Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
I’m proud to say that me and Sophie Rimheden is somewhat of a power duo. We wrote our first Christmas song together, a disco dance hit called “Xmas on the Dancefloor” and Sophie has made several remixes of my songs. She’s known as Sweden’s electronica Princess and she’s just released a new Christmas single that she’s sharing with you in today’s episode of Sofia Talvik’s Xmas Calendar! You can download Sophie Rimheden’s Christmas single, called “Xmas time” and is part of the compilation “Jul på Techno” here.
If you’re in Stockholm you can also swing by the release party for “Jul på Techno” today at Debaser Medis, Coctailbaren 7-9 pm.
I have an exciting fall ahead of me. My album Jonestown is being released in the US, Canada and Japan at the end of October and I have a lot of fun gigs coming up both in Sweden and in the US. The good thing is that a lot of these gigs are free and you should definitely swing by if you’re in the neighbourhood. Here’s what’s coming up:
Stockholm, Sweden: September 22nd: Musslan, Dalagatan 46 No admission
As we were shooting the video for my single ‘My James Dean’ I was also busy shooting a ‘behind the scenes video’. You get to follow me around all day, from early morning getting ready with hair and make up ’til late night driving home. I would like to thank Åsa Östergren for the fab hairdo and make up, Swing i Swaben for letting us shoot the video there and ‘Sweet Emma and the Mood Swingers’ for looking awsome in the video. Do check out their own web site: http://www.sweetemma.se
I’ve tried to be extra nice to all of you who don’t understand Swedish so the second video is equipped with english subtitles. And when you’ve seen the ‘behind-video’ scroll down and to see how the video turned out!
Behind the scenes – Swedish version [flv:/video/jd.flv 360 288] Behind the scenes – English subtitles
[flv:/video/jd_eng.flv 360 288] Music video – My James Dean (produced by Jonas Westin)
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Everytime I need to do something, like recordings for a new album or something. I get this urge to do something else, something that I don’t need to do. That’s how I started doing the Christmas singles and all the other stuff that I do, just me, just by myself. So I guess it was no surprise that instead of going through the recorded files last week, I picked up the guitar and learned the old classic “Wichita Lineman”. Years back I had a brief collaboration with Swedish artist Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing, A Camp). He was the one who first played me this song and I still love it. So thank you Niclas! And here’s how it turned out sounding in my kitchen…
We had a pretty awful gig last night. It was one of those gigs where you just want to kill yourself the entire time, but try to keep smiling and having a good time anyways. But today the sun is shining and we started fresh with a nice gig on Red Gorilla Fest on 6 street and are now setting up for a private party for the Swedish chamber of commerce. Tomorrow, we’re playing at “Sweden goes SXSW” it’s an open gig so swing by if you’re in the neighbourhood. We’re playing at noon.
This is how fun we had AFTER our gig last night (especially Joakim) I’ll put up some more clips later: