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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.


Spotlight: Tim The Lion Tamer

Tomorrow, Thursday April 3rd, Tim the Lion Tamer is playing at Kick-start club at Babel Malmö together with Black River Delta.

Where and how did it all start for Tim the Lion Tamer?

I started playing and writing music when I was a kid, but the Tim the Lion Tamer project itself started about three years ago. I had written a few songs and was asked by a friend to perform at Mässingshornet in Kirseberg. So I did that and then it just went on from there.

“When I was in high school, I got an F in music.” – Tim the Lion Tamer

Tell us about your most recent concerts.

I haven’t been performing a lot lately. I think the last gig was like a year ago or something like that. But most of my gigs have been in and around Malmö – Stapelbädden, Mascot, Slottsträdgården, På Besök, Café Montag and so forth.

What’s your dream for the coming year?

I just attended a showing of my dream apartment, a five-room flat right on Fersens väg, so getting that certainly qualifies. Otherwise it would be to finally record that debut EP I’ve been blabbering on about for the last two years. I think I just need to get it out of my system.

How does it feel to get booked by your fans through Emues again?

I’m very satisfied and very humbled for sure. Performing at Kick-Start Babel is sort of like a milestone for me – so many great acts and artists have started out doing just that. I remember contacting Peter Briggs back in 2011 and basically begging for a gig, without any luck, but now I guess I’m ready for Babel. Or maybe Babel is finally ready for me.

Would you like to share some of the songs on the set list?

I usually make up my mind regarding the set list the same day as the actual gig takes place, but I’ll probably do a mixture of covers and self-penned stuff. Whistleblower, Ballad For Caroline, So Many Miles Ago and so on. I’ve been listening a lot to Bruce Springsteen and Simon & Garfunkel lately, so the chance of there being a few of their songs is fairly big.

You’re uploading amazing intro’s and covers to your Soundcloud, tell us more about your process when writing and recording new material.

Well, cheerio to you lad! My creativity behaves like a volcano, sort of; I mope around for weeks and sometimes months without writing a single sentence and then: Boom. Eruption. Lava everywhere.

The best songs are the ones that write themselves. And the less I think about what I’m writing, the more honest and true and poetic the writing becomes. You kinda make sense of it all afterwards. I envy people who are able to just sit down and write a song on a regular Tuesday.

Recording is a completely different thing, however. It is extremely time-consuming and you really have to put in the hours. I try to carve out an hour here and there after work and on weekends and stuff like that, but it’s still a very slow process. I’m very spontaneous when it comes to songwriting – but a bloody perfectionist when it comes to recording.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Hard to say really. I used to find inspiration in everything – I would sit on the bus and tap my fingers against my knees and come up with a melody in my head, but not anymore. It’s still there somewhere though, I just have a harder time channeling it now.

Are you working on any new material?

Right now I’m mostly trying to make sense out of old material actually. But since it’s new for everyone else: Yes, I am.

If you were to get booked together with another band or artist through Emues, with who would it be?

Do you think you can borrow that hologram projector they used at Coachella to revive Tupac Shakur? In that case my answer would be Hologram 2Pac. Otherwise, I would love to perform with my friends in Wittsell 3 and High Coast.

Three fun facts about Tim the Lion Tamer

  1. When I was in high school, I got an F in music.
  2. Before I came up with Tim the Lion Tamer, I was going to call my self Tim the Giant. I thought it was going to be ironic and funny but since I’m sort of a big guy, that didn’t play out ironically at all.
  3. Sometimes I listen to gangsta rap really loud. True story.

Get in touch with Tim the  Lion Tamer

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New Release: i$allabout EP by Jeff and ByAnyMeans

I didn’t have the chance to see Jeff battling with Ness Lee last year nor did I see his performance at last year’s Roskilde Festival. But when I first came across his new released EP, from early this month, i$allabout, in collaboration with By Any Means, I realized that I’ll be sure to catch him live this year.

Jeff is backed on this EP by Robert Athill and S.P.

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If you’re in Sweden and anywhere nearby Jeff’s hometown, Kristianstad April 5th, check this out.

Releasefest

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.

New Release: “The Windwagon Soundtrack” by Driftwood Company

Today the documentary The Windwagon Project will premiere on Swedish television (Channel SVT2 at 8pm).  A crazy project run by some of the adventurous people who also stood behind the East Indiaman Götheborg. With the Windwagon they sailed through the Nevada Desert and arrived at the Burning Man Festival.  Read more about the Windwagon project here.

Yesterday the Swedish band Driftwood Company released their new album The Windwagon Soundtrack. In conjunction, they also released this beautiful trip back to the 1800’s.

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If you like this, you might like to consider the following

1. Keep on listening to their album on Spotify
2. Suggest and book a concert with Driftwood Company on Emues
3. Follow them on Facebook

Continue reading New Release: “The Windwagon Soundtrack” by Driftwood Company

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.

What’s bloggin’ in Sweden, GNUČČI? (part 4/4)

The past week we have been posting a mini-series called ‘What’s Bloggin’ in Sweden’, and this is the final post in this series. 

GNUČČI shares her music blog insights

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The whole Emues Crew freaks out every time GNUČČI releases any new tracks. Her work is always composed by crazy rythm and lyrics, creative videographics and grooves! We are star struck about having her chip in to this mini series sharing her top Swedish music blog tips. Ladies and gentlemen put your hands up for….. GNUČČI!

The absolute best way to discover any kind of music, Swedish or other is to go straight to the source.

These days you can choose to get it all from the artist or label and best is Soundcloud, but also Facebook and Twitter pages and that is 4-ever gonna be the best way to discover music! I´d like to namedrop following Swedish Soundcloud pages:

Svensk Bas

Julia Spada

AnnaMelina

Stocktown is nice. You can filter by countries, this is the Swedish one.

Spotify. Here’s a Spotify playlist with some Swedish hiphop: Digster SVENSK HIPHOP

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Check out previous tips by these lovely people Martin Thörnkvist, Ladyfest Malmö, and Patrik Larsson!

What are your top sources for new music inspiration in your home country? Share them with us by emailing crew@emues.com, tweeting to @EmuesLive or by commenting in the comment field below.

What’s Bloggin’ in Sweden, Patrik Larsson? (Part 3/4)

Several Swedish music industry professionals have shared their top online destinations for Swedish music inspiration. So far, Martin Thörnkvist and Ladyfest Malmö have shared their blog tips.

Next up is Patrik Larsson

patrick-larssonPatrik Larsson is a guru in the Swedish music business. Involved in many exciting projects as A&R, consultant, manager and currently working at Uniform Beat, a division of Playground Music Scandinavia.

Check out one of his projects, VadUpp, a creative platform showcasing emerging Hip-Hop from the Nordic countries.

Here are his top 3 Swedish music blog tips:

PSL

Discobelle

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Don’t miss the upcoming music blog tips from GNUČČI! Stay tuned.