There is a distinct thread that runs through Kasper Bjørke’s vast body of work. Whether it’s an instrumental club track, a radio friendly affair, one of his forays into the more ambient side of things – or everything that falls in between – the DNA is unmistakably Bjørke’s. Finding that perfect balance of emotion and groove has always been his trademark. And though the musical scenery might change over time, Kasper Bjørke’s sound and vision is clearly evident throughout.
Kaspers new album Sprinkles is reminiscent of a utopian postcard sent from the past. Recorded and produced while spending extensive periods of time in the family’s cabin by a secluded beach, Bjørke reflects on what feels like distant memories; the energy and euphoria from his countless DJ gigs over the past decades. Sprinkles is rooted in a multicolored sound and filled with light and warmth. The balearic vibes and dream house grooves merge with synth choirs, guitars, fretless and acid bass lines and intertwine playfully into a coherent sonic stream of consciousness.
The 13 track instrumental album stands as a breath of fresh air and a much needed, warm ray of sunshine. Named after, and inspired by, Danish visual artist Luca Bjørnsten’s mesmerizing work “Sprinkles”, picturing an empty, lush and colorful landscape with a large, romantic fountain, perfectly embodies the surreal scenario that we have all become much too familiar with.
Kasper Bjorke Interview with Frankie Salt
What have you been up to to keep busy over the recent difficult times?
I have been spending many months on/off this past one and a half years with my family in a summerhouse in the countryside of Denmark, right by the coast. In that sense it’s been a very quiet time but looking after two kids can be a handful, haha… I luckily also found time and got inspired to do some music while staying there and produced the album Sprinkles which is about to be released on 30 July.
How did you stay positive when gigs were getting postponed or cancelled?
I had already downscaled touring quite a bit because of the kids and since I started to cut down on my carbon emissions by flying less. So it wasn’t such a big disaster for me, I know many DJs who struggled a lot more than me. I think also just focusing on the good things, staying healthy and looking after the family, watching the kids and spending time with them was what kept me positive…
Now that bars, pubs and restaurants are reopening, what are you most looking forward to?
I am going to have lunch at one of my favourite restaurants called Amass here in Copenhagen. And then Im playing a party with Roman Flügel here in Copenhagen the day after my album comes out at the new location called Hangaren
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It’s an outdoor event for 500 people who are allowed to dance. I can’t wait!!!
What is on the horizon for you musically?
Besides releasing the new album Sprinkles I am releasing a collaboration track with my Italian friends Modular Project on the next Permanent Vacation compilation – and I am also working on the next ambient album which will be coming out in the end of 2022 on Kompakt. I will be playing quite a few dj gigs locally this summer and have one festival in Spain called Fort Festival in October that I am really looking forward to. The festival was postponed from last year so it feels like its a positive benchmark to travel again. Even though I have to fly for this gig because train travel would be taking forever unfortunately…
If you could travel anywhere in the next year, where would it be?
Japan! I really want to show this amazing country to my family and its been many years since I was there last time… but my girlfriend has stopped flying completely for the time being and want to save up on her own carbon budget to be able to go anywhere by plane – and also my daughter is only 2 years old so it’s fine to wait until she is older and can remember the trip. So most likely we will be going in 4 years or so.