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Getting To Know: Tomas Barfod

By Tomas Barfod, photo by Cat Stevens on June 12, 2014

 

Getting To Know: Tomas Barfod

 

OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL

 

I like to see myself as a workhorse—steady and reliable—except when I’m drumming, then I’m totally a gorilla. I’ve heard that many times.

 

 

OUR LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE UNIVERSE

 

Oh no, there are so many bad things to worry about, and it’s hard to prioritize since all are important: climate, poverty, war, torture, etc., but one thing that touches me is everything involving wrongdoing to children. It makes me so sad and angry every time I hear any story in the news.


 

ON THE ROAD

 

 

I played at a posh party in Russia with my band. We ended up getting very drunk on vodka, which led to naked backstage wrestling with a girl band that also played the venue. It was fun, but the KGB-like bouncer didn’t think so, so I asked him if he wanted to join. That didn’t go well, so the promoter rushed us out of the building, before he came back with back-up.

 

 

BEST SHOW EVER


 

My best DJ gig was at a beach party during Sónar Festival in Barcelona. I played while the sun went down for 3,000 people, and the atmosphere was really special—I even had a couple of fans following me to every DJ gig in Europe after this—so I must have done something right. For my live show, it’s definitely Roskilde Festival 2012, my first big solo live show, with Nina and a few other musicians with me on stage.

 

 

WORST SHOW EVER

 

 

My solo live show is quite new, and we have been blessed with good bookings mainly at good festivals, but my DJ career has had some fun twists. The worst type of gig is where you are really looking forward to playing in some cool club, and then the competing club in the city has booked some superstar DJ, which everyone went to see, so you end up playing for a bartender and a sad promoter. I tried that once or twice. I hate that.


 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

 

 

My music is really good for car stereos; I always test my mixes in my car. In a perfect world, the car should be an ‘80s Maserati Quattroporte; the setting should be 11pm in a suburb somewhere warm, not too nice.


 

WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...

 

 

Jay Z calls. He always calls when somebody has made it.

 

This article is from FILTER Issue 56