This Is Not America (musician)
This Is Not America (musician)
|Also known as||Claes Bang|
This Is Not America is the name of the musical side project by Danish actor Claes Bang. He describes his music project as “[…] a sanctuary and a creative playground where there is no director making the decisions.” Bang writes and composes the songs himself, and his musical style can be described as a mix of Gangway, Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode. Music videos and album art for This Is Not America are produced with help from his wife Lis Kasper Bang who does the filming and photography.
Bang started composing music for fun with a recording studio on his computer in 2002. He records the piano and guitar pieces himself (he learnt these instruments when he was younger) and then programs them with other sounds on his computer. Bang chose the alias This Is Not America to circumvent DR's policy of not broadcasting tracks by actors, and to prevent his acting career from influencing how people perceive his music. The name comes from a song by David Bowie, who is one of Bang's great role models. His first three singles Don’t Come Crying, Shameless and Run were played on P3 for a year before the station found out that they were made by the actor, however his songs were still played on various DR radio stations for a few more years. These singles were later released on the debut album Dislocated on 7th April 2010.
Two of Bang's co-stars have featured on some This Is Not America tracks. In 2015, he released the single Still of the Night, featuring Charlotte Munck, his co-star in the Danish police drama Anna Pihl. While filming The Square, Bang discovered that co-star and musician Marina Schiptjenko shared the same taste in music, so he showed her some of his music and sent her a few demos. Once filming finished, they recorded five songs together in his home studio in Copenhagen. So far, the duo has released Who Am I, I Don’t Care and Here We Go.
- 2010: Dislocated
- 2011: EP1
- 2014: Keep on Dancin’
- 2015: Still of the Night
- 2020: Here We Go
- 2020: Butterflies in December
|2008||Don't Come Crying||Dislocated|
|2012||Imaginary Friend||Re-released on Butterflies in December in 2020|
|2014||No One||Keep on Dancin'|
|2015||1983||Still of the Night
Re-released on Butterflies in December in 2020
|Still of the Night (feat. Charlotte Munck)||Still of the Night|
|I'm Not Ready Yet|
|Will Santa Be There for Christmas?||N/A|
|2018||They Say It's Wrong||N/A|
|Who Am I (feat. Marina)||N/A|
|I Don't Care (feat. Marina)||N/A|
|2020||All Said and Done||N/A|
|Here We Go (feat. Marina)||Here We Go|
|Don't Come Crying (2020 edit)|
|Butterflies in December||Butterflies in December|
- 2009: Run
- 2014: No One
- 2015: I’m Not Ready Yet
- 2018: Who Am I (feat. Marina)
In the media
- "Sceneliv Magasinet" (PDF) (in dansk). Dansk Skuespillerforbund. February 2010. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "This Is Not America". Spotify. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- Gilbey, Ryan (2019-12-17). "Claes Bang on playing a sexy Dracula: 'He's insatiable – and not just for blood!'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- ""this is not america" – synthpop som i 80'erne". Kulture for Unge (in dansk). 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "ART — Lis Kasper". liskasper.dk. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- Claes, Bang (2018-04-07). "Facebook post". www.facebook.com (in dansk). Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "Jeg tager det hele". Berlingske.dk (in dansk). 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- Claes Bang 'tricked' Danish radio to get airplay. Associated Press. 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "Dansk stjerne har kæmpe succes i USA - men får ingen tilbud fra Danmark". ekstrabladet.dk (in dansk). 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "Q&A med Claes Bang: "Jeg var nødt til at opfinde et alias til min musik, så jeg kunne svindle P3"". heartbeats (in dansk). 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "ELLE mand: Claes Bang". ELLE (in dansk). 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "Claes Bang | Musik | DR". www.dr.dk. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
- "Claes Bang: 'Det er både fantastisk og flovt at blive friet til'". Femina (in dansk). 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
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