Mats Udd

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Mats Udd is a Sweden based music video and commercial director. Known for his work for First Aid Kit & Susanne Sundfør among others. Mats is known for his unique style of bizarre, humor and weirdness.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Summertime means book time. Right now, I am trying to go through my book sheets of murder, occult and ghost books (my friends call my library “The Murder room” but it’s actually more of a Tragic and Sadness room). I bought too many true crime books in a very short time. So, the latest book on my bedside table is Beethoven’s Skull by Tim Rayborn. A book about the dark, strange and fascinating tales from the classical music scene, which I seem to know zero about. But give me some juicy stuff about Vivaldi and I am all yours.
When it comes to my favorite book it will always be Djävulen & Gud (The Devil and The God) by Mare Kandre. A perfect tale for adults about the early days of the Devil and the God. I wish someone, one day would give me a bunch of money to adapt that book into a movie.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

I am really into a thing called social media so my most visit sites are a site named Facebook and also a site called Twitter (and yeah Gmail too). Ah you know these sites? Ah ok so no more exciting then that, sorry. But from time to time I visit this isn’t happiness, which always gives me a lot of inspirations.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram is probably my most used app, and of course Google Map and Strava (keep tracking my biking, running and walking so I can drink beers with good conscience. Showing people my score “See I was running 3 miles last night so I just don’t need another beer, I deserve another beer”.)

Whats currently on your playlist?

Every year I am doing a Best songs of the year-list. So far, this is my top ten discovered songs of 2019 (not sure they actually been released 2019):

Maybe You’re The Reason by The Japanese House
Fluttering in The Floodlights by Yeasayer
Du med Dig by Miriam Bryant
This Life by Vampire Weekend
Beast for Thee by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Might be Right by White Reaper
The Last Day by Luke Sital-Singh
Dark Room (demo) by Choir Boy
Timothy by Little Dragon
Dylan Thomas by Better Oblivion Community Center

What records would you recommend to hear?

The BEST album I heard in the last few years is Phoebe Bridger’s Strangers in the Alps. When Spotify is around, I can’t say I give too many albums a full listening, but with Strangers in the alps it’s been on repeat since last year. One of the few albums that will stay around for a lifetime.

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

The last movie I saw was Booksmart, which I kind of like. At least it entertained for the moment.
The movies no one should have un-seen is

Braindead (dead alive): Peter Jackson’s old splatter movie. A study on how to make a movie where the script, camera, directing, actors, make-up, everything is perfectly well made. Extremely funny. When I was 12, I watch it every day for a month and this movie made me want to make my own movies. There is no other movie that made such an impact on me then this. I have Peter Jackson to thank for everything.
Songs of the Second Floor: The Swedish director Roy Andersson is a true genius of course and this was the first movie of his that I experience. I couldn’t believe that movies could look like this and I didn’t want it to end. I was holding my thumbs thought the cinema show and I said to myself (quiet of course since there was people around): “Just one more scene, please show me just one more scene”. Many people think that You, the living the film that comes after is a lot better, which is of course terrible wrong. Songs of the second floor is a poetic and very humoristic film and it doesn’t look like anything else you seen.
A Ghost Story: One of the latest movies I seen which I really wish I had done. Not too many saw this movie, which is sad, because its genius in every single way. And I am super jealous of David Lowery for coming up with this idea. I have an unfinished email in my outbox to David demanding him to take back the movie because there is this Swedish director that need to do this film instead.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

At least the most inspiring and unique artist right now is the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dogtooth and The Lobster. Wow!

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

It’s hard not to mention Chernobyl, which I though was super good. Johan Renck is one of the few Swedish director born in the 90s music video scene that still seems to want to move forward always exploring new things in films every time he does something new.
The new Gomorra season just premiered this spring. This Italian mob series is one of the best.

Who are you following?

These three animators make me happy for each new post.

@trentshyclaymations: one of this old school stop motion animator, doing a bunch of gore & blood animations in clay. Very fun and well made.
@_estebandiacono: is a Cinema4d animator. Extremely talented. I wish I could just through money on him to do something magic.
@kiyanforootan: Also a very talented 3D artist. Lots of great ideas.

What tools do you use in your work?

My brain for the ideas and Keynote to put it down for everyone else to see them.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

Dagens Nyheter, the biggest newspaper in Sweden. They have a huge section of culture, music and films everyday. My morning routine is always coffee (black of course) and the news paper.

What are your favorite gadgets?

When it comes to sunglasses, I just got a new pair from Chimi which I super like. I also got my Yashica Samurai X3.0 to work so let’s make this summer an analogue summer. The Samurai looks has a futuristic and bizarre 80s design and takes half frame photos. It also has a lovely 25–75 mm zoom lens. If you can zoom, ZOOM!


Mats Udd


Portrait image by © Alexandros Bakos
Still images by © Fredrik Olsson, Viktor Skogqvist