Staffan Sandell


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

My name is Staffan Sandell and I was born in Sweden on the 22nd of march in 1976. I spent my childhood in a suburb just outside Stockholm, and there was always a lot of music since both my father and grandfather were musicians.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 
I started quite early with the piano, but when I was twelve I switched to drums. After I graduated from school I started working as a freelance drummer, playing with different artists here in Sweden and doing everything from musicals to studio work. Besides playing drums I’ve been writing music for computer games and orchestras, but in the past four years I’ve been focusing on writing my own pop songs.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 
My genre would be pop music with influences from 60’s and 70’s music, but I’m also influenced by a lot of movie soundtracks.

The idea behind this EP was to write something similar to the music I grew up with, it’s basically inspired by the music I would find in my parents record-collection. The title track was inspired by a friend who was an air balloon hostess, she told me about some of the strange things she’d seen from up there, and I thought that would be a fun premise for a song.

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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. 
The upside is you get to do what you love, the downside is you never know when you get to do it!

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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. 
Right now I’m the only member of the band, I recorded and produced everything myself except for some of the bass and guitars, those were brilliantly played by my old friends Mathias and Fredrik, and I also got my girlfriend to sing some of the backing vocals. The songs were all recorded in my own studio in Stockholm.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 
I started playing drums professionally when I was thirteen in my father’s band. Since then I’ve been doing it for about twenty seven years now I guess, mainly as a drummer. My goals are to continue having fun with music, doing different projects both as a singer/writer and a drummer.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 
Every day life and the things that’s happening around me. But also listening to a wide variety of musical styles, there’s always something new to be discovered.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
If I only knew…. I guess it’s making music that a lot of people can relate to. Doing something that sounds familiar but still has the element of surprise.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Thank you for listening! Stay tuned for next spring, when the full album will be released!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 
Make music that YOU want to hear, not what you think others want to hear.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 
I’ve been involved in quite a few tours and albums as a drummer, but there seem to be a lack of awards for drummers, even though we do most of the heavy lifting…

This EP is my first experience as a singer/writer, and I haven’t received any awards for that yet. In my early days I got a few scholarships for composition.

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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. 
https://www.nordicmusicreview.com/single-post/2017/10/13/Staffan-Sandell—Sightings-from-an-Air-Balloon-EP

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 
With lyrics I mainly focus on a story and then try to get a progression through out the song. My favorite way of composing is when things happen my accident, when the song goes in another direction than you planned, some of my songs started out in a completely different genre before they were finished. So I try to be very open when I’m writing and let the music go wherever. Same with the recording, I generally have a part that I want to record, but once I have the instrument in my hand it becomes something else.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 
The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and Sting.

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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. 
As a musician I’m used to collaborate with others, but as a songwriter I haven’t had the chance yet, but that’s one of the things I’m really looking forward to do! I would collaborate with anyone who have their own voice and a real curiosity for music.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 
https://www.facebook.com/stafftone/

https://www.instagram.com/staffansandell/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 
https://open.spotify.com/album/2QZrc33X83cxGqaGKF9IW6                    
https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/sightings-from-an-air-balloon-ep/id1256066182?l=en

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Staffan_Sandell_Sightings_from_an_Air_Balloon?id=Bzorqzdu7o2zq4st6gk3dkn5dtu

http://www.deezer.com/en/album/44194361

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
Happiest day was probably when I got my first drum kit, it was a blue Rogers kit from the 60’s. Saddest day so far was when my grandpa passed away.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

I would most likely buy a house in the countryside and start a music school there. 

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