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.
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.
In today's post I will be sharing my photographs of Sallyswag's set from Europride in Gothenburg. I will also make a brief introduction of the band.
Sallyswag started 2013 when Erika Risinger decided to start her dreamband, which resulted in 9 members only by women. They are based in Gothenburg where they write and create music. Not long after their start as a band, they had created a unique and fresh repertoire which was ready to get shown at the "Folk- och Världsmusikgalan/Umeå Folk" already in Februari 2014. The members of the band are:
Sanna Eriksson - Vocals
Aurelia Dey - Vocals
Erika Risinger - Violin
Ebba Wigren - Drums
Nadia Hamouchi - Trumpet
Anna Malmström - Clarinet, Bassclarinet
Paulina Moberg - Trombone
Sanna Sikborn Erixon - Electric guitar
Tove Brandt - Electric bass (bass)
Nadina Pundins - Electric bass (On parental leave)
All of the members of Sallyswag are freelance musicians and have their own solo projects, bands and careers. They have roots in all different kinds of music styles such as dancehall, RnB/hiphop, pop/jazz, balkan/indigenous music, afro and swedish folksy music. You can notice some of these music styles in the music of Sallyswag. I think it's an interesting mix and their kind of music isn't something you hear nowadays which makes them stand out a bit more. In 2016, Sallyswag released their first album named "Sallswag" which contains 7 songs:
"Du kommer dit du går"
"Vad jag har lovat"
"You know my name"
Their music has imprints of politics and a desire to change. You can find their album at iTunes and on Spotify if you want to give a listen to it.
Unfortunately there is not music videos or any other visuals with Sallyswag. But there are multiple videos on Youtube on their live performances if you would like to see how they are like live on stage. I did found one video on their own channel which is a "live session" of the songs "Akta Dig" and "UH".
I hadn't heard about Sallyswag before looking at the lineup for Europride but their concept peeked my interested. When I saw that "Aurelia Dey" was in the band, I had to look it up more since I recognized her name. I've done research of her music before as I had try to plan to see her own solo concert at a previous occasion. I would recommend you to check out her music as well as I think the typ of music she makes solo could be something in the liking of the target group I have for my content. I will put one of her recent releases for you to see what you think. :)
I know I've said it before but it's very rare to see a set with only women on stage performing. At those rare times that I actually see it, I appreciate the set a lot more. I think it's very important to give women more space in the music scene and push them to get the same exposure as male musicians. It's also important to show people, specially young girls that there are a space for them as well to become musicians.
As a classical trained musician I really appreciate hearing all the different instruments live in Sallyswag's music. You rarely get to hear more classical instruments being played live in a concert except for when it comes to orchestras. It was very nice getting to hear all of the instruments but specially the violin, the clarinet and trombone as it's more rare to get the chance to hear someone play on those instruments.
Unfortunately there is not more for me to share when it comes to their content as they don't have a lot of video footage/visuals uploaded. I did enjoy getting to see a new band and to photograph people I've not seen before.
If you want to check out their social medias you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
On our schedule for the first day of "Göteborgs Kulturkalas", we had planned to see Confusion Cosplay which held a cosplay competition at "Götaplatsen", Norlie & KKV and "Nästa Nivå" (which will be in it's own blog post".
First off was the cosplay competition. The participants were people from Sweden but also Denmark. The participations was going to do a performance from the serie their character are from. The judges were going to decided the winner based on the participants performance but also how well they had made their cosplay such as crafts, clothing and makeup.
I didn't managed to get any photographs from the actual performances that I was satisfied with because of the harsh light and because the participants stood way too far from the edge off the stage so there were not visible enough for me to shoot.
The photographs I'm happy about were the ones I took of the people around the crowd. There were not only the participants that had come in cosplay but also some of the people in the crowd. Like the girls below!
The participants of the competition came out to get their photos taken and to meet the people who had came to support them. Carol and I took the opportunity to say hi and take some quick portraits of them in their cosplay.
Later that evening we went to see Norlie & KKV. I can't say I'm a very big fan of them to know every single song, but I enjoy listen to their music. Norlie & KVV is a Swedish "hiphop" duo consisting by Sonny Fahlberg (Norlie) and Kim Vadenhag (KKV). They are most known for their songs: "Tröjan du hatar" and "Där jag hämger min hatt" but their latest singles such as "Din Idiot" and "Ingen annan rör mig som du" are very popular as well.
I'm not entirely sure about how many times I have seen Norlie & KKV over the years but since I started photographing more serious, I have only seen them one time before. Last year and this time, both of the shows had an horrible lightning. That horrible that I even had to edit them in black and white. I NEVER edit my photographs in black&white only in worst case. I got very annoyed because I know could have got decent pictures only if they had a little more light in front and not too much of the colour in magenta.
It was truly a challenge to photograph them but also to edit the pictures afterwards. I can't say this is my best shots and edits. At least I got one experience richer and learn something in the process.
Other than the horrible lightning, the show of Norlie & KKV was pretty good. I liked their energy and their music. I knew a lot more songs than I thought I would.
That's the end of the first post from "Göteborgs Kulturkalas 2016". Despite facing problems through out the day with our photographs, we had fun together. Always such fun with Carol!
I'm so sorryfor the delay with all my photos, I really want to post more often for you but also because I want to share what I've been working on. I'm super busy these day with two different work and school while I'm doing my photography.
Need to do some investments soon so I can start working faster because my equipment is not keeping up with me. But I'm currently working as fast as I can and I will be posting new pictures soon!
Hello! My name is Lizel and I’m a photographer based in Sweden. Photography is one of my passions in life. My blog is mainly about music and the different people I get to meet through my photography. Hope you stick around to read my experiences in life and to follow my journey to become a successful photographer!