André Herman Düne doesn't believe in wasting time.
Recording as Stanley Brinks, the Paris-born musician says his latest album with The Wave Pictures, Gin, took twice as long to record as it does to listen to.
André's discography, under different guises, has now got more than 100 entries.
He first became known in 1999 as part of indie band Herman Düne with brother David-Ivar.
But since leaving the band in 2006, he has recorded exclusively as Stanley Brinks.
The 40-year-old is often cited as being Swedish, but it is his mother Kicki who comes from the Scandinavian country.
"I grew up in a quiet suburb of Paris, nice and cosmopolitan," André said. "I had family in Sweden, Morocco and the US so we travelled a lot."
His mother left Sweden before he was born, but he says: "Sweden is an open-minded place that treats all minorities very well. I was never particularly into religion myself."
David started Herman Düne - although the band has dropped the umlaut since André left - and jazz-loving André "jammed with them on strange instruments occasionally".
He decided to make music his career "as soon as it became possible.
"I never thought one could decide to be a professional musician. The best musicians have to have day jobs, it almost makes me doubt my integrity.
"My brother's band was called The Dune, after some science fiction book. I suggested the change because I like confusion.
"A lot of people tend to think Herman Düne is a person. David is an amazing musician and producer. He's got a very good sense of humour too. The best."
He said it was "really fun to sing and write every other song. I could fill my glass and smoke a cigarette every four minutes on stage".
Herman Düne became the darlings of the indie music scene and were championed by radio DJs such as John Peel.
Thinking back to those days, Berlin-based André said: "I realise now we had a very good press agent."
But eight years ago, he decided to quit the band.
" My brother and I started wanting to do different things, as simple as that," André explained. "He wanted to focus on the songs and me on the improvisation, sort of.
"Now, we are as close as brothers who live in different countries can be. We get along very well."
André, who also performs with Norwegians The Kaniks, and David aren't the only two musical members of the family. Their sister Lisa Li-Lund is a singer.
"She sang with Herman Düne on a couple of tours," André said. "We sing together whenever we hang out and there's a guitar around."
He says he moved to Berlin because "it's the middle of the world and you can smoke inside".
He added: "It's how all cities should be, full of people from everywhere who like to drink and fight stupidity in general.
"There's a sign on the wall of the internet cafe where I am right now that says anyone who indulges in racism or homophobia will be 'evacuated'."
André's family was "not directly" affected by the Holocaust.
But he said: "We were affected a little more by the second wave of anti-Judaism that came with the wars in the Middle East."
Inspiration for his Stanley Brinks' songs come from "real life, sometimes from stories people tell me. I'm a big fan of the English language".
Gin is Stanley Brinks' third album with London-based The Wave Pictures, made up of Dave Tattersall (guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass) and Jonny Helm (drums).
"They're amazing musicians," he said. "We have the best time playing and hanging out together.
"I've always loved playing with talented musicians, never really stopped. I like performing by myself too, the change is challenging."
André describes Gin as similar to his other two albums with The Wave Pictures.
"It's the most like a live recording. First take, best take, the band didn't get a chance to practise or even hear the songs before the actual recording. That way it's a little bit like a Thelonious Monk session."
And the theme of the album?
"Gin. Malta. Love," he said.
Success to André is "being able to perform in front of people in a lot of different places and enjoying it".
Religion doesn't play a role in André's life.
He explained: "I avoid all religions as much as I can. I don't even go to weddings and funerals."
In fact, he had to be 'bribed' to practise for his barmitzvah.
"I learned a bit of Hebrew because I was promised a clarinet for my barmitzvah," he said.
André started his tour of the UK this week. Future dates include The Hop in Wakefield tomorrow, Henry's Cellar Bar in Edinburgh on Monday and Glasgow's CCA on Tuesday.