Get To Know... Boy Made Flower
Oslo's latest export Boy Made Flower, is the newest artist exploring the lo-fi world of vibey tunes based on an endearing form of self deprecation.
His first single, Text Me, uses a chilled out, electronic backdrop to lament the frustration of feelings and miscommunication. Equal parts relatable and infectious, musician Hendrik Lund's ability to convey his own emotion while maintaining a level of humour only adds to his appeal, and if this first single is anything to go by, he is one to be looking out for in the near future.
In a world in chaos, we caught up with Boy Made Flower to chat future plans, biggest inspirations, and the beauty in simple sets.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I like to think I’m just some normal 22 year old from Oslo. I like spending time with my friends and making music mostly. I always write lyrics. They’re not necessarily lengthy notes, they can be short sentences or maybe even a single word that I resonate with. I’ll overhear a conversation, see or read something and I’ll think “that’s a line.” I’ve played various instruments since I was a kid but I’ve had songwriting as a fairly serious hobby since I was 16. At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
Funny thing, I was really into Ed Sheeran back in like 2012 - 2013. By 2014, though, I had kind of lost interest and started following John Mayer religiously instead when some friends invited me to a festival in 2014 where Sheeran was one of the headliners. He had just dropped his second album, multiply. During his set, something clicked in my head and I realised that I want to be on stage and spent my life making music too. What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
My inspirations change on the daily and I don’t really listen to my old idols anymore, but due to my history I’d have to say Ed Sheeran. There’s also this self made Irish singer called EDEN who inspired me to start producing after I heard his debut album Vertigo. Amazing album. What is something you’ve learned about yourself through your music?
Ever since I started making music, I always compared myself directly to my idols. I would write a song and go “Well, if it’s not as good as Ed, why would anyone listen to it?” It was crushing at first and if I told anyone about it, they would say it was unhealthy, but I kept at it and I think I improved as fast as I did because of that. It’s kind of a cliché answer to your question but I’ve always been really hard on myself and I suppose I learnt that through my music.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Write more music, easily. I think it’s crazy how young the new giants in the industry are and I can’t be the only one who feels pressured by the the fact that I didn’t make more music when I was in my teens.
What is the music scene like in Oslo?
The music scene in Oslo is perfect in my eyes, despite (or maybe even because of) the fact that it’s so small compared to a lot of other places. Not only is there a crazy amount of talent, but from an outsiders perspective, it feels like everything is connected and everyone knows everyone. And that doesn’t just go for the big artists, either. It’s not uncommon to see relatively small artists work or drop music with some of the biggest in the country and I love that.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Oslo?
I have a bad habit of primarily listening to artists with huge following, but I’ve been working on that. I’m not as connected with the music scene in Oslo as I’d like to be, but I do really enjoy DePresno and Wonder the Boy, as well as my boy Vuyo who constantly impresses me lyrically.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I wouldn’t mind keeping things simple. I remember when I saw Ed Sheeran in 2014, it was just him on stage with his guitar and looping station. If the music is good, then you don’t necessarily need anything else. That said, I really like going to shows in dark venues with flashing lights and mosh pits. I guess it would be like that if I had the choice, hehe.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I’ve always loved how I met your mother but I’m not sure how well my music would fit in. Lately I’ve been very fascinated by how diverse Leonardo DiCaprio can be and I think it would be really cool to hear him monologue over some of my songs. Wolf of Wall Street would be really funny.
What’s the bucket list goal for you? Where do you want to be in your career in a year’s time?
I want to tour, play festivals and gigs, make music and interact with people. I want to be connected with the scene in Oslo, but most importantly I want to write more. Nowdays I basically write a few song every week which make me go “this is the best song I’ve ever written,” and if it continues, I can’t wait to find out what I’ll be making in the future.