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NEVERMANN - ALL 4 U | An Interview

This weeks spotlight falls on the Swedish Synth Supremo that is NeverMann.

I first fell in love with NeverMann's sound back when 'Cherry Baby' shimmied into our collective neon consciousness back in March 2018 and I have very much enjoyed his journey to date with some absolute must haves for your playlists like 'All for u' and 'The sun keeps shining' which was an awesome collaborative effort with JJ Mist released on the amazing album 'All 4 U' last year.

NeverMann is the musical alter-ego of Swedish composer David Clausson in collaboration with Rickard Bonde Truumeel & the mighty OSC on the last Album. They all have one common goal and that's to set out and make music based on the major influences from the 80's and 90's and fuse it with a modern production, in fact their influences are counted anywhere from George Michael to The Midnight so its not hard to understand where they get such an infectious sound.

I was thrilled to get a chance to interview David Clausson aka 'NeverMann' - Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I had putting it together...let's get into it!


Thank you so much for your time with Forged in Neon today, we’re thrilled to have you. We’ve been enjoying your music for quite a while now so it’s great to be able to get a chance to chat with you....

.....Congratulations on all your success so far and indeed for your latest releases 808 sessions and the album Vallmostigen 6, they’ve definitely gone down well in the Forged camp. How do you think they’ve been received over all?

Thank you so much! It's been a weird year or two, but the musical projects I've done have given me a lot of energy. I've gotten a few positive comments from people I really respect and adore and that makes me very happy. There is so much talent and ambition among a lot of the artist making retro-music and to be getting positive feedback from just a few of them means a lot.

The 808-sessions was a way for me to get out of the comfort zone a bit and play the songs more scaled down and “naked” and I'm really happy with it. Both projects was a way to try something different and clear the pallet so to speak going into the next real vocal album, the follow up to the GentleMann album.

Who or what inspired you to explore the genre of Synthwave?

Growing up in the 80's and early 90's, the sounds and aesthetic never really left me.

Whenever those sounds, synths and beats appeared in pop culture I ate it up. Playing

GTA:Vice City got me re-watching Miami Vice from start to finish in the early 00s, for

example. I never stopped watching Manhunter or Blade Runner, listening to 80's music etc.

When Drive came out, it hit just at the right time. I was floored by that movie like everyone

else in the scene, but haven't actually watched it again strangely. I'm afraid it won't hold up.

Maybe I should watch it this weekend. Ha ha ha!

Anyway, it got me listening to all the artists on that soundtrack and dig deeper into those sounds. Regarding my own music, I remember making 80's sounding music during the the late 90's and early 00's, but it's not something that could be released at all today... I made some weak attempts at chip tune, but really didn't get into it that deep. My heart has always been with R&B from the 80's and early 90's so that always popped up whenever I tried writing music. I listened a lot to Chromeo back in the day also. When I started the project of NeverMann it was much more of a wider concept, making music that had all of my influences in it. Not just 80s synth music, but R&B, Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Swedish folk songs, Jazz, pop, everything!

But while writing the first EP I found a lot of other Synthwave artists and got deep into it. I found that Synthwave or Retrowave was the closest to what I was doing! I found my listeners through Synthwave and the retro community so I'm very happy about that.

Can you tell us a little bit about the instrumental Album ‘Vallmostigen 6’. I’m guessing it may

have been a home address in the 80’s. Seems very nostalgia driven and full of emotion...

Yeah, it is the address of my childhood home. I lived there from birth until I was about 20 so it

was a big part of me, of course. My parents recently moved from the house, having lived

there for 45 years and it had an interesting impact on me, not being able to help them

empty the house, help them move etc because of Covid. I felt I had to process it somehow

and that is why the EP came about. I had some songs and sketches that I reworked and

added some interludes that showed how a day after school could be for me growing up. The

cover is a picture of the house and there was not a lot of grids, palm trees and neon lights in

the south of Sweden in the 80s, that's for sure...

My mother actually felt the EP sounded a bit sad and wondered if I felt my childhood had

been sad, but not at all. I had a great childhood, but I was kind of shy and introverted and I

think that shines through on the EP. I drew a lot, listened to music and watched a lot of

movies. I guess the “sad” sound on the EP mostly is because nostalgia always does that. Even though there is fantastic, happy memories. The reminiscing in itself makes it “sad”, in a way.

You’ve been making music as Nevermann since 2017, how do you think your sound has

developed over time?

Like I said before, the project was always meant to reflect a lot of styles and sounds. Thus far

I've mostly embraced the sounds of the 80s and early 90s. On the first EP it was me and

Rickard Bonde Truumeel who shaped the sound and we both have the swedish pop

mentality in our DNA. We always want to keep it simple and “get to the chorus”. When OSC

came aboard for the GentleMann album, he brought more soul to the songs and lifted the

sound even higher. I feel we three balance each other very well when we write and produce

songs and I guess we grow together. OSC has done more city pop sounding stuff and that is

starting to show now when we work on the next album for example. Rickard has a

backround in writing songs for the ESC and he is more focused in getting to the hit-chorus, I

think. I always say that Rickard is my Max Martin and OSC is my Quincy Jones.

The Music Industry has changed immeasurably over the years, being on the scene for the length of time you have if you had the power to change one thing what would it be? Why?

Of course, I think more people should be able to make a living from their music. I work full

time at a regular job, this is just “on the side”, so to speak. At the same time, we live in an

age where most of the audience grew up downloading on napster and then subscribing to

Spotify so getting paid through streams is not really an option right now, I think. I don't