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INTERVIEW: Axel Jansson

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m having a great time, busy but it’s all good.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shine”?

Shine is a contemporary pop/rock track inspired by music from the 60’s and 70’s rock era. It’s an up-tempo song that has got lots of energy and passion in it. I wrote it a few years back but when James D Bell and I recorded it, we both felt like it was an important song that sort of nailed my sound.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes. It’s was inspired by my move to London. I was 19 years old and about to start a life away from home and my family in a different country. I soon realised how easy-going life had been up until that point. You quickly get to know a different side of life – I guess it’s called ‘growing up’! Shine is about that whole journey.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Most definitely, In fact we filmed the video just 2 weeks ago and it’s currently in the edit. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results – mainly to check I kept the goose bumps under control! The Director Simon Dewey and his team were fantastic and we were lucky to have a sunny day but it was absolutely freezing!

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

This first release is more of an EP really with Shine being the lead song and of course the single so it just kind of made sense. We like to Shine!

How was the recording and writing process?

When I write my songs, the melody and chords always come to me first and we often start developing the recording with a scratch lyric, although I generally know what the song is about. That was the case with this track as well. I had one line early on and that was, ‘Those tunes will never be the same’. When you then take the song to the studio that’s where you really start developing it and that’s also when you get second opinions of the track so it’s always a very creative, but also focused process. Once the structure is in place then the lyric writing is finalised. Most of my songs come to me like that.

What was it like to work with James D Bell and how did that relationship develop?

I met James when I was a student at the Bimm Music school in London. We almost didn’t meet at all – he is a part time lecturer there. Although I wasn’t in his group he had to cover for another lecturer who was ill one day. I was actually gonna skip the class that day! Glad I didn’t now. James and I hit if off right from the start and from the first recording session we did together we both felt we had something special – it clicked.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Every Producer has got their own colour and flavor. It’s a matter of finding the one who understands you as an artist and instinctively knows where you are coming from. If you get that part right you can create a lifetime relationship. James has had a big influence, not just on the EP but on my whole sound. I think that process of finding your sound is really important and we really took our time to develop that. He’s a great mentor and fantastic producer who just gets me. He is a big part of this project.

Any plans to hit the road?

For sure! I love the road, We’ll be at Freedom in central London on the 22nd March with the Coffee Music Project – I seem do a lot of things based around coffee! ‘I Luv Live’ and ‘Busk The Box’, also in London are in the diary for May and we hope to have tour news very soon, but I can’t give you any official dates on that just yet.

What else is happening next in Axel Jansson’s world?

Obviously the big priority is the single release for ‘Shine’ on the 1st April 2016 so, there’s lots going on around that. I’m in rehearsals with the band and I’m also currently in the studio recording new tracks … you can never have enough songs! Along side this I’ve been moving house – I’m ready for some fun now.

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