- tell us
something about you just to make us a illustration who you are
well a 30 year old, soundartist, half swedish/ half norwegian, moved around a
lot there tough, but I would say I'm from Stockholm, borned there and lived most
of my live there. Living in Berlin since 9 months, got a nice apartment in
former eastberlin, spent most of the spring renovating it tough ..
been working with electronic music since the end of the eighties, first with
samplers, but started quite early to only work with computers (when they got
fast enough). released a dozen of albums plus some twelve inches around the
world. Been working as organiser in Stockholm for around five years, putting on
good and interesting electronic music.
- what initiate u to start mitek
I've been around for a while as well as I had been working with organizing shows
etc, in Stockholm for many years before I started the mitek label. So I had a
pretty god picture of all the good quality electronic music that was produced in
Sweden, which never was released, mainly because the artists are to shy to send
the stuff to some label or don't think anyone would appreciate it since it's
hard doing it in Sweden. Anyway based on my experiences and my wish to promote
these often ?young? artists in other ways than just organizing shows for them I
decided to also release albums with them.
- sound on mitek is eclectic. can u define mitek sound
hmm . .I don't know, I think there's not really any specific sound style
connected in the label, I would say it's rather a way of thinking sounds and
experimentation. Some kind of loose idea of interetsing sounds, wich may be put
together in any style, I think the mitek roster is quite wide, from pop to
abstract to minimal techhouse, don't want to categorize it.
- how are you choosing projects and sounds that you are releasing on your
It's basically stuff I like and find interesting in some way, maybe the ideas,
maybe the production. As long as it has something special in it. Then it can be
any style as mentioned above.
- how and when did you start making music
I begun making music in the end of the eighties, at that time I was more into
the ambient industrial kind of styles .. more like the music of throbbing
gristle etc. Did a couple of projects with more "dark" ambient music with
releases on Staalplaat and a few other labels. These days I kind of respect what
I did then, even tough I don't really enjoy the sounds, but everybody has a past
and it's cool to have a documented past with early experiments.
- can you define the structure and the soundscapes in your music? what genre
is it if u can tell any or describe it somehow?
From that more ambient styles I started to work with more minimal sounds and
textures, was also released on staalplaat and a more "arty" swedish label called
firework, was quite interesting but I got bored of the scene and styles after a
while, and explored new ways of using similar sounds but in different contexts.
That's how I got into what I'm doing now, introducing beats and more club like
environments for my sounds. I find it interesting, as well since I don't have a
background of doing club music which is in some ways so restricted to different
rules, for me it's interesting to work with these formulas without these rules,
since I don't know them so good as well as I don't really care about them, makes
it more interesting for me and for listeners I would say, even tough it's
sometimes a hard time for dj's who spin the records :-) ..
- one of my favorite questions. what are your influences. those that directly
can be seen in your music and those that you take but can not be noticed
directly in your music
Anything I would say, but of course lot's of other music I hear and listen to,
not necessaraly music in the genres .. rather more rnb and pop stuff. like the
tought of combining those ideas with what I'm doing. Books maybe, I don't really
think about this when I do songs, so.
- tell us somethigng about your relation with force inc. and will your next
album be released on that label
I have so far done two albums for them, (reduce + ena). at the moment there are
nothing planned to be released there.. will see about the future , it's a nice
label so would be cool to release something more further on.
- what's the difference between music you are releasing under your name and
the one under vita
The basic different is that with Vita I try to be less minimal as well as more
uptempo, more clubbased. Usually when I play club gigs I play Vita material. Now
I'm experimenting to get in more pop influences in the Vita material, and more
funk in the minimal stuff under my own name ..
- there are much good labels this days that u can believe. if u like some
label and like their releases you can be sure that whatever they release in
future you will like it before even listen to it. can u name few labels that u
like that way and that u think will do something for music that comes
hmm .. I don't know really, there's many good lables, but I don't really like
all they do ..
- music is changing fast this days. new fusions and styles are appearing
every day. every artist is his own style. how and where do u see your music in
future and music at all
I want to be in the gap between experimental and club, to make music wich works
and has a meaning in both contexts.
- sweden has most expansive electronic/experimental scene at the moment that
is growing rapidly in last couple of years. whats going on now there on that
The Swedish scene has been very big for many years now, specially when it comes
to techno and house producers (as well a pop). The experimental scene I think
has stagnated a bit the last year. There are a bunch of people who has been
around for a few years now, wich still are developing and are very good. But
lots of new music you hear are either very inspired by those or not really so
good. Right now there's a boom of releasing compilation CD's of Swedish "Electronica"
it seems like, but unfortunatly lots of the material on most of these should not
been released in my opinion. But of course ther are lots of good artists as
well. And hopefully there will be many more since the club scene is getting
better (specially in malmo and gothenburg), so the music will get more audience.
- swedish scene with this intensive developing is becoming one of european
music centers of electronic/experimental music. what's your opinion of this
spreading of music scenes in more centers like austrian, german. where are
concentrated more labels and artists, opposite from beginning of 90s when us or
uk scene were centers. what do you think, what's the reason of this process
Maybe you can compare the Swedish scene with the Wienna scene, wich are still
quite small if you compare to Germany or the UK. Seems like there are
"generations" of contacts, friends etc. who make things happen, inspire each
other, work together etc
- is there any particular project or aspect from swedish scene that u like and
that is more interesting to you
There's many, of course the artist I release on mitek, who I admire a lot.. ..
and they are only getting better and better, each time i meet them they have
some brilliant new stuff produces .. so, it's looking good ..
- why did u move to berlin
I just felt that I needed to relocate and Berlin is a nice place if your'e into