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Interview with Jokke Pettersson: “The tour has been super great so far!”

We met Jokke Pettersson, one of the two guitar players in Marie’s band during the current tour, in Växjö some hours before the show. As we’ve always tried with other band members and Rox&Co related musicians, we wanted to know more about Jokke and his career and his multiple bands. Enjoy!

Judith: Thank you for your time for this interview. We would like to get to know you a bit better, IMG_0025_so to start with, could you tell us how you got into music?

Jokke: Sure! I started playing drums when I was 7 years old. My father borrowed an old drum kit from a friend and just asked me if I wanted to try. It was kind of easy for me to learn some easy grooves and I thought it was fun to play right away. I think it is very important with music, you have to think it’s fun from the beginning, if it feels too difficult you will just quit sooner or later.

So I tried that and I liked it but since I’ve always been kind of a song writer, I wanted to express melodies and that’s hard on a drum kit. I taught a friend to play drums instead and I borrowed an old electric guitar and an old amp from a friend. I only used borrowed stuff in the beginning haha! We started to practice in my bedroom the two of us, he just played drums and I learnt some riffs. It was much fun, one of the best moments ever. We did that for about three years, it was an amazing time.

So I got started with electric guitar when I was 10 or 11, but I wasn’t serious about it until I was about 13. Then I started to practice seriously on the guitar, took some lessons and started my first band.

What were your favourite bands and your inspiration when you started?

I was a hard-core metal fan back then. I still am but in a different way, I love all kinds of music today. Back then I was really into Nirvana, Green Day, Metallica, Pantera, all that crazy stuff. I really loved the volume, the energy and the guitars.

Later, I got into progressive rock, bands like Dream Theater. I really wanted to push myself and I really wanted to find harder music to learn. This kind of music is harder to play and it meant I had to practice a lot more to make it sound like something.

I checked some YouTube videos before the interview and listened to some tracks by Karavan. They feel more like rock-blues to me. How did you get into this style?

Yes, when I started at the Swedish high school I went to a music school and started to listen to other music like jazz and blues, R’n'B and all that. So I kept on working on that.

I mentioned Karavan before, but you are also member of a band called Kayser. The two bands sound very different… Can you tell us about them?

Yes, I play in Kayser (www | FB | spotify) and Karavan (www | FB | spotify). And they are very very different, indeed!

Kayser is a trash-metal band that plays groovy American influenced trash like some of the bands that I listened to when I grew up. We just released an album with Kayser. A few years ago we did a few tours with that band and we have released two albums before this one. That’s been kind of my baby for many years. We put it on ice for a few years and now we are back. It feels amazing!

Karavan is me and some friends having a band, we are also working very hard with it releasing albums and touring with different artists. I sing in that band but sometimes we bring over artists from the United States to play with us. We toured with Hunter Perrin, who was the guitar player for John Fogerty for many years, he also has his own music, so we toured Scandinavia with him two times. And last November (2013) we toured with Camaron Ochs, a country artist from Nashville, so we played some country. Hunter Perrin is more rock’n'roll. Karavan’s own music is a kind of blues rock, Rolling Stones influenced.

Are you the songwriter in both bands?

We all write the songs, in both bands. It’s just the classic band where everybody comes up with demos, ideas and composes or writes music and lyrics.
We are currently writing songs for a new album with Karavan. I am doing that in between this tour on the days off and then I am in the studio recording.

It sounds like a lot of music going on at the moment!

Yes indeed! Also because like I said Kayser just released our new album a few weeks ago. And the tour with Marie. It’s been a very busy month. It just feels great, I am very greatful for that.

I read reviews about Kayser’s latest album “Read your enemy” (on Spotify)  and they are all very positive.

Yes, it’s been great to get this response. Of course, you sort of know that you’ve done something good, because you believe in yourself and what you’ve done, but we didn’t expect these reviews and feedback. We simply had no expectations, all these reviews are amazing. We feel like “Yes! We made it!”

Are you planning to tour with any of the bands?

We are planning a tour with Hunter in July in Scandinavia, perhaps some shows in Germany. We are also planning a tour with Camaron Ochs again around August. Two months of touring in Summer, and then maybe we are going to tour with Camaron in the United States, it’s not set yet, we are still working on it. And then we plan a tour with Kayser in September.

It looks like a busy schedule in the future too!

Yes, it’s going to be interesting! Three or four months of touring with 3 different bands. Very exciting! I am really looking forward to it!

When you talk about a tour with Kayser, do you mean in Scandinavia or also in Europe? I saw that you did some gigs in Germany some years ago...

Yes, with Kayser we will hopefully set up a tour in Europe. Our audience is mainly in Europe, specially countries like Germany and Belgium. On May 24th we are actually going to Athens for a show! Maybe US in the future but it’s a bigger project.

You are actually working in 3 projects (Kayser, Karavan, Marie’s tour) in parallel. How do you combine them and manage not to get confused?

That’s been a bit of my life for the past 10 years or so, lots of things going on with different bands. That’s keeping me busy, it feels just great.
I think if you have a good planning everything works out. Of course, it could come a time when everything just collides with each other, just thinking of it makes me stressed, but I will keep on doing this for as long as possible.

Of course, music-wise Karavan, Kayser or this tour are very different. I also realised that you use totally different guitars on this tour and with Kayser, for example. But what do you think is the biggest difference audience-wise?

There’s such a different emotional experience. There is a special energy when playing metal music live, fans are dedicated almost in a brutal way, and by that I mean also that fans are sometimes beating each other while we are rocking with our metal music. Metal fans are crazy, haha!

Marie’s fans are very humble, they listen to the music and just have a good time. That makes it a great experience to play in this tour. It’s great to see people loving her songs.

So let’s stay with Marie’s tour. How did Marie ask you to join the tour and what was your reaction?

Well, we talk sometimes on the phone. So she called me and asked “Do you wanna go on tour?” I was like “Oh yes! I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life!” I love Marie’s solo stuff, I’ve been listening to these songs since I was a kid.

jokkeVYou mention that you’ve known Marie’s songs all your life, but how did you prepare for this tour?

They sent us a list of about 20-30 songs that Marie wanted to play or felt like playing, so I focused on those. The day before the first rehearsal a few more songs came in with the request to try those out too, so I just learnt to the songs.

Somewhere in my head I knew the songs because I’ve been listening to them my whole life, but it’s a different when you have to play them. I wrote down some notes and practiced a little bit every day just to be ready. Listened a lot!

What were your expectations for this tour?

I tried not to have any expectations because it’s more exciting if you don’t. I new it was going to be a great time.
I’ve known Marie my whole life, and I’ve known Micke for many years. I had met Christoffer and Pelle before and I knew they are amazing people. Marie trusts them very much as musicians and as people, so I knew it would be great. I had never met Surjo before but he turned out to be a great guy and a fantastic bassplayer!

It’s really been super great so far! I am really happy, it’s an amazing band, everybody is very nice and we are having a good time. And we sound very good together…

Yes you do! And you and Chris on guitars sound terrific.

Yes! We are very different guitar players, but when you mix that its really fantastic. It feels great.

Speaking about guitars. How many do you have?

I have about 10. As far as the economy allows it haha. I don’t buy guitars for fun though, only if I want to have a special sound then I buy a specific guitar, so I use all my guitars in my projects. I have some V-guitars that I use with Kayser, with Marie I use my Fender guitars because the sound works very well with Marie’s songs, and then I have two acoustic guitars. I have everything I need to be able to work with my bands, that’s the most important for me.

Coming back to the tour. We have seen the first three concerts and then the concert in Malmö yesterday and we were like “wow! What happened to the band?” It feels like you all found your place and interact a lot more. What can you tell about this?

Yes, absolutely. It’s funny because after most of the concerts we are like “this was probably the best gig” and then next evening “this was probably the best gig” haha! The first show was very special for everybody; we were all very focused and nervous in a different kind of way for the premiere show. And then show after show you start to move around a bit more, you feel more comfortable, that is something that happens naturally, it’s nothing you talk about, it just happens because we are playing a lot together. It feels very very good.

The tour started in Helsingborg, which is also your hometown. Did that one concert feel extra special?

Ah! That was a very nervous moment for me. Everybody was there, the whole family, our relatives from Denmark, people that I hadn’t met for many years, lots of friends. Plus it was the first show! Now I am a bit more relaxed but I still get a bit nervous before the show starts, I think this is important, that turns into adrenaline in the end.

Did Marie have any influence in your liking music and wanting to be a musician?

Absolutely. We talked a lot about music when I grew up. I saw Roxette live back in 91-92, we travelled to watch them play with my family, I was 6-7 years old. I saw them on TV, so she inspired me. I wanted to be like her so I worked as hard as I could to get here. She’s very much of an inspiration for me. And also as a person she is very special. Humble, generous, sweet, nice, she’s amazing!

And now touring together is just amazing. We have lots of fun together; it’s great in every way. It’s hard to express in a different way, it’s awesome!

You mentioned that you bring in artists from the United States to play with your band Karavan, and you are now touring with Marie. Are there any other bands or musicians you’d like to play with?

Tricky question! I’d really love to play with the Allman Brothers Band, John Fogerty, Pantera! Haha! I like so many bands so it’s hard to choose.

And last but not least, what are your plans for the next years?

Besides the tours that I mentioned I will just keep on working very hard with my bands. That’s the plan for the next years! Music 100%.

After thanking him for his time, Jokke rushes to have dinner the band and crew and then to deliver one of the best concerts of the tour so far!

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A drink with Jonas Isacsson

Bild 169When I decided to meet Jonas Isacsson, my story about him was already written – in my head. Back then I didn’t know that it would take me another seven months to finish this text. Why? Just because some bad things happened, I didn’t have spare time to write it, my iPhone crashed and didn’t let me play the recording of the interview – and most of all I wanted to do it right, it was meant to be perfect. But in the meantime I realized that there’s no way to write a perfect article about a guy who deserves it. The more I try, the less it works. I am, however, happy now that I finally made it. Please be gentle about my English. I did it all alone, I am not a native speaker and tried my best.

My wish to meet Jonas again and write a story about him came two years ago. When I finally got the chance to really meet and talk to him, I was more than happy. Finally, I would make it to Stockholm and could go for a beer with him. Why I wanted to meet Jonas? When we – Judith and I – interviewed him for Roxetteblog the very first time (November 2009, during Night Of The Proms), I had the feeling he has a lot of stories to tell, a lot of experiences to share. When we had met for the interview, we sat more than 2 hours talking to him and we could have gone another 2 hours if he had had the time. I, however, thought that not the complete story has been told. Some months and years later I really missed him during the Roxette tour, although Christoffer Lundquist did a tremendous job. When I saw Christoffer running across the stage, hitting his guitar and making people in the audience go crazy with his acting and watching, I thought about Jonas again and the feeling I had. I thought that he is just a compeletely different guy on stage. Calm, quiet, shy, withdrawn – whatever you may call it. It fascinated me that a guy can be so lost (in a positive way) in playing the guitar on stage that you can even hear it. Every tone sounds like you feel what he wants to tell with it, every break he makes means exactly that: to be silent for a very short moment.

So, after our first interview I was really eager to talk to him again; just to hear what else he has to tell.
We meet in August 2013 again. It is a sunny day in Stockholm. It is the day of the “Tack för musiken” recording with Marie Fredriksson and it feels like a perfect day to talk about his career, life and thoughts about this and that. It is warm enough to sit outside and drink a beer – and so we do. I wanted Jonas to choose the location and he came up with a small diner in Södermalm. I ask him why he chose this location. “Because it’s so lovely and a nice location to sit outside. Many of my friends live here or around the corner.” I have a look around and notice he chose a vegetarian diner. Asked about that he says that he himself isn’t a vegetarian, but many of his friends are, but that he still loves the food. “I don’t eat that much meat actually, more fish and seafood. But this here is good food. You should try it. Although, I think they are a bit modest with spice. You should bring your own spice.” He thinks a lot before he speaks, he seems a bit nervous but still happy that we meet.

When I had passed the diner earlier I noticed a lot of drug addicts. “It’s nice anyway”, Jonas says about Södermalm after I mentioned the drug thing. “More people are around, it’s not that snobby here.” Of course, I want to know where in Stockholm it is snobby. “Östermalm. Old ladies with dogs out there and so on.” He laughs. We look around and think about Södermalm again. I read somehwere that Södermalm is the one place in Stockholm, where everyone wants to live and work. “It wasn’t like that 20 years ago”, Jonas says. He thinks again. “Pelle lives here. Pelle Alsing. I haven’t seen him in a while. I miss him.” I don’t know what to say in this moment and try to switch the topic.

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Roxette Brasil interviewed Jokke Pettersson: ”Marie and I are very close since I was a child.”

Roxette Brasil (Bianca Cappelletti) did a nice interview with Jokke Pettersson, Marie’s nephew, who is going to be part of Marie’s band on tour. Here you have the translation:

 

Marie is the youngest child of the Fredriksson family. Her sister Anna-Lisa (who died in a car accident when Marie was 8) and Ulla-Britt were much older, so Marie had a closer relationship with Tina. In fact, they were inseparable! The family has always lived in a very musical environment and it seems that the tradition is being kept. Jokke Pettersson, Marie’s nephew will play the guitar in the band that will accompany her on tour in 2014.

Jokke kindly gave an interview to Roxette Brasil and here it is:

Roxette Brasil: – Hello, Jokke! For a start, tell us a bit more about your musical background. Has music always been present in your life? When did you start playing? What are your biggest influences?

Jokke: – Yes, music has always been a large part of my life. I started playing the drums when I was 8 and the guitar at the age of 11. In my family we were always playing music and singing, so it was natural for me to play the instruments, too.

jokke02Roxette Brasil: – We know you have a strong blues influence, but you also play great pop and wow … heavy metal? Can you tell us more about your style?

Jokke: – I started out as a big heavy metal fan and I was listening a lot to Metallica, Pantera and stuff like this when I was a kid. At a time in my life I thought that it was not enough and then learned to play all the other styles such as blues and pop. I always liked guitarists like John Scofield, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and others.

Roxette Brasil: – In 2011 you gave an interview to a newspaper in Helsingborg, related to a United Nations day show. You were asked about playing songs from Marie (Tro, Sparvöga , Ett hus vid havet, Vinterangel and Ännu doftar kärlek) and you said that the conductor of the choir proposed the songs, who revealed that Marie is your aunt and that your mother was in the choir, too. Can you tell us more about your relationship with Marie? Are you close to each other?

Jokke: – My mother is Tina. Marie and I are very close since I was a child.

Roxette Brasil: – Tell us about your band, Ladah.

Jokke: – I and two friends are the members of Ladah, where we played jazz-rock fusion. I’m currently working a lot with my band, Karavan. We released two albums that can be found on Spotify. We toured with American Hunter Perrin and now we’re on tour with Cameron Ochs. I also have a metal band called Kayser. We will release our next album in February. I love playing different styles.

Roxette Brasil: - For those who are wondering if you’ve worked together with Marie earlier, you played the guitar on some of the songs of Min bäste vän album, right? How did she invite you to accompany her on tour?

Jokke: – Yeah, I played on Min bäste vän and also on her new album, Nu!. She called me to go on tour with her and of course I said YES! It’s an honor!

Roxette Brasil: – Marie has one of the most beautiful and the most recognizable voices in pop. For this reason, she has many fans around the world and we know that many fans will travel from their countries to join her tour. Do the pressure and anxiety increases for this reason or the fact that you are her nephew makes you more relaxed?

Jokke: – Tough question. I think the biggest reason to be calm is that I know what I’m doing. But I love Marie and her personality and it is very good of course.

Roxette Brasil: – As a final question, what are your expectations for the tour?

Jokke: – Play great music, meet cool people and have fun.

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Eurovision with Dea Norberg and Magnus Börjeson

I have to realize it every year that Eurovision song contest is not for me. This year I hoped it was going to be a bit different, since it was organized by Sweden (last year’s winner: Loreen – Euphoria). Well, it didn’t make much difference.

Malta’s performance was starting with an ukulele, a bit like Gyllene Tider’s Tuffa tider, but it turned out very soon that Gianluca’s song (”Tomorrow”) has nothing to do with GT. (You can check it here.)

Dea Norberg is a real veteran Eurovision back-up singer, as this was her ninth time providing back-up vocals. This year she was supporting Robin, Sweden’s contestant (”You”). Here you can watch how it went. Some days ago a video with Robin’s back-up singers appeared on YouTube and in the short interview Dea even says hi (at 1:55) to all Roxers out there.

 

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During the pre-show we could see another important person of the Rox gang, Magnus Börjeson. He appeared there with Six Drummers, doing a fantastic cover version of Robin’s ”You”. You can check their act here, at 21:35. Without no doubt, this was the best and most unique performance to me during the whole show last night. ;)

The winner of Eurovision 2013 is by the way Denmark, Emmelie de Forest with ”Only Teardrops”.

 

 

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Sandy Mouche’s new album is out!

The band Sandy Mouche, formed by Helena Josefsson, Martinique Josefsson and the brothers Per (drums) and Ola (guitar) Blomgren, just released their latest album “Glory And Grace”. (Release date: 8th May 2013).

Helena Josefsson has previously worked with Per Gessle and sang backing vocals on many of his albums and went on tour with Roxette in 2011 as backing vocals singer.

The album is in English, features a song in French (and sounds very French!) and contains these songs:

The Garden
Rainbow
Glory & Grace
L’elefant dans la Chambre
Jealous
Last Night
Turquoise Water
Centuries
Tears In Time
Hurt

You can buy the album on CDON, Bengans or iTunes or listen to it on Spotify:

Videos for Hurt and Glory & Grace are on YouTube.

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Brainpool on Twitter

2013 seems to be a good year for comebacks and setting up accounts on social media sites. :) Being formed in 1993, Brainpool has its 20th anniversary this year. As we informed you earlier, the band performed on Mossagårdsfestivalen 17th June, 2012. Next to David Birde, Jens Jansson and Christoffer Lundquist, Magnus Börjeson also appeared on stage that night.

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Chris said in this article that a new Brainpool album is in sight, but as we could see, release of the album wasn’t happening last year.

 

Now Brainpool has a Twitter account: @brainpoolband       As the band tweets:

Good to have a channel of communication on standby in case we suddenly have an idea.

 

Talking about ideas, we already had one. ;) What about being the support act on a possible GT tour?

 

 

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Brainpool to play in South Sweden on Sunday

The best band (or 2nd best) on this planet is back! Brainpool is to play in the Mossegårdsfestivalen, Sweden, on June 17.

According to the festival plan, Brainpool is set to play between 21:15 and 22:15.

And that’s not all.

According to this article on Sydsvenskan, the band is also working on a new album which is set to be out hopefully end of this year.

Magnus Börjeson is going to be on the stage on Sunday as well, playing guitar. And the band is going to play songs from all Brainpool albums, something they haven’t done since Janne.

Thanks Roxette Café for the info!

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New member of the Josefsson’s family

Helena Josefsson has just posted on her official Facebook page a photo of her newly born baby boy – Cornelis. He came to the world on May 31, almost a week ago. He is healthy, 54cm long and weighs 3,935g.

His brother Charles-Didrik is very proud! So am I! /Helena

All the best for Helena&baby from RoxetteBlog team!

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News from Helena: concert, Sandy Mouche album and baby on the way!

Helena Josefsson has posted an update on her Facebook website with some great news which confirm what some of us thought/knew: Helena and Martin are expecting a baby in 3 months! Congratulations and all the best from us.

Besides that, Helena writes about the concerts she is going to give the next days:

And also that Sandy Mouche is speeding up to finish their new album!

As Helena puts it herself, “incredible how we managed to make that happen considering the small amount of time home during last year´s Roxette adventure!”

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Join Dea Norberg’s Facebook page

Dea Norberg, new Roxette’s backing singer that will replace Helena Josefsson on the World Tour 2012, has opened her official Facebook like page. Join the page!

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Watch the video of “My Own Worst Enemy” with Helena Josefsson

Here it is! The video for the title song “My Own Worst Enemy” that Helena Josefsson and Robert Pettersson (Takida) have done for the movie “Hamilton – in the interest of the nation”

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Listen to “My Own Worst Enemy” featuring Helena Josefsson

Swedish Radio played the duet of Robert Pettersson (Takida) and Helena Josefsson and you can listen to it here. Get ready to rock!

If clicking on “play” doesn’t work, just click on the timeline somewhere in the beginning and click play. It should work then. If not, go here.

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Helena Josefsson tells about the duet “My Own Worst Enemy” recorded for the film “Hamilton”

As we reported yesterday, Helena Josefsson is featured in a duet called “My Own Worst Enemy” which was recorded for the Swedish film “Hamilton – in the interest of the nation”. Helena has told us a bit more about the song.

How come you are singing a duet for the film “Hamilton  in the interest of t he nation”?

I was singing my music at an internal EMI party and there someone discovered my voice. They were about to record this Hamilton-song, and asked me to try the female vocals. I went to their studio and it worked out great!

My part in the song, as I think of it,  is to illustrate Hamilton’s late girlfriend, singing to him from heaven.

And how was it with Robert Petersson, lead singer of Takida?

Then they tried a number of male singers and they fell for Robert’s voice. I really think his voice is perfect for the song!

We also read that a video was done for the song?

The video was shot a month ago and will be released on the 13/1. I’m excited to see it! The same day I was recording backing vox for the new Roxette-album. It was a very exciting day!

Will you be at the VIP premiere of the film?

Yes, me and Martinique will go to Stockholm for the premiere and there we will perform the song.

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Duet featuring Helena Josefsson on Swedish film soundtrack

Helena Josefsson has recorded a duet “My Own Worst Enemy” together with Robert Petersson, lead singer of the Swedish rock group Takida, which will be part of the soundtrack of the Swedish film “Hamilton – in the interest of the nation”.

The film will have its VIP-premiere in the Stockholm on January 10th and will be in the cinemas on January 13th, according to Svensk Filmindustri. The thriller is based on a book with the same title written by Jan Guillou in 1988. Guillou has written 11 novels featuring Carl Hamilton, a fictional Swedish military spy and hero.  Several characters in the books are based on actual people. For example, Jan Guillou is the basis of a character called Erik Ponti.

The song is written by Måns Tristan Sohlman aka Tristan. “I got the request from my management to perform this song and I thought it was a great song when I first heard it,” tells Robert Pettersson to Dagbladet,”it has a very typical film sound already in the intro, and part of it could be called rock”.

A video to the song has been recorded as well, which will have its premiere on Monday. A trailer of the film can be found on Youtube:

The film has even a website and an account in Twitter and Facebook.

David contributed to this article.

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Dea Norberg: “I am looking forward to the tour with Roxette!”

As you know Dea Norberg is going to join the Roxette World Tour 2012 as the new backing vocals singer. Many of you have asked “and who is she?”

We have asked Dea to answer some questions for us. Enjoy!

RXB – Judith - We would like to know a bit more about you and your career, when did you start to sing? 

Dea: I started to sing when I was a little kid,  sitting next to my grandmother who played the piano. Later I started to play the piano myself and singing made me feel alive! I studied music and dance since I was 7 years old until I was around 20.

I grew up on a farm in the south of Sweden and singing and horse jumping was my thing until I was 16. Then I had to make the big choice: do I stay and continue with horses or do I move to Växjö to study music more seriously?

I know I made the right choice, since then music has been such an amazing inspiration and it’s taking me around the world  for many years now!

I studied two years in Växjö, after that I moved to Skåne. There I got in to the amazing Fridhems Folkhögskola and studied singing, jazz improvisation and piano. I heard rumours when I went there that Marie Fredriksson went there as well? I will have to ask her when I see her!

I studied there for two years and after that at Kulturama in Stockholm for two more years. Afterwards I studied dance for one year at University College of Dance also in Stockholm.

And then I started my journey as a freelancing singer, artist and backup singer.

RXB: I read that you have sang backing vocals at Melodifestivalen, Eurovision Song Contest, Cirque du Soleil and also have been in various bands and released some albums and singles… Could you tell us about your career so far?

Dea: My career has been amazing so far and I’ve done more than I would ever dream of doing when I first started! I’ve sung back ups to many Swedish artist and did a lot of TV , tours, shows, concerts, galas, studiowork, bands…

Among others, I have sung for the soldiers in Bosnia and Croatia in 1996. Then I was in the choir when Sweden won the Eurovision Song contest in Jerusalem in 1999. For the next couple of years I was a member of the Melodifestival-choir and was in charge of arranging the back ups for one year. It was stressful but a great experience! All in all I did back ups for Sweden and Malta for the Eurovision Song Contest 8 times.

I released a duet with Patrik Isaksson in Sweden  called “Innan klockan slår” and one with with Niclas Wahlgren “En kväll i augusti”.

And then I have also done the album “Charlotte & Dea” with my friend Charlotte Berg. I think it was 1998, … time flies.

RXB: With which bands have you toured?

Dea: I toured with many Swedish artist around Sweden but also abroad, to name some: 
Lena Philipsson, Orup, Patrik Isaksson, E-type, Dilba, Thomas Di Leva, Uno Svenningsson, Jill Johnsson, Andreas Johnsson, ABBA the original orchestra,  Dr Alban, Charlotte Perrelli, Jessica Folcker, Sarah Dawn Finer, Charlotte Berg, Carola, Markoolio.

Here and there I also worked with Robyn, Helen Sjöholm, Peter Jöback, Lisa Nilsson, Lutrichia Mc Neal.

And last but not least, I had the honour to do back ups when international artists came to do promo in Sweden, for example for Howard Jones, Phil Collins and Craig David.

RXB: I also read something about a show in Las Vegas, could you tell us more about it?

Dea: In 2008 I joined Cirque Du Soleil as a singer for the arena tour “Delirium”. And since 2009 I’ve been part of their steady show in las Vegas “Viva Elvis” where I also had the honour to record “Love me tender” with  Elvis Presley’s real voice, a duet released by SONY.

RXB: And what about your favourite artists, artists who inspire you? What styles do you like?

Dea: I grew up with soul like Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , Prince and also Michael Jackson. Now I listen a lot to Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Bon Iver, Other Lives, Kings of Leon, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead and so many more…

I listen to music from when I wake up in the morning until I go to bed at night!

RXB: What do you like to do besides singing and music?

Dea: I love nature and adventures like hiking, climbing, riding, camping. I also love to draw cartoons and old houses and old furniture. I think they have got soul, I enjoy going to antique markets and thrift stores. And I love cats and dogs and flowers and healthy food and movies and coffee :)

RXB: Let’s move on to the Roxette Tour 2012, how did you get the job for the Roxette Tour 2012?

Dea: I got a call and after that me and Per had some conversations via e-mail.

RXB: You have worked with many Swedish artists, have you worked with Per or Marie before?

Dea: No I have not.. looking forward to it! They seem really nice!

RXB: What do you expect from this tour? And what can we expect from you?

Dea: I expect to meet a big audience that loves Roxette and I will give all I have to them… And when we give.. we recieve back!

I’m also looking forward to travel with this group of people, as I worked and toured with some guys from the crew before. And it will be great to be able to see more of this world is exciting!

RXB: Have you seen the videos that Per uploads to Facebook? As you can see, lots of crazy stuff going on backstage and front-row…

Dea: I’ve seen some ! The audience is amazing!

RXB: When will you start rehearsing with the band?

Dea: We will probably meet in January – then I’m hopefully ready for the stage in February.

RXB: Is there any Roxette song you really look forward to sing to?

Dea: I’m happy to rehearse this material, I feel the songs fit my voice range and I’m happy to listen to Helena Josefsson’s take on the harmonies. She is great! I’m looking forward to sing “It must have been love”!

Wish me luck and see you out there!

Of course, we wish Dea all the best for the tour start and 2012. We in Europe will have to wait a little bit so it’s your turn in Australia, Asia and South America to make her feel at home and welcome! :)

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