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Formerly known as Slowolf, Wood Chips is the new brainchild of producer and songwriter Andreas Asingh. Today marks the exclusive premiere of his new EP ‘Karlo’ on 1883 Magazine.

Originally hailing from Copenhagen, Asingh moved all the way from the bustling city to the rather quiet countryside after his youngest son miraculously survived a life-threatening illness. After moving there he then began to evaluate his life choices which led to the birth of his new alias, Wood Chips.

Blending together a wide array of sounds and genres, Wood Chips’s music represents a dreamy vibe alongside minimal electronic drums and a futuristic yet country-esque flair – the result is the creation of his very own unique style.


The EP, named after his son, boasts with beautiful yet melancholic songs and truly showcase the passion and emotions which he put into the whole project.

“For a long time I have dreamed of doing some more peaceful music played by

hand, something more organic than I’ve done before. The experience with ‘Karlo’

gave me the push with the Wood Chips project,”

We had a chat with Wood Chips to find out more about the concept and inspiration behind the EP.

How did the name Wood Chips come about, and why did you change it from Slowolf?

Wood Chips is a new start for me, both musically and personally. The sound of Wood Chips is far away from the Slowolf sound so it made good sense to find a new name. The name Wood Chips just came up, I love the words alone and together. 

Your EP is inspired by the almost-death of your youngest son, after whom the EP is titled. Can you give us a little more insight into the meaning behind it?

Karlo, my youngest son who was born with Down’s Syndrome was hospitalised with a very bad pneumonia when he was six month old. His condition became really critical and for more than a month he was only able to breath through a breathing machine. The doctors started to doubt if he would survive but thanks to alternative treatment, an amazing staff of doctors and our faith in him he miraculously came back to life. Today he is the strongest and most happiest little boy. My debut EP is dedicated to Karlo, it’s my celebration of his brave journey back to life.

How did the writing and recording process go, considering everything is unedited?

When Karlo came back to life my family and I decided to move out of Copenhagen to the danish countryside far out in the woods to an old ranch. Out here I started working on the Wood Chips project. I had a sound in my head of some calm, dreamy and at the same time ruff and unedited music. After sitting behind the laptop making beats as Slowolf it was such a relief for me to play around with the guitar, recording layers of vocals on top of banjo and pedal steel patterns. I recorded all vocals and instruments through an old bass drum microphone and none of it is tuned or edited. This EP is my most organic release so far.

Your 13-year old son Is playing the drums on your project, did you always plan that or how did you decide to involve him in your music projects?

Albert, Karlo’s big brother, has drummed on almost everything since he was born but he has never been in a band. When I was about to record the drums for this EP I just let him do it. It fits really great with the unschooled way that I play the guitar and bass. I did not see any reason to call up a super tight drummer for this. I wanted to maintain the edge and homemade vibe.

What is your personal favourite song off the EP, and why this one?

To be honest I cannot pick one. I love them all the same, as with my kids. I wrote and recorded ’Little Hero’ just a few weeks ago so right now I am pretty excited about this little song. My good friend Jeppe is playing the most beautiful dobro stuff on it. To me this song is the prefect ending for the EP.

Your sound is a blend of various genres, such as dreamy country- who did you grow up listening to and which artists have influenced you the most?

I have always been in love with country music. I grew up on a ranch and our neighbors, two old farmers who were brothers, always played old school country music on their stereo. After school I used to hang out with them drinking coffee and eating cakes, always with country music playing in the background. Lately I have been so hooked on John Prine, S. Carey, The Staves and William Tyler.

Tell us about your new song Come Home, and its video. Have you ever imagined to move to the countryside from Copenhagen and finding yourself shooting music videos at your ranch?

’Come Home’ is capturing the vibe of sitting next to Karlo at the hospital hoping and praying that he will make it. I remember that my girlfriend, Karlo’s mother Alexandra, and I saw our ranch for sale on the internet while siting next to Karlo at the hospital. We agreed that we would buy the ranch as soon Karlo was out of the hospital. The experience with Karlo and his hospitalisation was like a wake up call to me and my family. Like a voice saying: "Do what you want and do it now." It simply gave us the guts to make the move from Copenhagen to the countryside. I would have been really surprised if someone a couple of years back told me that I would be making country music and living on an old ranch in 2018.

How did the collab with Ian isak come about, and how was working with him?

Ian is a good friend of mine. We both grew up in the woods around where our ranch is located. He directed and filmed many of my previous Slowolf videos. The ’Come Home’ video was shot on a grey and cold January weekend with so much great help and favours from local people and incredible work by the most amazing video crew handpicked by Ian. I am so happy about this video and really glad that Ian insisted on having Karlo under the tree in the end event though I thought it would be too cold for him to sit there. Thanks to many layers of wool he was warm during the shoot.

After your EP release, what is next for you musically?

Up next is getting ready for live shows with my new amazing live band counting Albert on drums, my 17-year old daughter Marta on bass, my good friend Jeppe on pedal steel and dobro and his 16-year old son on choir and percussion. I am playing guitar and singing and I almost cannot wait for our next show that will be live on Danish morning TV in a couple of weeks. 

 

 

‘Karlo’ is officially out on every platform Friday 31st March.

Interview Antonia Künzel
@whatantoniadid

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