Interview: Sanders Bohlke

By on Monday, 8th November 2010 at 12:00 pm

For those who love pure, heart-felt acoustic songs, American singer/songwriter Sanders Bohlke is the man for you. Or, as Fran Healy of Travis recently said on Twitter, “If you want to follow someone, follow Sanders Bohlke.” Enough can’t be said about Sanders here, so expect a review on his captivating songs soon.

Firstly, for readers who may have never heard of you yet, how would you describe your songs and music?
It’s experimental neo-folk.

What made you want to get into the music profession in the first place, and how long have you been making music?
Growing up my sister got all kinds of attention for being able to sing, and I knew that I could sing too. so, that’s probably why. I’ve been writing and stuff for 6 or 7 years I guess.

Where are you from, and who are some of your influences, musical and otherwise?
I’m from Mississippi. I grew up listening to a lot of soul music. I had a lame record collection though. my parents weren’t into really interesting music. mostly Hall and Oates and Lionel Richie. My mom is very creative though. She influenced me artistically. The area I grew up in had a big impact on me as well. A lot of blues and gospel.

What would you say the majority of your songs are about?
A lot of my songs have themes of death stitched into them. I’m very fascinated with death and the end of man. All of my songs now are very impersonal. They are very much storytelling.

What are some the challenges/lo-lights and rewards/highlights you have faced as an artist thus far?
Well, creating art that is worthy of any sort of attention is challenging, but when someone is really into what you’re doing it’s very rewarding. There are a lot of highlights for me. I get to work with bands and artists that I really love and respect. I do a lot of work with Jeffrey Cain from Remy Zero. He’s so good at what he does. And I’ve kind of grown up in the music world alongside a band that I love so much and they are killing it right now. They are called Colour Revolt. they’re from my hometown, kind of, and it’s been really fun watching them grow into this amazing band. Check them out right away! but, the biggest highlight so far was touring with Badly Drawn Boy when he [Damon Gough] came to the States a few years ago. He was so great, personally and musically.

Being a musician, you must travel a lot. What are some of the places you’ve taken your songs to, both nationally and internationally?
I’ve played a lot in the states, but I’ve never toured internationally before. I did play a show in London once. it was very strange. It was at this super modern cocktail bar, and everyone was wearing either a suit or a dress while I played folk songs. I think they dug it though.

What are your plans in the next 6 months to year? Where do you pan to take your songs?
I’m working on a full length record right now, and I hope to release it next year and then, if possible, tour.

If there’s anything you like to add about yourself or what you think readers should know, please feel free.
I have a 7” vinyl coming out soon, so be on the look out. And, please go listen to Colour Revolt.

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