Interview with Dea Norberg: “I live and breathe music all the time”

pressbild 4_1We took the opportunity that we were spending some days in Stockholm end of September to set up a last-minute meeting with Dea Norberg to talk about her EP “Storm”, which was released on the 1st of October. We talked about the EP and the process behind it, but also nature, travelling and, of course, the upcoming Roxette tour.

“Storm” EP

RXB/Judith: Thank you for taking some time to meet us so short notice! You are going to release an EP next week, on October 1st. When did you come up with the idea of doing this EP?

Dea: As a singer you have your creative side too, the writing part has always been a little bit there for me, but I hadn’t really done anything on my own before. I actually released an album with a friend of mine in 1999, some of my old songs were there, but this EP is all on my own. That release was so long ago, so when fans came up to me asking me to sign that one, it felt like it was time to do something else, haha! This EP shows where I am right now.

We know the album will be released digitally, but will it be available physically too? [You will find information about where to purchase the album at the bottom of the article]

Yes! So far the physical can only be bought in Swedish music stores, so I am in contact with CDBaby, they sell worldwide, so I hope I can set it up so that everybody can buy it. I am doing everything myself, so I am also learning a lot with this release. It’s a big process. And I actually have a copy for you!

[we look at the EP, a very nice digipack with lovely pictures of Dea]

Åsa Elmgren, the make-up girl at the Roxette tour, did the make-up for these pictures. And I was lucky to be able to have a horse of a friend of mine for the photo session.

I just thought, you could take some CDs with you and sell them at the merchandise stand during the Roxette tour?

Actually, Per said “you should sell it on the tour” haha! I was like “Can I?” and he said “of course!” So that is super nice. But I am still not sure, I have to see how many I can carry with me and if it works out. It may be a bit tricky to take them in some parts of the world, with customs and all. But somehow it will be available for you all, either this way or via CDbaby.

Dea_cover_600Are you planning on doing a lot of promotion with the album?

I never had this need of “I wanna be a star” now, be out there in the spotlight. I like to be in the background, so I don’t have the ambition for this to become something huge. I also don’t plan to do any release party, I don’t have time now, I have to concentrate on the upcoming Roxette tour. But if someone listens to the EP and likes it then it’s fine. Like I said in a couple of radio interviews I did the last weeks, the main reason I made this was for the Roxette fans, who either came up to me with either the old CD or asked me if I would ever do something solo. So I will be happy if people listen to it and like it.

I just heard the song “Storm” so far, I liked the melody, it’s the kind of music I have been listening to a lot lately, kind of indie, very much about the instruments…

Yes, for me it’s about emotion. To create a little world, almost meditative, with music but still in the pop world. And indeed, the focus on the CD is more the music than the singing, you will see.

When did you record the album?

In April this year. The recording process was very quick, the producer, Andreas Dahlbäck, and I spent quite some time deciding where to go, but once the musicians were in the studio, it was just two days. The rest was mixing, finishing the small details and also lots of paperwork to be able to actually release it.

Have you been writing songs for a long time? Have you written the songs yourself?

Yes. I was always writing fragments, bits and pieces, when I was travelling, waiting at the airport or at the countryside. I also play piano, so it’s more like putting thousands of ideas together. I think I will try to do this more often now, I enjoyed the process.

Two of the songs, “Stay For A While” and “Have You Ever” were composed with Jens Frithiof, the guitar player on the album, back in 2008. I wrote “Storm” and “Say” this year. All lyrics were written by me.

I see that all four songs are in English, do you always write in English or also in Swedish?

I also have a couple of songs in Swedish too, but I gave all the stuff to the producer and he tried to find the central theme for the album, so these four songs made it in the end. Maybe those in Swedish will be released later.

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Poll results! Roxette fans would love to hear these songs live!

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After weeks of voting.. here are the results! This is the Top 10 of songs that fans woud love to hear live in the next Roxette tour, which starts soon! Some of them were never played live, some have been but long long time ago.

1. A Thing About You – 275
2. Almost Unreal – 172
3. (Do You Get) Excited – 160
4. Paint – 155
5. June Afternoon – 119
6. The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye – 97
7. What’s She Like – 84
8. Touched By The Hand Of God – 78
9. Speak To Me – 79
10. The Rain – 65

Thank you very much  for participating. Now let’s just cross our fingers and hope that one (or two?) of these songs makes it to the setlist.

A Thing About You – video

Almost Unreal – Live

(Do You Get) Excited? – Live

Paint – Live

You can check out all results here.

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #12 and final!

rox-rehearsalAs soon as we got to know that Roxette would embark on a world tour this year we started a poll for all of you to choose those songs that you would like Roxette to play live – and haven’t been played live at all or not for a (very) long time. We have run 11 polls since May!

This week, Per and Marie and the band started rehearsing for the tour, which starts this month (! time flies, huh?) in Vladivostok (RU) and, if everything goes as planned, will last until 2016! Per posted this picture and this message on Facebook today:

GREETINGS FROM THE REHEARSALS! WONDERFUL day today. Great to see all the guys and dolls in the band + crew. We’re on a roll! More to come, watch this space! /P.

So we now decided to run one more poll. This time we have selected the Top 3 of each poll (except 5 for the last poll with more songs), in total 35 songs and we would like to ask you to choose 2 of these songs – which ones are your favourite? Or would love to hear live? The poll will run until the end of this week so hurry up!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 01-10-2014 20:32:28
end_date 07-10-2014 15:00:00
Poll Results:
Which of these songs would you like Roxette to play in the upcoming tour?
Total Answers 2276
Total Votes 1138

Here are all the results per poll:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Charm School
#1 – Speak To Me (613 votes)
#2 – No One Makes It On Her Own (302 votes)
#3 – Only When I Dream (301 votes)

Travelling
#1 – Lover Lover Lover (675 votes)
#2 – Touched By The Hand Of God (668 votes)
#3 – Me & You & Terry & Julie (351 votes)

Special poll #1 – album singles and hits
#1 – Crash! Boom! Bang! (368 votes)
#2 – Fading Like A Flower (305 votes)
#3 – Wish I Could Fly (271 votes)

Special poll #2 – hits and b-sides
#1 – A Thing About You (552 votes)
#2 – June Afternoon (545 votes)
#3 – Almost Unreal ( 485 votes)
#4 – The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye (435 votes)
#5 – One Wish (370 votes)

Fru Nordin Vitt wine out in the stores today

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Starting today, The Per Gessle Selection has a new wine in the collection: Fru Nordin white alcohol-free wine (0,5% alcohol). “One should be able to drink something tasty and good even if you have to drive or you don’t want to drink alcohol for any reason,” says Per Gessle in the press release. You may have heard this name before – “Fru Nordin” is a track in Per’s album “En händig man”.

The wine was done in cooperation with the wine maker José Maria da Fonseca (Portugal), who is also behind the known wines Periquita and Periquita Reserva. The wine is produced using a new technique called spinning cone column.

Fru Nordin will be available at Systembolaget (article number 1915, 55 SEK) but also at ICA Maxi Flygstaden and Högskolan (Halmstad). Initially, the wine was supposed to be called “Klunk” but the name was changed due to problems with the rights on the name. I think “Fru Nordin” is a nicer name anyway. Fru Nordin rosé and Skumpa are in the works. More info soon!

Dea Norberg’s solo EP “Storm” is out today!

Dea_cover_600 Dea Norberg’s EP “Storm” is out today, October 1st.

The EP, which is produced by Andreas Dahlbäck, was recorded in April 2014. The four songs were written in Southern Sweden. “That’s where I find my inspiration and whenever I have days off, I escape to this place where music and nature are my best friends. It’s about finding the balance in all you do,” she tells in the press release. Two of the songs are co-written with Jens Frithiof.

Dea joined the Roxette world tour in January 2012 and decided to record and release this EP after getting many questions from fans about her solo music. pressbild 4_1So thanks to the fans the EP is now a reality! You will be able to see Dea in the Roxette tour which starts this month in Russia.

This is the tracklist:

01. Stay For A While
02. Storm
03. Have You Ever
04. Say

The EP is available both digitally and physically in the following links: Ginza.se | CDON.se | CDON.eu | Amazon | Spotify. Dea informed us that there will be more possibilities for fans around the world to get the physical EP. More info coming soon.

I had the chance to listen to the album and I love it! The songs are very inspiring, relaxing, you feel the connection Dea has with nature and Dea’s creativity. The combination of all instruments with Dea’s voice is captivating. I interviewed Dea last weekend, interview will be published soon!

Dea on www and FB.

Per Gessle on Nyhetsmorgon on Saturday

Per will not only be promoting his two books and TPGA-box in Göteborg (all details here), but will also be on TV4’s Nyhetsmorgon on Saturday (at 10:15) to talk about the current projects and releases.

The show can be watched online via the TV4 Play’s website.

In the meantime, and to make the waiting shorter… Per has put a Spotify “Autumn playlist” together. Happy listening!

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #11

Roxette_It_All_Begins_Where_It_EndsAnd last but not least, time to vote for those singles or songs that were not included in any album (at least in the first release) but were released as stand-alone singles or as b-sides, compilations or The Rox Box.

Since the list is quite long, this time you can choose up to 4 songs.

At the end of the article you can see the results per album so far. The final results with absolute winner and so on will be available in September.

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 26-08-2014 20:23:09
end_date 10-09-2014 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which of these Roxette singles / b-sides would you like to hear live? you can choose up to 4 songs.
Total Answers 5224
Total Votes 1391

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Charm School
#1 – Speak To Me (613 votes)
#2 – No One Makes It On Her Own (302 votes)
#3 – Only When I Dream (301 votes)

Travelling
#1 – Lover Lover Lover (675 votes)
#2 – Touched By The Hand Of God (668 votes)
#3 – Me & You & Terry & July (351 votes)

Album singles – hits
#1 – Crash! Boom! Bang! (368 votes)
#2 – Fading Like A Flower (305 votes)
#3 – Wish I Could Fly (271 votes)
#4 – Listen To Your Heart (254 votes)

 

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #10

Roxette_tp_white_bgAs already mentioned (even though with some delay – sorry!) here’s the poll to choose from the singles and hits (at least those that were not included in the previous polls!).  This time you can choose up to 3 songs.

At the end of the article you can see the results per album so far. In one week we will have the last poll with some – let’s call them – rare tracks like b-sides or demos but also songs that were released on greatest hits (for example “June Afternoon”) or as single tracks (“It Must Have Been Love”, “Almost Unreal”).

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 18-08-2014 19:25:54
end_date 26-08-2014 19:25:00
Poll Results:
Which 3 Roxette singles / hits would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 3514
Total Votes 1193

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Charm School
#1 – Speak To Me (613 votes)
#2 – No One Makes It On Her Own (302 votes)
#3 – Only When I Dream (301 votes)

Travelling
#1 – Lover Lover Lover (675 votes)
#2 – Touched By The Hand Of God (668 votes)
#3 – Me & You & Terry & July (351 votes)

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #9

Travelling CoverAnd here is the last of the album polls with “Travelling”. As always, you can choose two songs. In this case, “It’s Possible”  as well as the live tracks (songs released on other albums) are out.

The results of “Charm School” are quite interesting. A clear majority is for “Speak To Me”, followed by #2 is “No One Makes It On Her Own” and #3 “Only When I Dream”.

Next week we’ll have the big hits and probably some rare tracks… and we should be ready on time when Roxette starts to rehearse!

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 28-07-2014 17:38:02
end_date 15-08-2014 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Travelling" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2743
Total Votes 1421

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Charm School
#1 – Speak To Me (613 votes)
#2 – No One Makes It On Her Own (302 votes)
#3 – Only When I Dream (301 votes)

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #8

Charm School – album coverThe “Room Service” poll is now over and it’s time to move on to “Charm School” from 2011. As always, you can choose two songs. In this case, “She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)”  and “Way Out” are out.

We are slowly coming to an end. Next week we’ll have “Travelling” and then a couple of polls more with the singles, rare tracks, b-sides and some more.

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 21-07-2014 17:38:02
end_date 28-07-2014 17:59:59
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Charm School" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2054
Total Votes 1058

The top 3 results per album:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Room Service
#1 – The Center Of The Heart (378 votes)
#2 – Milk And Toast And Honey (374 votes)
#3 – Real Sugar (324 votes)

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #7

RoomServiceThank you for your votes for “Have A Nice Day”, there was a clear this time: “Crush On You”. Those who attended the Room Service tour in 2001 in Europe will remember how great of a starter this song was!

And now… let’s move on to the next album: “Room Service”. As always, you can choose two songs. In this case, all tracks are available to vote, as none of the was really played live.

Thank you for participating!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 13-07-2014 17:00:28
end_date 21-07-2014 17:00:59
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Room Service" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2263
Total Votes 1176

 

The top 3 results per album:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Have A Nice Day
#1 – Crush On You (465 votes)
#2 – Anyone (257 votes)
#3 – Beautiful Things (222 votes)

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #6

Roxette_Have_a_nice_dayTime to choose your favourite songs from “Have A Nice Day!”

This time “Wish I Could Fly” and “Stars” are excluded. “Anyone” was a single but only played live during the “Room Service” tour in 2001, so we decided to leave it in.

In case you are wondering, we will have a poll to choose the top 3 (or 5?) singles and maybe one with “rarities”: b-sides and other rare tracks.

And talking about setlists, do you know the website Setlist.fm? It contains setlists of many many concerts and artists and some interesting statistics too, here’s the page for Roxette. If you click on the title of each song you will see a list of concerts where the song was played. I haven’t checked the quality of the inputs, though.

Thank you for participating!

As always, you can choose up to 2 songs below.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 07-07-2014 00:02:41
end_date 13-07-2014 17:00:00
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Have A Nice Day" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2183
Total Votes 1152

The top 3 results per album:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Crash! Boom! Bang!
#1 – Fireworks (407 votes)
#2 – What’s She Like? (385 votes)
#3 – Run To You (384 votes)

Which Roxette songs would you like to hear live? #5

cbbLast poll of June, this week it’s “Crash! Boom! Bang!” turn.

As we’ve been doing the past polls, the big hits (that were played during most tours at least) are excluded from this poll.

If you are new here and want to know more about the idea behind this poll series, check this article out!

You can choose 2 songs – and the poll will run until next Sunday, July 6th.
Thank you for your vote!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 29-06-2014 18:00:00
end_date 07-07-2014 00:01:00
Poll Results:
Which 2 songs from "Crash! Boom! Bang!" would you like to hear live?
Total Answers 2641
Total Votes 1405

 

The top 3 results per album:

Pearls of Passion:
#1 – Neverending Love (247 votes)
#2 – So Far Away (222 votes)
#3 – Secrets That She Keeps (217 votes)

Look Sharp!
#1 – Paint (504 votes)
#2 – (I Could Never) Give You Up (282)
#3 – Sleeping Single (207)

Joyride
#1 – (Do You Get) Excited? (404 votes)
#2 – Hotblooded (292 votes)
#3 – Knockin’ On Every Door (278 votes)

Tourism
#1 – The Rain (296 votes)
#2 – Fingertips (252 votes)
#3 – Queen Of Rain (239 votes)

Gyllene Tider to release a live DVD in July

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Gyllene Tider DVD “Dags att tänka på konserten” cover

Warner Music announced today the release of Gyllene Tider’s live DVD, “Dags att tänka på konserten”

The DVD will contain 24 songs from last year’s tour and some specials: the TV4 documentary, exclusive backstage scenes and three videos to songs out of “Dags att tänka på refrängen”. The DVD will hit the stores on July 23rd.

The press release includes a thank-you note from the band: “GT would like to thank our wonderful fans who once again kept this little Halmstad band alive. Without you nothing would be possible. See you again!” (hopefully soon!!).

If you want to recall which songs GT played during the tour, check our concert reviews here.

 

Update June 28:

Here is the content of the DVD:
Concert:
01. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
02. Juni, juli, augusti
03. Det hjärta som brinner
04. På jakt efter liv
05. (Dansar inte lika bra som) sjömän
06. Man blir yr
07. Marie i växeln
08. Min tjej och jag
09. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
10. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
11. Kung av sand
12. Flickorna på TV2
13. (Hon vill ha) Puls
14. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
15. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
16. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
17. Tylö Sun
18. Billy
19. Det är över nu
20. När vi två blir en
21. Gå & fiska
22. Sommartider
23. Dags att tänka på refrängen
24. När alla vännerna gått hem

Documentary: Gyllene Tider sommaren 2013
Videos:
01. Man blir yr
02. Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej
03. Allt jag lärt mej om livet (har jag lärt mej av Vera)