Lizel Strömberg

Looking back on Norlie & KKV
Feels like the summer never leaves my blog, which I don't really mind. In this post I will look back on Norlie & KKV's concert at Liseberg in the end of this past summer. Norlie & KKV is a Swedish duo by Sonny Fahlberg and Kim Vadenhag. The base of their music is rap but have a lot of influences from pop, house and electro. You might know them from their songs "Tröjan Du Hatar", "Din Idiot" or "Ingen Rör Mig som Du". 
One of the first things that I noticed in their set was that they had real visuals on stage which I got very surprised to see! They had these LCD screens as their backdrop which would not only show visuals in different colours and lights but also video footage of Kim and Sonny recorded particular for the show. The video footage was of them being on tour and lyrics to their songs.
On top of the visuals from the screens, they would also have bubbles shooting from stage and in one part of the show they would kick out these big balls for people to bounce around the audience.  
When researching on Norlie & KKV, I don't find many music videos despte having a lot of hits through out the years. 
During their gig at Liseberg, they performed a never heard single (at the time) named "Om du lämnar mig nu". There's no music video for the single, but are we surprised? 👀 I will still included the song from YouTube if you want to give it a listen. 
From an audience point of view, I really liked the staging but as a photographer it was not my favorite one to shoot. I tried to capture the live band behind Sonny and Kim, which was a bit tricky. If I thought the light was lacking on Sonny and Kim, the band definitely didn't had any proper light on them. But I managed to capture one photo of the women in the back playing the keyboard, and the guitarist. Both of the doing some backing vocals. 
Kim definitely knows how to flirt with the audience. I've never seen anyone on stage be as flirtying with their gaze as much as Kim is. Every time I would catch him going in the mood to flirt with his gaze, I would start laughing since I knew that the girls front row would react in a certain way. 
By the end of the show, Norlie & KKV brought Estrad on stage to perform their song "Mer för Varandra". I've actually listened a lot this song, it's very catchy and I like the mix between their vocals. 

The overall impression of the show was that the LCD screens made the show better, the mix of their music both older songs and new ones worked well and the fans know the lyrics to all of them. The thing I would say they could work on is how they move around the stage together and the lighting on stage to be more in sync. 
That was it for this time. Hope you enjoyed the post! 
Until next time, ingat! 
/Lizel
 
 
 
Benjamin Ingrosso X Felix Sandman
One of the biggest outtakes during Melfest 2018 was the bromance between Benjamin Ingrosso and Felix Sandman. If you payed any attention to the contest, there’s no way you can have missed it. Benjamin and Felix became such good friends through out the year, now they have come together to create a tour with a great team to meet the Swedish audience. 
 
The tour is named "Benjamin Ingrosso X Felix Sandman", which has 20 stops around different cities in Sweden. It's a set with two acts, different artistic approach in their staging but also music. In this post, I will share my photographs from their concert stop in Gothenburg Concert Hall. It's not often Swedish artists have their own venue tour, even having some sort of performances for the public to attend during the fall and winter is not something you see often. I came to the concert hall 30 minutes before start. By observing the audience who were arriving, I could tell there were a lot of teenage girls but also families who were excited for the concert. Inside, the team of Benjamin & Felix had set up a merch stand for people to buy different kinds of merch before and after the show.
Felix was first out to perform his own set, he started with his latest single "Imprint" which I personally really like. It's a good way to open up with an uptempo song which everyone knows. 
It made me confused to see that the band they had with them was behind a backdrop, not visual to the audience at all. But then I realized the backdrop that Felix had behind him was suppose to show visuals. It seemed that some technical issued accured and the team working behind the stage was running around, doing the most to fix the problem. Luckily the backdrop was up running after the second song. 
If you have seen Felix perform together with FO&O a couple of years back, you can tell that a lot has happened through out the years. Felix's music and stage presence feels a lot more mature than before.
I think it was a nice surprise for the fans to see Felix perform "Build A Girl" from his time in FO&O. Not everyone in the audience seemed to be familiar with the song but the most hardcore fans were singing along loudly. 
I appreciated the fact that they would show different kinds of visuals on the backdrop depending what songs Felix were performing. For example during "Trouble" it would be red smoke appearing behind him, during "Part of me" there would be video footage of Felix and a girl and for "Lovisa" the lyrics would be visual in a handwritten type of font, which I think kind of symbols a handwritten letter. 
Last song of Felix set was "Every Single Day", which he walked out to the audience to sing with them. 
Not long after Felix left the stage, a countdown on the backdrop appeared. When the countdown hit 0, the backdrop dropped and Benjamin Ingrosso entered the stage with his "Dance You Off". Benjamin's set was different from Felix's. He had no backdrop showing visuals, instead the stage visuals was focused on the different mood the lights and smoke would create. I don't know if that's something people thought about during the show but I appreciated the fact that Benjamin and Felix had two different kinds of stage settings. It made it more clear that they are two different artists.
Before Benjamin performed "Spotlight", he talks about how it was for him to grow up in a celebrity/music family. How people would expect certain things about him because of his family and not really give him a fair chance. 
Benjamin performed a mashup between "All I see is You" & "Do You Think About Me". "If This Bed Could Talk" got sung by the piano. The different settings worked well with the songs he sang. Benjamin also had wardrobe changes through out the concert which was a fun detail. 
You could tell how much fun Benjamin was having on stage and how much he was enjoying every second of it. His showmanship shines through from the second he entered the stage to the last one of the night. Benjamin truly gives his all in his performances. 
One of my favorite songs in Benjamin's new album is "So Good so Fine when You're Messing with my Mind" but since there's no video for it, I will share my other favorite of the album which is "Behave". 
The audience wanted more and the extra performance was as no surprise "Tror du att han bryr sig" performed by both Felix and Benjamin. The performance ends with Benjamin and Felix hugging each other very dearly and everyone get their dose of bromance for the evening. Benjamin and Felix ends the show by thanking their team, their band and everyone for coming. 
When I first heard the news about the tour I was not surprise at all, in fact I was already expecting them to come up with an idéa like this. I think the whole concept of Benjamin & Felix touring together is a great idéa. Two of the most popular artists in Sweden at the moment in the same tour, having a song together and releasing their debut album leading up to it is perfect planned. The promotion around the tour with pictures, videos, podcast and everything else is on point! All credits to Benjamin & Felix but most of all their team at TEN as well! 
 
 If you are a fan of Felix Sandman and Benjamin Ingrosso or the type of music they have released, I would recommend you to attend one of their shows at the tour. It's rare for Swedpop artists to go on a tour like this one, specially having these many stops of opportunity for people to see them. Both of them are such professionalls and it has been fun seeing them develope through out the years, I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of them!
 
That was it for this time! Hope you enjoyed the pictures and reading about the show. 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
LIAMOO performing in his hometown
LIAMOO has been someone that has been growing a lot as an artist only within this past year or two. We know him firstly from winning Swedish Idol 2016. This year he became more known through his participation in Melodifestivalen. LIAMOO has released numerous of singles since 2016 but only recently released his first EP. This past summer he went on tour around Sweden to perform for his fans. In this post I will be sharing photographs of his concert at Kulturkalaset and share some thoughts about their set. 
I had seen LIAMOO and DJ Checki peform together at another occasion last year. At the time, I think both of them were kind of new to doing gigs on tour and was only just starting to get familiar to their own set up. Back then, I didn't really thought much about the gig. It wasn't much to it. What I remember was that the girls would go crazy over Liam, I was a bit frustrated because I couldn't get that good of photos of Liam because he would cover his face with the microphone and that he would do an okay set with his few released songs. 
Seeing LIAMOO and DJ Checki at Kulturkalset was completely different. Both of them felt more confident on stage, they have created a set where both of them have an important role in the show and they complete each other on a different level. Liam is the front figure, he's the laidback artist and doing his thing. While Checki is the funny DJ, the support of Liam and helping the audience to get more hyped up. I think the chemisty between Liam and Checki works very well toghether and the audience get to connect with the two of them in a different way than if it would only be one of them on stage. 
LIAMOO had new songs in his setlist which has not been released yet. I don't remember the titles of them, but what I can tell you is that several of them were uptempo/midtempo. One of the songs had a more dance vibe to it and a "tropical" sound to it. Personally, I really enjoyed these unreleased songs and I can't wait until LIAMOO release them. What I know about what kind of music my followers who are fans of Swedishpop likes, I think you will like the songs. 
Before the show I had no idea how much fun I would have to photograph DJ Checki! He would make the most funny faces and move around a lot more than I expected. Unfortunately the stage was way too high for me to being able to capture more photos of him as he would be in the back of the stage. 
It's funny how I first found out about LIAMOO was through Molly Petterson Hammar by her Snapchat stories where she would post the most ridiculous videos of Liam when he was on Swedish Idol. She would be acting as a fan and tell her followers about how hot he was. At the time, I had no idea who he was because I haven't watched Swedish Idol since 2011. But because Molly and a lot of other people would post about Liam, I decided to do research to find out who he was. The only performance that peeked my interested was "Beautiful silence". I really liked that song but I didn't started to pay attention to LIAMOO until he started to release his own material. Since "Beautiful silence" is from Liam's Idol time, I wasn't prepared to hear it live on the set but it was a nice surprise when I heard the intro of the song at the show. 
Some of the songs LIAMOO performed was: "Playing with fire", "All On You" and of course "Last Breath".
One thing that might be a very small detail but something I still want to highlight was the fact that LIAMOO took his sunglasses off in the last part of the show. You often see LIAMOO in his sunglasses all the time, as it's a part of his image. 
LIAMOO told us that it was a dream coming true to perform at Kulturkalaset as it's one of the biggest festival in Gothenburg, which is his hometown. 
After the show, LIAMOO came out to greet his fans and to take some photos with them. It's always nice seeing fans getting to meet someone they admire. I made sure to say hi to LIAMOO as we are familiar to each other from Melfest. But I also made sure to introduce myself to Checki as I haven't met him before. 
I asked the guys to take a photo of them together which they were happy to pose for. Had a bit of a struggle getting them in frame because they are so much taller than me but I think I made it pretty good in the end. 😄
 
That was it for this time, hope you enjoyed this post and to see my photographs of LIAMOO and DJ Checki. 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel