Today I release a surprise track. I asked Karl X Johan if I could remix their song Get It All and they let me and loved it. The Line Of Best Fit wanted to post it so read about it there and listen!
The Road I Know was premiered April 12 and had a tremendous reception. The Line Of Best Fit did the world premiere, then The Fader and Prefixmag and loads of other blogs followed! 14.000 streams in one day, 20.000 in two and almost 40.000 in one week on Soundcloud alone.
I want to thank all the sites that have written about the single so far! TLOBF, The Fader, Prefixmag, Jajaja, Tracasseur, Nordic By Nature, Swede + Sour, Eat Yo Beat, Birds Need Feet, Hiphopzilla, Hits In The Car, Lucy vs the Globe, Ge Hit Musiken, Gaffa, Que Club, Festivalrykten, Being Blogged, Eargasm, Frequency, Jobsmit, Tasted Shapes, Klubb Ace, News Whip, Bladet, La Grieta, Raw Signal, Manmade Mag, The Sound Of Confusion, The Autumn Roses, Desmond In A Tutu, Ruled By Sound, Chaotisch Und Charmant, Man On The Moon. If I forgot someone thanks anyhow! You are all in my heart! I’m also happy to have gotten hundreds and hundreds of new Twitter followers the last week! Big love to you all!
The title of my sophomore album was just announced by Swede and Sour. Azure Blue – Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt. The title is very special to me and quite universal I guess. I remember the reaction of John at Hybris. “I love it. It applies to everyone and all of us”.
I’m very happy to announce that my sophomore album has been mixed and the mixes approved by me and Hybris. Only mastering remains. One of my colleges at Hybris (who of course is still the main label) said “this record can be sent directly to Sophia Coppola as soundtrack to her next film” and the other said “this is a Complete Album”. If this sounds like bragging I’m sorry, it was no walk in the park. Three weeks of day and night work in the studio – and in the middle of it a tour of Italy – but we came through. Once again I want to thank Claes Björklund for his great ears and solid work with me in the studio. It’s a pleasure to work with him. Like synth therapy. There has only been a few guests on the record but I want to thank them all later on in the sleeve. Right now I’m preparing for a live set in Stockholm that you can read about on the Facebook page. New material guaranteed. More about release dates soon. XX
Azure Blue appeared on a couple of Best of 2012 lists but on a special note I want to mention Tracasseur who included the remix for Jonathan Johansson I did with Midnight Ruler. They are the best people! ♥
Speaking of Midnight Ruler… Now it’s 2013 and it’s about time we reveal that his real name is Claes Björklund. We never meant to be secret for the sake of secrecy but he’s doing some marvelous own stuff and sometimes it’s good to separate things. I don’t want to take credit for his work in the past or present but with a little help from Google you will find out what he’s done recently. We’re currently in his brand new Mystique studio working on the new album.
I’ve just updated this page a bit and added links to several more social networks. My favorite social media right now is Instagram. You can find me by clicking the badge below.
Happy holidays everyone!
2013 will be a new exciting adventure for Azure Blue. I’m already half through recording a new album that in my book is my finest work to date. And the mission to travel the world is ongoing. So far I’ve toured Sweden, Finland, Denmark, England, Germany, Spain, France and Russia. For 2013 tours have already been booked for Italy and another (so far secret) new county.
Rule Of Thirds recently found distribution via Green UFOs in Spain, it took a while but for those who wonder why it was released a year after Scandinavia, it was just a matter of coincidences to find a distributor at all. Sometimes it takes a while. Sometimes there’s no partner at all. In this digital age we’re happy to have labels that distribute physical records for Azure Blue. So far we have labels in Scandinavia, USA, Japan, The Philippines and Spain. My aim is to put something out on vinyl, too. But nothing is certain yet. Hopefully the new album will be as widely distributed as Rule Of Thirds. Hopefully the format will be beautiful. But most of all: I hope it will sound great and speak to your souls.
With this written: Take care and see you soon!
Breaking News #1! I’ve made pre-productions and a track list for a whole album! Listening to it I feel these melodies are better than anything I’ve ever written and there are some killer hooks that give me goosebumps already at this stage. 2013 baby!
Breaking news #2! Next week I’m bringing a couple of musicians and head off on tour supporting the fabulous New Yorkers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart on these dates!
Nov 07 Atlas, Århus C, Denmark
Nov 08 Debaser Malmö, Malmö, Sweden
Nov 09 Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 10 Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
Hello! I am very excited to announce the next tour of Spain! Here are the dates.
121010 Zaragoza, Plaza del Justicia, Fiestas del Pilar
121011 Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA), Ciclo Frontera Circulo
121012 Barcelona, La  de Apolo, Nitsa Club
121013 Palma de Mallorca, La Jarana Club
Also the album will have an official release and proper distribution in Spain via legendary distributor Green UFO’s! Release date TBA!