The CDs have arrived

Look!

So many boxes. So many copies of the album. It feels odd, like I think I’m more important than I am.

Anyway, I will start sending out digital files and and physical albums as soon as I have my flat back after the current bathroom remodelling.

Release on April 7th in Gothenburg – more info will be posted here soon.

ALBUM TEASER!!!

Hey, hey, hey… Here is a little album teaser! A couple of verses from The Voices in My Head:

Apart from my rhodes and vocals, this track features:
String arrangements: David Saulesco
String quartet: Charlotte Andersson, Emelie Molander, Maja Molander, Agnes Högberg
Backing vocals: Anna Pavia, Siri Holm, Judith Lysell, Eva-Linn Nordh

Produced by Rut Blomqvist and Eva-Linn Nordh
Mixed by Eva-Linn Nordh
Mastered by Marcus Göransson

Don’t forget to preorder the album through my Kickstarter

(c) Rut Blomqvist 2016

Very brief update about two cool things

The EP… turned into an album. Oops. Currently in the final stage of mixing and I’m trying to sort out printing arrangements and a Kickstarter campaign to cover those costs. Perhaps it will be done and launched and all of that before the end of this year. This is my plan. Whatever happens though it has become so much better than I could ever have imagined. It almost feels like I made it up and it’s all happened in my head.

I’m going to the UK on the 25th to present/perform a hybrid thingy (academic-artistic) at a conference in Lincoln. I will also at the very least play a few open mic nights in Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. But it seems I might do my performance from the conference in an extended, more music-focused version in Scotland as well.

That’s it for now. Hejdå!

Not really news

I’ve not released my EP yet, still working on the tracks and intend not to rush the process.

One important reason is that I have started working as a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg. It is part time but it’s been busy these first few months. I’m really happy about the position because, a.) I get to do research on art and societal transition, which is urgently needed and feels extremely important, and, b.) it’s like the closest you can get to basic income in today’s Sweden, I think; they give me a salary every month and basically tell me to do something important and they leave me alone to do that except when I need help and ask for it.

Music is still one of the most important things in my life though. I will not stop writing, playing, recording, touring … Not ever. I’m doing small-scale gigs (mostly solo) every now and then even though I’m trying not to plan for loads of shows right now.

I’ll post here again when I’ve got news on the EP.

Have a nice winter!

EP! (and tour…)

Hey there people!

I’ve finally booked a professional studio for my EP recordings. Yesyesyes! First proper band rehearsal will be this weekend. We’re doing drums and bass in June. After that, I’ll do piano somewhere – I’m looking for a good space with a grand piano. So that’s what’s going on!

Release is planned for September. I’ll post in Where’s Rut when I’ve set the date for the release party.

But between the recording sessions and the release, I’ve also got an exciting summer coming up. A European tour is in the making…

Gigs and studio project plans

Six months have passed since my last update. Bad blogging behaviour. Though posting just for the sake of posting is equally bad behaviour, in my (not so humble) opinion.

The main reason for the lack of updates is my commuting to music college. Leaves little time for administration. Until now; we have started working in Uni on tour booking, press kit, marketing, etc.

Tour booking?! Yes. I’ll soon be on tour in Sweden with a band consisting of me and two or three other musicians from my class. Check Where’s Rut in the next few weeks for details.

Apart from the tour, I’ve got two gigs at JAK members bank with my classmate Miguel Ganzo booked. They are for members of the cooperative bank, so if you’re one of those, you can look forward to a couple of amazing gigs. (If not, you’ll have to wait for the tour. And if you’re a UK resident, you’ll have to wait a bit longer still. I’ll come over as soon as possible! I miss you and your friendly ways.)

I’m also writing a lot, as always. Writer’s block? Don’t know what that is. This leads to a luxury problem – I don’t know what to do with all the material and creativity. I’ve got a couple of co-writing projects going, which is good.

But, more importantly, I’m finally working on a proper studio project. I’ve got a brilliantly creative and innovative musician friend who has agreed to be my co-producer for the project. We’re working on arrangement and basic production ideas and are getting a band together for rehearsals soon.

Oh, and I’ve applied for the doctoral program at Gothenburg Uni. English lit. Sf and fantasy and sustainability and transition. I’ll write more about that soon.

I got in! And other news.

A week ago I went to Gamleby Folkhögskola for my last audition. This is Gamleby Railway Station. You can barely see the sign. The platform is like 20 meters long and that’s it.

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Anyway, I got in. Yay! And then, a few days later, I got the acceptance letter from the college I’ve been wanting to get in to the most – Löftadalen. Yay again!

So I needed to make up my mind. As always when you need to choose, there are benefits and drawbacks to every alternative. I refused to make a pro con list. I might have made one in my head though. Secretly. Shush! I eventually decided to go to Löftadalen and I’ve now paid the tiny symbolic registration fee. (There are no tuition fees in Sweden, unless you’re a non-EU citizen. For your information.)

Before the Gamleby and Löftadalen auditions, I had a gig in Gothenburg that I haven’t written about. It was at Dirty Records, a record store with a nice little café.

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I daresay it was my best gig so far. I’m feeling more and more relaxed about it and that’s a good thing for me. Some people claim that nervousness is good, that you get focused. That’s not how it works for me. If I’m nervous, it’s because I honestly believe I’m shit, and I then perform accordingly – or at least feel that I did, even if everyone else thought it was good. If I’m exited and eager to play, I focus and sort of remain in the moment. That’s when I feel that I get, like, a connection with people in the audience, that I’m there and they are too and it becomes a meeting and something we share. Being nervous and anxious makes me insulated from others. That’s not the kind of performance I want to make. I want to be out there – not afraid of failure, but invested in making something that matters.

Now that the auditions and the booked gigs are done I can focus on recording again. The reason I haven’t updated my gig schedule on the website in a while is that I haven’t booked any more gigs for now. I’m making plans for an EP. More info coming soon …

I’m also considering artwork options. I want to make something meaningful, something that adds to the music. On my facebook, I’ve got pictures with the lyrics and some drawings, but my drawing skills only go so far and I think I need to involve some other people in this. I’ve got a couple of names in mind for the artwork. (Names of some talented friends, that is. Haven’t talked to them yet so don’t feel left out if you’re a talented friend of mine whom I haven’t asked. I will, certainly, ask you.)

This is how far my drawing skills go, by the way:

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(Drawing session in a pub in Gamleby.)

On that topic, I’ll make sure to upload my artwork lyrics things to the website too. I wonder why I haven’t done that.

Oh, and by the way, my and Simon’s tomato and chilli plants and lettuce and herbs are happy and growing in the June sunshine. Look! (The stupid Spanish slugs ate most of our lettuce down here though. The flower box lettuce is happier.)

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Imagine if life could be only music and tomatoes.

I’m imagining it. I’m going there, slowly. Which is nice.

(Tour and) time off – a picture summary #2

So, I’ve been back in Sweden for almost two weeks. Since yesterday was a holiday (May 1st, International Workers’ Day) and today is Friday, I’m off today as well – it’s a so-called bridge day, or squeeze day as we Swedes would say.

And what better to do on a squeeze day than to squeeze the most out of the extra time it gives you for things that you don’t have time for in your busy, silly, working-full-time everyday life?! Hence, I’ve baked crisp bread, dealt with the washing up, played uke (I want to hold your hand and Brand new colony – good uke covers!), and created an add for renting a house/part of a house. Now I’m blogging. (No shit?) After that I’m playing squash.

Now, this was supposed to be a picture summary of the rest of my tour and trip. Problem is, I didn’t take any pictures when I was in Cardiff and Swansea busking, nor when I did my two Cardiff gigs. I did take pictures of my time off though.

The last thing I mentioned in my last post was going into Cardiff for a gig. It was a good gig but the crowd was weird. That was Saturday April 12th.

Sunday the 13th: Me, my sister, her husband, and their kid went to their allotment:

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Monday the 14th: My sister had the day off. Me, her, and the crazy 3-year-old went to St. Fagans National History Museum. We didn’t really look at the historical houses and all that stuff, we had all been there several times before. We had picnic and then ice cream. Day trips to me are primarily about food. I was content.

Tuesday the 15th: Swansea busking trip! Had a good time, made good money.

Wednesday the 16th: Open mic in Llandaff Institute. They liked me so much that they asked me to contact them when I’m in Cardiff again so that they can book me for a night. Non too shabby.

Thursday the 17th: Cardiff busking in the day, if I remember correctly. It was a bit less friendly than Bristol and Swansea, especially Queen Street which was just too busy. Still, I met several nice people and made some money.
In the evening, I played an open mic in Face 11. Friendly café/bar, good crowd (including two Swedes who were the only people there to understand the lyrics to all my songs). The open mic people in Face 11 also asked me to come back. Success!

Friday 18th: Easter holidays began. We didn’t do much.

Saturday 19th: Went to Roath park,
feeding fish in the greenhouse …

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… and feeding swans by the lake.

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Easter Sunday 20th was like any Easter Sunday (or Påskafton, Easter Saturday, if you’re in Sweden): Food, sweets, fun. And, unfortunately, heavy rain. I got soaked to the skin on a walk around the block.

On Monday the 21st, I left for Sweden. On a train on the continent, I met a lovely Italian UK resident who was going to Gothenburg for a conference. She gave me some vegan coconut cake she’d made and we talked about languages, about politics, and about differences between the political systems and people’s mentality in different countries.

It’s good to be home and get to do all the little things I like in my everyday life, but I miss the tour feeling, the openness, the many meetings … the acceptance and encouragement from people in the UK. (On the topic of differences between countries.)

At least I’ve got a gig in Gothenburg on Friday May 9th. See you there, perhaps?

Musician, writer, researcher