Written on 2021-03-03
VIDEO: You want some fresh music in an amazing environment? Follow Saga Back as she takes her guitar and new single Samuel for a session at Hotel Pigalle in central Gothenburg.
Written on 2021-03-02
ARTICLE: It's cool when talent and ambition pays off. When spotlighting albums done in 2020 at the annual indie award show, Manifestgalan, both Welfare Sounds and Suicide Records got paid.
Written on 2021-02-23
ARTICLE: Time to get the terminology straight! Katthem is one of two somewhat Westside-affiliated bands nominated for the "punk" award at this years Manifest Gala, released by Welfare Sounds.
Written on 2021-02-18
ARTICLE: Not only was 2020 the year of the pandemic, it was also a year of many great releases of music. One of them was Hollow Ship's album, The Future Remains, via Pnkslm Recordings.
Written on 2021-02-15
ARTICLE: Award season is upon us and nominations for The Gaffa Awards is here as well. And, to no surprise, this side of town is well represented as it should, by amazing artists, releases and labels.
ARTICLE: New online conference Screen x Screen will dive into all new opportunities being presented for businesses and artists to grow at an explosive rate with an engaged global online audience.
Written on 2021-02-03
ARTICLE: One of the big ones goes digital for 2021. SXSW is one of those special occasions you hear people and bands talk about, and this year we get to see what the fuzz is all about, together with mimi.
Written on 2021-02-02
ARTICLE: Metal of the year and credit where credit is due. Electric Hydra has stayed hyper active since the start and released their debut album 2020 on Majestic Mountain Records, now up for an award.
Written on 2021-01-29
ARTICLE: Novarupta was nominated at the Swedish indie awards, Manifest, last year. New year, new album and they're nominated again. And the label behind the release is the same as well.
Written on 2021-01-25
ARTICLE: Not one, not two, not even three, four or five - but six nominations at The Manifest Gala got roots in our part of the country. One of them is Katthem, released by Welfare Sounds & Records.
Written on 2021-01-21
ARTICLE: When invited to talk on things we think we know some about, we're always happy to be on the team. So let's hope we made sense on the panel for China International Music Industry Conference.
Written on 2021-01-14
ARTICLE: Suicide Records is constantly working hard, and it shows at the indie awards. At The Manifest Gala, this year, the label got two releases nominated - Novarupta and Ett Dödens Maskineri.
Written on 2021-01-08
ARTICLE: Maybe that’s one thing we gotta be a little better at since we have one of the most interesting music scenes in the country and Gothenburg could be called the (indie) music capital of Sweden.
Written on 2020-12-17
VIDEO: A special, digital and new kind of Christmas calendar is here! With greetings from both public figures and musicians, topped off with great live clips performed at Klubb Undergrunden.
Written on 2020-12-04
ARTICLE: Staying focused during a pandemic is not the easiest thing to do. Daniel Hansson at 40ft Management talked us through his 2020, with digital exposure, passion and a possible future.
Written on 2020-12-02
VIDEO: Don't wait for somebody else to do it for you. Gather people, gather ideas and gather inspiration. Creating a music community can be a lot of work but it will also be rewarding, for sure.
Written on 2020-11-25
ARTICLE: No less than three bands via Westside will be part of the second edition of Bangkok Music City: Browsing Collection, The Bongo Club and KÅRP. We talked to all of them plus the festival manager.
Written on 2020-11-23
ARTICLE: The dream of playing in Mexico came true. This time digital, but still. When the world allows, Beverly Kills will hit the road again, but first - a streamed concert at Festival Marvin 9.5.
Written on 2020-11-19
ARTICLE: As we all know 2020 has been full of surprises. But every cloud has a silver lining. We now have the privilege to see SUNHILL perform a digital show at the Mexican Festival Marvin 9.5!
Written on 2020-11-17
ARTICLE: – Musical boundaries are rubber bands, says The Exorcist GBG. They got a different game plan, this year opening a door to garage means stepping out at Alameda de Hércules in Seville.
Written on 2020-11-16
ARTICLE: Black River Delta is the first Swedish band up on this years digital edition of Festival Marvin. And they are just waiting for the world to be safe again, so they can make it un-safe.
Written on 2020-11-13
ARTICLE: What was supposed to be the Grand Number Ten turned out to be a beautiful 9.5. Festival Marvin is back, this time in the digital sphere, with the best of programs.
Written on 2020-11-03
ARTICLE: We wanna be free. We wanna be free to do what we wanna do, and we wanna get loaded and have a good time. That's what we're gonna do. Next year.
Written on 2020-10-27
VIDEO: Exit because of Brexit. How will it affect bands who wants to tour the UK and vice versa? Only time will tell. That and much more in this episode of Viva Talks.
Written on 2020-10-23
VIDEO: Press the button and let The Bongo Club tell you all about their track Glorious. This time performed acoustically in the tattoo studio Den Gamla Skolan, in Borås.
Written on 2020-10-21
ARTICLE: – Rock music really needs a live situation! Cities of Mars are appreciating digital ideas and solutions happening, taking them to Korea this week, but can't wait to get back on the stage.
Written on 2020-10-09
VIDEO: In this episode we climb a mountain - literally! Hit play and let Browsing Collection guide you through their track Broken Bone Blues, in the latest episode of Story of the Song.
ARTICLE: Re-think, re-do and keep on running. This year has got Westside Music Sweden working in different ways, and we'll keep busy trying to create international opportunities with lots coming up.
Written on 2020-09-18
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.
Written on 2020-09-15
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.
Written on 2020-09-11
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.
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.
Written on 2020-09-08
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.
Written on 2020-09-01
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.
Written on 2020-08-28
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.
Written on 2020-08-21
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.
Written on 2020-08-10
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.
Written on 2020-07-15
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!
Written on 2020-07-10
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.
Written on 2020-07-03
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.
Written on 2020-06-27
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.
Written on 2020-06-26
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.
Written on 2020-06-19
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!
Written on 2020-06-15
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.
Written on 2020-06-11
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.
Written on 2020-06-10
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.
Written on 2020-06-03
ARTICLE: In this conversation we get to know Jimi Nilsson, founder of Messed!Up Magazine a little bit better.
Written on 2020-06-01
VIDEO: We talked to Alexander Schulz from Reeperbahn Festival on how they are adapting and planning an event following restrictions.
Written on 2020-05-28
ARTICLE: In this interview with Emma Elstner, founder of Blackbird Artists, we talk about cancelled shows, working major vs indie and much more.
Written on 2020-05-25
VIDEO: Lisa Wanloo performs an intimate set at Fyrens Ölkafé for the fifth episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions.
Written on 2020-05-19
ARTICLE: We got in touch with Virginina And the Flood ahead of the release of the fourth episode of Messed!Up Viva Sessions.
Written on 2020-05-18
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.
Written on 2020-05-14
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.
Written on 2020-05-07
ARTICLE: - We have to remind people how great we are, you know, says Emilia Gustavsson, guitarist and singer in Lavette.
Written on 2020-04-29
VIDEO: Ulf Dernevik and Joppe Pihlgren discuss several aspects of the government stimulus package for creative and cultural industries.
Written on 2020-04-28
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.
Written on 2020-04-24
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.
Written on 2020-04-23
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.
Written on 2020-04-22
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.
Written on 2020-04-20
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.
Written on 2020-04-14
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.
Written on 2020-04-10
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.
Written on 2020-04-08
VIDEO: How does the current situation affect the live market especially? Let's hear it from Pustervik, Debaser and Plan B.
ARTICLE: Our form on estimating the losses in the live market is getting noticed by Swedish media.
Written on 2020-04-03
ARTICLE: What’s the status for music venues right now? We decided to bring Viva Talks online to keep the conversation alive.
Written on 2020-03-31
ARTICLE: Let's welcome Messed!Up Viva Sessions where we're recording performances with familiar faces at some of our favourite venues in Gothenburg.
Written on 2020-03-29
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?
Written on 2020-03-27
ARTICLE: We talk to Two Year Vacation and 40 Feet Management about new music and finding ways to keep the ball running.
Written on 2020-03-24
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 .
Written on 2020-03-19
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. .
Written on 2020-03-17
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.
Written on 2020-03-06
Prepping up for "Musik, kreativitet & export" we asked Anna Willrodt and Gustav Påhlsson a few questions tied to their experiences on showcases.
Written on 2020-03-04
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!
Written on 2020-02-17
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?
Written on 2020-02-13
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!
Written on 2020-02-01
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”).
Written on 2019-11-27
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.
Written on 2019-11-19
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.
Written on 2019-11-18
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.
Written on 2019-10-24
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.
Written on 2019-10-20
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.
Written on 2019-10-14
Westside Music Sweden have always had a soft spot for Denmark, and especially for a wonderful little place called Råhuset.
Written on 2019-10-07
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!
Written on 2019-09-23
Since the worldwide success of ABBA, Sweden is seen as one of the most successful nations when it comes to pop music.
Written on 2019-09-11
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.
Written on 2019-09-09
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.
Written on 2019-09-08
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…
Written on 2019-08-08
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.
The band Two Year Vacation has been up to a lot more things this past year than their band name says.
Written on 2019-08-04
Woah! Gothenburg Culture Festival is just around the corner and Westside Music Sweden will be having not one but THREE program entries.
Written on 2019-06-28
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.
Written on 2019-05-15
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.
Written on 2019-05-13
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.
Written on 2019-05-09
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.
Written on 2019-04-24
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!
Written on 2019-04-22
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.
Written on 2019-04-17
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!
Written on 2019-04-15
We Dream Alone has been active around us for some time now, and we know them as an ambitious band who wanna go places.
Written on 2019-03-18
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!