Lizel Strömberg

Pussy Riot | My first Russian concert
These past couple of years, I've started to explore new kinds of musc such as Ukrainian, Filipino, Latin and Russian pop. With a more mature look on music with lyrics I can't understand, I found this new way to explore new music and cultures a lot of fun and learning. 
In this post I will share my thoughts and photographs from my first experience to see a Russian concert! I was very surprised to see Pussy Riot being in the lineup to be one of the acts to perform at Liseberg. To be honest, the name Pussy Riot didn't click for me at first and I had to do a bit of a research to know more about who they are and understand what kind of message their music has. Pussy Riot's music is very provocative with strong messages about current events happening in the world.
Pussy Riot is a punk rock activist group that have done a lot statements and protest through their music one particular that got a lot of attention in the media was their protest against Putin. Several members of the band got arrested and spent time in jail because of their protest. The story about this event is far more detailed than I can explain but if you are interested in knowing more just google "Pussy Riot" and there's tons of videos and articles about them as a group and the arrest. If you want to get a bit of a view of what I mean with Pussy Riot's music being provocative, you should watch their music video to "Make America Great Again":
The set started of in an interesting way, their intro was a long list of 25 facts about some important things in the world that Pussy Riot want to highlight. If you want to know what I mean with the intro you can watch the video I found on Youtube of it, watch it HERE. The way they had made the intro was to have a prerecorded voice reading these text while showing it on the big screens in the center of the stage. I don't think I have ever seen that kind of intro on a concert before. It was surely different and a bit interesting to hear. But I think many of the people who were there to see the concert got a bit impatient for the concert to start since this intro might have been for about 10 minutes. 
One of the distinct thing in the show is that all of the performing artists on stage are wearing balaclavas. I'm not entirely sure the whole reason behind it but it's a way to stay anonymous and free people. That whoever that want to, are able be a part of Pussy Riot.
What I really liked and appreciated about Pussy Riot's set was the fact that they used the screen behind them to show visuals. They had lyrics to their songs and also translated to the non-russian speaking audience for us to get the chance to understand what their messages in their songs was about. It's a very smart move to have translated lyrics for everyone to feel participated and have a chance to understand the music they were hearing. 
Seeing Pussy Riot perform was very interesting and I really enjoy seeing something different than I'm used to. Before the concert, I had listened through several of their songs and I was pleasant surprised over how many songs that I actually recognized from my research and that I already knew some of the lyrics to.  
Pussy Riot's music might not be for everyone but I would at least recommend you to watch a video or two, to just see and hear what they are about. Their work is important and I want to give them all credits for staying brave and keep doing what they do. 
That was it for me. I hope you enjoyed this post and found something interesting or fun to read about. I really enjoyed seeing a full concert by a russian group for the first time. I hope to see and explore more music from that region and other places in the world. Let me know what you think about what you saw in this post and don't forget to stay tuned for more updates.
Until next time, ingat!

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!
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!