Interview: Blitzen Trapper

Portland-based five-piece Blitzen Trapper may be having their best year yet: the release of their eighth album All Across This Land met with huge critical acclaim and proved that some bands buck the trend and just keep getting better. Currently embarking on a world tour, we had a chance for quick catch-up with the Portlandians.

Who supported you the most when you first formed Blitzen Trapper?

We had a lot of support from our first manager Matt Wright, also from our friend Gregg Williams who recorded many of our records.

 

What has been the most important lesson you’ve collectively learnt, now you’re eight albums deep?

That the live show is the most important aspect of being a musician these days and that you need to get the live show as spot-on as you can.

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Where do you most look forward to playing live?

Bozeman, Montana generally and we love Chicago.

 

When did first pick up an instrument?

When I was five years old, started out on banjo.

 

Why do you think All Across This Land is your best album yet?

I think lyrically it has the most depth and sonically it’s the biggest sounding record we’ve made thanks to our engineer Gregg and James Brown who mixed it.

  • Blitzen Trapper are coming to the UK, playing at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton on February 7th and The Lexington in London on February 8th. For more dates and to book tickets, check out their website.