Jonas Bjerre answered a couple of questions for us about next Summer’s Roskilde Festival. Here goes…
If I’m not mistaken this will be Mew’s sixth show at Roskilde Festival. What has been the most memorable moment for you (as a band member)?
Oh man, that’s a tough question to answer. The very first show we had there was a little messy, and I remember the whole experience as confusing, rather than enjoyable. The second one too was also a little rough, we came right out of the studio somewhere in England and flew home at 5:30 in the morning and were all a bit woozy. But every one from then on has been an amazing experience. The show after Frengers was super gratifying, because we’d been touring all over for the first time, then came home to play Roskilde and were almost shocked at the attention we suddenly had at home. The Kites one and the No More Stories one were incredible experiences as well… I couldn’t really pick one. Although the NMS is fresher in my memory, of course!
You guys have probably visited the festival on your own as well, what bands did you get to see?
I went there the first time in 1993. I think that was the year I saw Afghan Whigs, which is probably the most memorable show for me. Seeing Prince two years ago was pretty breath-taking, I’d never seen him live before. I saw Sonic Youth one year, which was a really great show… oh, there are so many!
Despite having huge shows before, this is the first time that Mew are headlining Roskilde Festival. What can we expect from the show?
Your side project Apparatjik will also play there, and it will be the band’s first ever festival show. Previously, you have played inside a visual cube with this band, but will the setting be different this time?
I’d rather not say too much about that. We’re still designing things. But it will definitely not be what you’d call a “regular” performance.
You are currently writing your sixth studio album, how is it going so far?
It’s going really well, we’re shaping things and discovering new sides of everyone, and inventing, Silas and Bo play like nobody else on this planet.
Text: Tero Heikkinen