Give us a brief history of Beehoover.
We got together in 2003 and wanted to form a “normal” rock band with bass, guitar, drums and vocals. However, Ingmar has always had that quite dominant bass sound and we wanted to keep it. We didn’t find a guitar player to go along with that so we skipped it and recorded a demo with bass, drums and a singer in 2004. Somehow that didn’t work out and we decided to do everything ourselves.
Where does the name come from?
An English guy once told me of a TV programme he had watched where somebody was covered in bees and used a vacuum cleaner to get rid of them. That device must have been a beehoover. I promised myself to name a band after that sometime. We think it’s a cool name as it doesn’t push you into a certain direction like for example “Bloodsatan”.
What inspired you to make the bass the primary instrument in the band?
We didn’t want to initially. But we figured out that ideas were just flowing out of our heads when jamming together as a two-piece. We have similar ways of working on songs and structures, so everything can go very quick.
To those who don’t know Beehoover how would you describe your sound?
First of all it’s organic rock music straight from our guts, it’s absolutely credible. You can dance and shake your head to it but if you listen closer you will discover lots of dynamics and unusual song structures in the songs. All songs are as long as needed to be told, be it three or eleven minutes.
One of you writes the material and the other records it. How did you decide to split those jobs up?
Ingmar comes up with all the riffs but the songs themselves are created by both of us. Lyrics are done by both of us. I’ve developed an interest in recording before we’ve got together so it’s just something I love doing.
What do you like most about recording your own music? Do you ever find it difficult or limiting?
It’s great to create something starting with a vague idea and ending with the finished CD. We don’t think we have to record it because no one else could do it. But the way it sounds on CD underlines the vibe we’re after and it’s great to bring the songs to life.
Which do you prefer, playing live or recording in the studio?
I think we both prefer playing live. Though, a recording session has its own microcosm that’s cought on CD and that is brilliant. But I have to admit I absolutely love being in a studio.
When Beehoover is all over what do you want the bands legacy to be?
I want people in their 50’s to put on our music, crank up the device and scream: “This is fucking awesome!”