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Simon Andersson

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Review of album - A Brand New Day"

If you would like to know what Swedish country sounds like, you should listen to this record. Simon Andersson has his very own style, brought by influence of favourite bands like Whitesnake and ToT
o. His songs combine rock and pop with country music and his voice fits wonderfully well to the songs.The melodies appeal to you instantly and they stay in your head.

This becomes most clear with ”Hey More”, one of the faster songs, which tells the story about a relationship with a woman, that he just can’t seem to get enough of. In the chorus you’re left with no options but one, to sing along. The same goes for ”Mia”, one of the more emotional tracks.

My personal favorites are ”It’s A Long Way There” and ”Trouble On Your Mind”, which both have a quite different style and this is exactly what makes this record stand out. A Brand New Day is Andersson’s first release, and it’s without a doubt, that he has his own unique style. And that’s something that you need, to manage to stay ahead. - Country Music News International


"Swedish national TV recognizes Simon's win in Hollywood"

Simon Andersson är den förste icke-amerikanen att få priset Årets countrylåt på Hollywood-galan.

För knappt en månad sedan släppte han sitt debutalbum. I helgen belönades Simon Anderssons låt ”Mia” med utmärkelsen Årets countrylåt i samband med galan Hollywood music in media awards.

– Man är ganska stolt när man kommer tillbaka. Det har nog inte riktigt sjunkit in ännu, men det är stort, sa Simon Andersson när SVT Sydnytt mötte honom efter en lång flygresa hem.

Större marknad i USA
Den 30-årige Malmö-killen är den första icke-amerikanen som får utmärkelsen. ”Mia” finns på debutskivan ”A Brand New Day” som nu ska ges ut även i USA.

– Människorna där över som vill lansera mig pratar redan om att jag ska vara med på Country Music Association under den veckan. Så jag kommer göra allt som krävs. Behöver jag vara där från januari till juni när festivalen börjar, så är jag det, säger Simon Andersson till Sydnytt.

Har band i Malmö
Men ifall det blir flytt till USA på heltid vill han inte säga säkert:

– Men jag har mitt band i Malmö och de är fantastiskt bra, jag behöver inte förlita mig till musiker i Nashville även om jag gärna skulle spela in där i framtiden, säger han till Kvällsposten. - Matilda Svensson Glaser


"Swedish press covers Simon's latest Nashville trip"

I slutet av november 2013 vann Malmömusikern Simon Andersson det prestigefyllda priset "Årets countrylåt" i samband med Hollywood in media awards. Det var startskottet på en karriär som den tidigare gitarrläraren vid Rytmus drömt om sen han upptäckte att country är den nya rockmusiken.
Nu börjar det stora äventyret i väst. Han har såväl ett amerikanskt management som "radiopluggare" och en PR-byrå i Nashville som jobbar för honom. De ska se till att vinnarlåten "Mia" spelas på amerikansk radio och tv samtidigt som man vill placera honom tillsammans med andra låtskrivare i Nashville.
- Jag är i gott sällskap när jag kommer till Nashville, min agent jobbar med Dolly Parton, Kid Rock och Hank Williams Jr och min PR-byrå, Aristomedia group, jobbar med storheter som Bon Jovi och Elton John. Så långt känns det tryggt, sen får vi se var allt det här landar.
Hollywoodfilmare
Det är ett tajt program den 30-årige sångaren, låtskrivaren och gitarristen har framför sig i Nashville. Han ska visa upp sig för branschen, spela på olika bolagsmöten men också på någon av de legendariska klubbarna Blubird cafe eller Tootsies.
- Nu gäller det att synas och lära känna så många som möjligt i branschen.
- Vi ska också spela in en video till min andra singel "Crazy" med en Hollywood-filmare som bor i Atlanta.
Ska få ridlektioner
Ett stort projekt. Man ska spela in ute på landsbygden men även i centrala Nashville.
- Lite kul, filmaren har så bra kontakt med Nashvilles gatukontor att han fått dem att stänga av en bit av en gata enbart för min videoinspelning. Hisnande tanke för en kille som tidigare mest varit ute och lirat i Malmö-regionen.
- I videon ska jag också rida i en scen, så när jag kommer till Nashville ska jag också få ridlektioner, eller "lära mig sitta på häst", så att det inte ser helt tokigt ut.
Simon har också haft kontakt med en del låtskrivare, bland annat de som skriver med Jill Johnson, om att eventuellt skriva tillsammans.
- Jag har en del riktigt bra låtidéer med mig så får vi se var det landar.
Det har också pratats om en duett mellan dig och Jill Johnson...
- Jag träffade Jill i samband med Brad Paisley-galan i Göteborg och fick därefter kontakt med hennes producent Amir Aly som har studio och jobbar i Malmö där Jill spelar in.
- Ännu inget konkret men jag hoppas det kan bli något i framtiden, två skåningar med ena benet i Nashville vore ju intressant.
Har slutat sitt jobb
Framtidsplaner?
- Målet, eller drömmen, är att kunna flytta till Nashville under en period, skriva låtar och spela in mitt nästa album där. Jag har slutat mitt jobb som musiklärare för att satsa allt på musiken och min flickvän, Michelle, är klar med sin utbildning till sommaren så vi har inget som binder oss i Sverige.
- Så om det funkar med visum och de vill att jag ska komma dit, då åker vi.
Hattlös - som hjältarna
Hur blir det för dig i Nashville - med eller utan cowboyhatt...?
- För min del blir det utan. Det är viktigt att markera, om man är pop och country kör man utan hatt, är man "old school country" är det hatt som gäller. Ingen idé att försöka konkurrera med de gamla hjältarna. Det blir bara pinsamt.
- Och som du vet, "outlaw-gubbarna i Highwaymen - Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson och Kris Kristofferson - bar sällan hatt. - Olle Berggren


"Interview with Country Music News International"

Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Andersson: It’s so much up to the listener, but I would call my music popular country music. I’ve always listen to many different music styles, and I guess you can hear that in my own writing. The key is to use country style instruments. Mainly because I love the way they sound, but also to keep within the genre. I make my music the way I think it should sound. If people like it, I’m very honored and grateful, but I don’t worry about what label one wants to put on my music. It’s all about enjoying it!


Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Andersson: Last year, and a few before that, has been a real struggle. Trying to complete the album A Brand New Day, with limited resources, and a full-time day job too, is more than a mouth full for sure. I decided that a change was needed when I had to spend a night at the hospital, for being stressed out. I later quit my day job, 'cause there’s no way I’m giving up my music career. The highlight last year was without a doubt my nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and everything that has given me so far. It was so much fun making that trip!

Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Andersson: It’s called A Brand New Day, and I guess I have to say it’s doing alright, ha ha! It’s not been officially released yet and I’ve already been in Hollywood, received management, valuable contacts and a lot of new fans!

Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?

Andersson: The title of the album comes from the song with the same name. I thought it was a suitable name an album, and it is representative for what the album means to me.

Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Andersson: Yes, I’ve written everything myself. Lyrics and music. Not that I wouldn’t co-write with anyone, it was just that I had a bunch of great songs ready. At least I think they’re great! Ha ha!

Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Andersson: Oh, they have been written over such a long time. One of the oldest ones ist he song Crazy, which was the nominated song in Hollywood. I wrote that maybe eight years ago or so. A bunch of the songs, at least the lyrics, came to when I had a hard time back in 2009. I was devastated with a broken heart for months, loosing the love of someone that meant really much to me. That’s just life, but it sure hurts, when you experience it. Another song worth mentioning is Trouble On Your Mind, which was written for a project supporting the homeless people of where I live.

Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Andersson: It’s a simple song. By the second chorus you can sing-a-long, even the first time you hear it. Not every song should be like that I think, then it gets boring and too obvious. But for a single it’s a great ingredient.

Lamitschka: What will your next single be?

Andersson: Another song from the album. You’ll have to wait and see! Ha ha!

Lamitschka: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Andersson: Wow, that’s a tough one... I like to record different songs, for different reasons. Doing that keeps you on the edge, keeps it interesting. Very important in the recording process. You have to love what you’re doing when you record! Otherwise people can tell that it’s not genuine. And you can tell yourself too... The hardest ones are the songs that demands the most feeling and sincerity.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Andersson: I’m very lucky with this album to have been able to control it all from the start to finish. Of course I’ve had other people around me with ideas, and I always listen to what they have to say. But I’ve been the one with the final decision.

Lamitschka: There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Andersson: The song wrote itself. I didn’t make it up. But to make a number one hit, you’re going to need a lot of people helping you, that has nothing to do with the music itself. A good song doesn’t make it just because it’s a good song. Unfortunately a not so great song can make it all the way, being pushed by the right people. But that’s just the way it goes.





Lamitschka: What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Andersson: I dont’t walk around seeing myself as something special, I really don’t. People tell me I have a great voice, and I’m blessed with the gift of music. But it takes hard work, more than you’d think, to make it. First on your instruments, but then later on so many things that has nothing to do with music. The industry is SO competitive today it’s unbelievable, and you really have to hang in there, and have patience to make it. Musically, there’s thousands and thousands of hours of practise to become what I am today. You know what they say, practise makes perfect. So there’s a long way to go yet! Ha ha!

Lamitschka: Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

Andersson: The fans find everything they need on my website, www.simonandersson.net. From there they can check out my artist page on facebook, the YouTube channel, sign up for new letters and so on. They can also order my CD and get it sent home to their mailbox, or download it on iTunes. More and more people buy their music, in different ways, and by doing so they support the making of new music. It keeps the wheel go round. I have the biggest gratitude towards my fans!

Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?

Andersson: Help spread my music to your friends and families and ask for it on your local or national radio station. It helps so much, just people talking. I sure hope to come and play at a venue near you soon, and I have to say, I appreciate all your support so much! Much more than I can explain... - Christian Lamitschka


"Digital Rodeo Interview"

Simon Andersson is an award winning artist, musician and songwriter. His voice has the ability to capture anyone listening to his music and when on stage, there’s no doubt he’s a natural born entertainer. Simon plays numerous instruments including both guitar, piano and drums. Something very useful when he’s producing music. On his debut album ”A Brand New Day”, an album that Simon produced himself, he's also playing a lot of the instruments. This has made Simon recognized as an accomplished singer/songwriter, producer, mixer, arranger, studio engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist in an ever changing music industry.

The album A Brand New Day is a clear result of Simon’s wide array of musical influences. Country came in to Simon's life when he was around twenty years old and even though it was a perfect merge with his songwriting, you can clearly hear both rock and pop being a part of his music.

Country Music News International’s review of the album emphasize his unique style and how his voice fits perfectly well to his music. Further they stress how the melodies appeal to the listener instantly and by the second chorus you have no option but to sing-a-long. This also has another effect, Simon’s music is appreciated by all ages of fans. His music has also earned him a two-time nomination in Hollywood for “best country song of the year”, which shows how strong his album “A Brand New Day” is musically.

Below read Simon Andersson’s answers to Digital Rodeo's "Inquiring Minds Want To Know" questions:

1. In the last year what is the one thing you accomplished that you were surprised by?

Receiving “Best Country Song of the Year” award in Hollywood, November 2013, Hollywood Music In Media Awards.
It was the second time actually that I was nominated, and this year it was my year. By winning I became the first Swede ever to win such an award in America, how about that? I’m really grateful and really proud!

2. In the upcoming year what are your top three goals musically that you want to accomplish?


Do my first appearance in Nashville – the home of country music!
Release at least one or two singles from my album A Brand New Day. (“Mia” released April 2014)
Record a couple of my new songs in Nashville.

3. What is your guilty pleasure when you get off a tour?


Well I love being a racing driver so I do that as often as I get the chance. Mostly on my ps3! Ha ha!
I’ve become world champion several times actually! I really love racing and I do go-karting as often as I can too.

4. What is your current challenge personally you are pushing yourself to achieve?


Making it as an artist is not easy and it’s all about pushing yourself and never ever give up. Guess trying falls under this category. I want to be able to raise a family in the future by being an artist and doing what I love, that’s really something that’s important to me. And my greatest challenge is achieving that goal I think.

5. Who would be your “dream artist” to do an opening act for and why?


I met Brad Paisley recently when he was touring Scandinavia! That’s Norway, Sweden and Denmark for those who wonder, Finland too, but I don’t think he played there.
I could imagine opening for him! Or any artist, I mean there’s so many great ones. Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, you name it! Just to be able to go on tour and have a great time with people in the crowd is enough. Warming up for a big artist is a great opportunity and I wouldn’t hesitate a second to do something like that.

6. Who was your most influential artist in your early years?


I got in to country music when I was about 20 years old. So I was pretty late I guess you could say. I discovered “chicken pickin” and I wanted to learn how to play that. I listened a lot to Brent Mason so he was really the one who brought me in to country music. Musically I was searching to find myself. I was writing music in all sorts of genres and I had yet to find me. The more I started to listen to country music the more I knew that this is where I belong. I still listen to different styles, I think that’s a good thing as a songwriter, you find inspiration here and there, but country is very genuine and I just love it. Brad and Keith were two others I discovered early on and they helped “bringing me over” too.

7. Do you have hobbies that keep you busy when you are not on the road/in studio?


Yes! Right now I don’t have a lot of spare time but as I said racing is probably my biggest hobby outside music. Its nice doing something completely different and I love the adrenaline kick!

8. What is at the top of your bucket list besides music?


Building a top notch studio at home. If I can I want to buy a house with a nice lot where I can build a studio. See, when coming home from touring it’s nice to be able to work from home as much as possible. Especially if a family’s involved. Then there’s other things like racing for a real team, having a flat in Monaco, a ranch in Nashville, building a racing track in my “back yard”, you know small stuff like that.. HA HA!

9. Do you have a “lucky charm” you carry on stage or a routine for good luck you do before you go onstage?


No actually not. You’re always a little edgy before going on stage, but that’s good! Keeps you on the edge.

10. What is your favorite comfort food?


Pizza! It has saved me many times!

11. Current project you are promoting (SINGLE – TOUR – CD etc.) and what are you most excited about it?



I am releasing my first single – Mia – now! This song got me the award in Hollywood and I’m really excited to be doing this now! I have such a great team behind me and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store. I’ve been working all my life to become an artist and here I am visiting Nashville for the first time, so you can imagine the greatness I feel around this trip. So excited to meet everyone and hopefully get some new fans etc.! - Bev Moser / Pam Stadel


"Hollywood TV Interview"

Jett Dunlap’s interview with Swedish Country Music Singer Simon Andersson - Jett Dunlap


Discography

Single - Mia (US Version)
Album - A Brand New Day

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Bio

Simon Andersson is something very special indeed. Becoming the first swedish artist ever to win an award in the USA for "best country song of the year" comes as no big surprise. Born and bred in Sweden - a country with great musical traditions - and deriving from an artistic family molded Simon for years into developing the star-quality he has today. Watching him perform on stage - it's clear that this is where he feels most a home and in his comfort zone he can captivate any audience.

Simon Andersson is a masterful guitarist and vocalist. But even so, he plays more than just one instrument. As a kid he started out playing drums at just three years old and had his first teacher when he was five. Later he picked up the piano but realizing that he wanted to be in the center of the stage, he started playing guitar more and more.

After several years of being part of different bands, Simon decided to go his own way. Less than two years after launching his solo career in 2011 he walked of the Hollywood stage as the first non-American winner in the country category ever at the Hollywood Music in Media Award. This gave Simon great confidence and insight that he was on the right path to success, even though the road up till that point was everything but straight.

Six months later Nashville saw this kid perform on one of it's most legendary stages - Tootsies. On stage with Simon was the musicians of Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw's band, which later gave Simon the chance to record in one of Nashville's most legendary studios - Ocean Way. In just two weeks, Simon did more than most artists hope to achieve in months or years. Just adding to the fact that Simon truly is something special.

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