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The band began with Forsell and Salling creating Swedish metal covers of popular songs like “Chandelier” by Sia andDaft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. When Jönsson joined the band in 2018, new songs were adjusted for his voice and gave way to the unique Skanian dialect you hear in the original tunes you hear today.
In 2020 the band release their first Swedish singles and are translating each song to English, ready for world domination
How it all started....
It all started years ago when Simon became Emil’s guitar teacher. They pretty fast found each other and started playing in a cover band together with different constellations and a lot of different gigs.
After a few years they got tired of playing covers and started rearranging and rewrite and translate the lyrics of a lot of known and popular rock/pop songs to spice things up.
And now the interview with Olof Jönsson of Pressure
What first got you into music?
My music journey started when I was about 9 years old and I wanted to learn how to play the trumpet. I did, and I played the trumpet until I was 15 years old but then I got tired of it because I didn’t like the music I was playing. Almost 10 years later I was talking to a working college of mine and we talked about it would be nice to be able to play the guitar. The same day I went out to buy a guitar and a book with cords (this was before you could find everything on internet. I realized pretty fast that I will not be an awesome guitar player, possibly mediocre. So I stared to sing, and that was when my real interest for music started, I was about 26 years old, so my interest came pretty late
Who inspired you to make music?
If you ask me Olof (lead singer) it was actually Simon. When I joined the band, I didn’t feel that I wanted to write my own music. I thought there are already a lot of very good songwriters out there and I didn’t think I had any important messages. It is still Simon that comes up with almost all the basic ideas (he is like a machine). Sometimes I come up with a topic, tell Simon and a few hours later I will get a message with draft for lyrics for a song…
BUT when you start to write your/our own music, it’s hard to stop…
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We play “Story Metal” we use Metal Rock to help us express the feelings in our lyrics. Our sound, it’s a mix, if you take the Vocals from Rammstein or Volbeat, and the backing vocals from Queen or Aerosmtih mix it with the guitars of Bon Jovi, Guns ´n Roses and Motley Crue and add the drums of DIO or Whitesnake and the lyrics of Skid Row or Bob Dylan and add the bass of Metallica or Korn, and finally add a little bit folk music into that mix
What is your creative process like?
Normally Simon has an idea, for lyrics riffs and melodies. He records and give his ideas to me (Olof) that take a critical look at it, I re-records it with my vocals, and pretty often changing the key, lyrics and parts of the melody. (Sometimes almost no changes at all) After that we all start recording together, setting harmonies, take it home and listen to it. Comes up with more ideas/changes, rerecord it. Take it home listen to it… And after a few rounds when we feel, we cant do it better than this, we record the “final version” and send it to our fantastic producers for mixing and mastering.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I don’t have anyone particular in mind. I would like to collaborate with people that does what they do because they love what they do. I like to have people aroud me that challenge me to push forward. Together we create massive energy and will probably create something great (at least we will think that and be proud of it no matter what every one else say or thinks).
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
There is a lot of them but if I should name one probably Sabaton
What is one message you would give to your fans?
There is pressure all around us. Sometimes good sometimes bad. When its bad take the fight, belive in yourself, and rise again. When its good enjoy it, nothing lasts forever.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can make the sound of a toad
What song of yours would you recommend new fans listen to first to get a feel for your music? No One can Hear You
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
Pressure formed as a band about 2 ½ years ago. The first 1 ½ years we built our sound and we got ready to do live shows, but then Covid hit us so we could go out there and play. We were only able to do 2 shows before the “lockdown”.
We will be very happy to answer that question in a year or so;-)
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Both good and bad, as “new” things normally do. There is always a good side and a bad side. The good thing is that almost anybody who wants to make music and get it out on the streaming services can do it. Another good thing now when Corona is all around, we are able to do live streams, and have contact with our fans through social media. (Even though you can really compare a live stream with a real live gig!!)
The bad thing is, it’s really hard to break thorough the noise, there are thousands of songs released on Spotify every day. What make you unique? And is it enough to break though the noise?
Another bad thing is, people don’t buy albums anymore.
What is your favourite song to perform?
For the moment “Komm Her”
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
In my younger years I was really close to be thrown into a prison in Cyprus. I had rented mopeds for me and my friends. One of my friends got caught driving really drunk, told the police he was me (he got that “good” advice from the renter). The police had their share of fun with us and told us we would probably go to jail for the rest of our life, or maybe they should just take us outside and shoot us. (they had taken us to a very little police station in the middle of the “desert”) so it didn’t fell to great. It all sorted out after a while, but it was pretty scary for a 18 year old guy. We all got home ok.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
The more you know, the more you understand you don’t know.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Stop with the “wear and tear” business. Where you find young people who look good, make as much money you can on them as fast as possible for a short time. Especially if there is no real soul attachment to the music, they perform
What’s next for you?
Right now, we will release our new single “What You See” and “Vad Du Ser”. It will be released in both Swedish and English the 19th of February. It is a song about the pressures around you to be something that fits into society. In today’s world there is a lot of preconceptions and prejudices and if you are not as everyone else then people start to talk behind your back or try to put pressure on you to be more like a “normal” person. We, Pressure, believes that there is NO SUCH THING as a “normal” person, there is just suppressed people that want to be set free but cannot because the “normal” and “society” will not let them. Everyone has dreams – dare to live them. Everyone has inner strength – do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Be yourself, show us what and who you are. Stand up, stand tall. What You See Is What You Get!
And we are working on the final steps for releasing our first album. It will be released sometimes in late April, beginning of May. After that we will release a German EP that is almost fully recorded. We only have to do the translation for the last two songs, and then we will record the vocals for them. As we work on the two last translations for the German EP, we have also started to record our first drafts for our second album.
And between that we are rehearsing together. Why? because we love it, and when Covid starts getting under control we want to get out there and do great live performances from day one. We are so longing to get out there.
I love finding bands from different countries and cultures and was excited to listen to Pressure, as I have a fondness for anything from any of the Scandinavian countries. I would describe Pressure as a little mix of genre's, and really liked the singers voice and the blend of heavy riffs.
Frustrating for me, like I feel when listening to Rammstein, where I have some German language knowledge, I wanted to hear the lyrics to go with the song to get a full feel for the music.
I know from the interview, the band is working on translating their music to English, so I think I will reserve judgement until I understand what it is I'm listening to.
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