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How To Make a Music Video: Johan Rosell

Since the early autumn of 2013 one song has been played a lot on Swedish radio that I just love. And I happen to know one of the directors to the beautiful and dreamy video to the song Jubel by the French duo Klingande. His name is Johan Rosell. He’s 27 years old, currently living in Stockholm and he’s a typical freelancer, with big dreams and ambitions. I had a quick chat with him about the video and how to be a music video director!

Tell me about the video to Klingande – Jubel
It was a very fun but hectic experience! We shot it on location in Möns Klint, Denmark in the end of august 2013. Since we wanted most of the video to take place during magic hour we didn’t have a lot of time to get all of the shots we needed. At one point we were chased by an angry Danish farmer who didn’t like that we were walking around on his field, but we returned the next day with a bottle of wine and he forgave us!

How did you get in contact with the band?
It was a little bit random and sort of a lucky coincidence for me. I had the song on repeat the entire summer and was very much in love with it. So it came as a very happy surprise when Michael Johansson (whom I co-directed the video with) called me and asked if I wanted to do it with him. He knew the record label from working with one of their artists before.

How did you end up becoming a music video director? What have you done before this?
A couple of years ago I moved to Sydney to study film production at Sydney Film School. I didn’t really know anything about film making when I started, but I thought that if I didn’t like the school or making films at least the weather in Australia would be nice. However, it didn’t take long until I realized that making films was a lot of fun.

When I moved back to Sweden to study screenwriting in Stockholm I took an internship position at a production company on the side. Since then I have been doing freelance work, mostly on the location department in film and TV-productions. In between those projects I also make short films and music videos. My latest short film is called ‘Första Strulet‘ and is about a fourteen year old boy who attends his first party hoping to kiss someone for the first time.

Music and film, do you think there’s a direct connection between the two?
I think so! The right choice of music can really enhance a film sequence. It can also work the other way around, where a really bad music video can make a good song not so good anymore.

Would you like to call yourself DIY?
Not really! I wouldn’t be able to finalize a film project all by myself, or at least it wouldn’t turn out very good. I always try to fool really talented people into working with me.

Now, just enjoy this and remember that it’s only six months until it’s summer again.

New video release: Linda Pira – Knäpper mina fingrar

The absolute queen of Swedish hip hop at this moment is Linda Pira. She calls herself the Latin Queen and she also goes by the name Matriarken (The Matriarch). She released her debut EP last year and on Friday she dropped her new UV-light video for the latest singel Knäpper mina fingrar (Snapping my fingers). This queen is going to reign for a long time.

New venue: Kulturhuset Framtiden

2013 has turned into 2014 and we’re up for new meetings with inspiring people, like all the creative people we met last year. One example of a large amount of creativity and DIY-spirit is our newest venue. Meet Kulturhuset Framtiden in Linköping. I had a little chat with them where they present themselves and their activities.

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To begin with, we’re so glad to have you guys with us on Emues!
Yeah, thanks a lot for hooking us up!

Who and what is Framtiden? How did it all start?
Kulturhuset Framtiden was started and is run by our small collective Streetexpressions, based in Östergötland, Sweden. Streetex is me Adrian Pettersson, and my buddies Pär Carlsson, Andreas von Knudelhausen, Julius Nord and Sebastian Galo, we make art, music, tattoos, host events and more. We’ve been a crew since 2010 and have, since the beginning, talked about finding some place to have our studios and, if there’s enough room, run a small, independent art gallery where we can exhibit artist we like and throw small parties.

As soon as we started looking for real we found this enormous old warehouse-space where we really could fulfill our dreams, and more. We opened in June 2013.

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New Artist: OUSLO

I had a quick chat with OUSLO the other day. OUSLO is a guy from Gothenburg, Sweden and he just recently started producing music. When I asked him to describe his sound he just answered that time will tell. But I think that we both can agree on that he’s serving us some nice house.
Listen for yourself and you’ll find out!

Who’s OUSLO?
OUSLO came up as a name because of the capital of Norway , which is Oslo. A friend of mine is living there!

When did OUSLO see the daylight?
I must say that I’m not a fan of daylight. Because when it comes to music it should be dark and cold, down underground, loud and clear.

Can you explain your process when you’re making music?
I think that my producing is little bit weird and unusual. It’s just me mixing and looping different sounds together in my controller, playing around a little bit and then just doing it a few more times. I recently started with Logic so I’m still a rookie there.

What’s the ambition with OSLOU and what happens in the future?
I’m a big dreamer and I know where I’m heading in my dreams. It’s not to a specific landmark, but it’s behind the controller, spreading the energy that I get from the music. I’m serious about this and I’m trying to become professional.
The future.. Who knows what that is? I have no idea what happens next. The only thing I can do is to pull my trigger as hard as I can. Because if I get a chance, I’ve got to make sure that “they” won’t forget me!

If you could suggest another act through Emues.com, which would it be?
Slackin’ Beats, my homie!

Would you like to see and hear more of OUSLO?
Suggest a gig with him and his homie, Slackin’ Beats on Emues.

New Artist: Slackin’ Beats

Slackin’ Beats, is a producer and DJ from Katrinehlom, Sweden. Up until now Katrineholm has only been a place where I waited for hours when I  lived in Oslo and had been home visiting friends and family. But now the small city has grown in my eyes, and that’s all thanks to Slackin’ Beats!

In one remix this small town producer summarizes a part of 2013. With an amazing Jersey Club remix of Mack Beats’ track “Lägg Dig Ner” – two of my best discoveries of 2013 emerge into one perfect track!

If you have any questions about Jersey Club and know Swedish you should check out Malin Wester’s blog here.

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.

It’s important to be open minded! – Heavy Metal

It’s fun to explore new things, especially new music! Here’s a top 100 playlist (well almost 100, it’s still in the making) that my brother made for my sister. She recently converted to heavy metal after a trip to Berlin. My brother made this for her as an introduction to the genre and it’s sub-genres. All this based on his knowledge and taste as a heavy metal connoisseur. He has the biggest record collection I’ve seen and it’s getting bigger almost everyday. I think it’s fantastic that I have someone to teach me stuff about things I have no idea about! Enjoy!

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Best new album release: Jonathan Johansson – Ett språk för dom dömda

No one should live their life alone, nor live a life without listening to Jonathan Johansson song Aldrig ensam (*Never alone). That’s why I’m now glad to find out that this Malmö bound singer recently released a new album: Ett språk för dom dömda (freely translated: A language for the judged ones). It’s a fantastic album, with a deep and dark sound. This is definitely gonna be one of my autumn soundtracks!

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Here is the video for Aldrig ensam for those who missed out!