Lizel Strömberg

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
Eventful week at EuroPride/Kulturkalaset
Kulturkalaset is a festival which takes place every year for 6 days in Gothenburg in the middle of August. This year I took vacation from work to being able to get as much as I could from the event to photograph, create new contacts and not feeling like I have to stress my way through the week. Taking vacation was probably my best decision that I made because the week turned out to be very eventful and I had several late nights with working with my photography. 
This post will be a short summary of my week at Kulturkalaset and EuroPride to give you a bit of insight of what I got to experience and who I met during the festival. I will also give you a sneak peek of some of the photographs that I took. 
When planning for this festival, I wanted to make sure that I didn't ended up only seeing people that I already know from before. I wanted to discover new artists, hear new music and photograping people I haven't before. I can't get stuck at only seeing people I know. That I need to look at other directions as well, find new people and getting footage of artists that might not have the same exposure as the mainstream artists. 
There was one act in particular which I think people were a bit suprised over that I went and photograph. It was the band Avatar, they are a metalband from Sweden and I'm so glad that I decided to see their concert. Let me tell you this, they actually had a staging! Not just a backdrop but a whole stage with moving platforms, props and their name visual in letter which had lights. It was so much fun to see the effort they had made with making their staging as cool as it was. I don't think I have ever seen a Swedish act done a staging with that much effort in it. I really appreciated seeing that. 
Of course, I attended concerts with artists that I know my followers want to see more of. A lot of these artists are people that I personally follow as well and know that I would appreciate photographing too. 
I actually had a conversation with another photographer about Darin. We both like him as an artist but after photographing him a couple of times, we know his signature moves that he ALWAYS does in his performances. That a lot of the photos that you take of him looks a lot the same, no matter if it has been months or even years in between them. I thought it was a bit funny hearing that from someone else. Haha
I ended up seeing LIAMOO twice that week but I didn't mind it at all. I have to say though, seeing him doing his own set was much more fun than the RIX FM Festival gig. 
It was very nice seeing Tove Styrke live. Last time I saw her was right after Swedish Idol so I don't even think I've seen her perform any of her own released music until last week. It was very nice seeing her and she was as bubbly as she always has been. 
Every time I photograph Loreen, the light conditions are horrible for a photographer. I get that she wants to create a mood on stage and I appreciate that. But as a photographer trying to get quality footage of her is very difficult. You will have to see my effort in my post about her gig that is coming. 
 I SAW ALCAZAR PERFORM A MEDLEY OF SOME OF THEIR BEST SONGS. I didn't even knew that I was going to see them perform, I just happened to be on the right location at the right time, which I'm very happy about. It was very dark that evening but I was living and was very happy about seeing them!
DJ Lundemo which I saw three times as Jasmine Kara was performing on her DJ set. I like her, something about her vibe was nice.
Some of the people that I saw performing through out the week which isn't in any of the photos in this post are: Janice, Wiktoria, SallySwag, Danny Saucedo, Alvaro Soler, Eleni Foureira and more! 
As always I payed a visit to the food markets in town, it's always a pleasure seeing the different food cultures. I bought the annual fudge, ate Thai food but I also tried new kinds of food such as an African dish. 
Walking the streets during the festival was very nice. It felt like I was in a completely different city and people were kind of a a different mood than usual. The streets were full of life and happy people that enjoyed the festivities. I also really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful colours of Pride through out the week.
Heading into the big week of the year, I had made more of a plan of what I wanted to photograph during the week to make things easier for me but also to not make me way too stressed out with not knowing where to go. It was also different this time because I was accredited as press which made things a lot more easier and I didn't had to wait around too long before the concerts to get a good spot to photograph from. 
The week turned out a lot more socially than I think I was prepared for. It wasn't bad thing but consider that I didn't felt that good the week before, I wasn't ready to being so outgoing that I was. I guess it was a good practice
I met a lot of different people through out the event. Numerous familiar faces from the past but also new ones that I bonded with. It's funny to see how people some times get so interested in what I do by seeing me photographing.  
One of the biggest highlights of EuroPride was definitely to meet Jasmine Kara! She was absolutely a sunshine trough all week! I adore Jasmine and her personality is one of the most wonderful I've ever come across. I can't thank her enough for all the love she showed me. The only times I've met Jasmine before has been very briefly at the afterparties of the Melfest finals. It was really nice getting time to actually talk to Jasmine and get to know her a bit more. I'm super happy that I've met her and can't wait to see her again!
Being at Kulturkalaset/EuroPride was a very learning experience. I came to realize that my photography really have had an impact of who I am today and it's something that I can't live without. My photography is one of the main factors that have helped me to being able to grow as a person and become more confident in who I am. If I didn't started or continued with my photography I wouldn't have had met the people I know, gained the experiences I have or becoming better at being social and maintaining conversations. 
Attending this event also made me realize that I need to do some changes in life. I need to work at getting more independent, get my driver license and cut out the toxic people I have in my life. I'm no where close at being where I want to be in life, there's so many variables in my life that affects me in a way that makes me hold back. I know it's a process and it takes a lot of work to get to a place where you want to be but as for now, I need to take babysteps.
I have lots of footage to show from the festivites of Kulturkalaset/EuroPride. Many stories and experiences to tell. I hope you will keep following my updates here and on Intagram as I will keep posting my photographs. Don't be a stranger, you are more than welcome to reach out to me, give me likes or comments on my content. I appreciate getting feedback!
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel
 
 
Private event with Panetoz
Panetoz are for sure one of Sweden´s best live acts at the moment but yet they are still underrated by many. People love Panetoz and their positive energy but yet, the band doesn't get the exposure that they deserve. Panetoz have for many years released numerous bops after each other but yet the only song I hear on the radio is their "Dansa Pausa", which I think it's a bit sad since a lot of their recents song are even better than "Dansa Pausa", for example their songs "Limbo" and "Whine Slow". 
With this post I simply want to give a shout ot to Panetoz for being a great band who shares a lot of positive vibes and love to everyone they meet but also for releasing great music. The second thing I want with this post is to promote their gig during EuroPride this week, which you can find more about further down in this post. 
These photographs that I will be sharing in this post are from a private event which took place last year in Gothenburg. I got invited by Panetoz to come and see them perform but also take some photographs of their performance. You might have seen several of these photos before as I've shared them on my Instagram or seen Panetoz shared them on their social medias. I still wanted to make this post to share them more officially, make a summery of my experiences and give a little shout out to Panetoz. 
I got to know about this gig only the night before and got to know where to be at only a few hours before it started. Last minute as always. 😆
IF Metall was the ones holding in the event and they are a union for people working within the plastic-, medical products, constructions material-, steel-, chemistry-, and garage industry. The only information I had was that Panetoz would perform at the event, but nothing more. Once the event started, there was presentations and information for all the members on set. There were a comedian doing her gig and SaRaha was also there to perform. 
It was auditorium seating in the room we were in which made me a bit anxious since I didn't knew where I was allowed to take photographs and if people would get weird about me running around in front of the stage to take photos. Fortunate for me, there was actually a few more photographers there which would walk around to take photos from different places in the room and also use a flash. After seeing them photographing, I knew people wouldn't really mind me either.  
It's always a joy to watch Panetoz perform! From the very first second they enter the stage to the very last, they keep the energy up and make the audience dance, smile and sing along. (In case if you wonder, there were only 4 of the members of Panetoz + DJ Conteh. The missing member Nebeyu had recently got baby twins so he had to stay home for this gig).) 
Let me tell you this, I don't think I ever have seen a Swedish musician get the WHOLE audience to dance. It doesn't matter what age, gender or background, Panetoz get everyone to dance and clapp along to their music. I love seeing how much positive energy and all the smiles between Panetoz and their audience. Whenever I photograph Panetoz, I always make sure to look away from the camera and just look around to see what's actually happening around me. 
Panetoz performed two sets with numerous songs from their repetoar with songs as "Norge", "Dansa Pausa", "Efter Solsken" and one of my favorites "Limbo". 
I met up with the guys after the show. It was fun seeing several people from the the audience come up to Panetoz to thank them for the show and to tell them how much they liked it. 
I had in mind to be done photographing by 4pm but the day ended up being much longer than that. The event got pushed back and I got asked to join the guys when they were going to do another appearence at some kind of marathon that was happening in town which I didn't mind. They also offered me to join them to eat as a thank you for coming. 
I can't thank Panetoz enough for always welcoming me so well at their gigs and being so supportive of me and my photography both on set and outside. They always give me credit for my work and it truly means a lot that they show me appreciation in what I do. Not only with words but also by their actions.
I'm very excited to be meeting Panetoz again this week, it has been more than a year since I saw them last time. I've grown as a person and photographer this past year. I'm looking forward to show them this new confident self and it's going to be so much fun to photograph their performance because I know they will give me lots of fun moments to capture! As I've become a much better photographer over the past year, I'm ready to work hard to get even better photos than I've got before!
 
If you are in Göteborg during Kulturkalaset/EuroPride, Panetoz will be performing at 16th of August by 3pm on EuroPride Park Stage. I will be there to photograph their show and I hope you will be there to enjoy the energy boost of a great show. Seems like the show will be for about 50 minutes of a lot fun and I highly recommend you seeing them if you can. You can find more information about the gig at this link: https://goteborgskulturkalas.se/program/10407, and make sure to follow Panetoz on their social medias. I will be posting updates from their show during the day in case if you can't make it there by your own. 
 
 
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel