FLTR Interview

Music Mondays has been on a spree of showcasing the next generation of up and coming talent in the underground scene. We recently sat down with FLTR to discuss everything you’d want to know about this talented artist out of Denmark.


Zomb: So let’s kick this off super simple, how old are you and where are you from?

FLTR: I am 17 years old and I'm from central Denmark

Zomb: Denmark is definitely a place I haven’t dove into before. What were your early years like? Tell us a little bit about growing up in Denmark.

FLTR: I mean growing up was a split experience. My first few years of life were spent here in Denmark, but when I was about 2-3 years old my family and I moved to the western part of Germany, close to the Dutch border. The move was due to something to do with my Dad's military work, and we moved down close to a NATO base. After a few years his term at that base was over and we moved back to our home, In Denmark. My childhood was a very average one. I had friends, I played soccer/football and I actually got good enough at it, that I was offered a spot on a D1 soccer team, but I had to decline, as the training sessions were a 2-3 hour drive away. Not much else has really come from my childhood. It's a pretty ordinary example of a basic western childhood, comparable to a normal American childhood.

Zomb: Super insightful, I love the background here. So you had a pretty tame upbringing, what was music like for you around then at that age? Who were some artists/groups you remember listening to early on?

FLTR: A bit of a throwback question. I remember listening to a TON of The Beatles, due to my mom always listening to them in the car. I've always liked their witty songs like Yellow submarine, even though I know critically it isn't their 'best' song. I also listened to a lot of Punk music, such as The Offspring, Green Day, etc. A lot of the music i've been exposed to has been through my parents or my brother, and they LOVE distorted music, such as The Offspring's Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) I was also exposed to a lot of this rather not-so-popular german pop-rock band called Tokio Hotel, specifically their song Monsoon. A lot of my vocal inflections come from punk-rock and rock music in general, so it makes sense.

Zomb: Right right yeah the influences definitely add up for sure, it’s so funny how our parents influence our music taste subconsciously. You mentioned you were pretty heavy into football but couldn’t pursue it at the time, so when did creating music come about? When did you initially start creating for the first time?

FLTR: Music has actually always been a part of my life. Since my childhood i've been playing the piano and recently got into the Uke and the Guitar. My mom actually made me start going to Piano lessons when I was about 6-7 years old, so I've been playing for a solid 10+ years. CREATING music is a whole different thing though. One of my old classmates from the 9th grade was making music at the time and I thought it was really cool seeing him translating his feelings and emotions into, albeit, bad music. But it was a start, no one expects a 14 year old kid to come out with 3/4 written melody segmented ballads.I was genuinely just observing him, until I one day asked him what software he used to make the music he made, and he said FL Studio 20. So I went home, downloaded the trial version and started from there. Keep in mind I was about 15 at this time, so this was 2 years ago. I just played around, taught myself some basics like making my first beat and such, before I actually laid down vocals. Around the end of 2021 I laid down vocals on my first ever song, Slide.

Zomb: What an insane journey. It’s super sick you were influenced in both ways, traditional and DIY. So this was around 2021, did you continue to record at that point just at a basic level for yourself? Or did you want to  continue to improve and pursue your own artist journey. At what point did you decide to take yourself more seriously when it came to creating?

FLTR: I've always taken myself seriously to a certain degree. That's necessary for artistic growth and evolution. But i think the point where i started taking my creation process more seriously, was when i got my first 1.000 streams on spotify, on my song 2 Cool, which features my good friend Dreijs. It proved to me that getting a fanbase was possible with the type of material I was putting out.

Zomb: Definitely a tipping point for sure, so before we move forward did you always have the stage name of FLTR? Or did you actually go by an earlier name? Tell us the thought process behind the FLTR name.

FLTR: I've always been called FLTR. I've probably had another stage name in the past, but I genuinely cannot remember that far back. As well as you know me, my music is quiet.. unfiltered. So the name FLTR is a bit of an oxymoron, hence my music being unfiltered and fully saturated. Genuinely i stole the idea of removing the vowels in filter from a producer i really liked at the time, called WNDWS, he's worked with City Morgue and a lot of people in the Trap Metal scene, as well as Trippie Redd. So it's a bit of an inspired name with my own twist on it.

Zomb: That’s super clever, I love the wordplay as well. That’s some rare FLTR lore right there if we’re being honest. So continuing on to 2022, you continued to release music and see results. What was the next step for you? Was the first goal just expanding your library and working with potential collaborators?

FLTR: Yeah I mean I tried to work with everyone in the niche of music that was possible for me at that time. My next step was just grinding out more music, teaching myself how to mix better, and at this point I started getting into actually mastering my own music. All self taught. I did release an album in the summer of '22, as well as in December.

Zomb: Perfect, the FLTR library started to grow and you sharpened the sword so to speak. That brings us to the current time of Summer 2023, what are some of your plans for the Summer and rest of the year for yourself?

FLTR: I have a whole album planned for september. With the second lead single releasing on the 6th of august, which you premiered on AMM, called Deep End, featuring Apoorv Sharan, an indian singer/songwriter. After the single and album, I'll have to sit down and think about what I wanna do. I wanna keep my listeners interested, so I won't be sticking with the same style of pop/music in general with every album release. You can hear that if you listen to my album: everything my life was made for, as well as Crisis, and now my upcoming one.. you'll hear a shift in sound with every release. Authenticity in my sound is also a big part of everything, i don't want anything to come off as fake, so i'm trying to stay authentic but touch as many genres and subgenres as possible.

Zomb: That’s actually so exciting, the world is definitely ready for another FLTR project. Let’s talk about your creative process for a second. How long does it particularly take for you to create and get a song to the point you’re happy with it?

FLTR: You see, that's a very.. wide question. Generally if I'm making the beat as well as the rest of the song, it can take anything from 5 hours to 40 hours. Creative thinking is also a part of the process, so if you count the time of sitting down and thinking of a concept and an idea, it could possibly be anywhere between 5 and 100 hours. My upcoming song, Deep End, has been a 60+ hour project, so it's a bit of a rollercoaster of "where should i put this, what should i do to keep it interesting, is this mix sounding good?" 

Zomb: I think that process works out because you can absolutely tell from certain tracks in your library that you’ve spent a fair amount of time making sure things sound very specific and smooth. Sometimes the mix alone is very impressive as well. We got your process down, so my next question is what are some of your favorite tracks you’ve released or you’ve been a part of?

FLTR: My favorite released track is probably New YEAR new ME! which features Kurtis. It's my first time delving into the musical style I make right now, so I feel a sort of connection to it. The artist Funeral actually dm'd on instagram complimenting the song, so that is massive as well.

Zomb: That’s a huge W! It’s always nice to get props from mutuals/artists. What is your overall goal with your art? Make an impact with people? Financially stable? Tell us a little bit about your future plans with FLTR.

FLTR: Is there really an overall end goal with anything? I feel like I wanted to be financially stable, and I got there via. music, i would find something new to strive for. For me it's to catch the ordinary listeners attention and keep it, not so much whether I have a long-term goal. Artistry is something I think about a lot. I want every cover-art and theme to be perfect with every song I release, and I want every lyric to make sense to me, and sometimes only me. It's fine, because my music is genuinely something I make for myself, to be able to express my feelings and emotions, without having to reach out to someone. Plus, i get to make art and earn some money on the side from mixing/mastering gigs as well as royalties.

Zomb: Definitely a solid outline, that’s how you keep the passion alive for sure. Who are some artists you’d like to work with in the future that you haven’t yet? Can be bigger or even mutuals.

FLTR: I would love to work with some artists like Brakence, Heylog, Ericdoa, Juno, Kmoe, Jane Remover, etc. But I really have a passion for working with producers. I really like Xona, he's a producer who's done a lot of stuff for Heylog. I recently collaborated with a fire producer called nte. He's really talented. If any other hyperpop/pop artists like my style of music, you should definitely give him a shout. I also wanna work more with my friends. Dreijs, Purxle and Bradn are three people I wanna work with more, but I just haven't had the time recently. Guys, if you're reading this: I'm still keeping track of y'all and don't think i'm not keeping up with you, we'll work in the future soon.

Zomb: Absolutely a stacked list, love these picks a lot. One of my last questions for you is, outside of creating what are you usually doing to keep your mind occupied? What are you usually doing to relax outside of music?

FLTR: I really like just listening to music.. It may sound weird, but being a listener is soothing to me. Hearing an already mixed and mastered product of someone else’s song is just nice to me. I also work in a local supermarket, which can be therapeutic at times.

Zomb: Definitely agree and that was literally my 2nd job I ever had so I know what you mean. If you could change 1 thing about the underground music scene what would it be?

FLTR: I would change the absolute ego some people have. Look, I'm by no means a big artist, I'm smaller numbers-wise than a lot of my contemporaries. But when someone peaks in monthly listeners, they act all big and tough. Like let’s get together to create, rather than being all hostile towards one another.

Zomb: Amazing answer, definitely agree with you. My last question for you is, who are your top 5 favorite artists/groups? No particular order.

FLTR: Brakence

The Beatles

Kanye West

Frank Ocean

Tame Impala

Zomb: Damn! The variety there is insane, love this top 5. So as we come to a close and before we log off do you have any last words of motivation or shoutouts? 

FLTR: I feel like i’ve said what i want to say, shoutout Bradn, Dreijs, Purxle, sscord, Aproov and all of my other friends in this music scene!! This wouldn’t be possible without you guys.

Zomb: Love that, massive shoutout to the crew and yourself for taking time to sit down with us. Music Mondays will be sure to keep our eyes peeled for new FLTR!

Follow FLTR: twitter.com/hellofltr 


Stream FLTR: soundcloud.com/prodfltr 


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