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Alternative Swedish group based between Barcelona and Malmö – Case Conrad are about to release their new album LEIKKO on Valentine’s Day. This talented bunch of musicians offer a collection of charming rhythms and melodies topped with great vocals. Their truly captivating sound flows with diversity, as one of the band’s vocalists Gustav Haggren explains in our interview, the five-piece are not afraid to experiment and push their sound into a different level. So if you haven’t heard of Case Conrad just yet, read on and find out about the band’s formation, recording journey of their new album, creating the sound and which other Swedish bands and artists are worth checking out.
Deetrich is an Irish singer-songwriter who writes exceptional songs with a touch of rock, pop and country and her beautifully haunting vocals add an alluring feel to her music. Her debut album ‘Tug of War’ ‘was produced by Leo Pearson who has worked with great artists like Elvis Costello and U2. She’s set to release a new single ‘Beating On That Drum’ soon, so stayed tuned.
In our interview, Deetrich talks about her album, recording of her video ‘Danger In My Feet’, influences and more…
When did you start playing music and who or what influenced you to become a singer-songwriter?
I was always making up songs even as a child…I wrote some pretty out there songs which I still remember but could never repeat! I learned how to play the guitar when I was 17 for accompaniment.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing songs?
Everything around me from people to objects (hence the song ‘Yellow Radio’), also interesting things people say. I keep a log of it on my phone and try to use it in a song.
Can you tell us about the recording process of your debut album ‘Tug Of War’?
I wrote the album first without any words. I had an idea of what I wanted them to be about and played them for the producer Leo Pearson. I had over 20 songs & we whittled it down to 10. The rhythm of the songs initially was more important to me than the words, which followed after.
How was the shooting of your video ‘Danger In My Feet’ and where did it take place?
Great, I was delighted with how it turned out as it was my own idea and I edited it myself, which was a first for me! It took place in woods and an old graveyard in my home town of Thomastown, Kilkenny. It was filmed by my husband M.J. O’Carroll.
Which one of your live shows has been your favourite so far and why?
It’s hard to choose! Playing with John Martyn’s backing band was quite amazing. I also sang along side Mundy and Leslie Dowdal on stage later that night. Supporting ‘Donovan’ in the Set Theatre in Kilkenny this summer was also pretty cool. The balcony and floor were full and it was a very intimate gig.
What other musicians do you admire and class as your main influences?
P.J. Harvey, Gillian Welch, Nina Persson, Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan, Bjork, Patti Smith…I’m intrigued by female artists and how they use their voices. I like music that’s artistic, poetic and has a bit of attitude.
If you had to choose a quote or a line to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be?
Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions (Dalai Lama).
Do you have any new music releases or shows coming up?
I will be playing at Electric Picnic this year. I’ve also recorded a new single called ‘Beating On That Drum’, I’ll be releasing on Reekus Records soon. I will have more details of that and all my upcoming gigs on my ‘Deetrich’ facebook page.