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. The club festival takes place over two nights and seven venues in Gothenburg, all within walking distance from each other.
Schedule for the conference, Saturday 7th December
10.30- Pustervik, Matsalen
CAN WE GET SOME CASH TO ROCK?
What support can the indie business expect from the funding bodies?
● CECILIA SOOYEONG YI – ZANDARI FESTA, SEOUL, KR
● JERK SÖRENSSON – KULTURRÅDET, STOCKHOLM, SE
● ALONA DMUKHOVKSA – MUSIC EXPORT UKRAINE, KIEV, UA
● CONNY BRÄNNBERG – VÄSTRA GÖTALAND REGION, SE
11.30 – Pustervik, Klubben
RADIO GA-GA, PLAYLISTS A GO-GO
Let’s talk about music discovery in the digital age.
● AMIE BORGAR – SVENSKA YLE, HELSINKI, FI
● SARUN FUNGJAI – FUNGJAI, BANGKOK, TH
● PHIL TAGGART – BBC, LONDON, UK
● ELIN STRÖMBERG – P3/POPMANI, STOCKHOLM, SE
12.30 – Pustervik, Matsalen
WHO’S HAPPY IN THE LIVE MARKET?
The cash cow is bleeding.
● EVA VAN NETTEN – WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE, NL
● BEKE TROJAN – NEULAND CONCERTS, HAMBURG, DE
● MARTIN ROSELL – JUBEL, STOCKHOLM, SE
● EMMA WEBER – MAKE WAVE, GOTHENBURG, SE
13.30 – Pustervik, Matsalen
AUSTRIA – MORE THAN THE ALPS
Is it worth going those extra miles from Germany to Austria?
● TATJANA DOMANY – AUSTRIAN MUSIC EXPORT, VIENNA, AT
● FRANZ HERGOVICH – MUSIC AUSTRIA, VIENNA, AT
● THOMAS HEHER – WAVES VIENNA FESTIVAL, AT
● THERESA ZIEGLER – THE GAP MAG, VIENNA, AT
14.15 – Pustervik, Klubben
IN MY CLUB
How to build something people want to be in on, come back to and take with them when they go.
● MIKEY JONNS – THIS FEELING, LONDON, UK
● JOHANNA BECKMAN – UNDER BRON/BY:LARM, SE
● CARLO EMME – PLAN B, MALMÖ, SE
● KIM ABELSSON – WOODY WEST, GOTHENBURG, SE
15.15 – Pustervik, Klubben
MUSIC! ON GRAVEL ROADS TO CONCRETE STREET
How do we take care of the platforms and stages we have and open up for new initiatives?
● MARITA ISAKSSON – SVENSK LIVE, SE
● MICKE LINDEVALL – DEBASER, STOCKHOLM, SE
● CAMILLA BACKMAN, GARAGEPROJEKTET, HAMMENHÖG, SE
● ISAK LÖB – INDIEBYRÅN, STOCKHOLM, SE
15.30 – The Abyss – Andra Långgatan – Free of charge
STATE OF METAL ADDRESS
What support can the indie business expect from the funding bodies?
● HENKE BRANNERYD – ROCKPODDEN, STOCKHOLM, SE
● MATS NAALSUND – INFERNO METAL FESTIVAL, OSLO, NO
● LENNY RENHOLM FALK – KULTIVATION, GOTHENBURG, SE
● LINNEA LANDSTEDT – TYRANEX, GOTHENBURG, SE
● ROGER ANDERSSON – SUICIDE RECORDS, GOTHENBURG, SE
15.45 – Pustervik, Matsalen
THE FUTURE OF BANDS
In-house producers, co-writing, toplines, hooks and drops – is there a future for rock bands in the modern music market?
● MY BERGMAN – BLIXTEN & CO, STOCKHOLM, SE
● LIO KANINE – KANINE RECORDS, NEW YORK, US
● DAVID MORTIMER-HAWKINS – SONY MUSIC, SWEDEN, SE
● ANIKA MOTTERSHAW – BELLA UNION, LONDON, UK
16.30 – Pustervik, Klubben
WHO MADE WHO? WHO MADE YOU?
Professionals from different areas of the industry will clear the smoke on roles and mix-ups.
● BEN MALÉN, THE BANK, STOCKHOLM, SE
● ANNELIE JOHANSSON, PEEPHOLE RECORDINGS, SE
● JOHAN OLSSON – WARNER MUSIC, STOCKHOLM, SE
● DANIEL JOHANSSON – GÖTEBORG & CO, GOTHENBURG, SE
● LINN SKOIE – MONO, OSLO, NO
● AMELIE BIES – NOISOLUTION, DE
● EMIL WINKLER -CROWN LAW, GOTHENBURG, SE
All guests to be found at vivasounds.se
Get your tix here: https://bit.ly/2mcwYSH
Viva Sounds is the event where all who loves music can meet up, make new friends and watch a lot of cool shows together.
Viva Sounds is brought to you by yours truly, Westside Music Sweden, we´re a new company working with indie music businesses and artists from Gothenburg and around. Since presenting artists all over Europe, and a bit beyond, during 2019 we’ll end the year at home. Of course. Hope to see you all there!
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.
We’ve had bands at the festival since 2015. It all started with The Bongo Club, the year after Bottlecap – who via Monkey Week ended up on an Australian tour six months later – and now Tentakel. That’s right, the one-man band with crazy rhythms, groove and blasting beats. Oh yes, it’s time to get high on music.
− You don’t need to move if you don’t want to. But with the help of a groovy set I believe that most people in the crowd will be dancing before I’m off. Whether they like it or not, the rhythm is boss, Tentakel says.
As usual, a showcase festival like Monkey Week offers many professional delegates from all over, giving you the opportunity to take your music elsewhere on many different levels. But when one might find that to be an enormous amount pressure before a show, Tentakel doesn’t mind. As he said, the rhythm is in charge and all he must do is to deliver it. If any he’s more worried about the indoor heat of southern Spain.
− It’s going to be very hot on stage. I wanted to request a fridge on my rider, just to jump straight into after the show. Unfortunately I got the idea to late, he says.
Well, the rest of us will not complain about any heat. All in all, with got a beautiful city, a great festival and a – by Westside Music Sweden – well visited late night kebab shop on Alameda de Hércules, in the festival’s main area. Tentakel travels light, being a one-man band has its advantages. And after an incident where he forgot his hand made cymbals in an illegal taxi, he’s no longer very picky when it comes to the backline.
− When I realised what I’d done I got mad and kicked the shower, which made the girl who followed me home leave. When I woke up the next morning the apartment was flooded and my records floated around the bed. I never saw those cymbals again. Nowadays I play on anything I can get my hands on, he says.
Words: Wolfman Jackson
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. Get to know Baby Missiles a little bit better.
The band was formed only a year ago after lead singer/guitarist Patrik Wennberg had written a bunch of songs and was joined by bass guitarist Martin Ohlsson and drummer Jonatan Tikas.
Have you played in any bands before BM?
They have all been playing music since their early teens in a whole bunch of bands most notably Dorena, Cave Cat and Patrik as a solo artist. Actually they´re all still playing in a couple of bands aside from Baby Missiles such as Martin’s solo project Atom Kaiser, Patrik with Vita Bergen and Jonatan with Annelie and Alphabats.
How has the year been for Baby Missiles?
The first year as a newborn baby has been both wobbly and overwhelming, with the highlights being a lot of the great shows we’ve been able to experience supporting bigger acts as well as getting our songs spread across the world through both radio and Spotify.
And what about 2020? A magical year approaching?
Oh yeah! 2020 is a big year for Baby Missiles. We’ve got our debut album ”HIGH/LOW scheduled to be released in January and we’re going to have a lot of fun touring. Alongside all the plans we’ve started working on new songs that we’ll hopefully be able to finish recording. Lots to look forward to!
And, what do you wish for Christmas? Anything special?
All we want for Christmas is a merry merry happy birthday to our lead singer Patrik. A skateboard for Jonatan wouldn’t hurt and Martin’s still waiting for the socks his mom promised him last Christmas.
Words: Pûssygrinder LaGrange
So what exactly are the representatives from Westside Music Sweden doing on all these festivals around the world? Let´s talk about upcoming BIME Festival in Bilbao, Spain, where Beverly Kills hope to make a mark on the Spanish soil.
BIME started out in 2013 with it´s sights set on the music of the future, reaching out to America. Today it is a meeting point for all kinds of professionals from more than 30 different countries, working in all areas of music and other cultural and creative industries. It is a space for connecting continents, doing business, sharing knowledge and discovering the latest innovations in anything and everything directly or indirectly related to music. You can divide BIME into three different parts;
BIME PRO consists of a general program with talks and conferences by professionals from all fields of the creative industries. BIME CITY where Europe and Latin America’s 50 hottest new talent bands and artists will be taking the stage at ten of some of Bilbao’s most iconic venues, crossing borders to delight the city’s public. It will be a unique showcase for the headliners of future festivals, and the concerts are totally free.
The 2-day BIME Live event welcomes the current music scene’s top performers and upcoming promises on both the local and international scene, making it one of Europe’s biggest indoor festivals, with footfall from Spain and abroad. Past events included shows by Imagine Dragons, Crystal Fighters, The National, PJ Harvey, Suede, Aphex Twin, Mogwai, Nina Kraviz, La Roux, Jon Hopkins, Slowdive & The Chemical Brothers.
BIME PRO is launching this year the first meeting of Iberoamerican music fairs. In it´s quest to connect continents and reach out to the Latin American industry, BIME PRO’s next edition will feature the AMCS—Atlantic Music Conferences Symposium, bringing together ten fairs from different countries in Ibero-America.
AMCS wants to serve as a starting point for creating synergies between music industry knowledge hubs on both sides of the Atlantic. These hubs are meeting points for industry professionals, and where the most relevant music conferences in the Latin and Iberian scene take place. And it´s on AMCS we at Westside want to make great connections in arranged networking opportunities such as speed meetings, panel talks and discussions so that we in 2020 can make bands and artists from Gothenburg go further around the world.
BIME – LIVE – PRO – CITY
Words: Püssygrinder LaGrange
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.
It’s time to cross off yet another far-away-country for the boys in The Bongo Club. With nine shows in seven cities coming up in Japan (starting with a Halloween party in Tokyo) they’re about to experience a childhood dream. A fact confirmed by guitarist Erik Ahlblom.
– The thought of arriving at the airport together with the band, ready to rock the shit out of Japan, has been an exceptionally popular daydream ever since I first picked up a guitar, he says.
With hundreds of shows done in the past one might think that The Bongo Club have seen it all. But there seems to be something special with Japan, thou putting your finger on it might prove to be hard.
– None of us have been there before. I guess the whole country just appears to be a fast-paced neon explosion of madness, says Erik Ahlblom.
Neon explosion of madness, a good match considering The Bongo Club is a Live Rock Explosion. With the first show going down on October 31 in Tokyo, the tour is a perfect promotion for the bands’ new single, dropping November 15 on The Bank. And more new music can be expected within the next few months. Which begs the question: What’s the aim with touring the country in the east?
-Hard to say. If our shows sold out and the tour resulted in a bit of the old fashioned Japanese hype – we would obviously be four very happy birdbrains from Borås. Although right now, we should probably start learning some key phrases in Japanese ASAP since we travel without a tour manager this time, says Erik Ahlblom.
The Bongo Club are up for a Tokyo Drift, to say the least – never ending gears and full speed ahead. Don’t forget to catch them live in Gothenburg on Viva Sounds in December.
Words: Wolfman Jackson
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. Popup Records will be in Gothenburg all day this Wednesday – and artists and companies have had the chance to book meetings with the company’s three representatives, Jan, Giuliana and Quirin.
Popup Records is a record label and works with distribution, promotion, artist booking, publishing and concerts – pretty much everything!
The panel is conducted as usual in the dining room at Pustervik between 18.00-19.30, and all meetings have been booked between 09.30 and 16.00. There is still time to have a chat with any of the representatives after the panel discussion.
The panel consists of:
▪ Jan Köpke: started the company and has operated Popup since 2001.
▪ Giuliana Jacobi: label management, radio PR and social media.
▪ Quirin Fischer: PR and marketing, radio PR and online.
The panel is led by the eminent Christian Naumanen.
Popup Records is now one of Germany’s leading public relations agencies and distribution labels for indie, electronic and alternative pop. The booking department was started in 2006 and has grown steadily to work with about 50 well-selected international and national artists today.
Popup offers customized promotional and marketing campaigns for its customers and can, with their knowledge and experience, as well as the advantage of being a “360 company”, also offer individual solutions for distribution and publishing activities in the GSA territory. The company also books artists for festivals and is involved in Record Store Day for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Viva Talks is free and is aimed for musicians, music organizers, music companies and music enthusiasts. We think that it is about time that there is a given after work in a good place like Pustervik for everyone who likes and loves music, and who want to meet and talk music.
Westside Music Sweden have always had a soft spot for Denmark, and especially for a wonderful little place called Råhuset. A small, atmospheric venue with a big heart were we have had great collabs for a long time now.
Råhuset is located in the center of Copenhagen, only 5 minutes from the Central Station. Råhuset is located in the old veterinary inspection, which is part of “Den Brune Kødby” – hence the name also originated.
Den Brune Kødby was built by the City of Copenhagen in 1879. Here the Copenhagen butchery industry was gathered. Since 2006, Råhuset has served as a venue, hosting more than 150 concerts a year. Over the years they have tried to renovate and furnish it into a well-functioning venue for the underground bands, where we have emphasized preserving the “raw”, unpolished and slightly interim visual expression, as it is part of the charm of the place.
They collaborate with a number of other organizers, including WonderWhy, Villa Råspåt, CPH Songwriters Festival, Cph Listening Room and many more. We had the pleasure to send both Lisa Wanloo and Fabian Brusk-Jahn to this year edition of CPH Songwriters Festival.
“It is a pleasure to collaborate with Westside Music Sweden, says Annette Reinhardt Njombua, manager at Råhuset. “Always bringing bands and artists with lots of quality, new and inspiring music, diversity in genre and gender – and then there is ample opportunity to create networks for bands on both Danish and Swedish grounds.”
Råhuset has not settled on a particular genre. They range widely and there is the opportunity to listen to everything between rock, jazz, world music, electronic, punk, hip hop and classical. Råhuset supports the narrow and quirky genres and wants to contribute to being a focal point and developer of the music culture as well as investing in underground and growth layer culture at Vesterbro and Copenhagen.
10.10 Tilde Hjelm @ Råhuset, Copenhagen, DK
10.16 Lisa Wanloo @ Tjili Pop, Copenhagen, DK
11.13 Paradisäppelvägen @ Tjili Pop, Copenhagen, DK
11.21 Baby Missiles @ Råhuset, Copenhagen, DK