interview. Live In Color shares insights on the creation of ‘Letter to My Future Lover’

"We see ourselves as a perfect fit for a wide spectrum of festivals, partly because we think our type of music would suit that positive community vibe"
5 January 2024

Swedish pop/rock sensation Live In Color ​p​resent their latest single, Letter to My Future Lover. Known for their original music that seamlessly marries the catchy hooks of pop with the invigorating energy of rock, Live In Color continues to be a force of creativity and positivity.

Perfectly encapsulating their signature sound, Letter to My Future Lover is a must-listen for fans of Fall Out Boy, Walk The Moon, Dead Rituals, or Coldplay.

Formed in 2018 in the city of Jönköping, Live In Color, previously known as Australian Sunrise, is a band of three brothers, Jesper, Anton, and Linus Lindberg, alongside Tim and Melker. Describing their music as an “ADVENTURE” Live In Color delivers a sound that is happy, emotional, and dreamy, expressed through playful guitars, catchy drum beats, intense bass rhythms, and existential lyrics.

Having released their debut album One World in 2019, Live In Color quickly gained traction with singles like You and Catch the Feeling, the latter becoming the official track for the European universities rowing championships. The band continued to experiment with their sound in 2021, unveiling the songs Stay and Time.

In 2023, Live In Color made a triumphant return with the release of A Better Me, gaining international attention and even earning a nomination at the Hollywood Independent Music Awards. Now, with the introduction of Letter to My Future Lover, the band invites audiences to experience the evolution of their vibrant and dynamic music offering.

Explore Live In Color’s ​creative adventure with Jesper Lindberg in ​our ​exclusive ​interview ​below!

We love the “big sound” and we often visualize how we would sound (and look) on the big arena stage, and if we really can see it and feel it, we’re probably on the right track.

Congratulations on the release of your new single, Letter to My Future Lover! Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this particular track?

Thanks a lot! The inspiration for this track is the idea of having your future soulmate further down the road but you’re not able to take any short cuts to get there. You just have to walk your path and accomplish whatever obstacles coming your way first. You’re longing but simply have to wait and keep faith that this person will still be there when you’re both ready.

Live In Color is known for blending catchy pop hooks with the energy of rock. How do you approach the creative process to seamlessly fuse these two genres?

We actually think it’s partly because of our indecisiveness. We’re fans of many different music styles and sounds: rock, reggae, punk, college rock, post rock, house and more, and most of the times it’s difficult to decide which way we want to strive towards. But even though it’s frustrating sometimes, it’s just as much a blessing, since we because of this really struggle to blend the best of these worlds and everything we really love playing and listening to.

The band has been through a name change, evolving from Australian Sunrise to Live In Color. How did this transformation impact your musical direction and identity?

We really love what we did under the other name, but at a certain point we just felt that our musicality had made a very distinct turn, it all sounded much more “mature”. So the name change happened because of this new musical direction and identity, rather than the other way round.

However, the thing is that we get this feeling of maturation after each release, and that is really satisfying. Because through this we know that despite how much we love our latest release, we know that the best is still yet to come.

Letter to My Future Lover is recommended for fans of Fall Out Boy, Walk The Moon, Dead Rituals, and Coldplay. How have these artists influenced your sound, and are there any other musical influences that play a significant role in your music?

These are a handful of the bands we have listened to over the years, others are for example Picture This, OneRepublic and The 1975. And as mentioned, our way of making music is not to stick to a certain style, but to blend until we’ve got the best we can from a song.

We love the “big sound” and we often visualize how we would sound (and look) on the big arena stage, and if we really can see it and feel it, we’re probably on the right track.

Being a Swedish pop/rock band, how has your cultural background influenced the overall sound and themes of your music?

We honestly don’t have many Swedish bands as inspiration in terms of sound and musicality. We’ve always looked to international bands when it comes to that. In terms of themes, however, we believe it’s different. Values and morals are recurrent topics in our songs and even if it’s not 100% representative of the “Swedish mentality” we believe that these morals and values are at least affected by our cultural background.

Your first album, “One World,” was released in 2019. How do you feel your music has evolved since then, and what can fans expect from your upcoming releases?

It’s different, it has matured a lot and we feel that after the album we have found a way and especially a mindset of developing ourselves and the sound with every song we make. We believe our upcoming releases will continue maturing.

A Better Me received international attention, including airplays on BBC1 Extra and a nomination for the Hollywood Independent Music Awards. How did this recognition impact the band’s journey, and did it influence your approach to creating new music?

Immensely! Our goal and dream from the start has been to travel the world through music and let our music reach ears and touch hearts all around the globe. This was the greatest confirmation we could get that we are reaching our goals and living our dreams.

Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?

We see ourselves as a perfect fit for a wide spectrum of festivals, partly because we think our type of music would suit that positive community vibe, also because we think festivals are great meeting places for people who are open to and want to try something new and uplifting, and we believe we can contribute to that.

If you found yourself marooned on a desert island, which three albums would you hope to discover washed up on the shore?

Mylo Xyloto (Coldplay), MDRN LV (Picture this) and Native (onerepublic).

Looking ahead, what are your goals and aspirations for Live In Color in the 2024? Do you have any exciting projects coming up?

We’re aiming on taking on some festival stages, for already said reasons. Then we’re also heading into the studio to finish up a few tracks we hopefully can deliver to the audience this year.

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