Category Archives: Interviews

Review: Club Kick-Start two weeks ago

Two weeks ago to be exact, Kick-Start threw a fantastic evening as usual, with bands booked through Emues at Babel in Malmö, Sweden.

We had the opportunity to meet up with Anton Ego before the show, watch our short interview with them below:

Here is our picture review from the evening!

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The line up this evening:
Anton Ego
Automobilist
Canary Island
Monorail

 

Spotlight: Automobilist

Together with Anton Ego they successfully got booked by their fans, on Thursday they’ll be playing at Kick-Start on Babel in Malmö. Automobilist is a Swedish rock band located in Malmö whom we got the opportunity to meet for a quick chat. We discussed everything from being a parent to how to grow as a band. Watch the video below:

You can still get tickets for Thursday, here.

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: Joe & The Anchor

We had the opportunity to meet up with this up-and-coming band for a coffee and a chat about music, building a band, working together as a team and connecting with fans.

Watch the full interview with Joe & The Anchor below.

High Coast and Joe & The Anchor was successfully booked by their fans, for a lovely evening at Southern Sweden’s indie club, Kick-Start at Babel in Malmö.

You can still get your tickets for the show on October 30th – see you 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!

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: “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.

Welcome Amel!

We are honoured to welcome Amel to the Emues Crew. As an Emues Activist, Amel will be involved in several exciting projects and collaborations. He will also be blogging right here on the Emues Blog! 

My name is Amel Suljevic and I am the latest addition to the Emues Crew, as an Emues Activist. I recently moved to Malmö, Sweden, where I now study Media and Communication at Malmö University.

I got in touch with Markus, the founder of Emues, almost immediately when I came to Malmö. Before we hooked up I had heard a lot of things about this new-thinking platform for booking concerts. I loved the idea from the very start because I have worked with booking concerts in my hometown Katrineholm and I am aware of all the problems and difficulties with that process.

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Besides of my attempts of being a ”cultural concert-booking superhero” in a pretty boring home town, I consider myself to be a regular guy who loves great music and especially good live-music. I love going to different concerts, festivals and clubs to explore and experience new music.

I am really stoked to be working with Emues, to have the chance to contribute to the future live music industry and with a positive impact and change!

Not a big fan of playlists (can’t ever stick to them and keep on updating them) but I made one especially for this occasion with som ballin’ tracks!

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