We sat down with our boy Ferdinant. to chat about the creative process behind his first hit single and video, “Kerosene’. His second single, “Half a Decent Man”, was released today and gives us a deeper look into what to expect in his debut album set to be released in the next year.
Congratulations on the release of your second single, ‘Half a Decent Man’!
Tell us about your songwriting process.
To me the process starts with an emotion, either a certain chord sound or a thought, and then everything builds itself around that. I carry a notebook with me and anything I notice, observe or hear lands in there. Then it evolves into a song or a story I’m trying to tell.
What’s the story behind the name Ferdinant?
The story behind Ferdinant. Is a simple one: Ferdinand is my grandfather and also my second name. So as a respect to my history and an idea of familiarity we went with Ferdinand. Then in this video for a live session they misspelled my name with a t in the end and it just stuck.
The video for your first single, Kerosene, tells a pretty strong story. How do the song and the video connect?
The song Kerosene is about escapism, the themes of nihilism and getting out of it every now and then come back all the time, and the video is an interpretation of that recurring need. Just a different view on how to escape or embrace reality
What do you want people to take away from both the song and the music video?
I want people to accept the idea that we get lost sometimes and its okay to go looking.
Loneliness is a scary thing and can be overwhelming if you don‘t share it.
What has been your favourite part of the creative process so far?
My favourite part is the first time a song actually touches you or someone else. Its a delicate process where you sometimes lose track on what you’re really doing, the first time you feel anything, being joy or anger or sadness it means its getting somewhere to me. Its a case of storytelling I think, and if all elements start coming together its a beautiful moment.
How long have you been modelling for and how did you get started?
I started modeling when I was about 20, I got started because I quit my university and started travelling and didn‘t want to go back to school. I saw it as an opportunity to travel around and meet the world, and just went for it.
How do you think modelling has impacted your music career?
It taught me to be with me and my thoughts. It taught me friendship and loneliness, and being ready to reach for something that isn‘t easily graspable. That transcribes to music in a way as well, it connects but it also puts you in front of situations where you doubt yourself and everything around you. Just keep going, when it starts getting hard you‘re on the right path.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Lots of Bon Iver, Dead Mans Bones, Ry X, Thomas Dybdahl, Patrick Watson.
Who is your favourite artist and why?
Thom Yorke. A long lasting path and he always hits that certain atmospheric tone for me, where you just feel connected to him, and what he’s feeling. Being correct or not is not the point. He kills it. Does his thing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don‘t worry about money, do what you love and it‘ll follow when you need it.
What’s the next step for Ferdinant?
We‘re releasing the firsthand second EP, but I‘ve been working on the plan after. I‘ve written lots of new songs and now I want to do an album or an Extended Play and travel around playing it live. That sounds like a dream to me.