Radar Mixtape: Pontus de Wolfe

Earlier this year, singer songwriter Pontus de Wolfe made his debut with an eponymous album. In addition to his music career, Pontus is also a prominent figure in the Stockholm nightlife, the founder of a jazz agency, and a a frequent participant in Nöjespanelen on Swedish national television. Currently obsessed with jazz, he made us a mixtape that makes even the most miserable rainy day feel cozy.

Tell us more about your mixtape. 
– I’ve been completely obsessed by twenties’ to forties’ jazz music lately. It’s basically got to do with a recording project I’ve been highly involved with lately, as well as working intensely with booking and attending gigs with my Jazz Agency. There’s just so much to learn from that period, when they mostly recorded with just one microphone, adjusting the volume of each individual instrument by placing them at different distances across the room. Then pushed ‘record’ and just caught everything live in one go! Just listen to the sound of the instruments, it’s amazing.

– One of the best perks that comes with Spotify, is that you can turn your laptop into a phonograph thanks to its fantastic back catalogue of old stuff that you didn’t have access to five years ago.

When do you think one should listen to it?
– When should you not listen to it? Seriously, a good mix of music makes even the most miserable rainy day feel cozy.

If your life was a movie, what would be the soundtrack?
– As a musician, that soundtrack changes ever so often. But that could be said for any type of person. For this particular period, I would say this playlist certainly defines it pretty well.

Did you know that the cassette tape celebrates its 50th anniversary this week? This Friday, Pontus will talk about mixtapes in general and cassette tapes in particular in Nöjespanelen on SVT 1, 8.15 a.m. Follow Pontus de Wolfe’s blog here.

Photo by Elsa Billgren.