The Trouble With Carl

19 May 2015

The sounds of Abba, the cups of tea, the deep eyes, the warming smile, the sun infiltrating the windows - the mysterious troubles of Carl. To tempt you into the world of Carl, we provide you with extracts from his Issue 8 interview, which is part of a beautiful 10-page editorial feature.

Cecilie Harris chats to the intriguing, Swedish born boy, delving into the full truthfulness of Scandinavian honesty. Carl speaks about his honest nature, the future and love of music in a heart-warming interview. To see his full feature in our latest issue, which is now out, pick up a copy of Issue 8 in stores or online.

What would you say are 'the troubles' of your generation?
When you are young you have to face your parents. Then growing up you have to face the change and the fact that all your friends, as well as yourself, are changing. You have to adjust to society, so there are always these movements around you. Change is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. For me personally I’d say my issue is that I think too much, and that’s my way of hurting myself.

Who is Carl?
Carl is a person with a warm heart. Someone who cares about everybody, but is not always very good at showing it. Everybody says all Scandinavians are so warm, truthful and honest, but still they can be very cold. Swedes are quite perplexed I think.

Instant analogue by Cecilie Harris. Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.

What do you do when you’re not working?
When I am home I play music in a band. I spend time with my brother and my family, write music, have gigs with my band or spend time with my friends. My band is called Tella Viv and we’ve been together for a year and a half. It’s me and my two friends Adam and Ben, who are cousins. I sing and play the synthesiser, Adam plays the synth as well and Ben plays guitar. We usually describe our music as pop music in love with psychedelia.

Do you see yourself as a rock boy?
Occasionally, yeah sure haha, it depends on what I’ve been drinking. I had a hard time in school being like all the other kids, so I guess I have always done things my own way and for me that is a bit rock I think. When I grew up I had this feeling that I was terrible at everything, but I had some sides that were always appreciated. Mostly art related subjects. It is strange, because when I was younger I was terrified of going on stage. I used to go red in my face and obnoxious, but I forced myself to go out there all the time and eventually I loved it. Now I love every second of it, to stand there in front of all these people. After a while you just get this connection with the audience and it all becomes just you and the audience and you get connected. People have always had this need of having an audience and performing and it is so strange and fundamental in a very peculiar way. It’s one of the things I want to experience in life.

What other things are important to you?
My family is important to me. I have one brother, a big brother, and I’m staying with him at the moment. We have become really close since last year after my flat burnt down whilst I was away. At that time he had just ended a relationship, so we were both in great need of each other, so I moved in with him and it has been great.

How would your mother describe you?
As a very sensitive and calm person, caring and a good listener. She likes me. Wow.... this is the second ABBA song playing today, we’re like haunted by Scandinavians! I feel at home.

Continue to read the full interview by getting your own copy of issue 8 "The Trouble With Boys".

Interview by Cecilie Harris.
Introduction by Rachel Abebrese.

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