Interview mit Jacco Gardner

Hi Jacco! How are you? Could you briefly introduce you and your music?

Hey! Doing great! I’m a 25 year old Dutchman making light psychedelic pop music. Most of it is inspired by dreams and the human psyche combined with fairytales.

Jacco Gardner by Nick Helderman 9The Guardian described your sound as late-60s baroque pop. Would you agree with that?
Well yes and no. It’s not because it’s not from the 60’s at all of course. I merely get really inspired by music from that period but I can’t help adding something fresh to it as my way of working is quite different from the way they did it in the 60’s. I think baroque pop is a good term to use when talking about pop music with instruments like Harpsichord or flutes and such, so that’s pretty true in my case.
Which album changed your life?
“Piper at the Gates of Dawn” by Pink Floyd
I love your LP „Cabinet of Curiosities“! How would you describe it?
Light psychedelic, cinematic, dreamy and mysterious.
Are you currently working on a second album?
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you choose?
I think I’d rather listen to nothing at all than just one song, as all the magic will probably disappear after you’ve heard the song for a million times without hearing anything else. It’s hard to tell which song will remain interesting the longest and those are often not even my favourite songs. I think at this moment I’d go for “Swingin’ Spathiphyllums” because it has an empty endless careless feeling to it and it has no lyrics.
You will be playing at the Reeperbahnfestival in Hamburg? Have you heard about that festival before? What kind of expectations do you have?
I have never been there before so I have no expectations at all to be honest. But I’m looking forward to finding out what it’s like.

Let’s get less serious! What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

I tend to forget funny moments in my life, the only one I can think of right now would be Josh (the drummer), eating a banana in the middle of a pretty complex song.
What are your musical guilty pleasures? (we all have one..)
Everybody says that but I don’t really. There’s nothing I can think of that I like but could/should be ashamed of..
Imagine yourself on a lonely island. What would you take with you, if you were allowed to 3 things?
1. Seeds for interesting plants

2. Guitar + lots of extra strings

3. A rowing boat so I can leave the island every now and then and visit some friends.

Your music and your appearance seems sometimes quite vintage. (Take it as a compliment). What do you think about downloads? Do you still buy CD’s or even vinyls?

I never buy CD’s, never liked them. Downloads are great I think, I download a lot myself as well. Mostly stuff that is very hard to come by otherwise. Without downloads my music would have been completely different. I always buy the LP of an album I downloaded and really liked.

Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Mort Garson, The Byrds, Bo Grumpus, Duncan Browne, Kevin Ayers, Federal Duck, Brian Eno and many more.
And last but not least, what would you call a perfect friday night?
I’d like to go to an empty amusement park with all my friends. Hasn’t happened yet though.

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