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Meet Atoi, the Danish four-piece who sound like a disco deep inside a dark forest.

Who are they? Singer Ida Caecilie, guitar and keyboard player Stig, beatmaster Emil Assing and multi-instrumentalist Joel Gjaersbol. All four grew up together in the Danish countryside. In their spare time they’d get together and jam in Emil’s room, until one day in 2005 Atoi was born.

Does ‘Atoi’ mean something deep and meaningful in Danish? No, it’s a word that popped up when Ida was improvising gibberish vocals. However it could just as easily be derived from an ancient Nordic vocabulary.

What do they sound like? “Electronic epic pop music that sounds like an old broken disco deep inside a dark forest and with a lot of layers and textures”.

Who writes the songs? Ida is chief lyric-writer, but it’s a collaborative process. The band spend several months in the studio coming up with ideas till a finished record is produced.

What were they all doing before Atoi? They’re a highbrow bunch – Stig was studying Nanotechnology at Uni, Joel was studying at a music conservatory, Emil was composing for theatre and Ida was an actress.

Is it true they were discovered by Bjork? The band covered Bjork’s ‘Army of Me’ and Bjork liked it so much she included it on ‘Army of Me – Remixes and Covers’, a 20-track album produced to raise money for Unicef. On the back of this they toured Denmark and parts of the US, as well as being asked to join Swedish sleek-pop singer songwriter Jenny Wilson on tour.

Who are their influences? They don’t listen to much music while recording, but have a love of all things from classical to free jazz.

Where would they like to be in 5 years? “Hopefully still playing and having earned a bit more money, and maybe with a couple of new albums and good musical experiences in our bags. Making good music! And enjoying ourselves!”

What are they up to next? Their first international release, ‘Waves of Past Relations’ is out now on Fake Diamond Records.

What makes them special? Ida’s bewitching vocals and songs that are catchy enough to sing along to, but far too dark for Radio 1.

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