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Jay Jay Johanson in Lyon

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Euronews caught up with Swedish singer songwriter, Jay Jay Johanson, at his recent concert in Lyon, France.

He told our cultural reporter Wolfgang Spindler that France adopted him directly when his first record was released 16 years ago and it was thanks to France that he developed very quickly in other countries around the world.”

After the release of his 6th album with the complicated title The Long Term Physical Effercts Are Not Yet Now, Johanson went on tour in China and 30 more cities around the world. The musician says that beeing based in Sweden does not mean being isolated from the international music scene.

He said: “Since Abba we have had the music industry’s ears and eyes on us, and since the 70s people been very curious about what is happening in Sweden. So luckly Abba opened up the music industry for a lot of Swedish artists. I dont like them but they helped swedish music for sure.”

“Dilema” was the first single release of his new album “Spellbound” – again a very personal style in his melancolic tales: “I never wrote about politics. 99% of my lyrics are translated directly from my diary. That’s where I feel I do the best.”

In his previous albums, Johanson’s voice was the leitmotif but today he has more confidence in his voice: “It’s foremost now on my record Spellbound which came out a few months ago. Actually I have found, for the first time really, my voice. In the first three albums we were really hiding it behind a lot of drummings and samples and a lot of machines and electronics.”

He added: “The older I get I feel that my music becomes more mature in some way, although we try to keep it very experimental and work a lot with improvisation. We try to make something alternative actually.”

Jay Jay Johanson continues his European tour to promote his album Spellbound.

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