I'm a South Londoner now living in Sweden. I'm also a part-time DJ/ founder of Urbanlife Radio and co-founder of Scandinavian Soul. Music has always been my soundtrack to life and although I listen to everything, soul is always in my playlist.
The role of a music producer can be vast and varied and there is no denying they play a vital role in nearly every song you've ever enjoyed. Often overlooked the producer can be the engineer, beat maker and talent spotter.
One such producer is PEO, a 33 year-old beatmaker, producer and songwriter, who hails from Kristianstad in the southern part of Sweden. Having heard some of his songs such as 'Good Love / Impossible Love' featuring the Swedish singer Sofie, we decided to find out more.
Creative inspiration can generate from many areas and a variety of sources, and some places can truly inspire you. David Jay's new single 'Africa is the Future' is testament to that, so we grabbed a few minutes with the in-demand Danish soul singer for some quick questions.
Beatnik are the UK's hottest production and writing duo, Dj Nikki & Statis. Hailed as the dance music producers of the future the London based duo Beatnik draw inspiration from a wealth of musical styles and genres. Now the talented duo have remixed two of – Danish Scandinavian soul singer – Marie Dahlstrøm singles 'True Love Is' and 'What Did You Say'. Check them out and let us know what you think.
In 2007, Mary's Mine (Maria Friberg) put some demos on her Myspace page. Shortly after that she was contacted and signed up by the successful Sundae Soul Recordings record company, who released a vinyl version of her single Marvin. It sold out within three months. Now, with an excellent new single Another Day due out in May, we thought it was about time we found out more about this petite Swedish soul singer.
For those who don’t already know, every Sunday I DJ for Urbanlife Radio under the name Mr.C. The show is a mix of Scandinavian Soul and Rare Groove. So, you can imagine my surprise – and delight – when I heard that Danish group Quadron is working with one of the icons of Rare Groove: 72-year-old American legend Leon Ware. The result is magic.
Denmark seems to be producing a stream of soul talent, a prime example is newcomer Bashir Billow Khalid (BILLOW) who has exploded onto the Scandinavian soul music scene with a stunning debut recording coupled with a cool video. The single, 'Mental Picture', does everything right, musically as well as visually. Could this be the first summer hit of 2012?
During an English lesson at school, I remember my teacher telling us to avoid using the word ‘nice’, as there was a multitude of other adjectives to use instead. Well, she had better have her red pen handy, as I’m about to use it a lot!
Sunday (8th April 2012) saw the release of Swedish singer Klara Kazmi's new single – NICE, and it’s as good as the title says!