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When one thinks of Swedish music, it’s usually the Pop giants and historically successful acts such ABBA, Roxette etc that come to mind. Sweden as a region has been one of the dark horses – a more befitting description of the “underdog status” in this context – when it comes to Hip Hop. Despite the fact that there is an active Hip Hop scene, the Swedish market offers a relatively low amount of exposure to Hip Hop acts such as our interview subjects, 18 Horses.
Hailing from a town called Norrkoping, which is also home to the football side IFK Norrkoping, 18 Horses have been doing their thing and embarked on the long journey to make it in the Hip Hop game. Horses are often associated with traction and mobility measured in units of power, considering that Sweden also manufactures the luxury automobile line called Volvo. With all this considered, we spoke to the lead vocalist of the 18 Horses band, Sebastian Lennskog; as a jockey of this horse, he rides on the backs of another singer and a producer to complete the 18 Horses trio.
Sebastian shared with us how the 18 Horses stable (pun intended) came about and touched on their music – in light of their recent EP releases Kapitel 1 – Samhallet and Kapitel 2 – Relationer. We also discussed a number of things and got the low down straight out of the (18) horse’s mouth ;)!
Lose Your Shoes (Remix) (available for streaming and free download) is a single from Denzyl’s self-titled EP. The singer wanted to do something special with this track and so he recorded the remix to ‘reinvent’ the song.
The bouncy version of this potential hit single came out just as Denzyl envisioned. An artist from Durban would only want something as hot as his hometown’s climate. The remix just had to be done – you can “blame it on the boogie” (to paraphrase the late legendary singer Michael Jackson). Denzyl is known in his private circles as someone who likes getting “down” to the groove, so it was inevitable that he would produce an upbeat tune. If this festive season you get itchy feet as result of wearing your “dancing shoes”, you may have to thank Denzyl for that one!
Sarah Hills comes from a rather ubiquitous background in the artistic sense. As an acoustic/bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, she’s not only musically gifted but has also cultivated her craft in visual disciplines such as painting and fine arts.
Sarah Hills was born in England but has spent most of her life in South Africa, and is rather well-traveled. Her skill-set of talents saw her being part of a band called Sunways, which she toured the UK with. She then delved into the film industry and worked behind the scenes there. Now back in South Africa, since the dissolution of the band, she has since recorded a collaborative project titled Ambient Anarchy and a solo album titled Child Of Ancestors.
Lavatory Records had the pleasure of talking to amazing talent and touched on a variety of subjects, from her artistic beginnings, her experience with Sunways, the classification of her style of music, her film production experience and much more.