Lizel Strömberg

Introducing: Stina Velocette
 
Hello! For this post, I will be doing something different and introduce you to a new artist: Stina Velocette! 
I had never heard about Stina before being listed to perform at Liseberg. But after have seen her being listed at Liseberg's website to do a concert and after I did some research, I decided that I wanted to check out her music more. 
Stina Velocette is an artist, producer and a songwriter from Göteborg. She has been writing music together with artists such as Kapten Röd, Syster Sol and Roffe Ruff. Velocette has previous been in a duos as "Äkta Kärlek" and "Serengeti". Even if Serengeti isn't active artists anymore, I would recommend you check their music out. Serengeti's music is reggae and very catchy. 
Stina Velocette changed her name, language and music style to RnB and in 2016 she released her first solomaterial songs as "Hålla Det Öppet" and "Rutorna nere". The urban and RnB music scene in Sweden isn't something I'm very familiar with as I've been mostly focusing on the pop scene these past few years. But the small amount I've seen so far, have been promising. For example, there's actually content out there! Such as music videos which the Swedish pop scene lack and promotions for their upcoming shows and music. The visual parts of music is important to grow an audience, connect and show the music in a new way. 
I missed the first 20 minutes of Velocette's set due to family errands. I was looking forward to seeing a new artist and hear new music. I didn't knew what to expect of the show but I was happily surprised over how much I enjoy seeing it!
Shish Bizz, the dancer of the set!

 Guest appearce by Nayomi during the performance of "Visa från Barrikaderna". (Press the songtitle to listen to the song)  
One of the songs I remember from my research was "Stanna Tiden".
I really liked all of the performances stage presence, they had good chemestry which comes from being friends and it was nice seeing how much fun they were having. 
Sophia Tako was singing backing vocals. She's her own soloartist and have released numerous singles and a following EP. If you want to check her music out as well you can do it on her YouTube channel: Sophia Tako.
Dj Miss Jen, when I try to look up her content I can only find this song that she's featuring on: "Dancehall Cypher". 
I absolutely love the fact that everyone on set were women, it's rarely that you see that today. It was so much girlpower on stage and it was nice to see that they all come from different backgrounds. One of the songs that I would highlight more is "Ska det va såhär". This song was written right after the #MeToo movement started and she wants it to be a fight song for all the women to give them strenght but also give the men an eye-opener and make them start to reflect. 
 
If you want to try to catch Stina and her crew, here's some of the gigs they will be doing this summer!  
 
This was it for this post. I tried my best at organizing it with texts, photos and videos for you to see. Hope you enjoyed this blog post and hopefully you found a new artists or music to like. Leave a comment, like this post or reach out to me on my social medias to let me know what you think about this.
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
 
 
My Top 10 | ESC Songs 2018
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is just around the corner and as a fan of the music contest, I'm going to share some of my favorites in this lineup. This list is mainly based on the studio versions of the songs. I'm going to keep this post short as I'm not very good at the technically of reviewing songs. I will start from the bottom and end with my favorite in this year. Here we go!
 
10. Rasmussen - Higher Ground
I like the darker sound of this song and the darker voices in the vocals. The production is a bit uplifting, and it's something about it that I just like.
9. ZiBBZ - Stones
I love the attitude and the weight in "Stones".  
8. Lea Sirk - Hvala, ne
I don't know what "Hvala, ne" is about but I'm loving the beat in this song!
7. Equinox - Bones 
The vocals in "Bones" are so good and I'm liking the mood they have created with this song. 
6. MÉLOVIN - Under The Ladder
I have to admit, first I didn't liked "Under The Ladder" that much. It didn't even made it into my toplist, but after hearing it a couple times it had started to grow on me. It's catchy and eventually you can't keep yourself from singing along to the chorus.  
5. Franka - Crazy
I don't have a lot to say about this than just that I really like it.  
4. Sevak Khanagyan - Quami
What I like about "Quami" is how the songs builds up and the fact it's very dramatic in the production. This is actually one of the very few songs from Eurovision this year that I have put on my playlist.  
3. Benjamin Ingrosso - Dance You Off 
You might ask if I'm being partial with picking Sweden as my top 3, but no I'm not. I genuinely like "Dance You Off" enough to pick it as my third in my list. I could have placed it higher but I think I might have got a bit tired of it since it's playing quite a lot in Sweden and the fact that I heard it a lot during Melfest as well.   
2. Mikolas Josef - Lie To Me
"Lie to me" was one of the firsts songs that I listened to when I went through the songs in this year contest and I immediately put it on my playlist after the first listening. It's super catchy and I can't keep myself from singing along. It wouldn't surprise me if Mikolas gets popular in Sweden because of this song since it feels like it's something the Swedes would push here. Also he has basically the whole package already and the teenagers here would most likely start to stan him. 
1. Eleni Foureira - Fuego 
My 2nd and 1th can vary some times depending on what mood I am, but I simply choosed "Fuego" because it's a bop. Everything about the song and Eleni are fierced. I'm loving the production on "Fuego" and it doesn't surprise me since Anderz Wrethov has been in the work for it. "Fuego" is fire and it's 1 of my 4 songs that I've put on my playlist from the lineup. I'm really looking forward to see the performance of it, I've only heard top reviews of it so far!
That was it, my top 10 of the songs in this year's contest. Eurovision will be held in Portugal and the first semifinal is on Tuesday on the 8th of May at 9pm (Swedish time). Second semifinal will be on the 10th of May, 9pm (Swedish time) and the Grand finale will be on Saturday 12th. 
 
I will be watching all of the three shows and follow along as best as I can on Twitter as well. I might be missing parts of the beginning of semifinal 2 and the finale because I will be in Göteborg photographing concerts. Either way, I'm looking forward to the shows of Eurovision Song Contest to start and I can't wait to see how everything goes for Benjamin. Sending him all the luck this week!
Who's your favorite to win this year? Let me know how your top 10 looks like, leave a comment below or reach out on my social medias. I'm curious to know!
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
My Top 7 | ESC 2017
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is just around the corner. The contestans have already arrived to start off their two weeks of Eurovision in Kiev. First semifinal will be on Tuesday, 9th of May. Second semifinal is on the 11th of May and the Grand Finale will be on Saturday the 13th of May. Robin Bengtsson the one representing Sweden will be the act opening the whole competition.
 
As I've done previous years, I will be doing a list of my top favorite songs in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Making this list was very hard this year since I had a hard time to pick my favorites. There were many of decent songs and some better than others. For example, some of the songs that I enjoyed listen to, which is not on my Top 7 list are "Hey Mamma" (Moldova), "Grab The Moment" (Norway), "Dance Alone" (F.Y.R. Macedonia), "Historyja Majho Zyccia" (Belarus), and "Don't Come Easy" (Australia).
 
In this year contest there are a lot of ballads and many of the songs are not catching my attention enough to put it on playlist. 
Photo: Thomas Hanses found at https://eurovision.tv/
 
I will do my Top 7 of ESC 2017. I don't do a lot of research when it comes to Eurovision and actually don't pay attention overall of the contest and everything around it. It's just a lot of things going on and it's too much for me to get into since I don't have time and are not that interested in it. I only listen through the songs and if there are an artist/song I really like I might look more into the artists and their back cataloge. As I do not have enough knowledge about music, the songs and the artists themselves my list will only be very brief summary of the act and some of my thoughts about the songs. 
 
I will start off with my number 7, which is Timebelle from Switzerland with her song "Apollo". The band Timebelle is a trio containing Miruna Manescu which is the leadsinger, Emanuel Daniel Andriescu that plays the piano and Samuel Forster which is the drummer. I'm very picky when it comes to singers that has a high voice but I really like Miruna's voice. I like "Apollo" and the beat in it. The song builds up from the beginning to the end.
#6. Manel Navarro which is representing Spain with the song "Do It For Your Lover". Manel is a singer and composer that first got discovered for his covers on YouTube. I really enjoy "Do It For Your Lover". I'm such a sucker for the Spanish language. I was hooked already after the first chorous. I love the acoustic vibe in the song and the good feeling in it. There's a mix of Spanish and English in the song but I don't mind it at all. I think in that way it reach out to more people. Other than that, Manel's voice is very cozy to listen to. 
#5. Joci Pápai is representing Hungary with the song "Origo". The song really stands out from the lineup. Joci Pápai is from a musically family, he could have become a professional sportsman but decided to persue his dream in music instead. "Origo" is a blend of modern pop, cultural sounds and it also contain a rap break. It's very contemporary. Despite the fact that I don't understand the lyrics, I love the song and the sound of it. It seems like Joci is the first Romani to represent Hungary in ESC, I'm glad he got to be in this year! 
#4. Austria's represant is Nathan Trent with the song "Running On Air". Nathan is a singer/songwriter that genres in pop and RnB. The song is written by Nathan himself and Bernhard Penzias. "Running On Air" has a more acoustic vibe to it. It's more of a folksy pop and has this positive melody. I guess this is just that kind of music I prefer to listen to. Nathan's voice has this genuine sound and you wouldn't mind sitting by a bonfire hearing him sing this song. 
#3. Israel is getting represented by IMRI with the song "I Feel Alive". IMRI has been in ESC two times before as a backing singer but this time he's back as an artist. "I Feel Alive" is a dance pop song and it's a bop! There's some Middle Eastern instrumentation in the production which I think prevent the song to sound too much alike what's new on the radio. Personally I enjoy this a lot and it's one of the few songs I have on my playlist from this year contest. It's uptempo, it makes you want to dance and you get happy to hear it. 
#2. Hovig will be representing Cyprus in ESC 2017 with the song "Gravity". Hovig is a singer/songwriter of Armenian orgin. He has been in the national selection to represent his country in ESC two times before and both times reached to the finals. I had some difficulties to decided which ones of "Gravity" or "I Feel Alive" I would have as my number 3 and 2. After listening to the songs more I had to put "Gravity" as my number two because it's more of the style in music I like. I absolutely love the beat and the hook in it! It's a bit dramatic and the production of the song is very good. I like Hovig's voice which is a bit rocky and edgy. Everything with this song is amazing and I'm really looking forward to see how the performance of this song will look like!
#1. In the beginning when I was planning this post, I had in mind that I wouldn't have Sweden in my list to find something else I liked and show some appreciation towards. But when I listen through the songs in ESC I had such a hard time to pick my favorites and didn't found a song that were as good as my real top 3, so I ended up having Sweden in the list anyway.
 
Robin Bengtsson is representing Sweden with the song "I Can't Go On". The song is very catchy, the production of it it's very contempary and it has it's hook. When you hear the song, you can't keep yourself not croon, sing or do some headmovement to it. It's easy to follow along and you get pumped up. Other than that Robin's vocals are on point. I know I've been following Robin's career for a while and have some kind of bond with him but to look away from that, I do think this is the best song in ESC this year. We already know how the performance will be like and from that, we know he will deliver something eyecatching. It's not like I need him to win the contest, since I'm already super happy that he won Melfest and get to represent Sweden in ESC. That's already a big win!
- I'm looking forward to see how well he will do and see the response he will get after his first performance in ESC. 
That was about it for my Top 7 of Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Hope you liked this kind of post. For those who doesn't pay attention to Eurovision Song Contest as much I hope you found something new to put on your playlist. If so, which ones of these songs did you liked?
 
If you are a ESC fan and have heard all the songs, which ones are your favorite? Please let me in the comments below or through my social medias, I'm curious to know! 
 
I will be tweeting a bit during the live broadcast of Eurovision Song Contest so if you want to read my thoughts about the show, follow me at: @LIZELSTROMBERG.
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel