RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SWEDISH ARTIST EMERALD PARK
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Like in “real-life” one thing often leads to another and all of a sudden you have reached a point when you realize that your lifestyle has changed. This happened to me when we started Emerald Park back in early 2000. Music was everything in life. It still is.
Introduce us to all of the members and your musical history.
I started the band and I have also twice come to the conclusion that I needed to end it as it became too stressful. This time I have resurrected Emerald Park by myself. None of the original band members have been involved in the process. Someone who has been involved is producer Carl Granberg who is a co-writer in almost all of the songs, especially Little Things where he also sings the lead vocals.
My musical history started when I was about 10 in the mid-eighties. One of my classmates introduced me to Depeche Mode, Visage, and other synth-based bands. I was hooked.
I think all the music I’ve listened to since I was a kid is saved somewhere inside. When I write music, bits and pieces of it will appear in those songs. In reviews and articles, people have said Cure, National, Depeche Mode, Teenage Fanclub, and Arcade Fire.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Music has never been my main income since I’m a teacher. It has always been something I do to get energy for the other parts of my life. Having said that things have changed a lot since I started making music. In some ways, it’s easier now to release music, but it’s more difficult to get heard. In 2010 we released a couple of records as Creative Commons. At Jamendo.com we now have 11 million listens and almost 2 million downloads. I’m very proud of that.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world ( NOW INCLUDING RGM SWEDEN) to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Well, of course, it is. Bands and artists not signed to big labels need platforms to be seen.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
This is a little bit of an odd question here, but I don’t. As I said, I’m a teacher.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
Malmoe has many great bands. I really like Wy, Cub & Wolf, Råå and MFMB.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
I really like to start different co-operations with other musicians and artists. You can help each other.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Not anything that comes in mind.
What was the worst experience on stage?
We played at a smaller festival in Borås, Sweden. We were supposed to headline at midnight but due to electrical issues during the festival, we started playing 02.30. Both the band and the audience were a bit tired at that time.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I have a twenty years old son who also writes music. Somehow he has the same musical influences as me.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Try to learn the language and then when you listen to the music, the lyrics and the music will hopefully make you get a grip on what it’s like to be a human being and feel the way we do.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think I’m a very diverse songwriter. I have many projects going and they differ a lot. If you listen to Emerald Park records throughout the years you will hear that the music has changed a lot during the years. Now I have some other projects going on and they are also very different from each other.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
It has a cool groove to it. Emerald Park fans out there will probably be surprised by that and that I don’t do the lead vocals, but I will do that in the next single coming up.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Little Things was originally supposed to be an instrumental track by Hate the Boyfriend (Carl Granberg). We developed the music and came up with the song melody and tried to make it into an Emerald Park song. Little Things has elements of what will come later – drum machines, a lot of bass, synths, and melancholia.
What was the recording process like?
It all started out as a remixing project of some songs with Swedish lyrics. The songs changed a lot during the process and we decided to write English lyrics instead and the idea of releasing them as and Emerald Park record grew stronger.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
To never give up.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
We actually discussed Little Things yesterday and decided that we’ll look into it again and to make an album version with a more heavy sound.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I went to a Cure concert a couple of weeks ago and was surprised by the number of young boys and girls there. It made me hopeful for the future of music. The concert was great, by the way.