Peter Boström: “I was very enthusiastic to try my best to get people to hear this gem”

We had the chance to interview Peter “Bassflow” Boström, known in the Rox community mostly for his remixes of “Speak To Me” and “The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye”. Picture by Sverigesradio

Roxetteblog: Could you tell us how you got into music? What were/are your inspirations, idols?

Peter Boström: I was playing the violin as a kid. Not by choice, but I learnt the basics of melodies and patterns really fast. As a teen, growing up in Stockholm, you had to listen to either hard rock or synth to be somewhat accepted 😉

I always liked experimental stuff so I chose to be a loyal synth-fan. Besides, I didn’t really have the hair to listen to rock, haha!

My big idols were, and still are, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb, Jean Michel Jarre.

RXB: what is your favourite instrument / music effect?

Peter: My favorite instrument must be my old and damaged Korg Poly6. It is always out of tune but it sounds just wonderful. Dirty and noisy. Just what the doctor ordered in this digital era.

RXB: Where does your nickname “Bassflow” come from?

Peter: Bassflow is actually the name of my company. In 1992, I was sharing studio with a team called Time Bomb, a swedish Hip hop collective. Bassflow sounded phat and cool in regards of hip hop. I didn’t use the name until 2006 when I did a remake of 7milakliv by Martin Stenmarck and was asked what name I wanted to use as a remixer for the cover.

RXB: You have worked with many Swedish artists, how did you get to work with them?

I started my company in 1992, at the age of 21. From there it took a lot of effort and struggling to come to the point where I am today. Half way, that is. Back then I was writing and producing people I got to know, people who weren’t artist, but at least they could sing better than me.

In the end of the glorious 90’s, I got to know some pretty successful producers and got involved in various album project.

One thing led to another, and here I am!

RXB: You have done remakes/remixes of two Roxette songs, how did that happen?

Peter: I was contacted by Johan Olsson at EMI in Sweden. He and Per had heard some songs of mine and asked me if I would like to do a radio mix of “Speak to me”. Of course, I didn’t hesitate.

But how can you ever make a new version of a perfectly good song by Roxette without being questioned? Or question yourself? That was the hard part.

How do I walk on this holy ground without leaving ugly footprints? It’s a question of respect, but I think I am pretty ok at that, keeping the artists integrity somehow intact.

We have actually only communicated through the A&R at the record company. Per and Marie have been on tour quite a lot, so it was the most convenient way. I have met Per on a couple of occasions in the past, and he is a real gentleman.

RXB: “The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye” has always been one of those Roxette tracks that should have deserved better treatment, it’s a favourite for many fans and considered underrated. What did you have in mind when you did the remake? Did Per give you any directions?

Peter: After “Speak to me” I was contacted once again by EMI. Johan said that Per really wanted me to give this song a go. He said it was one of Per’s personal favorites. I must admit I had never heard the song before, so I was very enthusiastic to try my best to get people to hear this gem.

And by people I don’t mean the true Roxette fans. They have heard it a thousand times before. It is such a great song. But since the original version is almost 5 minutes long, I knew it would be hard to shorten it to a length that is accepted by the radio.

I didn’t really get any directions. I think Per had enough belief in me to do what I did with “Speak to me”. To re-think the production without damaging the song. You can never make something that is better than the original. You can just make it as good as possible in a different way.

RXB: And last but not least, what do you do when you are not working with music?

Peter: I spend all other time with my family, -my (soon to be) wife Evelina and my twin kids, Bastian and Milo. Well… except when there’s a Chelsea game on TV 🙂

RXB: Thanks for your time! We love the work you did with “Speak To Me” and “Sweet Hello”.

Picture by Sverigesradio.

“Speak to me” to be performed on “Die Ultimative Chart-show”

On Friday, November 11 German TV channel RTL will broadcast “Die Ultimative Chart-show” with Roxette as the special guests. Roxette are said to perform “Speak to me” single.

“25 Jahre Kuschelrock – Die große Jubiläumsshow” is a special episode of the programme that will celebrate 25 years of the well-known CD compilation series called “Kuschelrock”.

Countdown to German radio prize gala with Roxette

As reported some time ago, Roxette will perform tonight at “Der Deutsche Radiopreis” gala in Hamburg, Germany. Marie & Per have landed in Germany and acts are having soundchecks right now.

What we still don’t know is if Roxette will perform playback, live, singback or whatever. Per said they “prepared” music for this event some days ago, whatever that means. German radio channel “NDR 2″– part of the organizers – told their listeners today, that Roxette will perform “She’s Got Nothing On” additionally to the announced “Speak To Me” stage premiere.

The show will start at 20:05 European Summer time and will be broadcasted live on 50 (!) German radio stations and via video stream on the official website www.deutscher-radiopreis.de. They started posting backstage videos already!

6 regional TV stations will broadcast the gala all over Germany, with “NDR Fernsehen” being the first on 22:00 CEST.

In Hamburg for the German Radio Awards! Performing tonite. Pelle lost his bag in Stockholm. Chris lost his mind.

The radio stations:
bremen vier, hr3, MDR JUMP, NDR 2, RBB radioBerlin, SR AntenneSaar, SWR 3, WDR 2, B5 plus, 94,3 rs2, 94.5 Radio Cottbus, 105‘5 Spreeeradio, ANTENNE MV, alster radio 106!8, Berliner Rundfunk 91.4, bigFM, delta radio, ENERGY Berlin, ENERGY Hamburg, ENERGY München, ENERGY Nürnberg, ENERGY Rhein-Main, ENERGY Stuttgart, Hit-Radio Antenne, HIT RADIO FFH, HITRADIO OHR, Oldie 95, Radio 7, RADIO 21, RADIO BOB!, radio ffn, Radio Hamburg, Radio Hitwave, Radio NORA, RADIO PSR, radio SAW, ROCKLAND, ROCKLAND RADIO, RPR1, R.SH Radio Schleswig-Holstein, Schwarzwaldradio, ANTENNE BAYERN, HITRADIO RTL, NRW-Lokalradios, Radio Regenbogen.

The television stations:
NDR, MDR, WDR, hr, rbb, SWR.

“Speak To Me” video premiere tomorrow

Per Gessle announced on the Roxette official facebook page that “Speak To Me” video will be premiered tomorrow noon in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. You’ll be able to watch the video on MyVideo EMI Channel.

The rest of the world will get an international link on Sunday. That is, if it doesn’t make it to YouTube before that, as Per says.

“Speak to me” to be released digitally in Germany on 26th August

Musicload.de service, powered by T-mobile network, has just announced that the third Roxette single off the “Charm school” album – “Speak to me” – will be released digitally in Germany on 26th August. No info regarding physical release at this point. No suprises in the tracklist.

1. Speak to Me (Bassflow Remake) 3:39
2. Speak to Me 3:42
3. Stars (Live in Barcelona 2001) 4:06

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for this information.

“Speak to me” single is released!

“Speak to me” vinyl single was released on Wednesday, May 25th in Sweden. We can finally provide you with some photos of the cover and vinyl itself. Unfortunately, EMI Music did not pay enough attention to proofreading process and instead of correct “original” we got “orginal”, which makes the single really “orginal” item in your collection!

If you have not purchased your copy yet, do it via Bengans.se!

Thanks to Petra Osifova.

“Way Out” and “Speak To Me” to be released on vinyl 7″

Updated 10-5-2011: The below has been updated – thanks to Thomas Evensson for clarifying! Basically: “Speak To Me” will only be available on vinyl and “Way Out” only on CD, besides digitally.

First published on 1-5-2011

Here is an overview of the singles which are going to be released in the next weeks:

Digital “Speak To Me
Release date
released in Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, South Africa on April 18th, 2011

Tracks
“Speak To Me” Bassflow Remake
Stars – Live in Barcelona, October 2001

7″ vinyl “Speak To Me
Release date
To be released on May 18, 2011 – countries still unknown.

Tracks
A-side:
“Speak To Me” Bassflow Remake
“Speak To Me” Original Mix

B-Side:
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) Adrian Lux Mix
She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) Adam Rickfors Mix

Digital “Way Out
Release date
to be released on June 10, 2011 in Germany and Austria. This will also be the 2nd single off “Charm School” in Spain, but release date is still unknown.

Tracks
Way Out
Crash! Boom! Bang! / Anyone – Live Forest National, Brussels, October 22, 2001

CD Single “Way Out
Release date
To be released on June 10, 2011 – countries still unknown

Tracks
Way Out
Crash! Boom! Bang! / Anyone – Live Forest National, Brussels, October 22, 2001

It is still unclear if both singles will be available on CDs as well but my guess is that they will according to the photos posted on Roxette Official Facebook page, since one of them is a “Way Out” CD.