Interview with Favela team: We are happy with the result

FavelaDo you remember when we asked you to send us your questions to the Favela production team responsible for the latest Roxette documentary and concert? So here’s the outcome…

About Favela:

Most of the fans haven’t heard about you until you started working with Roxette, however, Favela was founded in 2008. We know you have done a live broadcast from Kent’s release party in New York. Have you done any productions for other artists before? If yes, which ones?
We are a relatively small production company which works very widely but has a passion for music. Except the Kent production that you mentioned, music wise we have produced/directed for Sissel Kyrkjebö: Live at Dalhalla, Hellacopters: Live at Debaser, Glasvegas – “Shine like Stars”, Madrugada: Live at Spektrum Oslo. We have as well done live productions at Way Out West and Where the action is with Swedish artists such as The Hives and Mando Diao as well as international acts as Foo Fighters, Queens of Stoneage, Dirty Pretty Things and many more.

About working together with Roxette:

How did your cooperation with Roxette start? We know you were also responsible for two Roxette videos: “Way out” and “Speak to me”. Is this correct?
It all began with Mattias Holmer, now producer at Favela. He filmed Per Gessle’s Party Crasher Tour at Cirkus in Stockholm 2009. The idea started in his head the day Marie walked on stage. We started to talk about the project in the beginning of 2010. After that we have done the videos for “Way out” (partly shot during sound-check in South Africa) and “Speak to me” and two electronical press kits – for the Charm School and Travelling albums.

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#gtsommar Exclusive Swedish radio interview with Per and Micke

Per and Micke did an exclusive 11-minute interview for the Swedish public radio last Friday. They talked about how they come to work together and recording of the new album. Per revealed that Gyllene Tider has discussed a comeback from 2008, but there was always something that stopped them from doing this. On the new album they will try to repeat “the classic GT sound” so to speak, with a lot of Farfisa organs in the background. Per is not sure when the album goes out, but he hopes it would be April. The first single is not really ready yet and they haven’t chosen it yet, but there will be in fact a tune called “Singel”. They plan to include two ballads on the album max, according to Per. Speaking of double meaning of the title, Per also mentioned that they have recorded a song called “Dags att tänka på refrängen” as well.

Lyssna: Hela intervjun med Gyllene Tider

#gtsommar New Gyllene Tider album to be released in April

In the today’s newsletter sent out by the Swedish online shop Bengans.se it was annoucned for the very first time that the new Gyllene Tider album “Dags att tänka på refrängen” will be released on Wednesday, the 17th of April. The CD version will cost SEK 149 and the LP edition – SEK 199. The published album cover is not the final one.

If you book the album on Bengans.se till the 30th of April, you have a chance to win 2 tickets to one of 5 concerts in Halmstad, Lysekil, Kalmar, Jönköping and Skövde.

Yesterday Micke Syd revealed in the Expressen interview that one of new tracks on the new Gyllene Tider album will be called “Anders och Mickes första band” (Anders and Micke’s first band) and confirmed that GT were presented 14 demos by Per Gessle and 12 songs will make the album. The first meeting of all band members took place in November 2012 in Christoffer’s studio in Scania where Per presented his 14 new demos.

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Small Apartments – director’s cut trailer

We could already see the official trailer of Small Apartments, but now a director cut trailer is also available on Jonas Åkerlund‘s website. You can get more of the familiar Per Gessle SOAP vibes from this version.

As we already informed you, release date of the DVD is 19th February. Soundtrack: out “very soon” 😉 – still no info about an exact date.

 

 

If you had one wish, what would you change in the “It all begins…” documentary?

We were able to talk about positive sides of the “It all begins where it ends” documentary. As there is no real negative ones :-), we have decided to put the question differently – is there anything you miss in the show? If you had one wish, what would you change in the documentary? More interviews from band members, more soundcheck shots. Are there any tour mysteries that still remain unfold? As Favela production team has over 800h+ of materials, so they are surely able to answer many of our needs… Let’s see what our Facebook fans wrote:

Thomas Lawrie-Clark

Would love to see some more Marie studio footage / sound checks. Wonder if anything was rehearsed and not performed?

Ricardo Acosta Hernandez

Maybe some other music celebrities could have given their opinions about Roxette’s past and come-back, such as Abba, Loreen, Ace of Base, Europe…

Anderson Trevisan

More studio images, less live shows, no 7twenty7, even being a good song, more references to Travelling Album, less fans interviews… and the best of Argentinian fans is their energy during the shows, but it was not explored enough.

Patrícia Peres

If I have to state something I miss, it is at least some words from Helena and Dea, as they also had a very important role in this miraculous tour. As Per said, hopefully there will be more of them, too on the DVD. Crew worked hard during the whole tour, so it would be great to see more of their work, too. Some more scenes with how the guitars are prepared for the show or how the lights are up and the stage is built. I mean not showing these for long minutes, but a bit more. One more thing has just come into my mind: there are many Mikael B. parts, which I like a lot and it is totally understandable why he appears in the docu. What about Åsa? Will she appear and talk in the DVD version?

Fabio Deluca

I miss a few words from Helena or Dea, don’t know why they were not interviewed at all. Or from people who collaborated with Roxette in the past (Isacsson, Benckert, Suurna, Corbijn, Åkerlund, Kjell Andersson) talking about their experience and memories. Something more focused in the group and less in the fans. Fans stories are ok, but they tend to repeat the same words again and again.

Cristian Solera

I’d like a little more about the recording of the albums, and more diversity of fans stories (different countries for example).

Chrissie Roehrs

Åsa..yes..where was she? And a short clip how all these logistics are working would have been nice as well. I think on the Mazarin DVD there was a fast motion how the stage got built. That was cool. Well..all in all I think we have to see this documentary as a short summary for the TV stations. I am really really looking forward for the extended version.

Olya Khmarenko

It would be better to make cut from more countries, to avoid those “holy wars” between fans, who were not mentioned, that we experienced some days ago. And also it would be nice to mention in what way the band can have influence on organizers of concert, who negotiate on which stage concert will take place and where fan-zone will be located. Because in Kiev we had sitting parter (ANNOYING!!) and veeery uncomfortable fanzone, and band also told that it was awful. So couldn’t they make it strict condition for organizers? How it all works?

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What’s your favourite part of “It all begins where it ends”?

We have asked our fans on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/RoxetteBlog which parts of the very new Roxette documentary are among their favourite for now. Here are some of those comments. If you like to give us some more hints about your favourite moments, please drop us a comment or write on our Facebook wall.

Kirsten OhlweinSo, working for the media myself I always look at it from the professional point of view as well. I love the decision to have the interview parts in b/w and the live parts in colour. I love the cutting and I love that they decided to just film for example Marie when she is not saying anything, just watching around, thinking – I could watch her doing “nothing” for hours. Really emotional and you feel that sometimes words are not needed. I love the music, the Hong Kong version of FLAF (where do I get that btw??). It’s a really professional docu, giving insights even though most of what Per and Marie saying is not exactly new to us fans.

I love how they switch back to the “view outside from the plane” to show there’s a new scenery coming. I love the silence coming up before Marie’s story is told. And I love the ending – when I am thinking: no no no no, don’t let this end now, the story isn’t over yet!
Gerardo ContijochThe very beginning, when they come out of the hotel and all the fans are cheering. The instrumental version of OWID is amazing!!!
Ivan KelavaEvery part with MF.
Anna GradowskaThe rocking audience, the vibe… The end accompanied by parts “it all beginns where it ends” from “Joyride”.
Alejandro Manniello – Only when I dream instrumental sounds terrific and fits the images perfectly.
Markus On WheelsMarie talking that open is touching.
Fabio SantosI dont have a favourite part, it was very special this documentary… I think it was nice to show to the all fans and curious their reality behind the stages!
Lindy LovegroveThe beginning when they walk out of hotel an OWID plays and when Marie spoke it was so emotional… loved it all
Myriam Roxana GarciaThe mix of images of concerts, when Marie and Mike talk about fans knowin’ their name… when she talks about the ill, I do not undertand a word, but I cried with her…

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World Tour 2012: Gdansk/Sopot Audio Bootleg

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So far we have got several audio bootlegs from this year’s leg of the mighty Roxette tour – including Adelaide, Melbourne, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Birmingham, Dublin and San Francisco. But with this new release it’s a little bit different thing. First of all – for the first time you get one concert recorded by three people from three different perspectives (sitting, in the crowd and outside of it). We weren’t able to pick up the one that represents the finest quality so we have decided to go out with all three recordings done by Slawek (known from his great work for Gessle Over Poland and Warsaw 2011 DVDs), Damian (who is passionate with recording various gigs on video) and Nikodem. Blanka is once again behind the cover and booklet for this release. Secondly – our audio bootlegs are always previews of video releases that will surely pop up somewhere in the next year. Thirdly – as we earn nothing, we share it for free.

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Small Apartments release date

According to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s press release, 11 months after its official premiere on the SXSW Film Festival in Texas, Jonas Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments” movie – for which Mr. Gessle has done the soundtrack based on the Son of a Plumber vibe – will finally be out in February, 2013. It will reach a limited audience, though, as it will appear in theaters in selected markets beginning 8th February via Tugg.com. Here you can check how tugg.com works.

The 97-minute-long movie will also be available on DVD from 19th February. DVD will include 2 bonus materials: “How To Build A Gravity Bong” & “Small Apartments: Behind The Scenes”. As Amazon.com informs, it will be a Region 1 DVD (US and Canada only). Language: English; subtitles: English, French, Spanish; dubbed: French. DVD can already be pre-ordered.*

What about the soundtrack? Good question. Will it ever be (physically) released? Hope we get some news on that soon.**

 

*According to Amazon.de, the DVD will be available for other regions, too, with the following subtitles: Italian, English, Arabic, French, Greek, Hindi, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, German. (Thanks for the info, Daniel Kühn.)

**According to The Daily Roxette: “The soundtrack to Small Apartments will be released on EMI Parlophone and “very soon” according to the writer of the music. There’s also whispers about vinyl…”

Drinking wine and listening to “Die ultimative Hit-Kollektion” [photos]

It’s been a while since we’ve done our last update. Obviously, it’s all because of those two bottles of wine we drink to our daily meals every now and then since November 1… if you feel like sharing your thoughts on the taste, please do this in the comment section below.

In this very meantime between “the next big things” such as the live Rox DVD, solo albums, new tour announcements, Oliver Zimmermann sent us 7 pictures of the low budget release called “Die ultimative Hit-Kollektion” from EMI Germany.

If you’ve started planning Christmas presents for your parents, we have one recommendation – wine is a better investment.

New fanbook about Roxette – “In a Wonderful Balloon”

Maria Sörgjerd with help of several die-hard Roxette fans has written a book called “I en underbar ballong” (Swedish for: In a Wonderful Balloon) that will be released in December 2012. Here’s the short note that can be found on the Fenomena Förlag in both English and Swedish. The publication will be released in Swedish only.

Roxette has had a transformative and even vital impact on many lives all over the world. A proof of this is the subculture which centres around Roxette, on websites and at conserts. The author Maria Sörgjerd has spent the last two years writing a book with a popular scientific focus, based on the stories of the most dedicated Roxette fans. She has found out what it is that pushes these people to travel around the world, visit concert after concert.

What is it about the group Roxette that appeals to the fans? There are people who have moved to Sweden because the Roxette members – Per and Marie – live there. There are people who have learned Swedish thanks to Roxette. There are also examples of people who have crossed the line in their eagerness to be close to their idols, but for most fans music is a positive source of energy and a lifestyle.

An underlying message in the book is that music that we like can make us feel good, not just classical music but even something as “trivial” as pop songs about balloons. The stories told by the fans are connected to the scientific field of music psychology, with an easy going and funny tone. The book is easy to relate to with casual examples.

This project is not connected at any point with the official Roxette book being currently written by Sven Lindström, author of “Att vara Per Gessle” biography.

Don’t bore us… with another compilation, dear EMI.

EMI is just a day from being sold off to a bidder that gives the biggest price. Probably it will be Universal Music or some other group with international branches. In this very meantime EMI Germany (one of those few EMI offices that actually did something positive for Roxette in the last two years) is releasing a very special 4-CD box called “Die ultimative Hit-Kollektion” for “just” EUR 49.99. It does includes an iconic Joyride-era picture with Roxette logo from Charm School album on the front cover.

If you have too much money in times of economical crisis, you can purchase your copy here & only – at Shop24direct.de. If you think we deserve something better – for instance – releases of legendary Roxette concerts from Sweden, Switzerland, Australia or South Africa in a decent format (and we’re not thinking about a stereo VHS), just give us a shout in the comment section.

Here below you can find the tracklist of the new box.

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