Looking for something fun and new to listen to? Look no further than five-piece Swedish pop-rock group, ENV¥¥OU. I recently had the chance to chat with Oliver and Oscar about the creation of the band, their sound, and what’s next for them.
MSM: First of all, would you mind introducing everyone, their roles in the band, and briefly explain your music for any potential new fans?
ENVYYOU: Hello! We are ENVYYOU, a five piece alternative band from Malmö, Sweden.
We are: Oliver Narbe (Vocalist & main songwriter), Johan Lundholm (Drums & band daddy), Oscar Dziedziela (Bass & visuals), Ludvig Ottosson (Guitar, co-writer, producer & mix/master engineer), and Viktor Jonsson (Guitar, designated driver, & rockstar).
MSM: Tell me about your journey with creating music. How did you get started, and was it something that you always knew that you wanted to do? Was there something specific that ignited your passion for music?
Oliver: My dad put me in guitar class when I was around 9 years old and I have honestly been hooked with anything surrounding the world of music ever since. After a couple years of practicing the guitar I started singing as well and fell deeply in love with it. I guess it came pretty naturally to me, mostly because I always had great support from family and friends. A moment in which I think I felt for the first time that music was something I really wanted to pursue was when I played guitar and sang in front of the entire school at the age of 11 in some music competition, and won.
Oscar: My journey with music started quite early, picking up guitar at the age of 11 after hearing American Idiot by Green Day. Listening to that album on repeat made me just think “wow, this is exactly what I want to do”, and I’ve just been chasing that dream ever since.
MSM: Tell me a little bit about how you all met, and how the band was formed. 4. What do you think sets your music apart?
ENVYYOU: It started with us being friends through school and sharing a mutual interest for music, and decided to start jamming together. After a name change and our old bass player leaving the band, we invited long-time friends and collaborators Ludvig and Oscar into the band, and that is how we arrive at the present iteration of the band.
We always try to reinvent ourselves with every song we make, we try to never write the same song twice, bringing in unique perspectives from a variety of genres, mainly alternative rock & pop.
MSM: Who are your musical influences?
ENVYYOU: For the music we are currently working on its definitely Nothing But Thieves, Queens of The Stone Age, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Kings of Leon, Kid Brunswick, The Hives, but honestly also ourselves and the music we’ve made, there is a certain sound element to ENVYYOU that will always be there as a link between all generations and sounds of the band.
MSM: What’s been the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Having our music being recognised by some of the biggest streaming platforms and being added to some of the biggest alt/rock playlists in the world.
Another one would be our tour with Normandie, it was a very educative experience on how to carry ourselves as a band in a live setting and got us very excited for future shows.
MSM: What are you listening to currently?
Oscar: Actually while answering this question I am currently blasting What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse by The Black Dahlia Murder, but other than that I’ve been on a big Fleetwood Mac binge, as well as Souls of Mischief, MF Doom, the new The 1975 album and the new Death Cab for Cutie album.
Oliver: I have been getting really into the latest Fontaines D.C. record the last couple of weeks, it is honestly amazing. Other than that it has been a lot of Oasis, WILLOW, Paramore, Ethel Cain and Static Dress.
MSM: What’s your motto or some good advice that you live by?
Oscar: Fuck around and find out.
Oliver: I feel like I have been living by some fairly unhealthy mottos which I only recently have realized were not for me. My thing that I try to remember is that you need a free day every now and again when you just relax and focus on not thinking about work or stuff like that.
MSM: Do you have any plans for a US tour?
ENVYYOU: We feel like the US would be a good market for us, but as we are in the middle of our writing process for future releases we are full focus there, so right now no, but hopefully in the near future!
MSM: What’s next for ENV¥¥OU?
ENVYYOU: Got a big year ahead of us! New music, shows and merch drops are all in the pipeline for us. At the moment we are trying to finish everything up as we prepare to launch into the next chapter of ENVYYOU.