Let’s see where to start? This summer and spring has been overwhelming in so many ways. First of all I couldn’t talk about it without getting personal since my music is a major part of my life and my life and emotions is what I try to express in my music (no irony). Me and my baby mama decided to break up after five wonderful years. We met in 2008 and for those who remember my track “2000 & great” that one is dedicated to her as well as many other tracks I made. She has been my muse for a long time. So consequently our lil home has become a broken one. I myself grew up with a single mother and of the “all my father left us was alone”, sort of so that felt pretty shitty but I understand it’s for the best. So my heart has been on a rollercoaster to start with. I intend to be WAY better than my father was even though I understand that he couldnt be more than he was/is, my feelings of resentment have been replaced by feelings of pity and acceptance.
Now lets get down to the musical part. I finally released my third album “selftitled/untitled” after a very long struggle. It was indeed the hardest one to complete so far, 2 years of ups and downs and becoming a father and everything… I must say that I am very pleased with the outcome. I didn’t use one single sample or computer trick, it’s all analogue and sentiments, what you hear you hear. My good friend and excellent video director Måns Nyman made the video for “Revolt” with Josefin Hinders and some more people and it had some rotation, people seemed to really dig it, me too. (Thank you). After that we had the release party for the album and the evening was smashing. Good times, with a major turn up and friendliness and dancing at Stockholm’s nr 1 summer venue, Trädgården! After that I went to rock Vienna alongside super good guy Slugabed. I had never met him and we had a really good time and rocked the hell out of Vienna’s hipster elite at Vice alps 5 year anniversary. After that we went to listen to some Englishman (can’t remember who) but it was a good party. I even got married with a beautiful girl so I must say it was a night to remember. We had a bartender for priest and we used straws as wedding rings. Very romantic.
I wish I could remember all of summer’s gigs in chronological order and with some excellent memories attached to them but I really can’t and it would maybe be a bit too boring to read… So I’m just going to mention some anecdotes and make it an interesting read. I have been lucky enough to go to Finland more than once this summer, my second musical home and the place where I have many wonderful friends and where they have a superb music tradition. First I went to do this skweee-clash at Ilmiö festival alongside some of the younger cats of the Finnish skweee-scene. I’m talking DKSTR and Levon Zoltar as well as veterans Mesak and Claws Costeau. It was a really good, fresh gig. I was especially fond to hear the newer cats and to meet them as well, man everybody who makes dope music are dope people (with only a few exceptions but I don’t mess with them). The festival feautured FSOL (future sound of london for u lil & 2 young cats) as one of its headliners. I really used to like them in the 90s but unfortunately the gig was overpretentious and boring with a live drummer and stupid stuff like that. But I heard and met some interesting folks most notably one of my favorite Finnish artists and good guy Mono Junk and Akira Kei (Argentina) a really nice guy who did one hell of a live set. I would describe it as some kind of acid breakbeat stuff. That set was really smashing!!! And everybody got shitfaced and so on…
One of this summer’s highlights in the festival realm was the “Skweee-battle” at Sweden’s only!!!??? (sad but true) and best electronic music festival Norberg. Competition is none, so to speak. It featured me and Pavan (father of three), Joxaren (father of one), Wankers United and Vicnet (both from France), all very good and dear friends. We did the classic soundclash setup and I tried my new set up for the first time and some spanking new material to be heard here:
http://radiomagnetic.com/main-features/vitamins-e1/. The French won the battle but I think it was a tie. That evening was truly magical and I didn’t get arrested or anything so it was super. I met some cool people and heard some really good music. The best ones for me were Dungeon Acid and Daniel Araya who had some awesome acid stuff, so damn good! My dear friend and also godson or dogson depending on how you look at it mr Baba Stiltz was planned to be a part of team Sweden but had gotten ill a few days before the festival so he couldnt show up, he was greatly missed… The week before that I released my new EP “Valiant” a six track vinyl from Vienna based label Laton. Really pleased with that one, the pressing is really good too. I’ll let everyone know when it’s out for internet buying. The party for it was really nice and cosy too, a smaller venue but very good atmosfear with some old friends showing up I hadn’t seen for a long time. Mad LOVE.
Last festival memory (if I haven’t bored the hell out of you yet) I am going to talk about is Scandinavia’s best festival for sure: Helsinki’s Flow Festival which I was fortunate to play at. I played next to one of the main stages where all our funk freaks’ modern day hero Dam-Funk had one hell of a gig and he dedicated it to the skweee heads too, real recognize real. As always with Finland it was one big bundle of love, unity and having fun! I met up with Pavan (father of three) and Baba (son of many) and the world’s best disco DJ Mika Snickars. If you don’t know about him you must do whatever it takes to get wise, nobody’s got nothing on him, NOBODY. Also I met Finlands funniest and funkiest skweee man/boy Randy B. Big up! Björk had one amazingly emotional and fantastic gig that lasted for two joyful hours, bliss. It was just one of many nights drenched in booze, sweat and tears. This summer has really been the love roller coaster, damn! Also worth bragging about is that mr Dam showed up at my club dj gig I had two days later with King Didier (Timmion records), super producer and also a very nice guy to have some beers and chit chat with. Unfortunately I have no clue of what the hell we spoke about. I guess I was too Damn Drunk to speak to Dam-Funk. Well what the hell the chrisis continues and more dark and twisted sounds are on the way, check this one just recently released: http://hugebass.bandcamp.com/…
Musically I am working on some collabos at the moment which I’m really excited about. Personally it’s getting better and better and my son now goes to a swell kindergarden and me and ex-wifey are friends and everything is sort of getting better everyday… I guess the heart can take some beatings and still come back again. I started reading 2000 year old poetry and shit so I guess my mind is ready to start going back to normal crazy.
PEACE AND LOVE