Far from me – Satisfaction Quarantine

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As a tribute to John Prine, I’m recording one of his songs, together with som of my music friends. Or not together – socially distanced. The set up is simply like this:

Every musician make their recordnings, capture it on tape and on camera. After every session the current status of the recording process is published.

On May 7th, 9.00pm CET, the final result, as a music video, will be broadcasted from this Facebook event.

So, stay tuned and make sure to return to this page to see updates towards final mix of the song.

Take 4 – Electric guitars

Mats Lerneby is a multi-talented artist ranging from writing books to making sad songs in a post-punk/brit-pop style. So why not ask him to use his 12 -stringed Schecter, Wayne Hussey edition, to record some lovely harmonies?

 

Take 3 – Drums and percussion

Andreas Purvén has played the drums on all my recordings as a solo artist. This project is no exception. As usual, he’s making his mark on the song. It was his idea to play the drums in a slower beat. In my head I had an idea of making the song mor uptempo. And I’m really glad that Andreas did it his way. A better way I think.

 

Take 2 – bass and backing vocals

Sebastian Sandberg has been playing the bass on my live shows the last year. He was the first one to add new tracks to the production. After recording the bass, he also made a solid take of backing vocals.

Take 1 – acoustic guitar and vocals

The first tracks to be recorded was my own part, acoustic guitar and lead vocals. Both were recorded simultaneously and what the viewers don’t see in the film, was that it took a while of practising in order to get it right. What most viewers either might recognize is that I have earplugs with a refernce click-sound to play with. This is helpful when recording the first additional instruments, such as drums and bass. If you look closely, you’ll see that one of the earplugs fell off during the recording, but i managed to finish the take with just one earplug. But i might just look a bit stressed in the end, fearing I might just need  to start all over – again…

Click below to see the result.

Never say ever again – new album out now!

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Now my album Never say ever again is released. You can stream it through the most common music distribution services. Here are a few examples:

Spotify:

Apple:
https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/never-say-ever-again/1438094756

For downloads and CD:s, just visit my online music store, this way.

Hope you like it

 

Teaser from my new album

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Well my new album Never say ever again will be released on Friday this week (the 19 of October). Today, though, you can hear a teaser on Americana Hoghways music site. This i what they write:

“The song is lyrically catchy as it provides encouragement to avoid dwelling on the troubles we face.  Instead, it urges us to dance our way though them, because after all ‘yesterday was just the day before today.’  There’s something really compelling about the music, with its layered parts over piano melodies.”

To read the whole article and to listen to the song, just click here!

New single, Surujen Kitara, out now!

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Now you can listen to my new single, Surujen Kitara, that’s been released today.

Click here to listen to the song on Spotify:

Don’t forget to follow me on Spotify and thus be sure ot not miss any forthcoming releases.

Approaching the finish line – single coming up

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On Friday 1st of December, I will release a teaser for my upcoming album. No, it’s not a Christmas song, but you’ll see that it has a fair share of topicality. I don’t say anything more… So look out in your feeds for more info. To be sure to not miss anything out, follow me on Spotify, and you’ll be notified when the single is available.

Yes, I’m finally starting to see the finish line for my next album. I have finalized more than half of the album and there is only a few tracks left to record and the mixing of those songs, And then I’m done.

As you can see I have packed up my mixing equipment in my living room and the last months I’ve been busy fine tuning the stuff. It’s been a tough job having a couple of hours in the evenings to use for my hobby, but the result really feels like a 2.0 version of my first album, Kind of Angered.

I hope you will like it too.

So what’s my story then?

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So, it’s been a while, I see. I’ve been busy recording my next album, and sometimes that makes one so carried away that the blog falls a bit out of sight. And that’s how it should be: let the creativity carry you away to higher levels…

But now I have some thoughts I’d like to share. Because most of the work when making an album is about thinking, making decisions: what’s good, what’s bad, how does it feel, does that sound like me. And wise from experience, I’ve learned that having a general compass for your production, will help you make the more detailed decisions easier whenever they occur.

For me it is pretty much about keeping contact with my original idea with all this recording and writing songs, when entering different roles in the production. As I have described earlier on this blog, I’m doing practically everything of the production myself, except playing some instruments instruments and final mastering. And there are many roles to apply for a music production, of which everyone has a certain function. The recording technician, mixing engineer, producer, musicians (of who’s different roles I already have discussed here). And then you also have the composer/author role that somehow must be visible all over the production time to assure the idea of the songs will follow the songs throughout the process.

And even if I’m in charge of the roles, they still can be in conflict with each other. But instead of a loud discussion or subtle intrigues between co-workers, all this happens inside my head. Weird, huh? And if I don’t have multi personality tendencies inside my head, there also are the less inspiring parts of the production that just needs its fair share of TLC to make the end result feel right – I mean, you can’t always see the meaning of the whole when digging deep into some detail. And that’s why you wan’t to define your vision to have it as a structural aid when you’re lacking inspiration.

So, what’s my story then? First of all I really enjoy playing music, obviously. But that’s not enough reason for playing in front of an audience, or spending my precious spare hours in a hectic everyday life, in front of a recorder, or even less, writing a blog about it. Of course not, and I’m honest about that this project is partly about myself trying to achieve something, learn to be an independent solo artist, and so on. You can call it mid life crisis therapy if you want, that’s OK for me.

But I also think there is a need for more people to express their thoughts, share it with other people – to listen and learn from each other. And if I can reach out to some people and maybe inspire them to express themselves, perhaps I can learn something too.

But aren’t there a lot of people doing the same thing that I am  – why should anyone listen to Janne Saaristo? This is eventually something for other people to answer. But I believe if I’m making music expressing my honest thoughts, and making it sound like something I would like to listen to myself, using influences that I really like, not what may be trendy at the moment, I think I really can reach out to people. Then I don’t know if it is a few people or many, and It may take some time to find everyone who would be possibly interested in hearing my thoughts and music. And it doesn’t stress me as long as I have a vision of how I want the end result to express my thoughts.

I see all this turned in to some sort of theoretic mumbo jumbo, and no talking about music. Well to compensate for that, here’s a list of songs that have past my ears lately. The songs in the playlist are sort of the soundtrack of the brainstorming going on while trying to finalize my songwriting and getting started with recording them. Perhaps you will find some sounds, ideas, whatever, on my next album, I don’t know. But I know I at least have enjoyed listening to these songs lately.

My current playlist April 2017

We survived the errorist attack

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Hi! Just saying that we’re OK here in Sweden, as far as I can see. As you know, we were hit by an errorist attack from the so called president of the United Fakes. Yes, we’ve been laughing at it, but it’s still terrible to hear about such ignorance. #stoperrorism #unitedfakes #alternativefacts #fakenews

 

New songs – keep’em coming

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Last time I updated my blog I was recovering from the christmas-flu, starting to have a some good creative ideas for new songs and recordings. Now, a couple of weeks later I can see the results of that. I’ve gotten into a decent song writing mode and I’m starting to visualize a new album – still only inside my mind, but that’s a good start I think.

That’s right I’ve decided to go for a new album. I think at this stage that I might be able to release it in September/October this year, but I would never promise anything, knowing there are still a lot that can change the scenery. But at least I have a goal set in that direction.

Because I’m long way from having finished the songs, and I still only got acoustic guitar takes and vocals on the songs with lyrics. But mentally I feel that I have enough material to start having a direction, and to start making plans for how to produce the whole album.

And last but not least, it brings a lot of creative energy back to me, hopefully keeping new songs coming my way like they have the past few weeks.

Moreover, I advise you to follow me on Spotify.