Dog Orchestra â€“ â€œBrokeâ€
Before there was Dog Orchestra, the electronic dream-pop collective, there was Dog Orchestra, the intriguing discovery. â€œWe never wanted it to be about us. We wanted it to be about the band and the music as a separate entity,â€ says Daniel. â€œAs much as I love being part of Dog Orchestra,â€ adds Niklas, â€œI want to enjoy it the same way an audience member might. No wall between the band and the listenerâ€”thatâ€™s the goal.â€
With mutual interests in everything from indie rock to dance to hip hop, they joined a few pop bands, which ultimately imploded. Says Niklas, â€œIt wasnâ€™t until me and Daniel moved in together that I felt the music began to sound as good as it should,â€ with songs like â€œBroke.â€ The two alternated between laying down the musical groundwork and writing lyrics, a practice they continue today. â€œIt was effortless,â€ Daniel continues. â€œWe were inseparable after that, and I remember my sister telling me that my dad thought we were a couple.â€
Dog Orchestra started recording guest vocals for their EP in Stockholm, before relocating to Berlin. â€œItâ€™s less restricted than Stockholm, where everything is clean and at a right angleâ€”even the crooked ones are calculated,â€ says Daniel. Berlinâ€™s grittier culture represented possibility. â€œItâ€™s a city in shambles being rebuilt. The opportunities felt less policed. Like the whole city needs a good paint job, and no one is looking over your shoulder telling you how to paint it.â€ Their experience followed in kind.
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