We played together and that was my first stage, a great supportive place to grow up in. One thing I picked up in church was that the lyrics was the essence of the songs. To this day that influences the way I write music, regardless of if it deals with love, spirituality or any other aspect of life. I had early musical romances with rave culture and breakbeats; Acen, 4Hero, The Prodigy. Later came Chet Baker, Elis Regina, D'Angelo and Lewis Taylor and somehow always being bent on becoming a singer, I started to incorporate elements of both worlds into my music. When the time came to debut I made "Album", a title explaining what I was trying to achieve.
Like pieces in a photo album I made all kinds of music and forced it onto the same disc. "Here is me in Brazil" and "Here is me in West London" sort of. I've worked with a number of different producers, some that I enjoy more than others. Amongst the more enjoyable are Andreas Saag aka Swell Session and Jan Krause and Michael Mettke aka Beanfield. Andreas I love working with for his inherit feel for detail (his father is a theatre critic).
Is the song missing an atmospheric sound? It there one wale too many or too few? Andreas will notice and point it out. Jan & Michael for their sensitivity and great skills creating a feel good factor in the studio, making me feel very at home from the first moment. I've also done a good deal of touring with Beanfield, which is great because everyone in the liveband is such a great care-taker. People you can rely on. Then came album #2; "A New Blues".
I didn't see the point in doing a dance music album when I was surrounded with people using me for the exact same thing. I also had a lot of ideas that I wanted to try out as a producer. So, I wrote, arranged, mixed and produced the whole lot myself. I even played guitar, which I don't know how to do.
A New Blues was a chance for me to get to grips with pressing issues, injustices in the world and the kind of problems that are truly bluesy in our days. A great format to address these questions in. In 2004 I followed love to Birmingham. Not the most romantic city I've been to. A good place to finish the blues album though.
Also I met another good friend/producer; Martin Atjazz Iveson. He knows good music, good food and good lager like few others. After a traumatic autumn 2005 though, my marriage fell apart and I moved home to Gothenburg. At the same time I had just signed with Columbia Japan. So not only did I have something to write and sing about - I had someone waiting to release it straight away.
April 2006 "Find the form" hit the Japanese shops, filled with heartache and great producers. Andreas and Martin among them, but also Mark De Clive-Lowe, Hird, Seiji, Kyoto Jazz Massive, DJ Kawasaki, Nils Krogh & Yukihiro Fukutomi. Funnily enough, most songs on "Find The Form" was written over a three year period of time, during which I couldn't find any use for the songs. They weren't blues-album-material or needed for any collaboration I was currently doing. Truthfully I had never expected the album to become all that it is. Not this personal, not this worked-through, not this well produced or well performed (this time I can't take any credit for guitar-playing). Still there is no definitive plans as to when, where and on what label "Find The Form" will be released worldwide.
But good things will come to those who wait, so I'll wait. Right now, I'm spending most days by the piano, feeling my way around new ideas. Having grown from the experiences that fueled the last album it's time to rise to new challenges. How can I grow to be more forgiving? What place does my faith have in my heart? Are there updates to be downloaded? How can acid, pop straight up gospel and philosophical gospel be merged. Those who live shall see....
Anything else, we'll just ask me. Thanks for reading. /Jonatan 2. Jere, called Ernesto, is a young singer from Zadar, Croatia. He recorded five songs so far and performed few times at Zadarfest. 3. Ernesto - Minimal Techno & Electro DJ & producer.
Born in France in 1973, he started DJing in 1996 playing on the little Marseille club scene. In 1998 he went to work at the Marseille record shop "Wax Records". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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