Sipping on ideas within this delicious Tokyo Rose tea at Buro coffeeshop in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada.
A favourite question in our interviews with answers cut straight from the heart.
Adam Cohen- A state, a place, a noun a verb, the most beautiful word that you ever heard- A line from Hallelujah, Jesus and Buddha, love is a faded sign that you don’t see sometimes.
Hozier- Something tangible & real – to love someone as a human being
MAY- I believe that true love is honest, unwavering and immortal.
Marcus Foster- True Love is… Hard to find.
Caitlin Crosby- SERVICE. Selfless. Sacrifice
Brandon Malone- Loving someone right where their at, while inspiring one another to be more.
Ben Rothbard- Empowering the one you love.
Rayland Baxter- – True Love is… true Love is… a couple walking around their neighborhood after dinner hoLding hands and wanting nothing but each other… true Love is a huge fight… true Love is what the worLd and all her inhabitants are born with… its a feeLing that i cant expLain… its the most speciaL type of excitement.
Nicholas & the Pessimistics- When you would rather have a bad day with someone over a good day without them.
JP Maurice- For Lovers
Yamir- Understanding, trust, valuing one another, and passion.
Mick Evans- Anything you can’t give up.
Andrew Maxwell Morris- Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!
Dave Cheetham- Something everyone one deserves and no one should have to settle for less.
Devin Cuddy- Hard to find, but out there, its a journey not a destination.
Zane Carney- A choice that has become fearlessly unconditional.
Matt Costa- A bottle of Brandy and a good guitar.
Lenka- It’s everywhere. Just let it in.
Francesca Tamellini- Painful
David Newberry- Irresistable
Blue Sky Miners- A myth. Love is all around.
Poor Remy- “True love” now that we’re reading it seems kind of redundant. When you find truth, you find love. I think thats true with anything. Thats why love is so powerful, cause its true.
Augustines- There are many kinds of love. A mother’s, a friends’, a lover, a wife’s, a brother’s. True love? Probably being connected with the life you are living, the actual life. Not the life that is purchased or justified from the outside.
Griffin House- I honestly do not know. That’s not a sexy answer, I know. But it’s honest. I should go look up “love” in the dictionary. That in and of it’s self would be an act of love, to me. Trying to find a proper definition is a great place to begin. I do know this. I think I have had a bit of an incorrect definition of true love for most of my life. I think we look to other people to fill a big void in ourselves and we think that if we meet “the one” that we’ll feel happy forever and life will be wonderful. But I don’t think that’s love, I think that is using another person to make yourself feel good. The closest thing I could maybe venture to say is that true love is unconditional.
Since Adele I don’t believe I have heard the depth of a voice like that of May. She brings an ambience of darkness – light and the feeling that something really amazing is about to happen. It has been a blessing to work with her since meeting in New York and we are so pleased to bring you her latest offering ‘Ballerino’
Thank you May – it ‘s beautiful.
Ballerino is filled with Parisian undertones – please share how this resonates within you
Firstly, I love French music. The romance and melancholy of artists like Edith Piaf and Jacque Brel resonates with me… I have always found inspiration in music with great depth and beauty like theirs.
For this song in particular – A few years ago I lived in Paris and this past July I returned for the first time. The visit brought back many memories and took my mind back to a time when I was younger and more naive. It was during this reflection that I was inspired to begin writing ‘Ballerino.’
With similarities to both the works of Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen can you tell us about these influences
Leonard Cohen is my favorite artist. I listen to his records constantly and was introduced to his music by my mother. Alongside his beautiful music, I admire his lyrics and poetry.
Whilst recording ‘Ballerino’, (which was live) I took myself to a place where I imagined Nina Simone would be back in the day – In an underground, smoke filled jazz club. I wanted the song to sound heartfelt and authentic.
With 2016 holding some heavy moments for all – did it have an affect on your song writing
2016 was a very emotional year for so many of us worldwide, and also personally for me as I very sadly lost my father in November. I wanted to enter into 2017 with a message of love, acceptance and hope.
Regarding my songwriting, I am inspired by life and whether that be something that brings me joy or complete despair, I find great comfort in putting my emotions into song.
What can you tell us about the making of this beautiful video Ballerino
I originally had the idea to film a more abstract and lyrical piece with a music box ballerina twirling in slow-motion. Then I met with my friend, director Meredith Truax, who quite literally brought my idea to life and introduced me to the wonderful dancer, Shay Bares. Shay was incredibly moved by the song, and choreographed his dance especially for the video. His performance was exquisite and from the moment he stepped into the spotlight and in front of the camera I knew it was going to be something special. I am so thankful for the finished product, and to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such talented people.
Looking forward to including this one on our road trip playlist and around the campfire.
Vita Bergen is a cotton candy sky kind of soundtrack and make you feel hip again.
Just in time for summer their latest album, ‘Disconnection’ carries you from day into night.
Is your name Vita Bergen because that is where you met?
Robert: Actually the first time we met were as 8-year olds when our hockey teams played each other. William was the goalie and I was the center in the rival team.
Vita Bergen is a park area in central Stockholm, so people tend to think that we have a special relation to that place. But we’re from Gothenburg and the name has absolutely nothing to do with the park, so we just decided to ignore the connection. Vita Bergen means “the white mountains” in English.
Musically, what gives you chemistry?
William: Between the two of us? I suppose it’s because we’re super close friends and know almost everything about each other. We basically know how the other one’s brain works. At the same time we’re total opposites. Extremely different. That fuels a lot of things.
When it comes to external inspiration it could be almost anything. A car alarm, something your sister said when talking to a friend on the phone or whatever.
Where was Disconnection recorded? Who produced the album and why?