Month: September 2016

A Modern Man – Can’t Imagine and The Road is Clear


The sound of A Modern Man is in many ways inspired by the great American and British music tradition and the big poets such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave with a sound of big harmonies and catchy melody lines. All combined with a melancholic and bitter-sweet vocal.

What makes it both new and rather special is how the bold sound is combined with a nerve from a melancholic and bitter-sweet vocal that draws you inn on another level. He has captured both old and new audiences with these both intimate and powerful songs.

In the centre is the Modern Man himself, a great frontman and a real personality with his great trademark song introductions, an essential part of his live shows – wry humour and warmth.

Can’t Imagine

The Road Is Clear

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Singles Club – Higher Love

ARTIST: Stian Summer
TRACK: Higher Love
LABEL: BritishPopSongs UK
DISTRIBUTION: Available as free download 20th of March 2016
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The forthcoming album from BritishPopSongs founder Ian Nilsen, “Stian Summer volume One”, is to be officially released 2016.


The BritishPopSongs founder and CEO have executive-produced the new album himself, billed as the first “original” album to penned by Ian Nilsen for himself. According to the label – the album “provides a real unique insight and no-holds-barred access to many of the secrets behind his working methods, recordings, artwork, photography and features probably some of his best works to date”.

Written and produced by entirely by himself, the album has been in the works for several years, due to the massive amounts of commitments Ian has both with his label and management activities.

“I discovered that many of the songs i wrote for myself build on a large amount of frustrations, things that i not often put in work that i do for other artists, so it has also been interesting for me to discover that part of me.”

After a false start with “She Told She Over Me Not “, his very first single as Stian Summer, the Volume One album contains 10 superbly produced pop classics in his trademark 80’s British song writing tradition blended with the kind of Swedish production of 2017 that he embraces so much. With his somehow unpolished voice, his big sounding synth-scapes and ultra catchy songs, Ian Nilsen introduces his full musical universe all at once and it could well be that it’s been well worth the wait in the end.

Higher Love, a Singles Club teaser edit taken from “Stian Summer Volume On”e is out on BritishPopSongs Singles Club imprint as a free download the 20th of February.

A Modern Man (dansk)

Atter en Københavnsk Pop Poet der er draget til Berlin for at lave sin musik. Lyden er bittersweet med klare britiske undertoner i sangskrivningen. Selv om A Modern Man selv påstår at sangene på ingen måde et inspireret fra hans eget liv er der alligevel en påfaldende ren tråd gennem albummet der handler om at finde sin vej gennem livet. A Modern Man backes på scenen a sin label manager og co-writer og uanset sangenes alvor bærer deres live show præg af at det også skal være lidt sjovt at eksistere.

A Modern Man er aktuel med albummet The Man Who Learned To Live som udkommer i Tyskland og Skandinavien på BritishPopSongs til efteråret.

Come on guys, it’s not bad to stick out!

As we are about to learn is that, Ian Nilsen, label boss at BritishPopSongs, is probably just as concerned about staying on course in his quest to do what “he really really wants” on his time on the planet as writing yet more catchy songs with his bunch of much loved artists.

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Not long ago, in a recent interview Stian Summer aka britishPopSongs label owner Ian Nilsen painted a somehow gloomy picture of the future of his bellowed Modern Music.

Ian takes the world of modern pop music very seriously indeed, even if he often tones down the importance of his own work. But in perspective this is more than just a fluke, he is dead honest about where he sees himself right now and in the future.

Guess that most people do what other people tell them to do. People listens to the same songs by the same artists because they have seen a billboard with them somewhere or on TV. They don’t really think that this is a dead expensive excercise for the record company ( and in the end for the artist ), who as we know, is the one who pays in the end for these things. It is such a shame that so few good artists has come through the mainstream channels over the last 10 years, the record companies has played it so safe, that the quality simply is below par. But in the end, this has allowed a host of smaller and pretty unknown artists to push through, although in smaller scales, so all is not bad.

A rather successful venture into setting up his own label, based on his own sound, was met by nothing but sceptism from everyone around him. “You can’t do that” was the most common reply when he with enthusiam talked his project up to friends, family and industry figures, “The music industry is stone dead”.
But Ian knew about the actual figures, knew that it was not longer the record companies the took home the big takings, but with an industry that employs so many there were ample space in his opinion.

“You have to do your own thing, without taking much advice from the so called people that knows better. Combine that we the ability to write and produce you own records and you are set up. You see, most people in the industry cant write a tune to their life. There have been so many hangers-on all way from the 80′s onwards that the artists and real talents somehow all was forgotten in it all”

“That’s why I decided to create the Stian Summer project. He was mid-twenty something that did not care what people said, he just wanted to have fun. Tons of it, and that all the time”,

Speaking of this fictive alter ego Ian lights up as he goes on.

“You know, He is someone that keep having a good time in what could very well have become such a boring life, if I had followed what people around said i should do. I get all sad when i think about how pushy people can be in their quest to make me to be like them and live the same kind of life. Put me out of the cities that I love, and look at trees! Oh No!” he laughs.

Songwriting is a calling for Ian, but pretty much everything else he takes very lightly. He’ll joke his way through most things and he wakes up in the morning with a great desire to do more and more.

“I simply enjoy life so much, that I won’t allow anyone, to interfere. I have been surrounded by so many, that I found out was just using me to get me to do their things, if you understand. Being pretty naive in this respect, I have this tendency to go along with this, but one day I woke up and litteraly I said, enough is enough”

So what he describes as many years probably just pleasing others, these days is more, I do what I do, come join if you wish, but if you want to tell me what to do, then, sorry no way!

“I’d risk to become grey and tired if I had not adopted this attitude. I come from a place where people constantly are told not to stick out, be humble, stick to your call, live a life as the rest of us and so on. The result is that most things that comes out of there is well below average”

That is not going to happen to the Stian Summer project anytime soon, although he is pretty tight-lipped on the subject,
“I’m tired talking to people about the importance in what I do, so I guess I just do it here and then. I don’t take the discussions with anyone, I just do my thing, and I’m not about to stop that anytime soon”

Tempations part #1

First of all, despite the wannabe tag, the Stian Summer project is basically a good thing, no doubt there.

He should not remove any of the desperation nor the frustration that exists in his music output. That’s because the world also needs a grown up indie kid, that refuses to accept that being older not allow playing youthful frustration ridden indie pop.

Here is a front runner from his EP out this spring, Temptation, a no surprise ultimate 80’s kind of thing, a bit over the top pop pastiche, that is good to nod along too.


Good on you, Stian…

WALL – All The Things She Said (Press Release)

TRACK: All The Things She Said
LABEL: BritishPopSongs
RELEASE DATE: 14th of August 2015
ISCR: TCACH15358629
UPC: 859715358629

When you are longing for a real summer anthem and the summer’s just not coming forward cause spring kind of got stuck somewhere off the tail of winter, new releases like this rather fab ‘All The Things She Said’ from half Danish/half American Wall could be heaven send.

Wall – All The Things She Said (Lyric Video) from BritishPopSongs on Vimeo.

The neatly trimmed pop/rock intro, the soul-searching verse and the sing-along chorus should make anyone who is remotely interested in fabulous pop vocals interested in this.

Wall might be heading for his first number one with his debut solo single from Scandinavian indie label BritishPopSongs, a very Brit-influenced label based in Copenhagen, that, as the name suggests, is more than a little inspired by the great British songwriting tradition.

The mannered and sensitive vocals of Wall intends to grab your attention from the very first beat with the ‘wooh-wooh” vocals.
Watch at your peril… and be warned… first contender for Summer 2015 Anthem ‘All The Things She Said’ is out August 14th 2015

All The Things She Said is produced by BritishPopSongs founder Ian Nilsen and mastered by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica).

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This Is Berlin

With the impending release of This Is Berlin, the 9th of November, Scandinavian Ian Nilsen joins in on the celebrations of the true great city that is Berlin. It was the 9th of November 25 years ago that the wall that had stood in Berlin during the cold war was to be no more, and this is to be celebrated during a two week period.

Probably the real momentum in Ian Nilsen’s multi-faceted career, the high point, is in many ways this very song, and subsequent album with it’s ten cover versions, performed by a range of highly talented Berlin artists, such as label mate A Modern Man.

Late last year he sat down with much respected Berlin art and fashion photographer Tom Lemke and had a series of talks about art, photo and music. Tom Lemke is total fun and fantastic company and these days they did spend together inspired Ian to write a David Bowie/Iggy Pop Berlin era styles celebration song to Berlin and all it’s marvelous inhabitants. Tom is also to do his very personal version of the song.

Ian has also been collaborating with “A Modern Man”, a fellow Berlin resident and artist that is connected to his label BritishPopSongs. While the “a Modern Man” version is a low key airy peace of highest quality singer /songwriter pop, his own and original version is a loud sing-a-long David Bowie styled ultra pop piece of stadium anthem that soon gets you arms in the air.

The lyrics reflects on all that is both good and bad about the city of Berlin, no real Berliner will find himself offended at negatives, for such is the real feeling in this fantastic city, that Berliners are… Berliners.

Now as the early movers and trendsetters have had done with “This Is Berlin”, it’s time for everyone to celebrate a real unique moment in history and join the chorus:

Some people are losers
some people are winners
but Berlin loves us
and Berlin hates us all

the This Is Berlin album is out sometime 2017.