Good news vinyl fans!
Today, a little over two years after the release of my solo debut album Soundshine, I have the great pleasure to announce a follow-up in the form of the digital EP called “Record Collection”!!!
The title track is written together with one of my favorite Swedish songwriters Peter Kvint (Morten Harket, The Ark, Natasha Bedingfield, Magnus Uggla, Andreas Johnson, Britney Spears). I have known about his existence since the 90′s but even though we both live on Södermalm in Stockholm, and have many musician friends in common, we didn’t get to know each other until we met at a co-writing camp in Tokyo of all places. We decided to have a go at trying to write some classic power pop together and the outcome of our first session was “Record Collection”. It was originally recorded by Japanese artist duo Puffy (in Japanese) with the title “Happy Birthday” (see video here). My own version of it was first included as a bonus track to Soundshine for the Japanese market.
Now, I’m very excited (and relieved) to be able to present this song to the rest of the world. I’m extra proud of the lyrics since they have a clear concept which deals with a serious problem that can break the best of relations: Different taste in music!
It is accompanied by a lyric video made by Simon Hjortek. Former student of mine as well as member of the group Red Nova.
The second track is the previously completely unreleased track – “You Stole My Heart Away”! As in the case of Record Collection it’s a song I wrote – originally with Puffy in mind – and I was really happy with their version. But I found great joy in recording it myself as well.
Track number three is yet another “self-cover” since it was also released by Puffy in Japanese. Here’s a video clip from the recording session. It’s also great fun watching how the Japanese audience reacts to the song when performed by Puffy live. Check it out here. I’m really pleased with the fact that Puffy were kind enough to lend their vocal services to the background vocals singing great pop words like “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”.
Then comes my cover version of 10CC’s classic song “The Things We Do For Love” (you may remember the video?). A song I have loved ever since I heard it on the radio for the first time – thinking it sounded a little bit like Jellyfish(!). It was released on Drink a toast to Innonce – a really great tribute album featuring many of my favorite artists.
Today, Sunday March 23, 2014, is a big day in the history of Soundshine because David Myhr’s “Got You Where He Wanted” will be heard by some 100 million(!) viewers around the globe in the intermission of beIN Sports transmission of “El Clásico” (Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona).
The song will be heard in the commercial break in half-time promoting the channel’s own “beIN the beat” campaign. A new musical platform for beIN Sports.
The game is on at 3 pm (East US), 12 pm in California, and at 8 pm in Sweden and Spain.
The song “Got You Where He Wanted” was the first single from David Myhr’s (ex-The Merrymakers) critically acclaimed solo debut album Soundshine out on Lojinx.
Please feel most welcome to attend one of the following concerts (click on the links for corresponding Facebook event):
Stefan Brokvist on “Ringo” drums
Eero Paalanen on “McCartney” bass
Stefan Backas on “Geoff Emerick” sound
As I wrote in this blog post from last year the “living Beatles jukebox” is a side project I sometimes entertain myself (and hopefully the audience as well) with. The concept is: I enter the stage where there’s an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, and a piano – and I ask the audience: “-What do yo wanna hear?”. Then they can shout whatever Beatles title they want. And off I go – singing and banging out the song on whatever instrument I find suitable. A fun concept with many possible twists and turns in the repertoire. I never know what to expect. It can start with “Sexy Sadie” and end up with “Hey Bulldog”. Or (more likely) start off with “All my loving” and end up with “Hey Jude”. All depending on the “level” and mood of the attending crowd….
As I also wrote in the same blog post (in which you’ll also get a nice movie tips!) – Finland for me is quite exotic although I do have a special bond to the country since my father grew up in a small village called Kukkola close to the Torne river. Quoting Wikipedia: “The Finnish and Swedish sides of the river were once one cultural entity, as before 1809 they were both parts of Sweden”. As a child my father actually spoke Finnish at home and he was born with the Finnish name Suo as his last name. In the 50′s he and his brothers had their last name “translated” into Swedish and then the family name became Myhr from the Swedish word “myr”. What it means in English…? “Swamp”! How about David Swamp as my new artist name?
My wife, Paula, always complains that I have too many jobs. And she’s right (as usual!). Aside from being the “celebrated” (by myself that is…) artist and songwriter that I am, my day job – or shall we call it “real job” – is being a senior lecturer at a university teaching songwriting, music production and doing research (see my staff profile here). As if these two “careers” wasn’t enough I’m also writing and producing music for commercial jingles (like for instance this one for Folkia) and occasionally I play the role of ”Benny” in the the ABBA tribute band Super Trouper (more on that here).
This month I can now proudly add “writer” to the list. I’ve been asked to contribute with a series of articles about the art of songwriting for the excellent Swedish music production magazine “STUDIO”. Those of you who follow my blog might remember it’s the same publication that made a three hour video documentary with me last spring about the making of “Never Mine” from Soundshine.
I said yes (surprisingly encouraged by Paula!) since it’s a subject I am very passionate about. And the first article in the series is OUT NOW and can be bought in your Swedish newspaper stand or as a pdf file here.
I strongly urge anyone interested in songwriting and music production to support this (and other) specialized magazine in today’s tough world for intellectual property where everything’s suddenly supposed to be free. Maybe not so much for my own article (although I’d appreciate it). It’s more of a “recommended mindset” just because I think we all need good journalism in our respective trades covering our areas of interests. I love reading about other songwriters and producers and how they work with their craft and how their studios are equipped etc. Nerd fun!
The theme of my first article is “magic melodies” (he said humbly) and I’m trying to give some ideas as to what makes a melody “simple and singable”. It’s four pages long and in Swedish (sorry Paul McCartney!). But for those of you who speak Swedish – hope you enjoy! Would love to hear your opinion in the comments below or on my Facebook Page.
Remembering the highlights of 2013 and all the blog posts I never found the time to write. Like this previous one for example. Another fantastic memory is when I played for the first time live in The Big Apple, New York City. As a solo artist that is, because already in 1998 I played there a few times with my former band The Merrymakers. See photo from that occasion here.
Anyway, the background was that my wife Paula and I went to New York City for vacation, staying at an East Village hotel but also for a few days staying at our great friends Tony (from The Mockers) and Vanessa’s place. I had previously been contacted by an American promoter named Dean Dedopoulos about doing a live show in New York and I thought that this could be the moment to meet the American auidence for the first time since the release of Soundshine. If not with a full band, at least a solo acoustic performance. Here’s a video with some glimpses from the concert:
Dean (featured with me in the first photo below) is a passionate, enthusiastic and highly energetic guy and he got going. He booked a super cool venue called Stage 72 on West 72nd Street (guess what I was thinking?), and we also found a support act called The Whims who also backed me up on a few songs towards the end of the concert, including a couple of Merrymakers numbers, and of course, like any gathering of melodic pop should include, a Jellyfish song!
On April 5, the event took place. Obviously I was quite nervous. After all, I’m not really used to “headline” concerts in New York and I wasn’t sure if I could expect anyone to come or not. Well for sure, Paula, Dean and his wife, and our hosts Tony & Vanessa were going to come. As well as The Whims. But apart from that…? To my big relief the place became really crowded (after all it wasn’t The Madison Square Garden). And some other good friends showed up like Seth (also from the Mockers) and Kathy, Javier Piñol who made a guest appearance on bass, Todd Stanton (the man behind this video) and his family, singer/songwriter Eytan Mirsky, my friend from grammar school – now famous hair stylist guru in NYC, Krister Atle, record label owner Mark Hershberger (also responsible for the video above – thanks a lot Mark!!!), radio profile David THE Boogieman, Eric Kern from the group Vegas with Randolph (who helped out on the piano on a couple of songs including Merrymakers Japan -97 smash hit “Monument of Me”), his band mate John Ratts, and many other wonderful people who made the night a very memorable one for me. And I hope I didn’t make them regret spending their Friday evening with me and my music.
Here’s also some pictures from the event courtesy of Alex Wender, Mark Hershberger, Todd Stanton, Vanesssa Trost, and a few more (please let me know if you think you should be credited here). Please note the cool T-shirt made specially for the event by Andrew Stanton.
Thanks a lot New York! It was too long between the concerts in 1998 and this one in 2013. I hope to be back much sooner than 2028!
Two premieres in the same week!
As mentioned before, “I love the feeling” from my solo debut album Soundshine will be the signature tune of “Montazamis med vänner” featuring enormously popular television personality Maria Montazami. It’s now premiere time! On Tuesday Oct 29th at 21.00 the first episode will be broadcast in Sweden. (A few weeks later the show will start in Norway). In the first episode Maria Montazami and her family will be guested by Kikki Danielsson and Christian “Kicken” Lundqvist.
For any songwriter, to have his or her song blasting out from television sets around the country, is a very rewarding feeling so obviously I’m very excited about this. Too add to the excitment I am today pleased to announce the world premiere of an official video for the song using some video clips from the Durango Recording studio in Stockholm where the basic tracks for Soundshine was recorded together with Andreas Dahlbäck (drums), Rikard Lidhamn (bass), and Anders Pettersson (guitar). For this video clip we were joined in the studio by Marcus Olsson (Wurlitzer). In the video you will also see clips from the PDOL festival concert in my former home town Piteå. Please enjoy – and if you do – please feel free to share with the world!
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Newsflash! I am very happy to announce that my song “I love the feeling” from my solo debut album Soundshine will be heard in hundreds of thousands of homes in Sweden and Norway this fall since it will be the signature tune of “Montazamis med vänner” featuring enormously popular television personality Maria Montazami.
The song will be released as a radio promo (only) single in Sweden and Norway on Oct 25th and will hopefully be accompanied by a new video clip soon.
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On Wednesday I will be doing my first concert live on the internet. I will be sitting in a corner of my Stockholm studio with a guitar and a piano and I will perform the entire B-side of the Beatles “Revolver” album. Hope to see you there!!!
All you have to do is to get your ticket and see how it works over at stageit.com – here’s the link to my concert!
The whole thing is part of a series of concerts and the initiative came from my very talented artist colleague Mike Viola who said:
“An act of randomness and pure cruelty. Fans of Mike Viola signed up to have their names pulled out of a hat and assigned to cover and perform live an entire Beatles album side! Some might go deep, some might stay shallow and safe, some might wear uniforms, some might perform naked (Wedding Album). You have to tune in to find out. This is FOR the fans and BY the fans. It’s gonna be ugly, beautiful, soft and quiet, but above all: it’s gonna be weird!”
Wednesday Aug 7 (4 pm in California, 7 pm on the East Coast of the US), midnight in the U.K., 1 am (1 hour after midnight) in Sweden/Spain etc, and 8 am (on Aug 8) in Japan.