Per Gessle about the new albums and duets – interview by Swedish Radio P4

Swedish Radio (Kulturnytt P4) tried to reach Per Gessle after yesterday’s great news about his 2 new solo albums. They write that Per is now in Nashville and they interviewed him via e-mail.

Swedish Radio asked Per what made him want to do duets with Lars Winnerbäck, Linnea Henriksson and John Holm. Mr. G says often cooperates with Helena Josefsson when he is making his solo albums. This time she is there again and is doing backing vocals on almost all songs and sings one song in duet with Per. Per says Helena is incredibly talented and always lifts his songs to the sky. Their voices are a perfect match. But when Mr. G started writing last summer, he started thinking about male duet partners. A regular duet can bring a different angle to the text. When a guy and a girl sings it sounds in a certain way, but when 2 guys or 2 girls are singing, it becomes something totally different. Interesting.

Per says he has many things in common with Lars Winnerbäck. Small-town background and quite similar taste in music even if Mr. G is older. Per always liked Lars. They met at Sofiero in Helsingborg when he was on tour last summer and Per asked if he wanted to sing a duet. Thank God he wanted.

Besides Helena Josefsson there were other musicians involved: Christoffer Lundquist, Clarence Öfwerman and Anders Herrlin. They were also there in Nashville to record the songs.

The autumn album will contain duets with Linnea Henriksson and John Holm. Per says John Holm was one of those who made him start writing his own songs when he was fourteen, so it’s a personal highlight in Per’s life to record with John Holm. According to Per, John Holm is still a unique singer and personality.

Regarding Linnea Henriksson Per says he had an uptempo song he thought Linnea could sing the chorus on. But after a few weeks in Nashville, he realized that it did not fit into the project, so he put it on hold. But then he had another song that screamed for Linnea’s blue tones and it became so fine. Per is very happy and proud that Linnea wanted to cooperate.

Per says to his great surprise, he had studio time left when they were done with the 14 Swedish songs. Then he thought he could do duets in English with country-girls too. He had two quite newly written songs that he thought would be great to record in the Nashville environment. He called some friends in Nashville’s music industry and got tips on 2 talented girls, Savannah Church and Jessica S. who suddenly appeared and rounded off this incredibly exciting project.

To Swedish Radio’s question regarding how Per would describe the album he said he have tried to make very beautiful songs, arrangements and productions. Stripped down, but efficient. He went started the project with no limits and rules, he didn’t want to sound a certain way or do anything in a format which is now unfortunately characterizes the entire music industry. He wanted the local musicians to be part of and create the songs’ design. Per let them play on almost all songs to see what happens, then they edited it all afterwards and took away what they thought didn’t fit.

Per’s solo projects in Swedish are always quite text-oriented. So it is this time. Perhaps more than ever.

Each song has its own story, it’s about being young and getting older. To look back but also dare to look ahead. Happiness, but also disappointment. About things don’t always turn out as planned or as expected. I have lost my mother, brother and sister in the last three years and it has certainly put its weight on the lyrics and my life in general. But life goes on.

To Swedish Radio’s question if there will be duets on stage, Per replied who knows. He has the habit from Roxette.

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.

Photo by Anton Corbijn

Look Sharp! 25

RXB_radio_docu_04As we already informed you about it earlier, Tara Moshizi and Tove Meyer – who are also Roxers –did a documentary on Look Sharp!’s 25th anniversary for Swedish Radio. This great docu ”Look Sharp 25 år – Så tog Roxette över världen” (= Look Sharp! 25 – This is how Roxette took over the world) was broadcasted today, but interviews with Clarence and Anders were done in September, with Per in October and with Marie and Ms Dimberg in November.

Actually, most of the stories we already heard during all these years, but it was still really nice to listen to all of them again. In the documentary they are talking about the times before Look Sharp!, the breakthrough, the success of The Look and other singles off the album.

 

Per explains he was already a pop star in Gyllene Tider before Roxette was established and Marie had a great solo career and worked closely together with Lasse Lindbom. When they asked Marie about how she remembers Per from those times, she said he was an unbelievably nice person and easy to work with, they had fun together and had a big dream.

Clarence thought Marie was a great singer, but he wasn’t really fond of Per’s style. Anders told he didn’t like Neverending Love, he thought it was ridiculous. How he is humming it in the docu is priceless (check it out at 11:19).

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Exclusive photos from the recordings of the radio docu

As we already informed you about it several times, Tove Meyer and Tara Moshizi, who are also Roxers just like all of us here, did interviews for a radio documentary for the 25th anniversary of Look Sharp! It’s gonna be on air for the first time on New Year’s Eve.

Sveriges Radio P4: 31st December, 12:03 pm CET
Sveriges Radio P1: 31st December, 16:03 pm CET; 3rd January 18:15 pm CET

As Tove and Tara informed us, they did interviews not only with Marie, Per, Clarence and Anders, but also with Ms Dimberg. They kindly shared some yet unpublished photos with us from the recordings.

Enjoy and tune in on 31st December!

 

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Roxette radio docu on NYE

If you need something to cheer you up before this year’s New Year’s Eve party, the radio documentary about ”Look Sharp!” – the album, which is still their best as Per says – will be probably your thing. As you could already read it in our earlier articles, Tara Moshizi and Tove Meyer did interviews with Marie, Per, Clarence and Anders during the past months and they were talking about the album on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

Save the date in your calendar!

Sveriges Radio P4: 31st December, 12:03 pm CET
Sveriges Radio P1: 31st December, 16:03 pm CET; 3rd January 18:15 pm CET

Tara and Tove have appr. 6 hours of raw material, but they cut it to a 50-minute-long documentary. Good news is that they will share some more of the raw material (i.e. the interviews or parts of them) online after the docu has been broadcasted. Stay tuned!

 

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More interviews for the Roxette radio documentary

You might remember our earlier article about the radio documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Look Sharp!”. Tove Meyer and Tara Moshizi are now ready with all the interviews. And yeah x 3: Marie will also appear in the docu, since she was interviewed today! There are not too many interviews with her these days, so it’s awesome that there will be a chance to hear her again.

Show will be on air in December. We will let you know about the exact date and time.

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In the studio – Tara Moshizi, Marie Fredriksson, Tove Meyer   © Tara M. and © Tove M.

 

Roxette – radio documentary

Tara Moshizi and Tove Meyer from Sveriges Radio are doing a radio documentary on Roxette. They already did interviews with Clarence Öfwerman and Anders Herrlin in September and it seems that the interview with Mr G took place today.

The documentary will be broadcasted on P1 and P4 Sveriges Radio – so, of course, it will be in Swedish – during Christmas holidays this December. We will let you know about the exact date once it’s announced.

It’s gonna be a busy December for us, Roxers. 😉

 

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Update by Per on 26th Oct:

Did a long but interesting interview with Swedish Radio yesterday! It was all about Look Sharp’s 25th Anniversary. Will be broadcast pretty soon on P1 + P4 in Sweden. Look forward to hear the interviews with Clarence + Anders Herrlin! I’m sure they remember totally different things than me….