Lizel Strömberg

Linnea Henriksson, still going strong!
As I've told in previous posts, I'm going to catch up with my content that I've been getting but still haven't been able to publish before. In this post I'm going to make a throwback to one of my dearest moments from last year. A throwback to the day when I saw Linnea Henriksson again after several years of not seeing her. I have been a fan of Linnea and her music ever since 2010 when she made her debut through Swedish Idol. I adore her and it's always such a pleasure to experience her shows.
My previous occassions that I've met Linnea have only been when I've attended her shows as a fan and not as a professional photographer. As I still am a very small media, getting accredition is very hard since a lot of the events/festivals are looking at the numbers. For Linnea's concert in Alingås at the "Sommaronsdagarna", I decided to reach out to her and asking if she could help me out. After some messaging, Linnea helped me out not only for me to come but also for me to bring a friend. It was so sweet of her to offer that and I really appreciate that she went her way to help me. 
To this event, I brought Carol with me since I knew she would appreicate seeing Linnea perform even if photographing concerts are not really her thing. We arrived to Alingsås early enough for us to get familiar to the area and talk with the security by the stage of what the rules were during the performances. More people were arriving and we started to get ready for the first performance which was by Hearts and Colours. Those photos will be in a future posts. It was nice getting to try out the light and the stage before it was time for Linnea. 
It made me so happy to see that Linnea had thought about the whole stage, for example she had her own backdrop which was NOT black. She had thought about the small details in her staging such as having some kind banner where her name stood. To make her mic stand look a bit cooler, she had decorate it with flowers around it. These details are important and it tells a lot of what kind of artist she is. Of course, I had to capture these details in her staging, it's not a lot of Swedpop artists that are making the effort into doing something extra on stage like this. 
Linnea came out on stage as happy and friendly as she always is. She is such a professional and creates this warm and welcoming vibe on stage. It's something about her that I just adore and it doesn't matter what kind of mood I am before the show, but seeing her on stage always managed to get me in a better mood. I was so happy about having a proper opportunity to capture one of Linnea's shows, where I had the opportunity to have different angles to my photography than I ever had before. 
Linnea plays a big part on doing the concerts as great as they are but we should not forget about her amazing band as well. In the picture below you can see Mira Palme, which not only sings but also plays the tambourine and the cello. 
The guitarist of the show is Paulina Mellkvist, not only is she playing great but she looks very cool doing it. 
For some reason, the 3 songs rule didn't apply at this event so I took the chance to get different angles of the show and the audience. It was very nice having the access to not worry about not getting enough time in front of the stage. 
I was aware that a lot of the people who was there that day wasn't neccessarily a fan of Linnea since there was a group of guys performing after her. But despite that, I seemed like the audience enjoy her set as well. I think Linnea connects very well with her audience and the balance of her performing songs and have small talks in between is very well executed which I don't see very often in this scene. 
The drummer of a set is always very tricky to capture in photographs because they often sit way in the back almost invisible, but not in this case. I got very excited that I managed to capture at least a couple of photos of Wille Alin which has been the drummer for Linnea for several years. 
The only person in the band that I didn't captured well was the keyboardist Anton Toorell since he was covered by all the microphones around him and the instruments. I tried but unfortunately didn't managed to execute it well enough. 
One of the things I love about seeing Linnea perform is her energy, her charisma and that she always gives 110% on stage. It doesn't matter what kind of setting it is, she always gives her all and make sure that she shows her appreciation towards her bandmembers but also to the audience who came to see her. 
After the show, I wanted to stick around to say hi to Linnea and to say thank you for helping me getting the access to photograph her show. Did I tell you, Linnea thinks about the whole package? Well, she does and she even had her own merchandise stand ready to go for people to stop by and get which one they liked the most. 
Normally I don't buy a lot of merchandise because it's not something I really need or use since the design usually isn't something I would wear/carry around in public. But I couldn't resist to show my support by buying a canvas bag and because the fact that I really liked the design of it. 
Carol was still there and it was very nice having her with me. I can attend events by myself but it's always so much more fun with Carol because she has such a fantastic personality and I really enjoy her company. We have so much fun together and it was nice being able to give an opportunity for Carol to also get on set, experience something new, create her own content and contacts. 
Linnea came out after a while to greet her fans that was waiting for her. It was very nice seeing all the happy faces and the love between Linnea and her fans. I got to talk with Linnea, thank her and catch up a bit. It's always a pleasure to meet Linnea, she has such a warm and welcoming approach which really makes an impact. Thank you once again to Linnea for helping me out, sorry for the delay with the post but I hope you appreciate it anyway. Thank you to Carol for being a great friend and for coming along with me. 
This was it for this post, I hope you enjoyed seeing my photographs and reading my thoughts about the show. I highly recommend you listening to Linnea Henriksson's music if you don't already do that, and to see her live whenever you have the opportunity to do so. 
Until next time, ingat! 
Andreas Moe, 3 years of absence
Andreas Moe has been an artist that I've followed for several years now. I first saw Andreas back in 2014 on a MixMegapol concert, which unfortunately he was only singing vocals to John De Son's music and not his own music. A couple of months ago, I was happy to hear that Andreas was coming back to Göteborg for a new gig after a very long abscense of not doing any gigs in Sweden. He might haven't done gigs in Sweden but that doesn't mean that he hasn't done anything at all. He has been touring outside of Sweden for example, Germany, UK and some in other countries. 
We know that Swedpop artists can be a bit bad with releasing new material but believe it or not, Andreas has actually been good at releasing music over the years with not only singles but also EP's and an album. He has also done some promotion in other countries which can be found on YouTube. If you enjoy music with a more acoustic vibe I highly recommend you to check out his music on Spotify, iTunes or Youtube. He might not be the common mainstream artist but he has music videos for several of his singles which I think you should watch.
This gig was in Scandic Europa at their Restaurant HAK, were they have musical performances once a month during the spring. Big performances with lots of lights and a big stage in all glory but I really enjoy this kind of acoustic set as well. It's something about the coffeehouse vibe that it's very satisfying to listen to. I had asked my friend Linnea if she wanted to join me to Andrea's gig since I knew she might enjoy it as well but also to get time to hang out with her. 
We arrived around 30 minutes before the show to settle in and get a spot infront of the stage. I was very excited about seeing Andreas again since I hadn't seen him since 2015. I was looking forward to hear some of his new songs on his latest EP "Maybe It's All We Dreamed Of". 
It was nice seeing that the audience were a mix of different people, there were people in different ages and I actually think that it was mostly guys who were there to listen. Which was a pleasent surprise!
At this gig, I didn't wanted to focus on my photography as much as I might could have because I wanted to sit and enjoy the music. I did take my camera with me since I knew I would regret it if I left it at home. I took some shots where I was sitting because I didn't want to disturb the ones watching the gig. I liked how some of the guys sitting behind us were clapping along to the music and were singing along to the lyrics. 
Andreas set was an hour long and it was nice to just be there to enjoy the music. After the gig, we waited for a bit because wanted to say hi to Andreas. I was actually a bit nervous since I didn't knew if he would remember me after such a long time of not seeing each other. Also consider that our previous encounters have been brief. As soon as he saw me, he greeteed me with a hug and I wans't nervous anymore. He even remembered that I'm doing photography and asked me about how it was going. It was pleasure to meet him again and it was nice to know it seems that I've left a good impression. 
It was still early on the night after the gig so Linnéa and I went for a walk in town and got to catch up more. We had been craving ice cream earlier that day, or something sweet so we ended up eating creeps. I know it's a lot of milk in it, and I can't really eat that but I couldn't resists so I took medicine instead. Haha. I don't have photos from our walk in the city because I just wanted to catch up with Linnéa, enjoy my free time and not be stressing over something. 
To end this post, I want to say thank you to Linnéa for a nice evening! It was lovely to catch up and meet you again! And if Andreas happens to find his way here, I want to thank you as well for being such a nice guy! It was great seeing you perform again, I hope you will do some more touring and release more content in the nearest future! 
Until next time, ingat! 
DJ-HUNK brought someone on stage
For people that have been paying attention to my blog and other social medias, know that I've met and photographed De Vet Du a couple times by now. De Vet Du recently started their spring/summer tour and their first stop was at Trädgårn in Göteborg a week after the Melfest season ended. Since Jenevia was still in Sweden and she was coming down to Göteborg to meet some people, she decided to join me to the show as well. In this blog post, I will share photographs of De Vet Du's show and stories from being on set. 
First of all, I didn't even know about their gig at Trädgårn until Johan posted a photo about something that wasn't even related to their tour but he mentioned it in one of all his hashtags very briefly that they were going to perform in Göteborg. Mind that, this was probably a little over a week before the show. This happens way too often, not only when it comes to De Vet Du but also with other Swedpop artists. It's so hard to find information about their gigs that I happen to miss their gigs when they are nearby. 
After a lot of many ifs and buts, we managed to reach out to the guys and be given access to their show. It's always nervousing to photograph at a club scene because the lack of light in that enviroment. Specially at De Vet Du's set because they like to have an even darker setting than usual which makes my job a lot more challenging. Usually when I'm photographing gigs, I'm by myself or at sometimes I have Carol with me. This time was different because Jenevia was with me and it was nice getting to experience that as well. 
We arrived at the venue early enough for us to settle in, get prepared for the show and get some footage beforehand. I knew I had been giving the access to photograph the whole show, but I wanted to make sure I talked to the security by the stage so they know who I was and what's going on to let them know that Jenevia and myself would be running around during the show to get footage.
The show started with DJ-Hunk coming on stage to do his regular intro before the other guys entered the stage to welcome the audience. After my previous experiences at De Vet Du's shows, I knew what I could expect from the show which made it a lot more easier for me to plan my shots. I know from before that they like to have photos where you can see how big of an audience they had but also cool shots of them individual. 
Photographing a show where I have the full access to all areas to be able to play around with different angles is heaven! I do the most to make sure I have vary shots from the show and plays around with the angles and the lighting. 
At one point in the show, DJ-Hunk pick someone from the audience to join them stage and Tor gets a bit of moment for himselves. He gets too hot, take his clothes off and give this person a lapdance. So if you happen to be at one of their shows and wants to come up on stage, make sure to be in the front and make yourself stand out from the rest of the audience for Hunk to notice you. Haha. 
After a couple songs in, I gladly saw that Trädgårn had changed their backstage area to the stage so I could easily get an angle taking photosgraphs from the stage to capture the guys facing the audience. Despite the fact that I was struggling a bit with taking photos, it was a lot of fun being back on set of a concert and doing what I love. It was nice seeing De Vet Du's show and feel the vibe from the audince. If you are a fan of the guys's content, you will enjoy the show. I think each one of their personalities gets to be shown on stage and it's nice to see. But for some reason, I think the set was much shorter than usual. At least it felt like it was rushed but I did my best to get what I could.
Jenevia and I went backstage after the show to say hi to the guys. I had told them that I wanted to take a proper photo of them when things were not as crazy. We talked for a bit and took some photos. The guys were about to go out to meet their fans while Jenevia and I recorded some last footage and packed our stuff. 
Before we left the venue, we looked for the guys in the club to say bye and thank them for giving us the access. It was so funny when we were going to get their attention. They had a lot people around them, mostly girls trying to get their attention to talk with them. I only tapped the guys on their shoulders to get their attention while these girls were trying the most. And I'm going to tell you that, every time I was about to get Johan's, Tor's, Chris's or Hunk's attention, all the girls around them looked at me. When they saw that I got the guys's attention very easily, oh man, they were giving me looks. Believe me when I say this, but if looks could kill I wouldn't be here anymore. Haha
Anyway, this was it for now. I will mostly likely be attending De Vet Du's show at Liseberg the 12th of May and will try my best to do some kind of vlog during that show. Since that event will be happening outside and it's more my kind of setting it will be a lot easier for me to photograph. Easier to photograph = more likely to have time to get video footage. More other updates are coming, stay tuned and thanks for being patient. 
Until next time, ingat!