Earlier this year, Daniel Norgren and Steve Wynn shared the stage when Norgren opened for Wynn and the Dream Syndicate in Cologne, Germany. Neither of them knew the other’s music, but after the show they both had won a new fan.
Although their music cannot be compared, Wynn and Norgren both have an amazing talent to lay a deep intensity on their audience using a bare bones, no-effects style.
Because Bamshakalah likes flipping the script, we decided to put the two together for a friendly chat!
Below, enjoy part one of this two-part series between Sweden’s soulful Daniel Norgren and The Dream Syndicate’s legendary frontman, Steve Wynn.
Steve Asks Daniel…
I see that, like me, you are very happy to lay into one chord, hammer down a hypnotic groove and let the motion AND emotion of the song come from the power of repetition. Do you find that chord changes get in the way of where you’re trying to go and how do you know when it’s time to shift away from the “1.”
When there are no sudden turns or stops or breaks or changes it’s just beautiful, it’s very meditative, and very easy…the more I repeat something good the deeper I get into it, till there’s something telling me “OK it’s time to get out, you’ve been in there for five minutes now”. Then the change will come…and if the band is good the change will come naturally. I also love the three chords songs…you know G-C-D and G-E-C and songs like that, the power lies simplicity.
When I hear your music I hear echoes of some of my favorite Delta blues artists from Slim Harpo to Junior Kimbrough. I’ve been to Louisiana and Mississippi many times and the terrain there—quite different and exotic for a native Los Angeleno/relocated New Yorker--truly fits the sounds of those classic records. Where would I go—and what would I be driving— in Sweden to provide the proper road trip to fit the sounds of your music.
I think you should come over to my house, and get the keys to my Volvo. I would fill up the Handskfacket with mixtapes with hits from the 50’s (great car music) and then I would tell you to go slow around Rude (it’s the name of the place where I live) and I would point out some highlights and favourite spots along the way, small things….
How did you discover that you could play the drums and guitar at the same time? Did it come naturally or did the concept lead to a long period of practice to be able to take it to the stage?
It came naturally and I’ve developed it along the way. I started with the bass drum and a tambourine taped to my left foot, and later I built the snare with the tambourine inside, and then I rebuilt a high hat that I use as a crash. Next step will have to be the drummer with the whole kit. I’m working on it at the moment…
Daniel embarks on a fresh European tour *TONIGHT* at Vega in Copenhagen, Denmark!
*For a full list of all upcoming Daniel Norgren tour dates, please visit his Belmont Bookings artist page here.*