Lizel Strömberg

Break from work
Taking a break from work and eat lunch with one of your closest friends is something I don't do often enough. It's always nice to sit down and discuss or tell one another your thoughts and experiences to process it in another way. I'm glad and grateful that I have Lina at work which I can have a good talk with, make jokes and just have some fun with. We bond very well and I'm happy I get to work with someone that is as hard working as myself.
 
Semifinal 1: Rehearsals with Boris René, Adrijana, Dinah Nah & De Vet Du.
One of the most fun things to photograph during the week of Melodifestivalen is the rehearsals. I love to photograph loads of different kinds of photos but I'm firstly a concert photographer when things come around and that's what I'm best at taking photos of. 
 
The press are allowed to enter the arena during the rehearsals to get their footage in still photo for their work. It's always tricky knowing which seats you want and what kind of angle you want to have in your photos. I always try to do what other people doesn't. For example, I don't want to sit or stand exactly the same spot as everyone else and try to make sure I get my own version of what is happening. It doesn't matter if it's on stage or another event that is happening. 
Boris René was the act who open up the contest with his performance of "Her Kiss" which also was the first one to rehearse. - First round of the performance was a mess! The lighting was not doing what it should be, Boris didn't had any light on him when he was on specific spots on stage. The colours were everywhere and it didn't match as it was suppose to be and it was too much of them. 
 
Luckily they fixed some of the issues for the seecond and third round. It was my first time hearing the songs during these rehearsals since I had to miss the listening session the day before when I was making sure we had a good locations for our interviews. 
When I first heard Boris's song and saw his performance, I couldn't stop smiling. I really enjoyed the song and the vibe to it. Boris is very charming and his energy really comes through in his performance. I think the performance last year was better but I think I like the song "Her Kiss" better than "Put your love on me". 
 
In the picture below, the studioman and stylist are showing the outfits Boris and his dancers are wearing during the performance. I like having these kind of shots as well because it gives another feeling to the post and you get to see more than just the performance. 
One of the debuting artists was Adrijana who was the second one in the running order. I didn't knew what to expect from her since I barely knew anything about her music or what kind of style she was going for. But I must say I was positive surprised over how well she did with everything since she hasn't really been in the business for that long. 
 
I love Adrijana's song "Amare" and I like the mix of rap and singing but also the edge in it. It's probably one of my most played songs from Melfest this year. I'm impressed over her performance and what she showed the Swedish people. I was also impressed over how good Adrijana and her team worked during Melfest. She had a great staging and came with something different. If she had been in a different semifinal, she might have qualified. I will definitely keep an eye out for upcoming music from her in the future. 
Dinah Nah returned with another banger of her named "One More Night". I knew we would get a spectacular number from her and a song to dance to. I was happy to see her back and knew it would be a performance with a lot of girlpower. 
 
She has a strong voice and I love the rap-breakdown she has in the song! I think many people were surprised to hear it but it was something that made an even more impact to the song. 
In a photographer's view on photographing some of the performances, it was very difficult some times. Because of the fact that they used a lot of the colour magenta in the lighting which is probably the worst colour ever, in my opinion. It makes the editing harder since the colour often gets very bright and too much of it. So when you are trying to make less of it, it's tricky since it also affects the skin colour with in the red colour scheme. Some photos didn't turned out well at all, but I made it worked and I got some pretty decent photos in the end. 
The last rehearsal of that day for us was De Vet Du because we had to leave for our interview with Ace Wilder. I must admit, De Vet Du's performance was probably the one I was looking foward the most to see. We all knew their performance would be something we haven't seen in Melodifestivalen before. 
 
Jenevia and Majo as I've said before, had heard the song the previous day. Jenevia had said they would probably show up with a prop car and can you guess, she was totally right! I was sitting on the other side of the stage from where Jenevia and Majo sat, and when it was time for De Vet Du rehearsals and a car came up on stage, I heard Jenevia out of nowhere whisper-yelling: "LIZEL, WHAT DID I SAY? I SAID THERE WAS GOING TO BE A PROP CAR!". It was so funny! 
I was giggling before they started performing because I knew this would be such fun performance to see. 
If you have seen the performance, you know that there's a lot of things going on in it. It's a very tecnical number and each different camera shots are very important in the performance and they have to get it correct to make it more clear of what they want to show.
 
In the beginning of the performance you get to see a bit of introduction of each member of De Vet Du, which I think is a very good idea, just to introduce the members for the people that isn't familiar to their previous content. I like how you can kinda tell the different personalities Chris, Johan, DJ Hunk and Tor have from what they show in the performance.
One thing that I thought was a bit of shame was the fact that they didn't show Tor when he was doing his flying-arms-thing (?) in the beginning of the chorus. I thought it was a funny part and it showed very well how Tor is. :P
I really enjoyed their song and performance. De Vet Du delivered a funny number and a very catchy song. Also as soon as I saw that head-movement they are doing in the chorus, I knew that would be the next thing in Sweden. 
 
There was so many things happening in the performance but it was so much fun photographing everything that was going on in it!
- Actually, let me tell you one thing. I heard from several photographers that was sitting nearby, that they didn't like De Vet Du, and photographing them was very hard because they couldn't get any good photos. It was a bit funny and interesting to hear that, I mean I got perfectly fine photos of De Vet Du despite having so much smaller, lower and less fancier equipment than most of the photographers have. 
This might not be the very best photos I've taken but it was fun being back photographing in this kind of enviroment. I'm glad I get the opportunity to do this kind of work because I learn a lot from it, not only as a photographer but also as person. 
 
We couldn't see more of the rehearsals that day so that's why I don't have any photos of Charlotte Perrelli, Ace Wilder and Nano in this blog post. Do not worry though because have photos of them as well from the Friday's rehearsals. ;)
 
There are a lot of you lurking around on my content, I know and I really appreciate that but please don't forget to give my blog posts/or pictures on Instagram a like or leave a comment as well. I'm really curious of what you think about our work OR/AND what you think about this year's acts in Melodifestivalen. 
 
This was it for this time, more pictures and stories to come soon!
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel
Chit chatting with artists such as Dinah Nah, De Vet Du and Ace Wilder in Semi-final 1 of Melfest.
The ones that have been following my content or Jenevia's knows that last year when we were doing press coverage of Melodifestivalen, we had a hard time to get one-on-one interviews with the acts in the contest. We did semi-final 1 and the finals last year and all together we only got 6 interviews book beforehand. The other one-on-one interviews we had, got setup on set during the week that show was happening. 
 
This year, we had more experiences and knowledge about how people work in the industry so we knew that we had to really work to get the interviews we wanted. For semi-final 1 we were very lucky since we already knew a lot of the artists from before so it was much easier to setup an one-on-one interview with them. We actually got 6 out of 7 of the artists for one-on-one interviews, the only one we didn't get was Charlotte Perrelli. 
Our first interview for that week was with Dinah Nah who came back to the contest with her song "One more night". It was great to meet her again and to see her back in the contest. 
 
We talked with her about how she came up with her artist name, the narrative of her song and the girlpower in her performance. We also got to see her tattoos and hear her talk about them. Make sure to watch to the end to see her message to the international fans. 
Boris René is another returning artist in Melfest 2017, he competed with his new song "Her Kiss" which is made by the same songwriters as last year.
 
We went back in time to know more about his background in music and his fotball career. Hear Boris talk about his music influencer, what his biggest take away from participating in Melodifestivalen 2016 was and much more in our interview down below. 
To end our interview we did a game with Boris. Since Majo know Spanish and there's a lot of Latin fans of Melfest tuning in to see the contest we decided to do a Spanish word game. 
The game was that Boris got a couple words in Spanish that was related to Melodifestivalen somehow and he was going to read the word and then guess what they meant. The game turned out to fit Boris very well, a lot because of his energy! 
 
It was very fun to meet him properly this time because last year we only met him briefly at the press conferences and at the afterparty. He's such a funny guy that speads a lot of positivity and energy to everyone he meets. 
The dark horse of semi-final 1 became to be Nano which is a new artists for most of the audience. 
We talked about his background in music, the narrative of his song "Hold On" and more! 
 
He was very lowkey compared to the others and he has this mysterious vibe but he has more dept into his song and wants to put out his message for us to hear. Watch the interview in the clip below to get to know more about him. 
One of the debuting artists in this year's contest is Adrijana.
She was competiting with her song "Amare" which she also co-wrote.  
 
Adrijana is a new artist which released her first single only last year. In our interview you get introduce to Adrijana as a person and what kind of artist she wants to be. She's also talking about her song "Amare" and her insprations in music, style and for her performance. Hear all of that and more in the interview below!
I think all of us three got surprised over how confident and energetic Adrijana was. She had a very clear sight on her music and work. I think there's a lot of potential for Adrijana to become a bigger artists in Sweden, and who knows maybe an international artist as well?
The fan favorite Ace Wilder has returned!
She's back with her song "Wild Child" which is co-written by Peter Boström and Thomas G:son. We talked with her about her quick return to Melfest, her song getting released in Korea, fashion, what she thinks about doing collebration with Dinah Nah and the pressure she felt about competing last year. 
It's her third time in the contest and she saying she's much more relaxed this time and that she can enjoy it even more because of it.  
 
It's always a pleasure meeting Ace and she has this cool energy and she's such a professional. She has a lot of things going for her and I'm looking forward to see what else she has in store for us. 
Our last one-on-one interview was with the humor-group De Vet Du. 
This one was probably the interview we were looking forward the most. We've been liking their content for a while and as soon as we got to know they were going to compete in Melfest, we got very excited! Most of their stuff and interviews are in Swedish and since I'm the only one in our team that knows Swedish, I did a lot of research before the interviews. While doing research I noticed that many of the reporters don't really get their concept, they always get questions about why Dj Hunk never talks or wear shirts and basically not getting to talk about their work properly. 
There were a lot of ground work we had to do and go through a lot of things from the beginning to make sure we made a proper introduction of De Vet Du for people to see and to understand their work better. 
 
We talked with them about their concept fusion of comedy and club-pop, how they started of with music, their creative process of song-making and why they decided to enter Melfest despite not needing the exposure. We also got to hear more story behind their songs "Dansa som Kungen", "Klä av dig naken", "Panta mera" and "Shades inomhus".
I've said it before on my social medias, but I will say it again: The intro of this interview when Tor is waving into the camera is probably one of the funniest thing that happened that week. xD
 
The interview with the guys was probably the funniest one we made during that week. Loads of jokes together with questions to make a more clear picture of who they are as artists. We bonded very well with them and I think that shows in the video and our work.
 
To end our interview with De Vet Du, we decided to played the Spanish word game with them as well which you can see in our interview in the clip above. The video might be long but we are proud over our work and I think it's a funny and an easy-going interview worth watching. We even captured Dj Hunk smiling. ;)
I'm very happy we got all of these one-on-one interviews during the first two days because it made things easier, and we didn't had to stress about getting all of our footage at the press conferences which often are very hectic. It just made things much more easier and we could focus on other things. For example, I was able to get more photos and was able to get some video footage than compared to last year. 
 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the backstories for them. For those who have watched one, two or more interviews I hope you liked them and that you got a clear or a better view of the artists. 
 
More stories and photos will be published very soon. I'm working as fast as I can to sumbit blog posts for those who are waiting. Please give this post a like or leave a comment of what you think about the artists in this year's Melfest. 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel