Music Monday: Oscar Soul Experience

Happy Monday! I am alive! I apologize for not posting last week. It’s been a rough part of the semester with midterms going on but I’m feeling pretty good now. This week seems like it will be pretty low key so I am hoping to write an update soon!

I am super excited about the band this week. I know I say that every week because I haven’t found any music that I don’t like. I just had a lot of fun seeing them perform on Friday. My friend and I randomly decided to go to a Facebook event that was recommended. We headed to Södra Teatern without knowing what to expect and had an absolute blast! If you want to join me on November 15th, I will be going to see them again because it was an incredible experience.

About the Band

This week, I am talking about Oscar Soul Experience. The band is made of several members which include: bandleader Oscar Ögren (Vocals & Guitar), Lucas Johansson (Keys), Niklas Krantz (Guitar), Oliver Löwenham (Bass), Noa Svensson (Drums) as well as members on the trombone and saxophone (I couldn’t find their names). The band was started in 2016, since then they’ve has played over 200 shows and toured around Sweden, China, Finland, the UK, and the USA. They are passionate and talented performers who bring everything they have to the table and aim to spread their love for music and soul to bring people together.

Their Sound

The band’s sound is rooted in old school soul and funk with influences from other genres such as R&B, rock, and jazz. Their sound is inspired by artists such as Bill Withers, Al Green, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, and D’angelo. Besides playing covers, they also write and perform original music. No matter what type of music you are into their music will get you off your feet and dancing all night long.

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Music Monday: Mind Us

It is a beautiful Monday here in Stockholm. It might be the sunshine, the fact that I am no longer sick, I have had a great weekend or that I’ve been surrounded by great music. I think its all of the above…

One of my friends and I needed something to do on Friday night and so we decided to head to Eataly in Stockholm and see Mind Us perform. We got some great pizza and gelato and made friends (maybe?) with the guys in the band.

I am so excited to highlight their band this week. Unfortunately, I don’t have too much information about them to share except that their music is great and everyone in the band is so sweet and of course, Swedish 😉 I might be a little biased since I know Mattias (he’s my LLC coordinator, there will be info about it soon!) but that shouldn’t sway you from listening to them!

About the Band

The band, Mind Us, is made up of four friends: Hjalmar Paulsson Rokke (guitar, lead vocals), Erik Jalkéus (bass, vocals), Kalle Hammarberg (percussion, vocals) and occasionally Mattias Olofsson (jazz guitar).

Their Sound

We actually had a great conversation about genres and what their band might fit into. (if you’re curious about genres, these two sites are interesting, one about history and one that’s explorative ) My first thought was they have a sound that’s similar to John Mayer. The chill singer/ songwriter vibes with a little alternative blues and pop sounds. I think the genre neo mellow actually works really well for them. They have a sound that’s easy to listen to at any time of day, whether it be with morning coffee or an evening dinner.

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Music Monday: Veronica Maggio

This weeks artist is often referred to the Queen of Pop, if you don’t know already know, it’s Veronica Maggio! The best way to blend in like a local in Sweden is to be singing any of her songs, just not out loud on the t-bana because they will think you’re crazy…

I actually already knew this artist but rediscovered her while I’ve been here. A few years ago I made a playlist with Scandinavian artists to help me with my listening skills to help me learn Norwegian and she was on the playlist, so when I heard her song at an event I surprised myself that I knew it.

Veronica Maggio @ Stadion, Stockholm, 2016-08-13 Foto: Sofia Blomgren/Rockfoto

About the Artist

Veronica Maggio is a Swedish singer and songwriter from the city of Uppsala (which is only like 45 miles from Stockholm). One of her many claims to fame was that she helped write the 2013 hit “Hey Brother” for Avicii. Shes won several Swedish music awards including the 2007 “Årets Nykomling” (Newcomer of the year) at the Grammisgalan and later in 2012 won “Pop of the Year” along with many other awards.

Her Sound

Despite her songs being in Swedish the melodic lyrics easily get stuck in your head. Her sound ranges from an energetic unapologetic pop beat to a sweet heartfelt ballad. Much of her songwriting is based on a “write what you see” perspective and often contains lyrics regarding every life such as restlessness, parties and hangovers and relationships. If you need a new song to dance in front of the mirror to, I’m sure you could find a favorite within Veronica’s discography. Jeg kommer (translates to: I’m coming) has been one of my favorites lately!

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