Story of the Song: Fabian Brusk-Jahn

Story of the Song: Fabian Brusk-Jahn

VIDEO: The first episode of our new session series Story of the Song is up! We met with Fabian Brusk-Jahn who gave some personal insight into his story telling, and played us his song in a unique setting. 

– Never stop, just never stop

– Never stop, just never stop

ARTICLE: Tomma Intet got an album coming up, and they're already thinking about the next release. The band seem to have a force to use, and we're pleased to have them spread it over Reeperbahn.

Let's slow down

Let's slow down

ARTICLE: – It's too bad we didn’t get to go to Hamburg and enjoy the festival, but I had a great time recording our session, says Lisa Wanloo when talking about this years Reeperbahn Festival.

Hey! What’s the story?

Hey! What’s the story?

ARTICLE: In our new session series Story of the song we go beyond the lyrics and let the artist talk about a certain song, the theme, the meaning. A part of our new push for more media content.

Janice Prix keeping busy!

Janice Prix keeping busy!

ARTICLE: – We get motivation to keep going from all the positive feedback we get on our recent releases, says Janice Prix. The band is more than ready for Reeperbahn Festival and has kept an impressive pace this year. 

FIREBREATHER & ELECTRIC HYDRA LIVE AT FUZZTIVAL, DK

FIREBREATHER & ELECTRIC HYDRA LIVE AT FUZZTIVAL, DK

ARTICLE: Things are not moving fast, but at least they seem to be moving. Coming weekend both Firebreather and Electric Hydra will travel (!) to play live (!!) at Fuzztival in Esbjerg, Denmark.

IT'S REEPERBAHN TIME AGAIN

IT'S REEPERBAHN TIME AGAIN

ARTICLE: We can't be there, still we gotta be there. This year at Reeperbahn we're represented by Lisa Wanloo, Janice Prix and Tomma Intet, and even tho it's a digital thing, it's still a pretty cool thing.

Kristofer Åström live in session from Pustervik

Kristofer Åström live in session from Pustervik

ARTICLE: – It’s one thing to play in front of several cameras, like with this one. You get a professional feeling, says Åström. And we say it's time to get live again and you're all digitally welcome to Pustervik.

Klubb Undergrunden sessions - Ready for round 2?

Klubb Undergrunden sessions - Ready for round 2?

ARTICLE: So, sit back and enjoy a healthy dose of live music. Klubb Undergrunden sessions is back, joining forces with five deadly acts. The concerts will once again be streamed via Borås Tidning.

Janice Prix release their debut album

Janice Prix release their debut album "Waking"

ARTICLE: Janice Prix is just about to release their full-length album. Read more about how they met w/ Pop Up Records and free tips on how to be a social media pro on content!

Revenge Prevails the calm before the storm

Revenge Prevails the calm before the storm

ARTICLE: Developing the soundscape, recording on your own and releasing new music. Find out more about Revenge Prevails, their 12 year journey as a band and their upcoming plans here. 

– We can't go backwards

– We can't go backwards

VIDEO: How do you keep the groove on as a festival these days? Torstraßen Festival and Focus Wales has gone a bit same-same but different, both creating new ways of keeping people dancing.

Digital showcase in China

Digital showcase in China

ARTICLE: After sending some music from artists we work with and some virus happening, we got to talking about a digital showcase as a way of doing something relevant, paving the way for 2021.

Viva Sounds 2020

Viva Sounds 2020

ARTICLE: Viva Sounds hopes to be back, in some shape, in December. New and exiting music needs a club festival and since being in the musical capital of Sweden, we just gotta do it again. In some way.  

A digital touch

A digital touch

ARTICLE: A new media platform to be launched! Devoted to push the local talent and businesses internationally we could not be more pleased. Independent music, major sounds!

− Give us a chance to prove ourselves

− Give us a chance to prove ourselves

VIDEO: Check out the latest Viva Talks with Beverley Whitrick, Music Venue Trust, and James Young, Cherry Bar. Both campaigning to save the local music venues, half a world apart.

From the Abyss to Mars

From the Abyss to Mars

ARTICLE: Cities of Mars play slow, heavy and dark music with sections of atmospheric soundscapes, reflecting the story of the songs which spans 9000 years, back to ancient Atlantis on Earth.

- We just have to be inventive and look forward

- We just have to be inventive and look forward

VIDEO: Listen to Vic Galloway, BBC Scotland, and Amie Borgar, Svenska YLE, discuss the affects the pandemic has had on radio and what's next. 

Get to know Messed!Up Magazine 

Get to know Messed!Up Magazine 

ARTICLE: In this conversation we get to know Jimi Nilsson, founder of Messed!Up Magazine a little bit better.

- A PANDEMIC VERSION OF THE EVENT

- A PANDEMIC VERSION OF THE EVENT

VIDEO: We talked to Alexander Schulz from Reeperbahn Festival on how they are adapting and planning an event following restrictions.

Waiting for indie rock to come back in style

Waiting for indie rock to come back in style

ARTICLE: In this interview with Emma Elstner, founder of Blackbird Artists, we talk about cancelled shows, working major vs indie and much more.

Lisa Wanloo @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

Lisa Wanloo @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

VIDEO: Lisa Wanloo performs an intimate set at Fyrens Ölkafé for the fifth episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions.

Another side of Virginia And the Flood

Another side of Virginia And the Flood

ARTICLE: We got in touch with Virginina And the Flood ahead of the release of the fourth episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions.

The Monkey must dance

The Monkey must dance

ARTICLE: Spain is slowly starting to open up again and public events are allowed, sort of. But it's still very hard for the live music business, César Guisado från Monkey Week Festival in Seville explains.

No rest for Tomma Intet

No rest for Tomma Intet

ARTICLE: We have been flirting with each other for a while, to be honest, says Magnus Petersson from Tomma Intet, speaking on working with Welfare Sounds.

Lavette @ Klubb Undergrunden Sessions

Lavette @ Klubb Undergrunden Sessions

ARTICLE: - We have to remind people how great we are, you know, says Emilia Gustavsson, guitarist and singer in Lavette.

Viva Talks: The money has to find the right pockets

Viva Talks: The money has to find the right pockets

VIDEO: Ulf Dernevik and Joppe Pihlgren discuss several aspects of the government stimulus package for creative and cultural industries.

At the drive-in

At the drive-in

ARTICLE: Welfare Sounds & Records transforms their five-year anniversary party into a drive-in concert for 50 guests. We talked to Fredrik Andersson from Welfare Sounds about the innovative solution.

Beverly Kills @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

Beverly Kills @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

VIDEO: With the third episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions being released Alma Westerlund of Beverly Kills share her thoughts on the performance and talks about the future for the band.

Viva Talks: Katy Perry isn’t releasing a new single

Viva Talks: Katy Perry isn’t releasing a new single

VIDEO: Join the conversation between Katja Hermes, Sound Diplomacy and Tyler Polzin, A&R Worldwide / Musexpo as they discuss the new reality, ways forward and possibilities for upcoming artists.

Klubb Undergrunden Sessions

Klubb Undergrunden Sessions

ARTICLE: With the news that Klubb Undergrunden will start broadcasting shows Friday the 24th of April we talked to Emma Gerdien, from the city of Borås, and Erik Ahlblom, guitar player in The Bongo Club.

Songs Of Boda @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

Songs Of Boda @ Messed!Up Viva Sessions

VIDEO: In our second episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions singer-songwriter Songs Of Boda gave an intimate performance at Holy Moly, we talked to him about streaming and what the future holds.

Viva Talks: This is an industry worth securing

Viva Talks: This is an industry worth securing

VIDEO: Find out what Katti Hofflin, cultural director at Västra Götalandsregionen, and Johan Lindqvist, Göteborgs-Posten, have to say about the state of culture in our second digital edition of Viva Talks. 

Standing on the verge

Standing on the verge

ARTICLE: We put the spotlight on Balázs Varga, one of our partners, running the festival Fekete Zaj, to give us an update on work and life in Budapest, Hungary.

VIVA TALKS: Everything was cancelled within three days

VIVA TALKS: Everything was cancelled within three days

VIDEO: How does the current situation affect the live market especially? Let's hear it from Pustervik, Debaser and Plan B. 

Swedish public service on Musiken Tystnar

Swedish public service on Musiken Tystnar

ARTICLE: Our form on estimating the losses in the live market is getting noticed by Swedish media. 

Let's talk venues

Let's talk venues

ARTICLE: What’s the status for music venues right now? We decided to bring Viva Talks online to keep the conversation alive. 

Messed!Up Viva Sessions

Messed!Up Viva Sessions

ARTICLE: Let's welcome Messed!Up Viva Sessions where we're recording performances with familiar faces at some of our favourite venues in Gothenburg.

Goodbye good times (for now)

Goodbye good times (for now)

As Covid-19 have spread, we’ve talked to promotors and bookers in China, South Korea and Italy, but what’s the state in our own backyard?

Finding new ways

Finding new ways

ARTICLE: We talk to Two Year Vacation and 40 Feet Management about new music and finding ways to keep the ball running.

You’ve got me locked in

You’ve got me locked in

ARTICLE: Italy is today the talking point when it comes to the Covid-19 virus, and the first real quarantine after it started spreading in Europe. Katia Giampaolo running Estragon Club in Bologna tells us how she is affected .

Don’t know what you got till it’s gone

Don’t know what you got till it’s gone

ARTICLE: We’re moving on with our series of interviews with partners and friends within the music industry. After China we follow the Covid-19 virus over to South Korea and Cecilia Soojeong Yi, DMZ Peace Train Music and Zandari Festa. .

It's survival mode

It's survival mode

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 we’re doing a series of interviews with our partners and friends around the globe. In Hong Kong, Eric De Fontenay from MusicDish LLC  and his team are working on new ways to develop, focusing on reinventing the digital side of their company. 

What's the thing about showcases?

What's the thing about showcases?

Prepping up for "Musik, kreativitet & export" we asked Anna Willrodt and Gustav Påhlsson a few questions tied to their experiences on showcases.

Beverly Kills vs The New Colossus Festival

Beverly Kills vs The New Colossus Festival

Last month we had KÅRP in Los Angeles. Now we’re about to send Beverly Kills to The New Colossus Festival in New York. Power up. Lower East Side, let’s go!

Let's talk management

Let's talk management

Home ground premier, and we start off with a banger. It’s time for this year’s first VIVA TALKS. Last year’s events were all ace, so why change a winning concept?

Get to know Suicide Records 

Get to know Suicide Records 

Westside Music Sweden got 32 independent music business as partners, but who are they and what do they do? We want you to get a chance to know them better!

The KÅRP’s flying to LA

The KÅRP’s flying to LA

The new death disco/mysterious pop act from Gothenburg! You spell it KÅRP, the Swedish word for “raven”, here with a with twist (replacing an “O” for an “Å”).

Viva Sounds 2019

Viva Sounds 2019

Westside Music Sweden are back for the third edition of Viva Sounds, December 6th-7th. This time with more shows, more venues and more people invited to the panels during Saturday.

Tentakel goes ape

Tentakel goes ape

Founded in the small Spanish town of El Puerto de Santa María it moved to Seville in 2016. Three years later it’s still one of our closest partners and we can’t wait to go back. Monkey Week – the festival of opportunities. 

Give me Tuborg & Baby Missiles

Give me Tuborg & Baby Missiles

Time to send the last band of the year to Råhuset in Copenhagen. Baby Missiles is a trio that write pop songs that will make you want to bang your head and make your feet start dancing.

Big in Japan

Big in Japan

Neon lights, sushi, crazy zombie movies and Rock N Roll – you get it all in The Land of The Rising Sun. But what’s unique with late 2019? Well, for the first time ever a Westside-band will pleasure the locals with distorted guitars.

Viva Talks German

Viva Talks German

This year’s last Viva Talks is hosted by Popup Records from Hamburg, a company which has been around since 2001 and is extremely well established in the German market.

Et lille spillested med et stort hjerte

Et lille spillested med et stort hjerte

Westside Music Sweden have always had a soft spot for Denmark, and especially for a wonderful little place called Råhuset.

One night in Bangkok

One night in Bangkok

We´re getting closer to the end of the year 2019. On one hand you could think that we´re all laid back and set for Viva Sounds but on the other one that´s just too boring to be doing only that, so… we have one more ace up our sleeve for you!

East Meets West at Waves Vienna

East Meets West at Waves Vienna

Since the worldwide success of ABBA, Sweden is seen as one of the most successful nations when it comes to pop music.

Reeperbahn, Hamburg, huh.

Reeperbahn, Hamburg, huh.

It’s that time of the year again, when the streets get crowded and the bars fill up. No, not Christmas. This is better than all your Christmas celebrations combined – it’s time for Reeperbahn Festival.

Viva Talks French!

Viva Talks French!

We’re keeping on keeping on rolling internationally and welcome you to a new session of Viva Talks. Order a baguette, some ratatouille with champagne and kick back – it’s time to discover the French indie and underground scene.

Gettin´ready for Zandari Festa

Gettin´ready for Zandari Festa

This year is the 8th edition of the Zandari Festa, that´s all about “listen to music, drink beer and make friends”. With over 100 teams of musicians from 20 countries, it may be alot of beer and friends…

It´s time to go east!

It´s time to go east!

Three Swedish acts have made it to this year´s edition of Fekete Zaj Festival, Budapest. Tribulation, Agent Side Grinder and Tomma Intet. A collective founded during the winter of 2016 and based on the idea of enlightenment and transcendence according to their Facebook page.

Caribbean kraut and American pancakes

Caribbean kraut and American pancakes

The band Two Year Vacation has been up to a lot more things this past year than their band name says.

See you at Gothenburg Culture Festival!

See you at Gothenburg Culture Festival!

Woah! Gothenburg Culture Festival is just around the corner and Westside Music Sweden will be having not one but THREE program entries.

Roots, Bloody Roots!

Roots, Bloody Roots!

Much has happened to Lisa Wanloo this year. In February, she went and played at “Make it Loud” in Kiev, Ukraine which she described as “Cold as hell and everything was very, very brown.

Our focus is set on Wales!

Our focus is set on Wales!

We are happy to be back at Focus Wales – and this time with our very own stage! Let’s make a trip with Telos Vision, Agent Blå and The Bongo Club.

Una bolsa viene cargada de rock!

Una bolsa viene cargada de rock!

Time to cross the Atlantic for the land with tequila, sombreros and the most streams in the world – Mexico! Bottlecap from Gothenburg will represent Westside Music Sweden at Festival Marvin, CDMX, May 16-18, our third year proudly part of this event.

A greater escape than Brexit

A greater escape than Brexit

500 emerging artists from all around the globe, more than 30 venues and a festival site on Brighton Beach. The Great Escape is not to be missed by the music lover, and we got Linn Koch-Emmery and The Bongo Club in the middle of it, part of ÅÄÖ Sounds Swedish. 

Spotting the talent at SPOT!

Spotting the talent at SPOT!

Spring time is finally here and the festival season is really just around the corner. Let’s turn our eyes and ears just little bit south towards SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark!

Tilde to Tjili Pop!

Tilde to Tjili Pop!

This year will be Copenhagen-included, with stuff happening this spring, this summer and this fall. First out are two stunts with the tiny strawberry-field type place called Tjili Pop on Nørrebro – and first artist to go is Tilde Hjelm.

The road to Roadburn with the Exorcist GBG

The road to Roadburn with the Exorcist GBG

The Exorcist GBG made a string of shows in Europe, fueled up by steam, moods and all the strange things in between, and finalized their trip at Roadburn Festival – here’s some words on it!

We Dream Alone to Poland, Czech and Slovakia!

We Dream Alone to Poland, Czech and Slovakia!

We Dream Alone has been active around us for some time now, and we know them as an ambitious band who wanna go places. 

Viva Talks English!

Viva Talks English!

Viva Talks is a new series of talks, in the shape of a normal after-work. For the first session we’re inviting three British people to sit down in the restaurant at Pustervik for a conversation about music. It’s time for Viva Talks English!

Scandinavian trio on tour

Scandinavian trio on tour

Three acts with one thing in common – an innovative interpretation of the minimalistic.

Mexico state of mind!

Mexico state of mind!

Third year in a row we’re teaming up with Festival Marvin, CDMX, to make our perspective a little bit wider and a little bit more interesting.

Electric Hydra / SWR, Barroselas, PT.

Electric Hydra / SWR, Barroselas, PT.

SWR Barroselas Metalfest has been in our calendar some years, and we can’t find a reason to change this winning team.

How about Ukraine?

How about Ukraine?

It’s winter and it’s cold, but we won’t let the raw Gothenburg chill stop us. It’s time for Make It Loud Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine!

No culture without sub-culture

No culture without sub-culture

Loud, exciting and crowded to the limit. Once again Eurosonic in Groningen creates an atmosphere of party and complete madness. We checked out the Swedish acts during the festival.

Thank you!

Thank you!

Viva Sounds 2018 was just the perfect thing. The weekend came and the weekend went – and we had so much fun living it up! 

Closing party with Pale Honey!

Closing party with Pale Honey!

We are so getting there, and we are turning it loose. Cos it’s a mother.

Zandari Festa, Seoul, Korea

Zandari Festa, Seoul, Korea

*Started in 2012, Zandari Festa quickly established itself as South Korea’s largest music showcase festival.

When in Hamburg!

When in Hamburg!

Field report from Hamburg last week: Reeperbahn Festival did it again, and we’ll be back for more of those treats you got. Loved it.

After summer, there is work!

After summer, there is work!

Summer’s almost gone, and a wicked season is upon us. This year we’ve already been out quite some but still we got more to do.

Hello Hamburg, again!

Hello Hamburg, again!

Since packing venue Pooca Bar from start to finish last year during Reeperbahn Festival, how could we say no to that stuff again? We couldn’t.

Spring getting busy!

Spring getting busy!

Action, only a few words. 

How about Wales?

How about Wales?

In partnership with Focus Wales!

GET THE LATEST NEWS