Lizel Strömberg

Introducing: Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen
 
One of my ambitions for Kulturkalaset/Europride in Gothenburg was to make sure I did what I could to experience something new with the festival. It could be everything from tasting new food, walking to a new location of the festival or discovering new artists. In this post, I will be introducing you to Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen in a general sense and share my photographs that I took of them during EuroPride. 
Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen are a band from Malmö which formed 2015. Sanna Hansson as lead vocals, Phelix Jakobsson on the bass, Oskar Nyberg on the guitar, Kristian Lindberg on the drums and Hampus Hansson on the keys and backing vocals. They create music as they describe as quirky pop with cabaret influcences. The band have been doing numerous gigs around Sweden since their start. Sanna & The Swatchmen released their debut EP in 2017 named "Bye Bye Strawberry Pie" and it contains five songs:
1. Fun At All
2. Dream Girl
3. Theft
4. Can't Change A Man
5. Make It Worse
Whenever I discover new artists I like to do research, not only listen through the discography but I also look at their social medias to get a bit of a insight of who they are as artists. You can tell that they are still very small but you need to start somewhere right? They do have music videos for some of their songs, not as high production as some of the more streamed artists but it's nice seeing that they have some kind of video content out there. Even if it's not as high production yet, you can still get a feeling of who they are as artists and what kind if mindset they have for their music. 
I'm going to be honest, I had never heard about them before Europride and two of the main reasons why I decided to see their show was because I liked their style in fashion that they had an extra thought in their appearence that suits their music style. The other reason was because their music was midtempo and when I did my research they seemed energetic on stage which is always nice when taking photographs. 
I came one or two songs late to their show as I was taking photos somewhere else right before their set. It was the first day of Europride in Gothenburg which you could tell by the fact several of the tents around the area was not completely all setup for the event and the EuroPride/Kulturkalaset backdrop hadn't been put up on the stage yet. 
I liked that the band members were very interactive with each other but also made sure to take the audience in. Sanna Hansson, had good vocals and an expressive stage presence which I liked!
One particular song that I remember from Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen's set was "Drunk". I like the vibe of the song, a detail I liked in it was Sanna's vocals and Phelix backing vocals in the chorus. Phelix had such a bass sound in his vocal and I don't know if it was the speaker that enhanced it even more, but it really made an impact. 
It was raining a lot that day which made things harder for me to photograph but I ended up getting at least a couple of good shots. I do want to remind you that I'm writing this kind of post mostly based on my personal preferences, I'm mainly a photographer who loves music but don't have enough knowledge to review music in any way professionally.
I won't say that Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen's music is something I would listen to on a regular basis as their style has a more slower tempo than the music I tend to listen to nowadays, but their music is cathcy in a way. I could see myself listening to them once in a while when I'm in a mood where I don't need to be on my feet and being alert. 
When I get an opening to photograph the drummer of a set, I always take it! It's a bit of a shame how many photographers that doesn't take the time to capture photos of the drummers as well since they are too focused on the front figure.
This guy was basically everywhere on stage and it was so fun to see him doing the most with interacting with everyone! I liked the small details of their set with the feathers on the mic stand, matching outfits and Sanna's details in her outfit like her headpiece. 
Overall I enjoyed the set, it was fun getting to discover new artists. It's something about photographing new people which is a lot of fun since you never know what to expect from them. 
 
I hope you enjoyed this post, that you might found new music to listen to or liked seeing my photographs from the show. If you want to give a follow or get in touch with Sanna Hansson & The Swatchmen you can find their Instagram below or get to know them more through their website: http://www.sannahansson.se/
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
Post Traumatic Tour - Stockholm
I originally wasn't planning to write a blog post about attending Mike Shinoda's concert in Stockholm at Berns, that an Instagram post would be enough. I think I mainly thought in that way because I knew I wouldn't get as good photos as I know I would be able to get if I have the access. Another reason why was also because I wanted to make sure I enjoyed every minute of the show and not think about getting footage or notes to write a post. But less than half way through the concert, the impact of what I experienced would be way too much to tell in one short IG post. I decided that I would write my thoughts about seeing one of my childhood idols for the first time and the roller coaster of emotions I experience through the music. This post is mainly for my own sake and if you find anything worth remembering after reading this, it would make me happy. Let's take this from the top!
As for long as I remember I've always been a huge fan of Linkin Park, ever since I first saw the music video to "In The End" on TV in the early 2000. I can hear that intro of "In The End" anywhere and I would recognize it immediately. Their music has had a huge impact on me and it have helped me through a lot of rough times. I can remember in my early teens whenever I was so angry that I didn't know what to do with myself, I would put Linkin Park on my CD player, play the music out loud just to feel the beat and hear Chester scream. Even if I couldn't scream myself, hearing Chester scream made up for it at the moment. 
As I'm not older than I am, I were not able to travel too far to catch one of Linkin Park's concerts when they were as most active, I never got the opportunity to see them live. Chester one of the lead vocals of the band, sadly passed I away last year and I say this for everyone that is a fan of Linkin Park that the band will never be the same without him. Linkin Park performed in Sweden last year but I was too afraid attending the big festival they performed at because of the increased number of sexual assualt and rape that unfortunately took place last year at numerous of festival in Sweden. I still regret not attending the festival but after seeing Mike Shinoda this week, it eased the pain.
I'm not going to lie, I was wondering how Mike's set would be like with him doing it without the rest of the members of Linkin Park. I didn't knew what to expect when hearing the Linkin Park's songs without having Chester there and I'm sure I wasn't the only one thinking about this. I had seen some of the setlist for shows earlier on the tour and it contained music from Linkin Park, Fort Minor and Mike Shinoda's own material. From the songs I could see, I knew the show would easily become very emotional. 
The concert started late but for someone that were very excited to even be there, I didn't mind at all. You could feel the excitment that was increasing every minute and the audience were chanting before Mike entered the stage. He started off with performing "Petrified". I won't lie but I haven't listened through Fort Minor's releases as much but I really enjoy that song!
I really liked the mix of music from Fort Minor, Linkin Park and Mike Shinoda's own solo material. It gives the fans to connect with Mike through the different areas of his music careers. Even if you are a long time fan or a newer fan of Mike there will be at least a couple songs you would recognize. Shinoda perfomed songs as "When They Come For Me", "Welcome" and "Hold It Together".
 
One particular part of the set that stood out was during the medley they played. Mike would take down the tempo and play a couple songs acoustic. I think this part vary a bit depending on what the audience like to hear and what Mike had planned to do. In Stockholm he performed an acoustic version of "Heavy" which is from Linkin Park latest released album "One More Light". "Heavy" was one of my most played songs last year and I was very happy to get to hear that song live. 
In this medley, Shinoda also performed "Numb" and "In The End" which are two of my favorite songs of all time from my childhood. Every time I would see those music videos on TV I would get so excited.   
I know a lot of people were a bit worried about Chester's parts of the Linkin Park's songs, but I think Mike did a great job at performing them by himself with the help of his band and the audience. I really appreciated the fact that Mike let us in the audience to participate in the show with singing the lines of Chester's parts. It was so much warmth in that venue, as much as the fans were there to support Mike, he was there to support us that also have felt a loss when Chester passed away.
At one part of the show, Mike had a speech about mental health. He said that physical health is like the mental health. That most of people have no problem with acknowledging when people feel bad because of a physical illness, that it's not something weird. But if you would say that you brain doesn't feel right, people don't always treat you right. This way of seeing mental health, needs to stop and we need to get better at it.
His speech about mental health really hit close to home as I've been struggling with my mental health for a while now, specially the past few years. I've heard people talk about this issue so many times and seen comments about it on the internet but seeing how Mike take a part of his set to talk about this issue felt so real to me and really hit me so hard that it even made me cry. It's hard for me to give a fair insight of his speech so I will just link a video of it in this post for you to listen to it and also hear how Shinoda sings "In The End" together with the audience.
I'm very impressed over Mike for releasing his first solo album and going out on a tour within a year of Chester passing. It must take a lot of strength every night to go up on that stage to play songs that has such a strong connection to the band. I know a lot of people have been very questioning about how Mike would handle being a soloartist, if he would make it by his own and create as good music as what Linkin Park has released over the years. 
Mike is truly one of the greatest songwriters and producers I know about, I think he has done such a great job with working on his soloalbum "Post Traumatic". When you listen through the album, you can feel the frustration, the sorrow through his music and some of his thoughts and emotions he experienced after the passing of Chester. It's very real and one particular track "A Place To Start" on the album makes my heart break every time I hear it. In the end of the song you get to hear Mike's closed ones talking in their condolences on his voice mail after the news of Chester. A detail like that makes the work more real and true to the message of the song. 
I've been at many different concerts but I have never experienced such an emotional concert in my life as Mike Shinoda's. I didn't know what to feel during the show. One minute I was smiling and laughing but the next minute I was feeling sad and even shed a tear. 
 
I've always been trying to understand why some hardcore fans would travel to all these different countries to attend numerous concerts on the very same tour. I've been a huge fan of many artists and I love seeing concerts but I haven't understand it until now. After seeing Mike on stage, had a roller coaster of emotions and hearing some of your favorite songs live with other fans, I get it now. It's the feels you want to feel, you want to experience all of it again through the music. You want to show the appreciation to the artist and have that moment of escape of the reality even if it's only for 2 hours. I get it now. If I was able to, I would have loved seeing Mike at one more stop. Only to have that escape of the reality for one more time. 
I'm actually very amazed over the few photos I managed to capture of Mike. The only camera equipment I had was my small compact camera which doesn't have a lightsensitive lens at all or the capacity to capture as good quality photos as my DSLR camera. Heading into the concert, I was fine with only getting one shot to be able to post about the show but in my surprise I ended up getting a few shots good enough to make this post.
It was so hard being on set and seeing all these nice opportunities to get great photos and not being able to capture it. The lights was very nice, the audience and Mike were close to each other. The drummer and guitarist also had very nice backlight and would put their magic on the set. I saw a lot of great moments that I would have loved to being able to capture but couldn't... It definitely made me a bit sad but at the same time, I'm glad that I was there to only enjoy the concert for this time. Some day I hope I will get the opportunity to capturing the moments of a Mike Shinoda show, but for now: this is what I you get from me. 
I'm aware of the fact that I have tons of content that I probably should have posted before this one but I had to create this post for my own sake as this event really made a big impact on me. I didn't want me to create this post when I had lost some of the memories over time. I don't know if you will get something out of this post. It's not really a review of the concert since I can't be objective as this is an artist and music I've treasured for such a long time. This text might be a mess and be all over the place but I hope you enjoyed reading my thoguhts and experiences by attending this show. 
 
Thank you to Mike Shinoda for a great concert, for all the music throughout the years, for being true and honest with the art you create! ❤️
 
This was it for this time. Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
 
Dance vibes at Kaliffa's Liseberg show
 
I came to Liseberg with barely any knowledge of who Kaliffa was and what songs he had released. This show must have been the first one that I went to without doing any proper research beforehand, I had only listened through the songs on Spotify on my way to Liseberg. The only song I for sure knew from before was his hit "Helt Seriöst" which is a bop! What I had heard from other people and seen on the internet about Kaliffa was that I could expect a show with lots of energy, colours and great dance music. 
To give you a bit of an introduction of who Kaliffa is, I will go through some of the work he has done these past few years in a broad sense for you to get a better intell of what kind of artist he is. Kaliffa is one of the members of Hoffmaestro which has released songs such as "Highway man", "Seize The Day" and "The Storm". 
Kaliffa has left a big impression in the hip hop and reagge scene these past years. He started to feature as a solo artist on a Hoffmaestro song in 2014, but didn't released his first solo song  "Spontanitet" until 2015. After some few single releases, Kaliffa released his first solo album named "Kalibreraren" in 2016. When you listen through the album you get that good feeling vibe from the songs and the rythm are very dance friendly. 
One of the first things that I noticed while the audience started to arrive by the stage was that the crowd was very wide with people in all ages, genders and with different ethical backgrounds. You could tell by seeing the crowd that I was not in the regular pop scene that I often are in when it comes to music, but I didn't mind it at all. It made me more excited for the show since I knew I would experience something different.
The energy level was on top from the very first second Kaliffa and his crew enter the stage, they were full of excitment, hapiness and energy and brought a lot to the stage. Another Hoffmaestro member, David was with him on stage which had a great stage presence as well. He was all over the stage, shot confetti and threw water from the stage. 
It was a lot of fun seeing how many guest appearances Kaliffa had in his show, which made him use his platform to shine a light on other artists as well.  
He had dancers with him and also them got their moment to shine which I really liked. There were also some kids dancing on stage which made a great performance as well but unfortunately I didn't managed to get good photos of them as people were blocking my view.
The vibe in the audience was a lot different than I usually experience which was a big plus. They felt a lot more warmer, people were there to dance and they were more expressive. I guess it might have to do with the fact that the audience were so diverse. 
There were numerous songs that I saw Kaliffa perform which sparked an interest for me to look them up afterwards. 
It has been a while since this concert took place but from what I can remember, I can't find anything about the show to complain about. Everything was on point!
They had a whole set of people working, everything from dancers, guest performers, a liveband and even a photographer who was there to get footage. After seeing Kaliffa's show at Liseberg, I came to realize that I definitely should start paying attention to the more Urban, R&B and hiphop scene in Sweden since it seems there's lots of quality content out there and the kind of content the pop scene lacks can be found there. 
One particular song in the setlist which made more of an impact than the others was "De den" which is featured by Dani M. It's a bop and if you haven't heard it before, you should definitely check it out! 
I must highlight the fact that the whole crew was very professional and I appreciated seeing the diversity on stage. It's not everyday you get to see that many people with different backgrounds on stage at the same time. I think it's important to shed a light on them too. 
You should have heard the excitment of the audience when the first notes of "Helt Seriöst" started to play, everyone went crazy! If you have been in Sweden for the past couple of months, there's no way you haven't heard that song at least once. "Helt seriöst" has been played so many times all over the place and there's no questions why because it's a bop!
After the show, Kaliffa and David jumped off the stage to greet the audience and take photos with people. Signings and meeting artists after the shows at Liseberg isn't something that happens on a regular basis so it was very heartwarming to see Kaliffa and David take the time to say hi to people. 
As I said in the beginning of the post, I hadn't done any thorough research beforehand. This concert was definitely one of the best one's during this summer and one of the concerts that made the biggest impact on me. I’m really glad that I made the decision to attend this show! 
If you ever get the opportunity to see Kaliffa you should definitely do that! I highly recommend it! 
This was it for this time, I hope you enjoyed the post and that you found yourself new music to listen to.
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel