Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw are known individually as Bloodshy and Style of Eye, respectfully. But together, they form Swedish super group Galantis, which creates electronic pop tracks with happy synth sounds and catchy melodies. The soft-spoken duo garnered two Grammy nominations for their single “Runaway (U&I).” They will begin a tour after their stop at Marquee’s Dayclub Dome on January 2.
What was the concept behind the video for “In My Head,” and how did it come together?
Karlsson: We started working on that video before we did the “Peanut Butter Jelly” video. It’s definitely one of our favorites. We had wanted to do a a real-life dance performance. Dano [Cerny, the director] did an amazing job, and the choreographers did an amazing job. It’s one of the best dance videos ever made. It sounds a little douche-y to say about your own stuff, but it’s really tight dancing. You know?
Were you involved in the whole process?
Karlsson: Not all of it, but a lot of it. We love to be involved in all the content. The videos are really important to us. The whole imagery and brand of Galantis is something that we work on all the time.
Is the music video component as important as the song, or more of an accessory to the music?
Karlsson: It depends on the song. It’s important for the brand to show who you are and what you’re trying to do with your music. It’s a tool that you can use.
How do you come up with creative concepts for your videos?
Karlsson: It’s mostly ideas that you go around having and then they grow into a fuller, bigger idea. You never know what type of music is going to fit into an idea you’ve had. Just collect a bunch of ideas, basically. It’s like, “Oh, let’s try this out to this song” or whatever, and take it from there.
You mix and match different video ideas with your songs?
How do you like tour life?
Karlsson: I mean, shit happens every day. We’re a new act, and it’s just genuinely amazing to see people coming out, singing our songs back to us. It’s absolutely epic. The first show we did was at Coachella [in 2014], and it was about two weeks after the first piece of music was released. That was a special one, of course—crazy. It’s gone really fast and it’s pretty unreal, going around the world and seeing people who already know so much about our music.
How do you deal with exhaustion?
Eklöw: We do that in the studio, actually. That makes us feel like home wherever we are in the world.
Karlsson: You get into tour life after a while, and you have to be OK with that being a part of your life. If you think about it, it’s going to be over soon, then you’re going to be dead. It’s like a part of what you do. It’s going to be like that every day. You need to be OK with that.
How do you prepare for big shows?
Karlsson: We’re on tour right now. We work all the time on our set, and we [practice with] something that’s pretty much in between the live show and the DJ set. We bring a lot of gear from the studio, our favorite toys: some drums, pads, filters and such, and try to be creative with the live things. Here in Australia, we have tried out some bigger drums and stuff. It’s been really fun.
Eklöw: It’s [different] from tour to tour. Each time, we try to do something different and bring something new to the table.
Do you have other musicians to assist?
Karlsson: We bring the tools that we use in the studio. And it’s always only Linus and me.
What will your New Year’s Eve show at Marquee be like? Is it more of a DJ set?
Karlsson: We’re bringing as much of the gear as possible. Our shows are extreme high energy.
Eklöw: It’s a certain feel-good factor when Galantis plays music. That’s for sure. It’s a celebration.