Saturday, November 25, 2006
ARTIST / BAND: KRISTOFFER RAGNSTAM
SONG (MP3): BEAUTY
ALBUM: Do You Want a Piece of Me
FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Alternative
LABEL: bluhammock music
INFO: While high-profile pop bands from Sweden were busily grabbing press attention, their countryman Kristoffer Ragnstam was working under the radar screen, making music that refused to fit the Scandinavian stereotype. His sound was different - too different to ignore. Musicians took note, not only in his country but in Germany and Japan. The media responded too, going overboard with effusions that, at the request of this somewhat self-effacing artist, we won't repeat here. It's strange, when you think about it, because Kristoffer didn't play that many gigs. In fact, he didn't even play any instruments, other than drums, and yet managed to cut a solo demo that won him his first record deal. Soft-spoken, with a wry sense of humor, he thrived primarily in recording studios, where he apprenticed to staff engineers on sessions and then applied their lessons to his own projects, working after-hours until crashing on the nearest couch.
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