Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

If it’s alright I would prefer to keep the focus on the art and project so let’s just go with Icarus for now! Regarding age I’m 28 years old and was born in Sweden. I have a great, loving family supporting me but went through kind of a rough patch in my social life during elementary school (but hey, who didn’t?).

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I was a music illiterate until the age of 17 when I started playing bass and formed my first band. After that I was involved in a few projects and the last band I played with got successful in the Swedish post-hardcore scene.

After we broke up due to people starting families I got into songwriting and started studying Music Production at Örebro University in Sweden. I had some great teachers (Jan Sparby, Jens Bogren and Per Aldeheim) who helped me laying the fundamentals of my songwriting and production skills.

During my last year I got discovered by the American producer PJ Bianco through my close friend (Jesper Eriksson, extremely talented visual artist who is the man behind my artwork!). We traveled together to LA where we worked together with PJ, Zach and Nate from ARIZONA (The band not the state) on a project called Hang The DJ.

When I got back to Sweden I signed to Radio addict music group where I met and worked with a bunch of talented people. As time passed, I started to feel like I wanted to create something for myself without any boundaries or restrictions and the idea of Icarus was born.

So here we are today, I just released my second single and I’m overwhelmed by all the support I’m getting. Thank you everyone!

I mainly work in Pro Tools but know my way around Logic, FL studio and Abelton. For instrumental skills I’m really an average musician, I play some bass, guitar and piano (I’m horrible at drums).

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

Generally I don’t like genres since it categorizes music into often narrow folders but if I were to describe what I’m doing it would be a combination of Synthwave, French electro and pop!

The idea behind Icarus is to create a futuristic world where the line between human and machine is long gone. Each song and video I release follows this theme and I tend to animate the videos in pixel-art (partially because I’m really bad at drawing and partially because it goes really well with the whole retro-80’s vibe.

Machine Heart is a song about how we all affect one another and in the wrong company may lose all our emotions and turn into something cold that resembles a Machine. It is portrayed through the lyrics as the singer describes a feeling of apathy and detachment from her feelings.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

As far as the music business goes I would like to quote Hunter S. Thompson: “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

Jokes aside, the music industry and showbiz overall can be a very harsh environment attracting some ugly fish. With that said there’s still extremely talented and caring people out there, just be careful with what you sign and make sure to bounce contracts with legal counseling first!

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 
Icarus is a solo project and I’m the only member. Machine Heart is written together with the talented Tove Quick who also does the vocals on the track. She’s my old colleague and currently working at Radio Addict music group where the song was recorded, if you’re looking for collaboration that’s the place to go.

Also make sure to follow Tove on Instagram!

The video is animated by myself, usually I would do these kinds of things together with Jesper Eriksson but due to his busy schedule I got to try the waters out on my own!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
 

I’ve been in the “industry” for almost 10 years now, professionally for about 7 years. I think most of my experience here was covered with my background history.
As for future goals I’m just trying to get ready for the robot apocalypse by making friends with robots. No but in all seriousness: I’m currently just trying to create the most interesting art I can and I feel extremely grateful for all the people I get to work with and of course my followers!

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
 
My latest source of inspiration has been the change we see in society, due to most of the people experiencing World War 2 dying there’s not many people who remember the horrors of war and as a result we see the biggest polarization in a hundred years dividing our countries.

On top of that we have the whole social media movement where people rather would live through a screen than experiencing the world for themselves, it’s a beautiful place so don’t let it go to waste!

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I don’t really believe it’s a secret. Music to me is emotions in the form of lyrics and sound, if you’re sincere about your art and manage to put transfer your feelings into sound other people will feel what you feel and relate to your art.

The key is being brave and putting yourself out there!

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Once again, I can’t describe how grateful I am for all the support. Keep on rocking everyone and look out for my next single coming out on the 20th of November!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Don’t chase a record deal or “getting signed”, those things should be a product of you not being able to handle all the work yourself anymore. Getting signed without bringing something to the table is usually hurtful for both parts, especially the artist.

The music industry is not the same it was 20 years ago.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
Since I launched the project a month ago I don’t really have a lot to bring up here. My focus right now is just producing new material to release every month!

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

Some of my recent features has been:

Brutal resonance (Blog)

Headphones for robots (Blog)

TL 80s (Blog)

Gelbar (Youtube channel)

Soulsearchanddestroy (Youtube channel)

Neon Nights (Youtube channel)

 

Show them some love!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Usually I have a story in my head I want to tell so what I do is that I try to with audio paint a story for it and then add the lyrics and vocals as a narrative to it.

Workflow would be:
Theme>Composition>Recording/ Production>Vocals>Mix>Master.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
This one is easy: Daft Punk, Kavinsky, Justice, Lazerhawk and Todd Terje.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I’m pretty much open to any collaboration as long as the art is great and the artist is talented, don’t be afraid to reach out to me over social media or email! As a songwriter I’ve collaborated with many different artists but in this project so far I’ve done this song with Tove, got an upcoming feature with the talented Sequencer and Straplocked plus a few other artists that are either planned or in the works.

Would love to work with artists like the ones I’ve mentioned above and are a big fan of Gunship and Starcadian as well!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/17IDrizGUiveZm4P77Kkio

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/icarussweden

Webpage: https://www.icarussweden.com/

Bandcamp: https://icarussweden.bandcamp.com/releases

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/icarussweden

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icarussweden/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icarussweden/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/icarussweden

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Bandcamp: https://icarussweden.bandcamp.com/releases

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/icarus/581465027

Beatport: http://classic.beatport.com/release/be-somebody/2122023

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
I don’t think I’ve had a happiest day, but I’ve surely had some great moments in my life!

The saddest days of my life has been when some of my relatives pass away. Those kinds of moments are always devastating.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would fill a swimming pool with synthesizers and swim in it like Uncle Scrooge!


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