The 2 Minute Interview
Sway Clarke has Cuban-Jamaican roots, actually comes from Toronto but lives in Berlin. Which is good. Because that way, we get to enjoy his fabulous voice, which the press places somewhere between Lorde and Frank Ocean, much more often. How is that possible? For the New York Times, at least, he is the „next big thing“ – even though his first official EP ‚Bad Love‘ just came out. Well, we wanted to find out more and invited him over for some cross-examination. Which lead to a discussion of all kinds of topics, from colour-blindness to diarrhoea and toilets as a place to write. But whether Sway Clarke is actually his real name – we forgot to ask. Sounds like swag, definitely has swag. Cool dude! PS: yes, that really is his actual phone number further down. Give him a call!
Name: Sway Clarke
Profession: Musician / Trump-hater
Shoe size: 9.5 (US)
Favourite food: Ackee & saltfish
Toronto or Berlin?
Pretty hard to decide – but if I really had to choose it would be “The 6”! Sorry Berlin.
Do you have musical role-models?
Unfortunately, I don’t and I regret that a little. Sometimes, it takes much, much too long to find accords to my melody :(
Up late or up early?
Both…“I Don’t SLEEP Much“
How do you write music?
Mostly, I write on the toilet or in the bathroom. To me, the smallest room of the house is the most hallowed place on earth.
The famous island, one iPod, three songs. Which ones?
Stevie Wonder “As”
Radiohead “Climbing Up The Walls”
Kanye “Flashing Lights“
What is typical for you?
Muesli. I make my own muesli at home and eat it almost every day. On tour, too. Always.
What are you absolutely no good at?
Eating eggs and smoking pot. Totally useless.
Your favourite German word?
Flitzekacke (which is colloquial for diarrhoea). It was the first word I learnt at the Goethe Institute. It’s fun to pronounce.
Which event in your life has left the most lasting impression so far?
When my father left my family, that was a very dramatic moment of my life.
Which superpower would you like to have?
To read other peoples’ minds. But only, if I also have the power to turn it off again, too :)
Which artist would you really like to work with?
What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Maybe Indian. I really love it and have lots of different curries at home. Or, if we’re having breakfast: muesli, of course!
What are you afraid of?
Eggs and pot.
When was the last time you tried something new for the first time and what was it?
Hand out my mobile number in an interview. When? Well technically, the moment you guys publish this interview! :)
What should no one know about you?
That I bite my nails.
Disney Ruined My Life!
Photo: Steven Glashier