ARTIST NAME: Slim Loris
SONG TITLE: Space in your Heart
ALBUM TITLE: One Kind of Bull
RELEASE DATE: May 9th, 2019
GENRE: Indie Rock
Slim Loris was an idea formed in the heads of singer/bass player Mattias Cederstam and guitarist Robert Barrefelt in 2009.
The duo was soon accompanied by drummer Jonas Ellenberg and singer/guitarist Leon Lindström.
As the leading lights of Scandicana, the Swedish cousin of Americana, Slim Loris have received glowing tributes from the likes of Huffington Post and AXS.
After releasing three albums however the band was forced to take a break due to some personal setbacks.
Regrouping in 2017 Slim Loris changed their musical direction by returning to their early influences, from UK 60’s Beat to 90’s Indie. A goal was set to release a new EP every year.
The restart was marked by “Wild and Untamed”, released on May 2nd, 2018. Produced by Pecka Hammarstedt in Olga Studios and with cover art painted by the acclaimed Swedish artist, Emil Grönholm, with world-renowned jazz/funk saxophonist Per Ruskträsk Johansson makes a guest appearance on the song Hideaway.
Platinum record awarded director Jonas Hong Soo Eriksson, who also directed Slim Loris’s video “Head on the Floor”, reunited with the band and recorded a video for the song “Hideaway” which was premiered by Clash music.
Music by Slim Loris have been featured in the Swedish films “Var kommer mjölken ifrån” and “Allt vi får från får – en film om får” and also in “Skärgårdsliv – en film om skärgårdsbönder och deras djur” due to be released in spring 2019.
New EP “One Kind of Bull” takes a step back in time with a move back to basics approach – Co-produced by Pecka Hammarstedt and with another cover art masterpiece by Emil Grömholm – it’s due to be released on May 9th, 2019.
State your history.
Two high school friends from Stockholm, Sweden who got together after their previous bands had split to write some songs for the fun of it. Two more members, three albums, and one EP later we are about to release new music on May 9th in form of the EP “One Kind of Bull.”
Describe yourself as an artist.
Four very different minds coming together to make sense of a mishmash of ideas and styles.
Tell us the genre of your music.
We are a four-piece classic indie rock band that like to pick up and incorporate influences from all over and add a bit of Swedish melancholy on top.
Tell us the story behind your song.
The chorus came to me one day when I was driving home from work and I liked it but initially wanted to change the lyrics since they felt a bit cheesy but then I took it as a challenge to keep them.
I thought the song had a Beatles vibe to it so I wrote about it when we went to Liverpool to play at the Cavern Club a few years back.
Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.
Time management – So much you want to do with music, family, work and so little time to do it…
Discuss the recording and production of the song.
We recorded the whole song on an old laptop in our rehearsal space apart from the drums that our neighbor Studio VÅG helped us with.
Initial production was ours during recording but then we handed it over to our co-producer mastermind Pecka Hammarstedt to put his magic touch to it and mix it and make it shine.
List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.
For our latest release some have been:
Rootstime, Werksman.blogspot, The Independent Music Show with Tom Lambert, Folkal Point, NWCZ Radio, Q108kingstonindie, The Locked and Loaded Radio Show.
Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.
It started out as two friends just playing music and writing in a bachelor pad in Stockholm and has naturally progressed from there.
We have always tried to evolve as a band with every new recording and hope to continue doing so.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
God, life, family, friends, great music, weird shit, my dog – Anywhere you look there might be a song waiting to happen.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
Luck and not giving a f*** about what works and doesn’t and just go with what feels right.
Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
When you stop thinking and just get dragged into the music you got something well worth exploring.
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.
Started out with making an 11 track demo just to see what we sounded like. Some highs and some lows but it helped us find our sound and lead to the first album “Down to Earth” and then we tweaked it a bit more for the second release “future echoes and past replays.”
Got tons of press and features for that one, mostly good ones and we went on a tour to the UK and got to work with director and mad genius Jonas Hong Soo Eriksson for the video to the song “Head on the Floor.”
Went from being mainly a duo to a four-piece band and started collaborating with producer Pecka Hammarstedt who’s been like a fifth member ever since.
We released “love and fear”. Then we’re forced to take a long break with our singer having a mental breakdown.
We came back with a new sound and a goal to release a new EP each year.
Last year, “Wild and Untamed” marked the restart and a victory in itself to be back on track again.
We got to work with some cool people – Jonas Hong Soo Eriksson again making the video for “Hideaway” premiered by Clash Magazine and also Sweden’s greatest saxophone player Per “Ruskträsk” Johansson who played a great solo on the same track as well as brilliant artist Emil Grönholm who painted the album cover.
Now we are back with a new EP also with a cover painted by Emil and we are going back to play the UK again in May.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
The best ideas especially for lyrics but also some music come at times like when being out walking the dog or driving home from work or washing up.
When your mind is a bit blank good stuff tends to pop up.
Name your favorite artists for collaboration.
Tom Waits (legend), Al Green (best vocals ever), and Damon Albarn (genius).
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Go mental for a while and then hopefully have enough left to throw at recording a new album.
Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
Tricky one. So much great music out there to compete with.
Trying to reach out as much as possible and hope something sticks.
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
By being an anal-retentive perfectionist bastard.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Slim Loris: Someone happened to mispronounce the name of an animal called Slender Loris and said “Slim Loris” instead and we liked it and used it as a band name.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Space in your Heart: just the part of the chorus that sounded like a title. No deeper meaning there.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
One Kind of Bull: the cover is a painting by artist Emil Grönholm. I asked him to incorporate my English Bulldog into the cover and he named the painting “One Kind of Bull” so that’s what we used as a title.