Per Gessle – En vacker kväll in Stockholm, Sweden – 27th July 2017 – #10

Judith’s review:

One of the things I appreciate most about Rox&co is that they keep on surprising me. After so many years following them around and so many shows behind me one would think – what is there to see?

Well, Thursday night was one of those ‘rediscovering’ why I love them so much nights again.

I had been reading reviews and comments since the tour started but I didn’t watch any video. Mostly due to lack of time but also a bit because I wanted to wait to see it myself.

Some of the songs I had seen at the smygpremiär but it was still a wow effect on some “known” songs.

Luckily it didn’t rain! We had been checking our weather apps the whole day and were happy to see the forecasts were wrong again.

The mood in the venue was very calm too. The audience sounded good from where I was. Not wild but sang along loud enough.

Now to some comments about the songs!

The show started slow with På promenad genom stan. It sounded a bit different to what I remembered from Leif’s but it had the same warming up effect with the shalala sing along. I like the arrangements on this one, it has become a very poppy-song.

The mood totally changed with Juni, juli, augusti. With this song the whole set up changes. Per gets a new guitar, lights become alive, the band goes crazy. It felt like going from 0 to 150 km/h in 1 second! Awesome party moment with this and Det hjärta som brinner.

Time to slow down a bit again. Första pris sounded much much better than in June. Also the intro with Segla på ett moln fits very well and sounds very cool.

Finally I got to hear Tittar på dej när du dansar! It was followed by Puls. I am still not sure if Puls is in the right place because it is a fast song again in between 2 rather slow ones. But happy to hear it anyway! I loooove the drums!!!

It Must Have Been Love was one of the big woooows of the night. I started crying right from the beginning. What can I do? I just miss Marie so much and well. It just happens. On the other hand, it sounded so good and was happy to hear it live again. When Helena started to sing wooow!! She has a wonderful voice and she does a great job making the song hers. All in all a very nice sweet and emotional tribute to this jewel. Also incredible response from the audience.

Honung och guld was the second aaahhhh of the evening. I was looking forward to listening to it and it surpassed all expectations. Very nice version!!

The rather slow calm part went on with Kung av sand and Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång (nice Flickan sing along!!) to then go up tempo again and go into the best part of the show for me – incl. band presentation and The Look. The four songs (from Ljudet to The Look) are pure craziness!!! My fave was Spegelboll. Just.loved.it!! And The Look was a fab ending of the main part.

When Per introduced Magnus, he mentioned some of the countries represented by all the fans in the first rows. Nice!!

They came back after a short break and change of clothes (Per) to play Varmt igen. I love this song. One of my fave by Per solo! Was looking forward to listening to it again. Helena’s voice is amazing here too. Incredible performance with goose bumps!!

After Tycker om när du tar på mej it was time for Joyride. My least favourite of the setlist. I wish they would have kept Dressed For Success instead of this! Or exchanged it with any other Rox song. Be it Dangerous or How Do You Do! or any of the other 500 songs by Per that he has never played live before…

The 2nd encore started by incredibly strong drum beats by Andreas. It was time for partying to Sommartider!! Crazy one. Which then led to the last song of the evening. A very nice version of Småstadsprat. It is great to hear Helena singing Lars Winnerbäck’s part. From what I could hear from Swedes standing around me, many were expecting Lars to join as guest in Stockholm. It didn’t happen but there are still 11 shows to go?

All in all a very vacker evening. Looking forward to Borgholm!!

Some more tiny details from Patrícia:

Before the show there was a meet & greet with Mr. G. Those who won on Spotify’s contest could meet him and have their CDs or LPs signed. According to those lucky winners, Per was in a very good mood, he was very nice to everyone and took his time signing everything and taking pictures with the winners.

The crowd was very international that night, or at least the front row. Fans came to cheer Per Gessle from several countries and continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Czecz Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, Uruguay. I hope I could list all countries. Impressive, isn’t it? It’s always easy to recognize fans from South America, having their country’s jersey on and their flag banners, so during the band presentation Magnus even mentioned Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Uruguay being represented. HERE you can watch the video of it.

Among the guests there was Niklas Strömstedt in the crowd, having a blast with his wife, mostly during (Hon vill ha) Puls. Haha. Probably, there were other famous people too in the audience.

Before the band started playing Juni, juli, augusti, Per talked to the crowd and said he had never had a concert at Skansen. Only performed on TV shows there. Talking about TV shows, the whole concert area at Skansen seemed to be much bigger on TV. And… Skansen crowd seems to be much louder on TV than live. I really expected an incredibly loud sing-along audience at this show, but well, there is always room to develop. Per and the band were on fire anyway. At the end of the show Andreas even threw a drumhead to the crowd.

Åsa was there at Skansen and filmed a lot as usual. What was surprising is that there were no photographers in the pit. I’m still wondering if there was no press present or they just had another spot somewhere at the side or in the back from where they could take photos. But not seeing too many media shots from the show, I would say most of them were probably at Alice Cooper’s show in Gröna Lund at the same time. Or who knows…

Tack alla härliga människor som dök upp på Skansen i Sthlm ikväll. Inget regn, ingen vind bara good vibes och sköna leenden överallt. We had a blast.

Tionde gigget o bandet börjar bli ordentligt tajt. Visst var Helena o Malin-My extra grymma ikväll??? Och Quincy o Ola. Herregud vad bra de är! Och The Swedish Sex Machine på bas peakade nog i livet denna glada torsdag. Clair o Chris dundrade på som den nya V-12:an i Ferrari 812 Superfast. Kort o koncist: I’m in good company! Tack alla! /P.

All photos in the article are taken by Patrícia Peres.

Setlist

1. På promenad genom stan
2. Vilket håll du än går
3. Juni, juli, augusti
4. Det hjärta som brinner
5. Segla på ett moln / Första pris
6. Tittar på dej när du dansar
7. (Hon vill ha) Puls
8. It Must Have Been Love
9. Honung och guld
10. Kung av sand
11. Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
12. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
13. Spegelboll
14. Gå & fiska!
Band presentation
15. The Look (with När vi två blir en as intro)

Encore:
16. Varmt igen (with Queen of Rain as intro)
17. Tycker om när du tar på mej
18. Joyride

Encore 2:
19. Sommartider
20. Småstadsprat

Videos:

På promenad genom stan: 1; 2;
Juni, juli, augusti
(Hon vill ha) Puls: 1; 2;
It Must Have Been Love
Honung och guld
Kung av sand
Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) / Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
Ljudet av ett annat hjärta: 1; 2;
Spegelboll
Gå & fiska!
The Look: 1; 2;
Tycker om när du tar på mej
Joyride
Sommartider: 1; 2;
Småstadsprat

Articles, pictures:

Svenska Dagbladet
Allehanda (for subscribers only)

 

 

Alone Again by Marie Fredriksson out now – a surprise to her fans

(Updated) As we already informed a couple of days ago, Marie is back with one new song, Alone Again, which you can already buy in digital format or stream on usual platforms.

Here are some links for you:

iTunes
Amazon | Amazon.de
Google Play

Spotify
Deezer

Did you buy it already?

Marie’s Facebook page was updated yesterday with new profile pictures and a message from Marie:

I’m so happy and excited to present my new project to you tomorrow, on my birthday… I hope you’ll like it. Thanks so much for your endless love and support – it means so much to me!

I think it is safe to say that we don’t like it… we love it!!!

On the press release sent out today:

Marie Fredriksson is known for most people as one half of the legendary pop duo Roxette and as soloist with great hit songs like “Ännu doftar kärlek” and “Tro”. The solo career and Roxette have been running in parallel throughout Marie’s career, something that always felt completely obvious. Over the years, the band has toured around the world several times and with 75 million sold albums and countless hits on the world’s hitlists, Roxette is one of the world’s most successful bands ever.

In 2013, Marie released the solo album “Nu!” and in 2015 she released the autobiography “Kärleken till livet”, which she co-wrote with the author Helena von Zweigbergk. Early 2016, 1,5 years after Roxette’s massive 30th Anniversary Tour begun, she and her colleague Per Gessle released the message that, on the advice of Marie’s doctors, they had to cancel the rest of the tour.

Since the decision to completely stopping touring, Marie has found her way back to an incredibly dear old friend: jazz music. What many may not know is that it was with jazz and blues that her lifelong love for music began. She started her professional career as a singer singing jazz at various cafes and clubs. The idea of ??picking up jazz again has followed her for many years and for her own birthday on May 30th it’s finally time. Together with two of Sweden’s absolutely most established musicians in the genre, Magnus Lindgren (saxophone) and Max Schultz (guitar), she now releases her first renowned jazz release “Alone Again”.

“This is something I longed for a long time, and it feels right to do it now. The jazz and the blues have always meant a lot to me, and I love this song.”

A video of Marie, Magnus and Max performing the song was also released along with the press release.

En vacker kväll poll #8 – En vacker natt

Now there has been enough time for you all to listen to En vacker natt non-stop and know which songs you would like to listen from the album. So it’s time for the last (solo) poll!

The album is so great (and so short) that it would actually be possible to play it in its entirety every night during the tour. A la Bruce Springsteen with his The River tour or U2 with The Joshua Tree tour this year… what do you think? Quoting from our recent interview with Per … so may there is some hope 🙂

 

PP: – You mentioned in an interview and well… we also know that you’re a fan of short concerts. You would keep the show around 100 minutes. Can we expect a varying setlist from night to night?

PG: – Could be….

Have fun voting (you can choose up to 3 songs but it is still hard – they are all so great!):

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 17-05-2017 09:27:26
end_date 24-05-2017 22:30:00
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #8 - En vacker natt (2017)
Total Answers 525
Total Votes 225

 

 

En vacker kväll poll #7 – Party Crasher

After finally updating the website and moving it to a new server, we can go on with the polls. After this it will only be Per’s new album En Vacker Natt left, plus all the other projects. You can find the results of all polls so far on this special page.

Until then you may want to read all the amazing interviews Per has given the past weeks and that Patrícia has nicely summarised (thanks!!). Search in “Per Gessle” category to find all of them. And of course, keep on buying and listening to the new album!!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 01-05-2017 09:27:26
end_date 08-05-2017 09:30:00
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #7 - Party Crasher (2008)
Total Answers 409
Total Votes 180

En vacker kväll poll #6 – En händig man

We are more or less half-way with the polls. This week it’s “En händig man” – which turns 10 this year.

You can find the results of all polls so far on this special page.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 04-04-2017 09:31:39
end_date 11-04-2017 09:30:00
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #6 - En händig man (2007)
Total Answers 256
Total Votes 105

There are just two album polls left: Party Crasher and En vacker natt. The rest will be long polls for Gyllene Tider and Roxette material as well as demos and other songs not included in the rest.

In the meantime, one of the tour special guests, Good Harvest, released their debut album last week. Check this out to listen to or buy the album.

 

En vacker kväll poll #5 – Son of a Plumber

Another week, another poll. Now it’s the turn of Son of a Plumber, released in 2005. Many songs to choose from!

After seeing Per perform two songs last week, we cannot wait to hear how the whole thing will sound like if you add a pedal steel and some drums and a bass!!

As always, choose your favourite 3.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 28-03-2017 08:30:02
end_date 02-04-2017 09:30:05
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #5 - Son of a Plumber (2005)
Total Answers 336
Total Votes 126

You can find all the results so far here.

En vacker kväll poll #4 – Mazarin

So… after a little break (*) here we are again with the En vacker kväll polls. This time with Mazarin.

The tour is just around the corner. The first single off Per’s new album is already out and we have already seen the first live performance on Skavlan… looking forward to the album and tour indeed!

The poll will run one week, pick your favourite songs up!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 19-03-2017 13:43:24
end_date 26-03-2017 13:43:29
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #4 - Mazarin (2003)
Total Answers 908
Total Votes 377

 

 

(*) you may have noticed we had some technical issues.. still working on it.. hope we can solve it soon. Sorry for that.

Per Gessle to appear on SVT Skavlan

Per will be one of the guests of this Friday’s TV  talk show Skavlan, which will be broadcast on SVT and NRK at 21:00 CET.

According to SVT, Per will be interviewed and will also perform  ‘Småstadsprat’ – the first single off ‘En vacker natt’ which is out this Friday – with Lars Winnerbäck. The show will be recorded tomorrow.

The show will also be streamed on SVTplay. Usually, Skavlan can be seen everywhere (no geo block).

Per Gessle to release TWO new albums

Press release about Per’s new solo albums was just sent out. Some months ago it was announced that Per would release an album as well as go on tour in summer. There were then rumours that it would not be one but two albums. And now this has been confirmed.

The first album, En vacker natt, will be out on April 28th. The first single “Småstadsprat“, a duet with Lars Winnerbäck, will be released on March 17th.

The second album, En vacker dag, will be released on September 1st, after the tour.

The albums will be released under Space Station 12 (in cooperation with Sony/BMG), Per’s record label which was founded in 2016.

Awesome isn’t it? Article will be updated with more info in English in short.

En vacker natt – setlist:

01 – Min plats
02 – Första Ppis (duet with Helena Josefsson)
03 – Småstadsprat (duet with Lars Winnerbäck)
04 – Enkel resa
05 – Allt gick så fort
06 – Tittar på dej när du dansar
07 – Några glas rosé
08 – Far Too Close (duet with Savannah Church)

Press release in English:

Two new Swedish solo albums by Per Gessle:
Personal, poetic, unique

With three disparate careers in his back – Gyllene Tider, Roxette, and his solo career – Per Gessle is in himself an entire Universe of music. Besides that, he always has a number of side projects going on. Soon he will release two different albums with new songs in Swedish: “En vacker natt” (“A Beautiful Night”) in the end of April and “En vacker dag” (“A Beautiful Day”) in September. And as if by accident, his summer tour is entitled “En vacker kväll” (“A Beautiful Evening”). The premiere takes place in Helsingborg on the 6th of July.

Last autumn, Per and his longstanding sidekicks Christoffer Lundquist, Clarence Öfwerman, Anders Herrlin and Helena Josefsson went to Nashville to record brand new music in Swedish.

“It crossed my mind that over the last ten years, I had spent more than 400 days in Christoffer’s studio down in Skåne,” laughs Per. “So I figured it was time to record somewhere else.”

They considered studios in England and France but were recommended the Blackbird Studios in Nashville. The mythic country capital of Tennessee felt like a challenging choice.

“We went there with no real expectations. I was curious about letting my songwriting meet the peculiar music scene of Nashville that I’ve always been very fond of. I didn’t want to shape the material too much before we went there; I just recorded some very simple acoustic demos. Then we allowed local musicians to influence the arrangements and the productions. The result became amazing,” says Per. “We had the honour to collaborate with some of the most talented Nashville musicians. People who usually play with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt.”

The albums include a total of six duets; three on each. “Smådstadsprat” with Lars Winnerbäck, the first single from “En vacker natt”, is released on March 17th.

“I always find it inspiring to make duets, it provides you with a new angle to write lyrics and it opens up for thrilling arrangements. On the second album, Linnea Henriksson and John Holm join on vocals. And despite being ‘Swedish’ albums, both end with English duets with country singers Savannah Church and Jessica S. That became my homage to Nashville.”

Most of the songs were written after Roxette retired from touring in the spring of 2016.

“All of a sudden my schedule was open, so I started sketching some material of my own again. The records in Swedish are holy to me. The lyrics are really very important, not to say central. They’re about things that we all go through: the transience of life; our hopes, dreams and disappointments; how your era and generation shape the person you become. Each song tells a story of its own. The music is of course equally important. It’s the magical fusion between words and music that makes sure that a song gets stuck in the head and the heart of the listener.”

On the new albums Per Gessle continues to portray the meeting of people – the infatuation, the passion, the glow and the playfulness.  For instance, in “Tittar på dej när du dansar” from the spring album “En vacker natt”. In the song “Allt gick så fort” the ego looks back at different times in his youth; as an eight-years old, as an eighteen-years old, and notes that ‘the avant-garde became mainstream in the end.” It’s personal, poetic and unique.

“En vacker natt” and “En vacker dag” are released via Per Gessle’s new founded record label Space Station 12. Released: April 28 and September 1.

Per Gessle surprises two Polish fans at Gay Gala

The yearly Gay Gala (organised by QX) took place yesterday evening. In this gala various LGBT-awards are presented to winners who have been selected by popular (readers) vote.

This year, David and Jakub from Poland were invited to present one of the awards. They both became famous when they recorded a video for “Some Other Summer” – which at the same time meant their come out to the whole world. It was not always easy for them (specially in very conservative Poland), but the positive response was much bigger than the negative one. The couple plans to get married this year.

When they were on stage, Per Gessle (who has been sharing and praising the video on Facebook since the couple shared it), came on stage and surprised the two fans.

 We love the video and we wish them all the best for their wedding – said Per on stage.

So far we haven’t found few pictures (search “Gessle”) and no video of the special moment. The Gay Gala 2017 will be broadcast on Swedish TV4 on Saturday 11th at 21:30 CET. Let’s hope this part makes it in the final cut!

 

En vacker kväll poll #3 – The World According to Gessle

Time for poll #3. In this case it’s the turn for Per’s English album “The World According To Gessle”. We took the version with the extra track Love Doesn’t Live Here for this poll. The other demos & extras will be included in another poll later on.

Hard to believe that this album turns 20 this year! The album is for me timeless (like many of Per’s penned songs) and always amazing to listen to.

I’ve been thinking of Per’s question regarding what we would love to hear or not. I didn’t really make a list of songs but here some ideas of what would be a super beautiful evening:

  • What about a small “TWATG-20th-Anniversary-Party” during the tour. What would be cool is something like what Bruce Springsteen did during his The River Tour: he played the whole album “The River” (released in 1980) in all shows. In our case it could be with TWATG?
  • Or similar to above but with the other solo albums too. For example “The PG-evening” or the “Mazarin-Evening”. It would be a bit more tricky for us to be able to catch all shows with “special evenings” but hey, a tour should be fun or?
  • Reserve a 1-2 song window during the show to take “live requests” from the audience. That would mean a lot of flexibility from the band and improvising though… Could you imagine this happening?
  • A very long show, at least longer than the shows we have seen so far which were approx. 2 hours long. I would love a 3-hour show for instance. I know that playing full albums in between would mean even a 4-hour-long-Per-concert. But would you mind? That would be something huh?  In any case, the expected 2-hour show is definetely too short!
This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 06-02-2017 09:22:26
end_date 16-02-2017 10:40:59
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #3 - The World According to Gessle (1997)
Total Answers 306
Total Votes 117

Per on tour – En vacker kväll poll #2

Thank you for participating in the first of the polls! Here is poll #2, this time for Scener.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 23-01-2017 09:22:26
end_date 29-01-2017 23:59:01
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #2 - Scener (1985)
Total Answers 626
Total Votes 244

The poll runs until January 29th and you can choose up to 3 songs.

Some days ago Per also posted a “Q&A” on FB asking for your input, songs you would like him to play or better not during the tour:

“Awite. Summer tour coming up. My intention is to play songs from the solo albums, from Gyllene Tider’s fluffy catalogue and from Rox. Any particular ones you’d like to hear? Or prefer that I leave out? Curious to know, dear you! /P.”

You can post your comments on Roxette‘s or PG‘s Facebook pages.

We also decided to gather all the polls in one place to make it easier to look at all the results.

Per on tour – En vacker kväll poll #1

Per’s summer solo tour is around the corner. We know that it’s going to be a special evening and Per plans to play songs from all his catalogue, when Per announced the tour, he said: “I thought of playing songs that I wrote that meant a lot to me. From Roxette, Gyllene Tider and solo.” And this means there is a very extensive catalogue to choose from. So we thought it may be fun to start a series of polls and tell Per which songs are special to us and we would love to hear during the tour.

The big question was, how to put the polls together? So after some thinking we decided the polls will look like this: solo albums, Gyllene Tider, demos & other, Roxette and last but not least the new album.

  1. Per Gessle
  2. Scener
  3. The World According to Gessle
  4. Mazarin
  5. Son of a Plumber
  6. En händig man
  7. Party Crasher
  8. Gyllene Tider (incl. Pers Garage)
  9. Roxette (normal album songs only)
  10. Demos and other songs (that are not included in the above)
  11. The new album when we have it in our hands

Some of them will be huge polls but we will manage!

The target is to choose the songs you would like to hear live and we will present the results to Per hopefully soon enough for him to maybe include at least the top top favourite 🙂 (of course, we also wish that he plays at least 2,5 hours, why not 3, there is enough material for a one-day-concert…).

Looking forward to your input and of course the tour. And have lots of fun while voting for the songs and listening to the albums for the xxx-th time.

Thanks in advance for participating.

Here goes the first poll: Per Gessle – Released in 1983. Choose up to 3 songs from this album.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 13-01-2017 21:39:56
end_date 22-01-2017 22:40:01
Poll Results:
En vacker kväll poll #1 - Per Gessle (1983)
Total Answers 499
Total Votes 206

This one will run until 22nd of January 2017.

Goodbye 2016, welcome 2017

2016 was a sad year for music fans, many “big ones” left us, artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen or Prince that influenced Marie and Per in a way or another.

It hasn’t been a perfect year for the Rox-world either. Roxette officially started in 1986 with the release of Neverending Love and they were celebrating these 30 years together with an amazing tour that had started in 2014 and took them all around the globe – once again and for the second time since Marie’s came back on stage (with Roxette) in 2009. They were about to embark on the last leg of the tour and meet the audience in Europe once again when the bad news came: touring if over for Roxette. News that we all somehow expected one way or another, but it hurt when it eventually happened.

And I won’t deny it, I think I still haven’t gotten over it and finally understood that there is no more Roxette live anymore. There will be Per performing Roxette songs, as it was already in 2009, but it will simply not be the same. It’s nothing against Per, I loved the 2009 shows and I will surely love the upcoming tour. It’s just not the same without Marie. Roxette are two great friends making magic together and there is nothing that can replace that.

But not everything were bad news. And since I like to concentrate on the positive, here is a summary of what happened in 2016 (hope I didn’t forget any highlight) and what we can expect in 2017 (that we already know of):

  • Roxette visited South Africa early 2016 and gave five concerts there, including two sold out ones and new plectrums that you can find on the PLECtionary.
  • The RoXXXette on the road tour photo book was released in June. It even came with a special edition for Roxers, limited to 300 copies, numbered, signed by Per – all packed in a nice box. We are collecting pictures of all of them here, so if yours is still not featured, send it in!
  • Roxette released an amazing new album in June: Good Karma. Three singles have been released so far off this album. Roxette also recorded a very nice video for the first single “It Just Happens” and asked fans to participate to make the “Why Don’t You Bring Me Flowers” video, probably inspired by Jakub and Dawid who recorded a funny fan video for “Some Other Summer”.
  • Per launched a new record label, Space Station 12, together with Marie Dimberg.
  • We also interviewed Per a couple of times, regarding Good Karma and SS12.
  • Marie’s book was published in German with an additional chapter for this version where she tells she is fine and working on the issues with her leg. We wish her all the best!!
  • Following the announcement we gathered thank-you messages for Marie. Kirsten also organised a surprise for Marie’s birthday, with the participation of tons of fans it was possible to send her bunches of roses. Marie responded with this video on her Facebook page <3.
  • In the background many things have happened to the website, we have had some hiccups with the server but nothing that couldn’t be solved. I had to postpone the project to redesign/update the website due to an accident but … let’s see what 2017 will bring 🙂

2017 so far…

  • More or less out of the blue but somehow expected, Per announced a new album and tour for 2017. The album is planned for Spring, the tour will be (for now?) in Sweden and will start on July 6th in Helsingborg, check the tour dates here
  • A DVD-box containing Roxette live recordings will be released this year. In connection to this, fans got busy and creative already on January 2nd as you can see on this article.

Sounds exciting huh? As always, thanks for reading and participating! See you on the road latest in summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Marie Dimberg and Per Gessle about Space Station 12

ss12Marie Dimberg and Per Gessle launched the label Space Station 12 in February 2016. Since then, three artists have released their single at SS12. You may have seen Per posting about SS12 on Facebook quite frequently this year, so we thought of asking Marie D. and Per a bit more about the company.

Judith: When did you have the idea and how did it all start?

Per: The music industry is changing so much at the moment I felt like I, before I go to sleep, should take part of the new revolution. There’s a window at the moment for indie labels. And for indie way of thinking. I like that.

J: What was your motivation?

P: Same as with everything else in my musical life; to take part of music that I like and enjoy.

J: What do you want to achieve with SS12?

P: A great logo and a few gold records.

J: What are your tasks/responsibilities?

P: I’m the DJ, I am what I play!

Marie D: I run the daily operations with my team Lotta and Josef and we work together with our great license partners at BMG. We also have independent press- and radio people.

J: What is the story behind the label’s name?

P: The name comes from a Montrose-song, “Space Station #5” but I thought 12 was cooler since it’s my birthdate.

J: So far, 3 artists have released their latest singles at SS12. Their styles are rather different, who is involved in the A&R process and how does it work in your case?

P: We all are. But I have the last say. If I don’t like it, we won’t release it. But I’m pretty easy to convince.

MD: We all listen and try to convince Per if he doesn’t agree…! A good song, a great voice and an artistic expression are of course key ingredients. No matter what kind of “genre”

J: What are your main criteria when picking an artist up?

P: Personality. Intelligence. We don’t want artists who strive for fifteen minutes of fame.

J: Why did you choose these 3 to start with? How did you discover them?

P: Alex was number one. He’s the best songwriter I’ve heard in years. He wrote “Sinking Deep” for Fanny. That’s how Fanny came aboard. She turned out to be a great communicator with an interesting voice. Good Harvest stand for something a little bit more “classic” and organic. That’s very rare to find these days. They’re amazing.

J: Marie, you mentioned that Fanny’s single has almost reached 400.000 plays on Spotify, which is amazing for a new artist. How are you promoting the artists? What are the target audiences and countries?

MD: We start with Scandinavia as a home market but make the release available worldwide digitally. Together with the BMG team, the press- and radio people we try to get exposure wherever suitable for each individual artist.

J: The three artists are rather young and newcomers; are you focusing on this kind of artists or are you also looking to sign up established ones?

MD: We’ll see… our focus is great talent with great songs and I’m sure we’ll eventually embrace established acts as well.

J: Per, you co-wrote the lyrics of Alex Shield’s and for what I understood from an interview with him, the song was finalised and has been released as a single because of this.

P: Yes, I co-wrote the lyrics and the music to “New York City Ways” but that’s not the reason it was released as a single. Who writes the song doesn’t really matter. What matters is if it’s a good record. It has to communicate.

J: In what way have you been involved in the final results of (so far) the singles? Do you get to give input / feedback during the recording/composing process or final outcome?

P: Sometimes. I’m there if I’m needed.

MD: Per’s input is extremely important given his long and successful career both as a songwriter and an artist!!! In my mind, it’s a fantastic opportunity for young artists to have an artist/songwriter of Per’s magnitude as your “wingman”

J: Are more songs co-composed by you planned?

P: I’ve written quite a lot of songs together with Alex which are really cool. You’ll see.

J: What are SS12’s plans for the future and what is in the pipeline?

MD: We’re currently focusing on these three for the rest of 2016. There will be a new song by Good Harvest released in December penned by themselves; “Charly”. They will also perform at the Eurosonic in Amsterdam. Alex “New York City Ways” will be accompanied by a lyric video this week. Fanny is writing and recording and will make her first performance at Musikhjälpen in December.

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