Jonathan Johansson will be the supporting act for Hanna Järver at an artist-presents-artist-event hosted by Grolsch Studios this Thursday. We talked to both mentor and protégé as they’re preparing for the gig.
Hanna Järver sent Jonathan Johansson one of her songs about a year ago. They didn’t know each other at that time but she asked for his opinion and he said some really nice things. After that, they met for coffee and talked about maybe working together in the future…
Now, that day has arrived! The two artists will perform together as a part of Grolsch Studios’ music project where an established artist (Jonathan in this case) present a protégé of their choice (that would be Hanna) at an exclusive live show.
The event, which you can find out more about right here, takes place this Thursday. We had a chat with Hanna and Jonathan to hear more about it, and to see what else is up (killing of darlings and house-building, it turns out).
How well do you and Jonathan know each other?
– We bump into each other and talk every now and then. I’m so glad he wanted me with him for Grolsch Studios, he’s one of my favourite songwriters and artists.
What can we expect from the gig at Musikaliska?
– A lot of new songs, distorted guitars and synthesizers. It’s important to me that as much as possible is done live and not push and play. It gives a nerve to the songs, and I don’t like when music feels perfect. It has to be a bit dirty and unpredictable, as I actually like the feeling that things could potentially go wrong.
Tell me about your upcoming album, how far have you come?
– I’ve been writing a lot these past two years, so there’s plenty of material to make a selection from. I need to finalise some productions and also decide which songs to let go of, which is heartbreaking since I get a very strong connection to many of them.
Is it true you sample the sounds your own skeleton makes (or is that just a philosophical metaphor in your press material)?
– It’s true! It’s not something I do for every new track, but I have a lot of those sounds sampled. It’s actually something people used to joke about. Me standing on stage performing, making those sounds. When I started writing in Swedish I wanted to do something that felt 100 percent like me. I’ve been cracking my bones REALLY loud since I was 9, so it’s a part of my body language in a way. And it also fits in well with the soundscapes.
You chose Hanna as your protégé. How would you describe her as an artist?
– As someone with all the talent to go where ever she wants. And, I kind of envy her for being so young but still so ready, first of all cause she’s doing everything herself.
If you would choose an artist to be your “mentor”, whom would you choose?
– Well, I’m to old for that i guess. Think it’s kind of to late to change me. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know, but it would be nice to be able to call David Bowie or Kate Bush to ask for advice, that could work. Hu?
You’ve been on a tour this spring performing songs from your album Lebensraum. Which one do you enjoy the most to play live?
– Lätt att släcka 98, I think. That song has that wide range, you have to sing your softest and your most powerful.
What are your plans for the summer?
– Well I’m touring Sweden, up and down, festivals and shit. And I’m gonna build a house. Ciao!
RSVP to the event here.