All posts by Amel Suljevic

NEW ARTIST: GARDEN

We had a nice chat with a great duo from Åtvidaberg/Linköping the other day. They go by the name of Garden, they’re new to Emues and they told us about their new EP Framed that is truly amazing. Check out the interview below!

Photo: Sebastian Falk
Photo: Sebastian Falk

Who are Garden and when did they see the daylight?

Garden. is a duo consisting of Julius Norrbom and Joakim Andersson. We’ve been making music together and been friends since 2012. 

Can you explain your process of making music?

We often improvize. For the most part Joakim starts laying down a guitar phrase and we just keep adding our elements of choice. I’ll try out some vocal ideas or pre-written texts on top of it. The core of a track is almost always finished in a night and then we tear our hair out over it for a few weeks.  

What inspires you?

Feelings in general.

Are there any particular artists that have influenced Garden? 

I’d say that we cover most of the musical trenches between us. Everything from Lightnin’ Hopkins and Moderat to Aesop Rock. I think It’s hard to specify your influences, but of course stuff you listen to finds its way into your own music. I listen to a lot of upcoming Swedish artists right now like Alice Boman, maybe you’ll be able to hear that in our future songs, maybe not. 

Tell us about the Framed EP?

Since we made our first song Another Face together we felt an urge to make something more cohesive. Then Joakim abandoned me for a year and ran away to Vancouver so the work pace slowed down a bit. We finished the song Framed over the Internet, emailing tweaks to each-other every other day while he was staying on the other side of the pond. As soon as he got back this summer we finished the other three songs on the EP and just released it. We’ve done exactly everything on this release by ourselves just to see if we could.

Do you have any final shout outs you would like to share with us?

Never trust a man in a hat. 

Would you like to see and hear more of Garden? Suggest a gig with them in your town through Emues.com.

Spotlight: MAKKS

Who is MAKKS and when did he see the daylight?

Makks is an old rudeboy with a lot of gentleman qualities. He has been DJing for about 6 years, and been producing for about 4 years.

How would you describe a typical MAKKS-set?

A typical Makks set starts off at around 85 bpm with some slow wine tunes, then I work myself up tempo-wise. A main thing for me is to keep the energy flowing during my set, and not just jump from one track to another. Then it makes more sense for the crowd so they let go of their phones and start dancing. And musically I mix club music with dancehall, reaggeton, zoukbass and other rhythmical stuff!

What have you been up to this summer and what’s coming up?

Mostly working my daytime job, then been BBQing  every other day, and of course doin’ some beats.

Which track should we absolutely not miss out on this summer?

Oufff, there is so much good music coming every day. From my ringside, you should definitely listen to “Dem Show Me” from myself & Milanrepa out on Fresh Bed Recordings, and I heard my breddas Cocotaxi are cooking up something big for DuttyArtz in NYC!

MAKKS will be DJing at the Emues Showcase in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Be there!

Spotlight: Jesper Bohman

When did the artist Jesper Bohman see the daylight? 

Jesper Bohman is a trippy DJ based out of the woods of Småland. I started to DJ/produce in my bedroom back in 2011, but I still find it extremely difficult to release something because I’m so self-critical. So I prefer to play others’ stuff and keep struggling with my own shit.

How would you describe a typical Jesper Bohman-set? 

With two words: Chopped & screwed. A great variety of new beats and the most classic RnB songs with a new twist. There’s nothing better than a high-pitched RnB voice with some electronic beats hammering in the background.  ( ˘ ³˘)❤

What have you been up to this summer and what’s coming up?

I’ve been working on my own material and I hope to be able to drop an EP this autumn.  Upcoming gigs this summer is Emmabodafestivalen and a lot more craziness with the Pizza Slize Crew.

Which track should we absolutely not miss out on this summer?

Acqua di Losó – Lorentz. This song is pretty dope for being Swedish.

Jesper Bohman will be DJing at the Emues Showcase in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Be there!

Spotlight: Zophy

Who is Zophy and when did she see the daylight?

Zophy is an electro/house/complextro DJ based out of Malmö, Sweden. I started to DJ together with a friend, on some really old and crappy equipment in my living room back in 2010. Back then we were DJing in a duo together, but in early 2013 I decided to go solo and that’s when Zophy was born.

Can you try to explain a typical Zophy-set?

A typical Zophy-set includes a lot of energy, base and all those electro sounds that I love. The most important thing for me during a set is to connect with the audience. I think the hardest part about being a DJ is to constantly read the audience to see what they like and what they react to. It’s all about that. Also, I always try to throw in some surprises, something that the audience doesn’t expect, that I know they’ll love.

What’s the ambition with Zophy and what happens in the future?

My ambition right now is to keep on doing my thing and to have fun with it. I want to keep playing the music I love and to make people dance. I hope that the future will bring some really interesting stuff. I have some projects for this autumn/winter, but nothing is final so I have to keep it a secret for now.

Zophy will be DJing at the Emues Showcase in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Be there!

Emues DJ Showcase

Last fall Emues had a showcase at Mitt Möllan in Malmö, Sweden, where some of all great bands on Emues were showcased. Now it’s time for the DJ acts! Some of all the awesome DJ acts are going to perform a special set for this showcase.

Saturday July 26th Emues will be taking over Stora Galleriet inside Mitt Möllan. Great music from awesome DJ acts (with more acts to come), refreshing beer from Pripps and a chance to get to know more about Emues vision that will change the concert industry. Emues is additionally always interested in talented and stoked new additions to our team (read about me here on the blog 😉

See you at Mitt Möllan! And hey, don’t forget to attend the Facebook-event.

MAKKS

MAJA GOFFE

SLACKIN’ BEATS

JESPER BOHMAN

More acts to be announced…

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NEW RELEASE: FEEL GOOD INC. (SLACKIN’ BEATS REMIX)

The young  Swedish producer from the small town Katrineholm Slackin’ Beats keeps giving us fresh remixes. After giving us new takes on Swedish tracks such as Mack Beats – Lägg dig ner and Amsie Brown – Min kvinna he has now decided to take on a modern classic, as he drops a heavy remix of Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.

Would you like to see and hear more of Slackin’ Beats? Suggest a show with him through Emues.


NEW RELEASE: “MAKE LOVE EP” BY SLACKIN’ BEATS

A couple of days ago we wrote about the upcoming Slackin’ Beats video and EP. Now it has arrived! The EP includes 4 instrumental hip hop-tracks and the track “Make Love” comes with a video. Check it out below!


We also had a little chat with the man behind Slackin’ Beats. He told us about his love for drums and artists that doesn’t give a damn. Read the full story below.

Who is Slackin’ Beats and when did he see the daylight?
Haha, where should i begin? Well, my ”real” name is Elvis Suljevic and musicwise i started off producing house music a few years ago under an alias called Elvix. I  have always been very open to all kinds of genres and after a while I felt that I needed a new creative challenge so I started this new project called Slackin’ Beats.
Slackin’ is a mix of Hip Hop, Jersey Club and R&B-ish beats. Almost anything that hits my mind could somehow fit in a Slackin’ Beat.

Can you explain your process when you’re making music?
First of all the software that i use is FL Studio. The process often starts off with me having a melody in my head. Then I try to transmit the melody from my head to my computer. And now is when the fun starts. By applying drums to the melody I basically am giving the beat it’s soul. The drums contributes to the feeling of the song more than you can imagine. I have also started to sample more lately. I sample all kind of stuff. It could be soul-acapellas or classical music, but I have a lot to learn when it comes to sampling.

What inspires you?
Mostly just music because it’s what I always have on my mind. I like when artists don’t give a damn about structures and rules and just do their own thing.

Do you have any particular artists that have influenced Slackin’ Beats?
The first one that crosses my mind is Kanye West because he has that mentality that I love. Musicly, producers like Cashmere Cat, Ta-Ku, Kaytranada and Hudson Mohawke are big inspirations. Just like Slackin’ Beats, their music is very influenced by HipHop and R&B, but they’re taking it to a whole other level. Take Ta-Ku for example. His beats encourages you to play around with samples, but still focus on the melody. That is the key to great music if you ask me.

Tell us about the Make Love EP?
Make Love EP is Slackin’ Beats first self-produced project. Earlier I have only made remixes. The EP includes four tracks that I would describe as soulful instrumental hip hop-beats. The tracks are kind of diverse and the feeling you get while listening to the beats will be very different, I think.

If you could suggest another act through Emues.com, who would it be?
Shouts back to OUSLO with some epic minimalistic house!

Would you like to see and hear more of Slackin’ Beats or OUSLO? Suggest a gig with either of them through Emues.

Slackin’ Beats – Make Love (Teaser)

A few months ago the Emues blog wrote about this new producer Slackin’ Beats. Read what Maja said about the young, Swedish producer here. 

With his Jersey Club-influensed sound, Slackin’ Beats has made fresh remixes of already great tracks such as Mack Beats – ”Lägg dig ner” and Destinys Child – ”Cater 2 U”.

Today he released a video teaser with the caption:
”Make Love EP and the video to Make Love out soon!! / SLACKIN”
We look forward to see the result of an EP that he describes as a ”soulful trip thru instrumental hip hop-beats”.

Meanwhile, take a look at the video teaser below.

I want to hear and see more of this guy, so shouldn’t we book him together? Do you want to have Slackin’ Beats DJ at your club?

Make it happen, by following these three steps:

  1. Sign in to Emues.com using Facebook or your email and click ‘Suggest new concert’
  2. Once the suggestion is accepted by Slackin’ Beats and the venue, buy your ticket and start promoting the potential gig to other fans and friends
  3. When enough tickets are sold the gig  is booked and successfully financed!

Don’t be shy, contact us if you have any questions.