Momentary Escapism with GentsFor Theis Vesterløkke and Niels Fejrskov Juhl, the duo behind synthpop band Gents, friendship shapes the escapist nature of their music.

Momentary Escapism with GentsFor Theis Vesterløkke and Niels Fejrskov Juhl, the duo behind synthpop band Gents, friendship shapes the escapist nature of their music.

You met in your early teens. What were your first impressions of each other?

Theis: We didn’t hang out much. I’m not sure why, actually. We each had our own band—mine was a post-rock Sigur Rós thing and Niels’ was a jazz band. There was a musical distance between us.

Niels: It took a few years before we found each other in music. I feel that we’d subconsciously gravitated toward a common reference point that united us. We had been friends up until then but it was as part of a large group of people more than an actual friendship; that didn’t happen until we began making music.

Theis: The real friendship grew when we moved to Berlin in 2013. Being in the city without knowing anyone else and having nothing to do brought us together.

Did you move to Berlin to make the first EP?...

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