swedish pop

Billy Momo Says: Swedes and the Swedish pop wonder

Billy Momo #17 – the Swedish pop wonder. by Oskar Hovell, (aka Orren)   In an interview with Global Texan Chronicles recently, Walter Price asked us what the biggest misconception about Swedish music might be. We thought about it and concluded that it could be – considering the amount of super successful Swedish pop songwriters and producers –…

listening

Billy Momo Says: Recreational listening

Billy Momo #16 – Listening by Gramps   As I get older, I find myself craving silence more often than I used to. During periods when we are playing lots of shows, or especially when we are working in the studio, this becomes even more important. Oh, I certainly listen to a lot of music,…

friends

Billy Momo Says: Making new friends

Billy Momo #15 – friends. by Tomas Juto (‘Barba’)   Me, Orren and our manager Birgitta went to a meeting the other day. Actually, we drove for 4 hours to get to that meeting. I and Orren didn’t really understand why we couldn’t do this over Skype, but Biggis insisted we’d go ’cause she had a feeling…

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Billy Momo Says: For the love of music

Billy Momo #14 – love of music. by Oskar Hovell   I wouldn’t say I love music. For me, music is love. If you got kids, you probably know the simplest, purest if you will, kind of love. Uncomplicated in the way it never changes, never fades, whatever happens. You probably have experienced how you can hurt…

dynamics

Billy Momo Says The dynamics of being a band

Billy Momo #13: Band dynamics. by Tony Lind   Anyone who has ever been part of a creative team (and who hasn’t?) knows that within a group of people, various individuals get assigned different functions within the unit, and these roles in combination are fueling the creative process. You have leaders, you have thinkers, you have do-ers,…

inspiration

Billy Momo Says: Being open to inspiration

Billy Momo #12, open to inspiration. by Tomas “Barba” Juto   I read an interview with Tom Waits the other day about writing music. He said something about making your life a place where songs would like to come and visit. If one song comes, others will follow. I totally agree with that. So I started thinking…

post gig blues

Billy Momo Says: The post gig blues

Billy Momo # 11: post gig blues. by Tony Lind (Gramps)   It’s a phenomenon I’ve been well acquainted with for my entire adult life but never had an actual explanation for. I guess it’s a chemical reaction in the body. I call it the post-gig blues. I know many other musicians who deal with the same…

physical presence

Billy Momo Says: The magic of physical presence

Billy Momo #7,  physical presence. by Tomas Juto   These days it’s very much possible to start a band, with a musician you’ve never met, on the other side of the planet. Super, super cool and it opens up possibilities for collaborations that probably never would have happened without the technology we have today. I think…

Mint conditions

Billy Momo Says: Mint conditions

Billy Momo #6, Mint. by Mårten ‘Hotlips’ Forssman, (harmonica)   Mint condition it said… but it sure didn’t taste mint. There’s a whole lot of different kinds of harmonicas out there, and I had been looking for quite some time for a bass harmonica, and finally one day, I found one I could afford on eBay,…

kindness

Billy Momo Says: Does vanity kill kindness?

Billy Momo #5, Vanity vs. Kindness. by Tomas “Barba” Juto   A friend of mine posted on facebook the other day that people shouldn’t give to charity and then post about it on social media. They should keep it to themselves for it to be an honest act of kindness. And I said something along the lines that…

earnest

Billy Momo Says: The importance of being earnest (And grumpy)

Billy Momo #4, Being earnest (And grumpy). by Tony “Gramps” Lind (drums, vocals)   What’s the best part of simultaneously being a grumpy old guy and an instrument owner (a.k.a. ”musician”)? Well, first of all, you’ve had years and years of honing your craft and your artistic voice, in other words, you should by now at…

drama

Billy Momo Says: New album, new drama

Billy Momo #3, Mo Music, mo drama. by Tomas “Barba” Juto   I’ve never been one of those great lyricists that can just make up a story about a heart broken blind man who is unhappily in love with a deaf woman cause he can’t find a way to chat her up, and build an amazing…