The Beat of Galantis | 1.0

Ever wondered, who’s behind that incredibly catchy ‘I wanna runawaaaay’- song? Well, lucky for you we knew, and therefore caught up with the hitmakers themselves, Galantis. Right before their show, at Oslo’s Rockefeller we got all the juicy deets on how it all began and on what’s up next for the band.

The duo exists of Christian Carlsson and Linus Eklöw. As both of them have been making music on their own for a very loooong time, some of you might have heard of their previous individual projects, such as Miike Snow or Style Of Eye. Despite their side projects, both individuals eventually found their place as in Galantis – and boy are we glad they did!

So tell me, how did it all begin with Galantis?
Christian – We had already been aware of each other for a while. It all came together when I asked Linus to remix Miike Snow’s single ‘Animal’.

Linus continues
- We got along great in the studio and we quickly realized that we had the same views when it came to making music. None of us had a strict recipe for how to make songs. This was important for us to be able to create something great together. 

The band name Galantis came to them quite randomly, but the album title “Pharmacy” has a more specific story to it.
- The process of making the album felt like the perfect form of self-medication for us. It was exactly what we needed at that place and time in our lives. We could always count on this project to makes us feel great whenever we worked on it! 

Since they both have multiple projects going on in addition to Galantis we definitely were curious on how they actually decide which songs eventually fits best to which project.

So, how do you know if the song in the making is meant for Galantis, Miike Snow or Style of Eye?
Chris – I either dress it up in a dance production for Galantis or dress it down with a more acoustic sound for Miike Snow. We let the sound speak for itself.

*Having worked with so many major artists such as Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen – to name just a few – did any of them stick out for you in a special way? *
Chris -You feel pretty naked going into the studio with someone you’ve never met before. It’s a challenge both musically and socially. You learn to not hold anything back and that’s when you end up creating something really special. 

Linus – All of the experiences have helped us perfect our sound and has led up to where we are today!

Christian, as part of *Bloodshy & Avant you’ve been responsible for some of Britney Spears’s most iconic moments (‘Toxic’, ‘Piece Of Me’, and the lesser known jam ‘Unusual You’). What is it like to be working with such a pop-legend?*
- We quickly got a good working relationship with Britney. After a while we even joined her on tour so that we could create new stuff together whenever we felt inspired. She often called us up spontaneously and sang us her ideas over the phone.

To kinda prepare ourselves for the overall the greatness yet to come from this amazing duo, we made them tell us as much as possible about their forthcoming stuff. We just HAD to know if there’s another album in the making!
Both – We have loads of new music coming out. We’re currently wrapping up the ‘Pharamacy’-album stuff, and shortly after that we’ll be releasing lots of new music!

Great news innit?! We’re pretty sure, that their next release is going to be a total banger. Either way, we can’t wait to hear more from these two.

Written by Erik Rydning

Friday, 04. March 2016