Share your life story with us.
Born in Copenhagen, moved away for 15 years, and then moved back again. Started playing music when I was 11 years old. Never really stopped. However, I got to admit that it wasn’t before a gig at The Bitter End in New York City in 2014 that I started taking my music seriously, which is weird because everyone else did long before I did myself. Re-discovered an old 1985 Phil Collins record at my parents’ place about a year ago. This kicked off Favor in a massive way. It was exactly the sound I’d been looking for. Bombastic drums, cheesy melodies, high-pace songs, and utter joy of music are what I found right there among my dad’s dusty records.
Share your press release.
Favor, the neon-synth-pop ensemble led by Danish songwriter and performer, Jeppe Gade, made its debut with “Hole In The Heart” in October 2017. After his first live show supporting Norwegian pop star Sigrid, Favor now releases the contagious 2nd single “Slowly Dancing”. The music draws inspiration from pop influences of the 80es and has been referred to as “a contemporary lovechild between Phil Collins and Cyndi Lauper.”
Since January 2016, Favor has been writing and producing songs with playmates of a Copenhagen music collective. A gathering who all shared the passion for gated drums, Yamaha DX7 keyboard, and melodic synth-pop compositions sharing vibes with artists such as Future Islands, Blood Orange, Ekkah, and The 1975.
Danish P3-radio host, Mads Gundersen describes Favor like this:
“Favor is delicious synth-pop, which gives you an urge to change all your bills to cents and use them all at the nearest arcade. It’s positive, enlightening and to be heard in purple neon-light with a drink in your hand that you don’t know the name of, and it really doesn’t matter, cause you are going to spill it anyway when you are dancing”
Favor released the first single “Hole In The Heart” on October 13th.
Favor released his second single “Slowly Dancing” on January 26th.
He is planning to release an EP in April 2018.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
I think I’ll stick with a massive round of hugs to everyone who’s streaming the music and turning up at the concerts. But I’ll save the big thank you speech for the Grammys. 😉
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
The amazing thing about this project is that it’s the first time that I have a clear frame to compose within. What I mean is that there’s a certain way that Favor should sound like. Overall the music is just beautiful. And the songs always start with the groove and some sort of melody that has built up in my head. And from there, it’s pure sorcery in the studio with my producer.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
Well, this is my second single and soon we’ll be putting out some more stuff building up to an EP release which should be coming out in the spring.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
I’ve never really doubted that I would keep ongoing. What I mean is that as long as I move forward I don’t mind the pace, whether that being slow or fast.
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
The funny thing about Favor is that the way I’m composing for this project is very different as opposed to how I used to write music. As I said earlier, this is the first time that I start with the beat. And also the first time that I kind of dictate how I want the song to develop. Earlier on I always seem to think that the song was in charge. That I had to follow the melody where it led me. But nowadays I put of the fight and the song and I can go for hours discussing where we should end up today.
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
Give us the links to your various stores.
Tell us your favorite genre of music.
As long as it moves me, I don’t really care what genre it is.
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
My new single is called “Slowly Dancing” and it’s about this personal trade of mine that I’ve always felt pretty ambivalent about. It’s handy but it’s also exceptional sad. The ability to cut off past relationships – that may be a friend, a lover, or a friendly lover – is really useful. But some people – some echoes – of the past are impossible to suppress, rewrite or forget. What I’ve started to realize is that they are everlasting and the memories are just bound to keep on dancing slowly next to you. And you need to accept this. You need to accept the invitation.
Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
It’s the best marketing tool out there.
Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
I know this might come off a bit banal, but there are so many artists who simply forget that there’s an audience. Just keep in mind that playing concerts is a two-way street. In order for the audience to connect with you as a live performer, you need to connect with them first. So look alive!
List your five favorite songwriters.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
To be honest; hung-over. It’s almost like you let your mind think simple thoughts, which is just really good for songwriting. Often you tend to over-complicate writing and just simply can’t do that when you’re hung-over.