-Ring or Ring Riding as we call it on this island. The children all attend the school that Mads and I attended when we were kids. All the locations and people have some form of connection to our childhood and years on this island.
You used a lot of ambient noise, like raindrops, in the film. Do you always look for natural sounds when you create music?
We always look for sounds and it is true we do prefer natural sounds. A lot of the electronics you hear on our records are made out of sound samples. So any beat or atmostphere comes out of something we have recorded, like breaking branches or wet grass.
We loved how the audience was always participating in your music in the film. Who would you love to collaborate with next?
Good question. We collaborate with a lot of people. We would love to score a Werner Herzog film and collaborate with him! Recently we have also been talking about expanding our Efterkids project and do more collaborations with kids.
There are quite a few ways to interpret the film. What did it mean to you?
To me the film is about how music is in everyone and everything. It's about growing up and it's about the island and of course Efterklang—but more the music of Efterklang and not so much about us, and I like that.
Sign-ups for "public-private" screenings of An Island
end March 19. Read the rules and schedule a screening here