Keep out of the mainstream!

Updates

Had quite a productive week last week. Had a really good vocal lesson with Martina at Komplettsångteknikhuset and it feels like I really getting where I want with the vocals for my new EP. I honestly never thought I had such potential when it came to singing, which proves that no one is a hopeless case, it’s mostly about technique and practice practice practice.

Last Friday I spent in one of my favorite places, namely Studio Ljudriket, finishing up the instrumentation for the EP. The four songs are gonna be quite different but each of them sounds amazing so far. Now I just need to nail the vocals, then some mixing and mastering and the EP is done.

And on Sunday I had a gig at PSB. I had to start already at 18:00 since there was a stand-up show starting right after, so the first set was not the most crowded one I ever had, but the few people listening were great and both food and beer tasted great. And for the second set some more people had turned up, making it a really nice evening. Big thanks to my friends My and Kalle for coming there to support me.

Thoughts

Since I started to listen a lot to independent music about half a year ago I’ve almost became allergic to mainstream radio and music. I’ve been contemplating a lot about what it is that makes me so irritated with it. It’s not that it’s bad music, obviously it’s written and produced by pros. The thing is that it’s so formulaic. Every song sounds more or less the same, and it’s written all by the same people with a huge PR machinery in the back and then pushed on all the lazy music consumers that most often just listen to what’s easily served to them.

And not everyone need to be a music nerd scouting the internet for the latest independent stuff, but with all the possibilities today with various streaming services it’s a shame that not more people try to experience something new instead of settling with what Spotify feeds them with their top lists and trending playlists. I have never discovered so much amazing music as I have the last six months or so, and most of it is from artist that are totally independent and unknown. And it’s everything from indie rock and folk to metal, jazz and electronic dance music.

I can honestly say that there is more amazing music released in a week then I will be able to consume in a life time. That can be a bit discouraging but I can really recommend that you go out of your musical comfort zone and you will be greatly rewarded. If you want a good start to some really good unknown independent music, my music recommendations and my playlist #KEEPOUTOFTHEMAINSTREAM are highly recommended. Also the different platforms, radio stations, blogs etc I listen under my “Tips for Independent Artists” and “Associates” are good places to start.

So now you know where to start, let’s get out there and find some great music.

Media

On Saturday I’m having the enormous honour to be featured guest on Saturday Selection with Stuart Saffery on Channel Radio. I will talk about my music and about #MonsterThread and also got to choose some songs that will be played. So tune in around 12 am Swedish Time (11 am UK-time) on Saturday.

Also have an interview coming up on Siren FM and the show Sound and Country Vision in October, more on that later.

Music recomendations

A anticipated release from Ortense Blue. Her debut EP consist of four really nice indie pop/folk tunes and among them “Cold” is my favourite.

A less stripped down and more classical folk sound is offered by Errol Chugg. Been in touch with him for a while and listening to his songs quite a lot but finally this song got stuck with me and I really like it.

Speaking of anticipated releases, The Mental Straights , are bold enough to release a 14 track album in these restless days. But I promise their self-titled album is worth at least one listen through.

Space4Lease plays soft indie rock with some psychedelic touches and it really works well. But then I’m a sucker for some psychedelic inspiration. This is my favorite song from them.

And to finish today’s recommendations I give some really sweet electronic pop from Stoneygate. This instrumental masterpiece reminds me a lot of my favorite electronic act, The Tough Alliance.

That’s all for today. Keep it real and keep out of the mainstream!

 

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