This week hasn’t been so productive music wise since I’ve been quite exhausted. Just in the middle of selling our apartment and organizing a lot around that. And it has gotten the best of me since it’s a huge thing that I can’t totally control myself, and I do like to be in control of thing. But hey, it will soon be done so I have some more energy for my music again.
At least had a really rewarding singing class this week and will be starting to record the vocals for the EP in a few weeks. Also worked a bit on the #MonsterThread community with a lot of good things going on and ideas being discussed in the group. An extra thank you to Toby (Producedbytobi) who has helped me sorting my thoughts out the last few weeks and helping me moderating the group.
And not to forget, I had an amazing time getting interviewed by Stuart on Channel Radio last Saturday. I will hopefully be able to get the sound files from Stuart and upload it here for you to take a listen.
Busy as I’ve been this week I haven’t thought about any topic to write about. But today I got sent to me new music from two of my best music buddies, Dominic a.k.a. Lemonade Kid and Barbara aka Betapsi. And both makes music that isn’t easily digested, but hell they do it good. And that made me thinking that you shouldn’t always give people what they want. Most of my favourite artists and bands have always been challenging themselves and their audience always striving to try new genres and influences, not always with a great result but never boring. Some good examples are The Clash, Paul Simon and also some of my favourite Swedish acts like Håkan Hellström, Thåström and Mattias Alkberg.
And that’s also what I’m trying to accomplish with my own music. I don’t want to make an EP with four songs that sounds so alike you can’t barely tell one from another. Instead all the songs on my upcoming EP are going to sound really distinct and I hope that people will appreciate it as much as I do.
So get out there and try out new things, it might not be awesome every time, but at least it wont be boring. If you’re a metal head, do a EDM-song, if you normally play acoustic folk, lay down some hip hop beats and if you’re a rocker why not blend in some jazz. Life’s way to short to not get out of your comfort zone.
Obviously Lemonade Kid and Betapsi are gonna be a part of this weeks recommendations. Since Lemonade Kid has released one of the best EP’s this year and I couldn’t decide on one song, I’ll give you two different tunes. “Slowsand” is some kind of groovy, jazzy indie pop/rock with some electronic spices whilst “Alternative 3” could be the beat to a really heavy hip hop song, which shows the variety in Lemonade Kids work.
Betapsi also blends a lot of influences, mixing indie rock and electronic music building a dreamy sound-scape that gives me the feeling that she’s been listening to Joy Division quite a lot. The songs might not have the most polished sound, but there’s no doubt that she has some serious song-writing skills and I’m looking forward to follow her development, and so should you.
Next up is Brookelyn Rose who got in touch with me this week and joined the #MonsterThread-group. She’s a Pop/R’nB artist/song-writer. That’s not usually my favourite genre but since she has a great voice that feels really natural and some damn catchy melodies I can’t resist her latest single. The Motown-influences doesn’t hurt either.
And last out today is From now on call me Jeff. Behind this clever artist name hides a really talented songwriter and artist that also happens to be my song teacher and I just started helping her out a bit with social media and stuff. That makes it extra special for me and this song is an amazing Folk/Americana tune with a really soothing flow.
Keep it real!