We caught up with Axel Jansson after his gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
The Coffee House Sessions are a series of live acoustic and semi-acoustic performances from some of the UK’s hottest singer song-writers and acoustic musicians.
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Last year we were joined by the likes of Seafret and Hudson Taylor to name a few…
Hi! How has the tour been so far?
It’s been good, yeah! This is the second week now so it’s been quite hectic but nice. You meet a lot of great people and get to see different places.
You play quite a few places each day don’t you?
This is the third one for today!
How has today been – where have you been?
We were at Huddersfield this morning, which was really good and we had about 200 people in the crowd, then we went to Bradford which was good as well.
How do you decide which songs to play in such a mixed audience?
We’ve been preparing different songs but tend to go for the same sets almost every time. I think we worked out a pretty good mix of songs, both a bit up-tempo and slower.
Is it a mixture of your own material and covers?
Yeah it’s only one cover. I usually prefer to play my own stuff but I think we needed to throw one in!
I had a look on your Facebook and there’s quite a few covers on there. Is that how you started?
I think the best way is to play other people’s songs of course, when I learned to play the guitar. Quite early on I started writing melodies and songs and it came quite naturally from there from the beginning. So when I got into that part of it, that sort of drove me a little bit from the covers. I think it’s a good platform though, to do a few to get people to listen and if you do a good version of a song, other people will listen as well. Hopefully!
You said in your set you’ve got a single coming out?
It was this Saturday we released! We’ve been doing a preorder thing so from last Saturday you could start preordering it and it’s ten days from now. We had a good release gig in Kensington Roof Gardens, it was fantastic.
Cool! Could you tell me a little about the recording process of the single?
Yeah! My producer is called James Bell and he’s from All Out Music in London. We’ve been working together for the last few years. Usually I write the song on my acoustic guitar – write the melody and the chord progression first and I just make up words and sing along with the melody. After that I get into the lyric side of things. I write some lyrics together with my manager Dee Hellier as well. Basically there’s a team of three people and I’ve got the band as well. We get into the studio, I record some sketches, my producer takes it away for a few days and does his own thing on it. He comes back and then we build it from there.
How long have you been doing music as a career?
I picked up a guitar when I was about ten years old but couldn’t play, and when I got into my early teens that’s sort of when I started. But on a more professional level, probably when I came to London about four years ago.
So where are you from and how does the music scene differ to here?
I’m from Gothenburg in Sweden. If you look at Sweden overall it produces a lot of artists and a lot of music but like me everyone comes abroad! Not everyone, but I think we’re a bit export of artists. It’s still a good music scene though.
What was it that made you decided to come to London then?
I always liked London and England overall and I think my music fits in better here as well.
Had you visited before?
Yeah I’ve been here a lot. I’d been to London quite a lot at weekends with parents and friends and always liked it so I knew quite early on that I wanted to end up there one day. I also think that the music is more British than Swedish, mainly.
That makes sense. So what else have you done in the last few years?
Exactly. My first guitar was a guitar diploma at Tech Music School in London, that’s where I got my producer and management and everything. We started the whole product, like a small company with all the bits and pieces together to make it work. We built the band, we did all the songs in the studio, we’re still recording every week and building the profile. We just got a good PR involved. It’s been very busy and we’re just developing songs and bands, we’ve been gigging all over every venue possible in London over the last few years and playing in Sweden and France.
After this single have you got any more coming out, are you working towards an album?
We’ve got all of the songs, we’ve got so much material to be honest. I think this single we’ll probably follow up with an EP, maybe another single at the beginning of next year. After that there’s definitely going to be an album release. Just taking it step by step!
Is the focus more on live shows at the moment now that you’ve got all the material ready?
I think you sort of have to! We enjoy it a lot but if you can’t promote yourself you need to be playing live so that’s a big part of it. We’ve got some promoters in London that help us with that.
Have you got anything else coming up?
Obviously we’re finishing off the tour now and then we have some songs to finish off over the next few weeks. Getting back in the rehearsal room, doing full band gigs in London. We do the Underbelly next… I think it’s in Hoxton. We have a few others on the go so it’s going to be busy!