For those familiar with Scandinavian popster Stian Summer, then this his first commercially available album through the BritishPopSongs imprint is probably sounding bolder, braver and bit than anything he has ever done before. It’s a brave move and in the end it’s a real serious attempt at an album of essentially frustrating radio friendly love songs.
The credits on this the Stian Summer’s official debut say much about what is essential a solo project. Written, produced ,perfomed by Ian Nilsen, himself founder of online label BritishPopSongs – there are few persons that would even attempt to take on this much, and fewer who would actually go all the way without having involved anyone else in the process.
In the end it’s actually a very coherent package indeed, curiously nothing really sticks out like a sore thumb. Dos he bother about being a second generation 70’s or 80’s retro kind of thing? no not really, looks like he’s just on to his own thing. If this is going to be the one and only album he is going to make, he for sure draws up a final frontier.
The title track She Told She Loved Me Not is ecstatic retro pop and eventually one of the better song written by him, with Ian singing. “It’s getting late, let’s love not hate”, If this album really catches on a bigger scale, it will be interesting to se what’s going to follow this.
In the ’80’s, Ian was a very young man and the music of the day was vibrant and very innovative, he once met Phil Lynnot in a small bar in Copenhagen and Phil addressed and congratulated him on his Top Of The Pops performance a few weeks earlier. Little did the legendary Thin Lizzy frontman know that Ian would have no idea what he was on about, but now decades on, Ian will still ponder what would make him say such a thing.
Like those who have worked with Ian, either as fellow musician, producer, songwriter, label manager or simply music business man about town, will always mention what a workhorse he is, and how he simply don’t take no for an answer. There is something smart and clever about the way he operates, but there is also a lot of misunderstanding regarding all the different roles he undertakes, but as he sais: “It’s way easier to get myself talked into doing things, and yep, I’m way cheaper”.
Now is the time to introduce Stian Summer to the world and successful or not, it looks certain that he will have a real go at it.
Jørgen Saabye-Nielsen er fra Frederiksberg i København, og er ifølge hans mor opkaldt efter Jørgen Ingemann, den ene halvdel af de danske melodi grandprix vindere fra 1964. Hun skulle bare have vist hvilken betydning musik ville få i hans liv og hvordan han u-barmhjerteligt ville komme til at forfølge sin drøm. I midt firserne fik han lige på nippet den studenter eksamen der var mindste kravet hjemmefra inden han pakkede sine ting og drog sydpå til Nice og Frankrig. Det var her i det ganske små at han begyndte tankerene om hvad der skulle komme meget senere, nemlig livsdrømmen BritishPopSongs (startet 2010) , som er det vel nok eneste plade/produktions selskab der indtil dato konsekvent navigerer ufortrødent i en branche i permanent krise ved at lige precist at gøre det helt modsatte af alle andre. Det er selv idag ganske svært at sammenligne, endda at forklare hvad det er han egentlig har gang i.
Han startede med at spille klaver som 10 årig, boede på Frederiksberg i København, alt imens hans verdensmand af en far i de år drev et hotel i Silkeborg i bedste ‘Halløj på badehotellet’ stil, og det var var på en af de ferier i det midt-jyske at hans fik et gammelt klaver med hjem. Hans begyndte at få undervisning, men efter et par år med etuder og mindre klassiske stykker af Beethoven og Mozart kom han en dag slæbende med en Lennon/McCartney sangbog fra Wilhelm Hansen til klaver undervisning, insisterede på at ville lære ‘Hey Jude’ og har egentligt ikke set sig tilbage siden.
Efter en matematisk/musisk studenter eksamen var den umiddelbare drøm at komme på konservatoriet, men han var simpelthen ikke god nok, der var ikke klassisk musik nok i ham, det var ikke der drømmen lå. Så kom ideen om at spille jazz, der dog brat blev afbrudt af hans daværende Franske kones absolutte kærlighed til Britisk produceret musik dengang fra 80’erne, bands som Depeche Mode, Duran Duran og A-HA. Sammen med hende havde han en stor stjerne indenfor først den franske og senere den britiske musik branche, de var bosatte både i Paris og i London, men endte med kun at have en begrænset kommerciel success. Det skulle blive som producer/sangskriver og senere label boss at det skulle begynde at gå rigtigt stærkt, selvom han idag også markerer sig som artist og live performer under diverse afskygninger. Hans hoved instrument er stadig piano, men han spiller desuden guitar og bas, samt vokal.
Jørgen er kendt for at holde et skarp fokus og på at gå efter sin drøm, selvom ganske mange mennesker gang på gang i årevis har prøvet at overtale ham til at rette ind og skrue ned for sin drøm, sådan er mentaliteten nu engang herhjemme. Han er rigtig god til identificiere strømninger omkring sig, hvad enten det er i hans eget felt eller i helt andre brancher, og sammen med en utrolig flittighed har han altid holdt skindet på næsen, selv når det virkeligt brændte på, og det har det det da meget ofte. Jørgen har to børn, en pige og en dreng.
Scandinavian founder of BritishPopSongs – Ian Nilsen releases “Introducing Stian Summer Volume 1” on his BritishPopSongs imprint.
Ten ultra catchy radio friendly songs, is it pop or ultra pop? or bittersweet pop or pop frustrated? Who cares, when the songs come out good in the end, and so they do on Ian Nilsen’s alter-ego Stian Summer’s debut.
Ian Nilsen lead an impressing double life. One one hand, his is a serious musical entrepreneur doing a string of unconventional things in the ‘real’ world of music, particulary Germany where have spend a fair amount of time since a few years working tiredless his label and a yet to hit the airwaves superstar: “The perfect popstar”, and on the other, his alter-ego, always go happy, never die, I do what i wan’t Stian Summer, that is if not exactly a new Bowie, then someone that could well pretend to be. Not that Ian would ever admit or even agree the slightest: “No way, there will never be another him, but hey thanks for telling me, but sorry, No!.
Ian Nilsen has made his name throughout a long career that took him to London in the end, but it was only on his return to his native Scandinavia, that the idea of Stian Summer came good. There was no point in doing a self-titled album, he has written so many songs for so many people, that he would be seen himself as a copy of some of these highly talented artists, but by being Stian he eventually shows that he can be himself albeit under alias, do high profile pop as with an understatement and do radio friendly bittersweet pop. Ian carries on the good form that he has shown since launching his label BritishPopSongs, a real determination to do good. This is cooler than cool and a nice reminder that British songwriting and Swedish music production actually goes nice hand in hand, very nicely indeed.
Introducing Stian Summer Volume One
This IS Berlin 3:42
She Told She Loved Me Not 3:28
Higher Love 2:31
Brand Nw Day 3:42
Silly Thing 3:13
Eyes Of A Tiger 4:39
Right From Wrong 3:29
Written, Performed and Produced by Ian Nilsen
Recorded in Copenhagen
Mix and Mastering by BeatHouse International
Management by BeatHouse International
ARTWORK BEATHOUSE INTERNATIONAL
P&C 2015 by BritishPopSongs&BeatHouSe International
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The album is out this spring and could be a contender for the most unexpected radio release of 2015.
A Modern Man’s is planning his first promotional world tour. But rather than starting in cities such as New York, Paris or London it looks like he might choose Jakarta, Indonesia.
When A Modern Man earlier this year released his first single I’m Looping and the huge successful follow-up Teach Me Darling, nobody could have guessed how fast these songs would set this new artist on his way to global pop stardom. Planing his first promotional tour involves a few key factors. Though it might be more natural to start in such cities like London, Paris or New York he now says that Jakarta might be a much more appropriate kick off destination.
“I do know it’s a tradition to start your tour in one of these cities but in my opinion what really matters is how passionate it’s citizens is for the music. From the responses I get from fans from Indonesia I understand that Indonesia is a country with a great love to my kind of music.” If it will be possible for him to start the tour in Jakarta is still unknown. But it might not at all be impossible “I have presented the idea to the my label and they like it” There are still things to be sorted out for this plan to be realized.
One of the issues to be taking into account is that even though A Modern Man has a fast growing number of fans in Indonesia he is still a more established name in Europe. But as the artist himself puts it “what better way to get more established in Indonesia than to actually go there and play my music to them”.