Tobias Trier

Interview with Tobias Trier

Tobias Trier is a Danish singer, musician, composer, scriptwriter, and actor.

Born 13 February 1973 in Copenhagen. Grown up in Østerbro in Copenhagen. He studied at Aurehøj Gymnasium. He was educated in Almen Musiklærer and The Danish Academy of Music.

He has published several albums, such as Bag de blå persienner (EMI 2000), Sandheden om Britina Castello (EMI 2001), Pigen som Kalder (EMI 2004), Grønne hjerter (A:larm music 2006) and Elektrisk regn (Target 2012)

He is also part of the music group Manifest who has released the album “Lige nu” (Target 2013)

He has taught songwriting at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Jysk Music Conservatory, The Rhythmic College in Vig, Brandbjerg High School, The Rhythmic High School in Baaring, Copenhagen Academy for Music and Theater, Copenhagen Songwriter Academy, Ishøj MGK, and Horsens, Christianshavns and Skive Gymnasium.

He was a member of the Danish Arts Foundation‘s tone art committee for the rhythmic music in the period 2008-10.

Tobias Trier

Hello. It is great to have you with us, please, tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education, etc?

Hi, my name is Tobias. Thank you for letting me be part of your magazine. I was born in 1973 and fell into a bowl of music and art when I was very young. My parents are were prominent left winged artists in Denmark in the seventies. I have been performing, singing and songwriting all my life. I have made 7 albums as an artist. I’m educated as a music teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. 7 years ago I also started working as an actor doing theater for children. It evolved from performing music on stage. It leads me to write a couple of solo-shows that I perform at theaters. I make a living from playing concerts, producing music, teaching songwriting and performing theater. I’m married and have 3 children.

How did the passion for dance begin?

I’ve always enjoyed dancing and my passion for couple dance began when I was 22. A girl from my music academy asked me if I could be a replacement for her dance partner in ballroom dancing (thank you Karina) and that was when I first learned to lead. It was not easy for me but it was a breakthrough. Then I was attracted to salsa and became more comfortable in leading. I’ve also attended tango-lessons and other types of dance.

You are an actor, a dancer, and a musician, what do each one of these aspects bring you?

To me acting, dancing and playing music is related because it’s about connecting with people in a room.

Let’s talk about your work as an actor, is there any type of scene that is harder for you to perform, or have you never had this problem?

Yes. My style of acting has evolved from entertaining between songs in a stand up-kind of style. So I’m most confident when I can be anarchistic and improvising and rely on instincts. Group acting where you are tossing the ball of words and gestures between me and other actors is more challenging.

What kind of characters do you like?

I like characters that seduces me! I’m fascinated and sometimes disgusted by manipulating persons. So that’s the kind of things I study, stealing from crazy people around me. And then incorporating characteristics into funny characters and situations.

Tobias Trier

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to dance, cook, swim in the sea, play guitar and have sex.

What are your long-term career goals?

I will combine my music skills with kizomba.

I’m planning to infuse my songs with kizomba rhythms.

And develop a creative style of doing remixes of popular songs on the fly and playing instruments along with it. And I would like to host kizomba parties and teach more. But actually, I prefer not to talk about career goals. I have reached many goals but a lot of times I have been disappointed and that’s hard. Especially when you make a living from selling your talent and personality as I do. Then It becomes doubly hard when you fail. So that has led me into a philosophy of life and career where I rather rely on dreaming, taking risks and having joy in what I doing, and doing what it takes – than having career goals.

What gives you inspiration?

2 years ago I was in Berlin and attended a kizomba teachers training program made by  ALC – Afrolatin connection. That was very inspiring. And I’m open to finding new music and meeting new people. I get inspired when see people dancing beautifully.

What individual has had the greatest influence on you?

As a musician, I’m influenced a lot be Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Sting, and Prince. As a kizomba dancer, I’ve learned so much from Liliana De Lima. I’ve attended here classes for more than 3 years now.

Why Kizomba?

Kizomba combines several aspects of dance that I like. I attend ballroom dancing classes on a weekly basis with my wife. We have done that for ten years and that’s the most valuable thing for me. But once a week was not enough for me. I wanted more dance in my social life and was attracted to the musicality, elegance, connection, and social of tango and wanted to learn more. But in tango (like in ballroom) there is a tradition of having only one dance partner in classes. My wife felt that there would be too much intimacy if should attend long term classes with another woman. I totally understand. I would feel the same. So I was looking for a dance that had the musicality, connection and social of tango combined with the rotating style of teaching – like in salsa – where you trade partners during the class. That’s when I found kizomba and I´ve been happy ever since. It has given me so much pleasure. My wife also has attended kizomba lessons and most of the time she assists me when I teach kizomba.

How would you define the Kizomba dance scene in Denmark?

We have good dancers but the kizomba scene in Denmark is small and the good dancers tend to travel a lot to festivals and we could use some more men. I live in the capital Copenhagen and we struggle to have good weekly kizomba opportunities. Thursday has traditionally been the big “kizombay day i Copenhagen”. Right now Lunatica Events Cph and Copenkiz are doing a great job organizing weekly kizomba

Thursday parties in hotel Cab-inn Scandinavia, Vodroffsvej 55 – 1900 Frederiksberg, Frederiksberg, Denmark.

If you come to Frederiksberg on a Thursday go to this place! At the moment I teach kizomba at intro level on 3rd June in Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Islands Brygge 18, 2300 Copenhagen at from 7-8 pm with social dancefloor after until 10 pm. Feel free to join. no registration required. it costs 50 dk.

How can people find you and follow you online?

People can find me online on facebook. Write to me on messenger or mail to mail@tobiastrier.dk. Thank you for showing interest in me and good luck with your online magazine.

Mange Tak Tobias, we hope you continue to succeed, you deserve all the best.