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Split Vision Interview


When did you decide that a career in music was for you?  


Dan: Music has always been with me, so there wasn't a specific day, it happened gradually. 

Henric: It's the same for me. I've had music with me throughout my upbringing, and it felt natural and necessary to pursue it. So, there isn't a specific day when I decided on it.


Who are your musical inspirations and why? 


Dan: As a child, I was always inspired by music with strong melodies. In my teenage years, it was Jean-Michel Jarre because synth music was very exciting and new then. Later in life, it's been classical music and film music by composers like Hans Zimmer and Brian Tyler because they can create music that evokes strong emotions in films while also standing on its own.

Henric: I have a very broad taste in music and can be inspired by many different genres. Although it was primarily 80s synth-pop like Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Yazoo, rock, pop, jazz, and folk have also been sources of inspiration. Like Dan, I think a strong melody is what captures me the most regardless of the type of music.


Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?


Dan: That I'm quite nerdy when it comes to pinball, that I still enjoy playing video games, and building LEGO. 

Henric: I like sports, especially ice hockey and soccer. I've completed an Iron Man, and I collect vinyl records.  


What song of yours best describes you and why? 


Dan: "Wrath," which is our latest single, describes a lot of my frustration about things happening in the world right now and feeling powerless against people's anger. Henric: Tough question. Maybe "End of Worlds." I can be very determined and usually find ways to overcome challenges and obstacles. I think the lyrics in the song capture this.


What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?  


Dan: It must have been the time at the local disco in the 80s when we, as teenagers, got to perform in front of maybe 1000 other youths. 

Henric: I agree, but I might say our first performance at Charles Dickens in Helsingborg after our reunion. For me personally, I felt almost the same feeling as when we were teenagers.

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why? 


Dan: It would be cool to perhaps perform in a place in Berlin or Paris because they were early adopters of synth music. 

Henric: One of my first live recordings was Depeche Mode's concert at Hammersmith Odeon in 1982. As a young person, I dreamed of standing on that stage myself. Therefore, it would be fun to be there, but of course, it's a dream.


What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?  


Dan: My best achievement is to continue now in my older age, composing music for both Split Vision and a few films. To continue on the same path. 

Henric: Musically, I'm very pleased with my vocal performance on our song "You and Me." In the future, I hope we can continue to create interesting music.


Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?  


Dan and Henric: In the 80s, we were supposed to perform at a venue in southern Sweden, and just minutes before the show was supposed to start, a girl danced into our mixer equipment, resulting in a cable getting disconnected. However, our then-group member Hans somehow managed to fix it miraculously in record time, and we were able to complete the entire performance without any problems.


What do you like best about being a musician and why?  


Dan: Being able to be part of the entire journey from the idea of a song to recording it, to connecting with the audience through both social media and live performances. Henric: Meeting the audience live and having the opportunity to perform our own songs.


If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?  


Dan: I've trained in a completely different field, while we've had music as a hobby, so that would probably be my day job. 

Henric: I really enjoy my current job and being able to combine it with music. If I were to change jobs, it would still be in a field where interacting with people is central.


What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?  


Dan and Henric: Depeche Mode's concert at Olympen in Lund when they had just released "Some Great Reward" in 1984.

What would your ideal festival line up be and why? 


Dan and Henric: Erasure, Jean-Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, and Kraftwerk, as well as an old Swedish synth band called NASA. They are all pioneers and bands we look up to in the synth music genre, and their music has been and continues to be inspiration for the music we try to create.

 What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?  


Dan and Henric: Never forget the joy of creation and playfulness when making music. Do things you genuinely like and feel are authentic. Never try to be someone you're not.


What things make you happy and what things annoy you?  


Dan: Music, film, and friendly colleagues make me happy. War, abuse of power, and unfair play irritate me. 

Henric: Music and people who show genuine care for others make me happy. I get irritated by selfishness.


What things do you like to do when you are away from music?  


Dan: Watch sci-fi. 

Henric: Exercise, spend time with family and friends, and watch series.


Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?  


Dan and Henric: Undoubtedly yes, they are fantastic ways to communicate with the audience.


How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?  


Dan: When you reach the respectable age I am now, appearance might not be something you can do much about and plays a lesser role. Image in music is important to be recognized and for people to distinguish our music from others. We want to have an identity that sounds like Split Vision, but it's also extremely difficult to achieve in today's landscape with so much great music being released. Henric: I don't think one should exaggerate the importance of image when it comes to appearance, clothing style, and other attributes. It's best to try to be as genuine as possible. Again, never try to be someone you're not.


Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?  


Dan: I don't have any. 

Henric: Neither do I.


If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why? 


Dan and Henric: We wouldn't want to govern the country. It's too challenging a task.


 What would your ideal day consist of?  


Dan and Henric: Getting up and having a really nice hotel breakfast, making music until lunch, then having a nice lunch at a pleasant place, preferably outdoors near the sea in warm weather. Then going out into nature and just observing life, and ending the evening with good food and pleasant company.


If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?  


Dan and Henric: Thank you so much for listening to our music, and all the feedback from you warms us. It's truly valuable to receive responses to our art.


How would you answer the question Who are Split Vision and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ? 


Dan and Henric: Split Vision is a synth band that tries to make good synth music and constantly evolve, but at the same time, retain our roots in 80s synth music. 

Dan: The difference is that I am a much more withdrawn person offstage. 

Henric: The difference isn't that big, I think. Outside of music, it's possibly different arenas I face and in another form.


 What was the first record or song you purchased and why?  


Dan: "Rendez Vous" by Jean Michel Jarre. 

Henric: A Swedish teenage band called Noice with the song "En kväll i tunnelbanan".


What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?  


Dan: Just jump on board. With the development of AI and all the technology available right now, at a relatively low cost, there are all opportunities for many more people to create music. Henric: Have fun and do your thing and unleash the joy of creation.


If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?  


Dan and Henric: It would be fun to do something with Vince Clarke or Jean-Michel Jarre. They are artists we both look up to and have been around since the 80s.


If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


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 What things make you uncomfortable?  


Dan and Henric: War and unrest, as well as dishonest people and people who bully others.


If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it? 


Dan and Henric: Unfortunately, we're not so interested in ourselves, so it would be a rather thin book.


 What has the rest of the year got in store for you? 


Dan and Henric: We have just released the second single from our upcoming EP called "Seven Deadly Sins," which is really exciting, and then we'll see what this year has to offer in terms of performances. We have some plans but nothing announced yet.

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