Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn makes good in Norway

Dream Syndicate’s Steve Wynn makes good in Norway

Steve Wynn has some good news and some bad news. The Dream Syndicate/Gutterball/Baseball Project alum has a great new solo record, “Benedikt’s Blues.” But it’s only available in Norway. (It’s the soundtrack to the latest season of a TV series there called “Dag.”) Yet Wynn’s career revolves around such chance opportunities. In Oslo, he bumped into the guitarist for local alternative outfit Serena-Maneesh, and they entered the studio to record 15 tracks for a future album. It’s the upside of today’s flagging music industry, Wynn says: “You have the freedom to do whatever you want with whoever you want, whenever you want.”

You’ve been spending a lot of time in Oslo. How did you get associated with “Dag”?

“Dag” is a dark comedy about a misanthropic couples counselor who is well-curated in impeccable music taste. And the one piece of art on his wall is a cover of “Days of Wine and Roses” by The Dream Syndicate. So it seemed like a show I was destined to work on. They used a couple of my songs in the third season, and then sent me a DVD of the show and I just fell in love with it. Then the director asked me if I wanted to score the entire fourth season.


How do you compose music for a character like that?

Well, I’ve been that character. [But} it was a new thing for me, and I had all these ideas about the things I would do if I was hired for a job like that. The hard part was learning the rules of engagement – what they want you to do versus how you present it. It was parallel to, yet different from, making a record, but a good trick to learn at my old age.


Do you and your percussionist wife Linda Pitmon have an incredibly musical household in New York?

I made my last record (2015’s “Solo! Electric Vol. 1”) in the same room where I’m talking to you from now. We have a little studio in our pad in Queens, and I’m looking at two drum kits, four guitars, and a bunch of CDs. I mean, you can make “Sgt. Pepper” at home these days. And I’m lucky enough to live with an amazing drummer, so I have an in-house band.

What’s next then?

Everything I have ever done or been in is currently active, even Danny & Dusty (with Dan Stuart). Which is kind of nice. But the focus for the coming year will be a new Dream Syndicate album. We’re going to finish that in March, and it’ll be the first record we made in 28 years. I’m really excited about it.


IF YOU GO

Steve Wynn
Where: Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 15
Tickets: $20
Contact: (415) 551-5157, www.ticketfly.com

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