Olsson

“I still think making and playing music is the best way to hang out.”
– Christian Olsson

 

Meet the Swedish multi-talent Christian Olsson aka OLSSON! He’s a producer, singer songwriter and an artist in all it ways. He already worked with Ilona Pop, Kim Wilde and Lionel Richie and amongst others he produced artists like Charlie XCX and Mapei. Olsson’s extraordinary stage outfits and his well-tuned sounds as a solo artists are definitely more than just a fresh combo and a catchy-ad-tune.
We met the artist before his EP-launch in Berlin and had a chat with him about his favourite pieces of clothing, time travels and his influences.

olssen-2webHey Christian, tell us a bit more about you. Who are you? Where are you from? And how did it come that you decide to play some music?

 

Im an artist, writer, producer, tennis player, boogie-woogie pianist and a half-blonde Swede. I grew up in the 90s era being absolutely mad about the groove from the Madchester and Hacienda scene with Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Primal Scream as my house gods. At night we always went to illegal parties and raves in different parking garages or in the woods. That´s how I got into music for real. I´ve been playing since I was a kid. I´ve been playing in different bands with my friends for as long as I can remember. I still think making and playing music is the best way to hang out.

Your song ‘Hold On’ became popular through a TV ad by Vodafone. How did that come?

It all went really fast. The song was just released and I got a word from my German promoter that they were interested in the song for the ad. The day after the commercial started on TV. Since it was the first song I released as a Solo-artist I couldn´t be more happy really.

Your debut album ‘Millions’ will be out on May the 12th 2017. What is the album basically about?

I´ve been writing this album most of my life and it´s the most soulful and personal piece of music I´ve ever done. I´ve been in a disturbed state of mind most of the album process. Most of my songs are progressive and hopeful but in a world that´s falling apart around you.

In which way are you influenced and inspired by other artist?

As an artist today I´m mostly influenced by other artist that seem to have a process where they just create something straight from the heart and then releases it 2 weeks after. And being productive. Look at Young Thug for example. He´s all about a vibe and a feeling and records that. You can´t control music. Whatever comes out, comes out. I love that.

Do you have any childhood heroes?

Phil Collins and John Mc Enroe. Pretty simple really – wanted to be a drummer and a tennis pro.

Do you ever wanted to be a musician?

I´ve been playing and making music ever since I was a kid so for me it´s the most natural thing in the world. My Dads a musician and Im brought up on the Beach Boys and Rolling stones. All those melodies…

What was the last record you bought?

Probably Frank Oceans “Blond”. Im obsessed with him (like everyone else).

Imagine if you could choose another decade of music and fashion, which one would it be and why?

Must be the late 60’s. I mean the mash up of Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Stones etc both in music and fashion is unbreakable.

What means fashion to you?

Just like with music I´m not into following any trend or doing it by the book. For me fashion could really be about putting on something just to make you feel good or free but also something that you find is shit hot but nobody else understands. I´m fine with all the above.

How would you describe your style?

I used to be Nowadays mostly dresses in turtlenecks and slacks nowadays. Very casual. Very colourful.

olssenwebWhat influences you in the way you dress?

The Madchester style of clothing has been a huge influence on me – the bucket hats, the parkas and the sea of neon club wear mixed with Palace Clothing. And always Mick Jagger in 1967.

An indispensable piece of clothing for you?

My slacks I bought in LA a year ago from “Industry of all nations”.

What did you pack in your suitcase – do you have any travel essentials?

A bunch of shirts from Our Legacy, a travel pillow and some slacks. What more do you need?


Thanks a lot for taking the time to have a chat with us, Christian! Keep ya eyes and ears peeled for ‘Million’!

Stay tuned..

xx smoke and echoes

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