Flord KingBook me
Surrounded by a deep spectrum of musical genres in his upbringing, Flord King has had a musical training from the start. Both as a listener and as a player, handling the guitar in different jazz ensembles.
Later on Elliot, which is his first name, took a step from musical path in his family to DJing. In the early days he and his bestie and DJ pal Adam Strömstedt started throwing their own outdoor parties called Röd Ballong. They always shared their tracks with the Stockholms rave crew until the cops eventually found their way into the woods to shut down the parties.
By the time the police had shut down almost every underground party in Stockholm, the clubs in town had to step in and provide the ravers. Elliot started playing at clubs such as Berns, F12 and Under Bron – where he later on became a resident.
Sharing the love for showing each other tracks since the early days, it was natural for Elliot and Adam to start a label. Together with Mohammed Al Harbiti they started their own imprint ’Lyssna Records’. Since ’lyssna’ means ’listen’ in swedish, it’s the perfect sum up of how you’re hanging out and sharing music with your friends.
When Elliot started producing music back in 2015, he slowly moved towards taking on his birth name again: Flord King. With the first two releases on his label Lyssna in 2016, where one of them contained the contemporary classic ’Dapper’, Flord King and his sound was born. This year Lyssna came with Flords first own release: Klassisk EP!
Bella SarrisBook me
It all happened really early. Bella was just 15 years old when, she jumped her first fence into an electronic music festival in her hometown Sydney. She just wanted to experience the music. Little did she know that this fierce curiosity would soon lead her to island hop all the way to an even bigger playground, Ibiza, specifically, Space Terrace. This is where she first felt the desire to be on the other side of the decks. This dance floor alone inspired a feeling of wanting to create an experience for people, just like the one she had. Not long after, she began to teach herself a new kind of self expression through mixing.
Her fascination for the dance floor and hunger for musical experience has taken her around the globe, and taught her very quickly how to play with the big kids. With a two year residency at ENTER under her belt, she continues her education, constantly inspired by fellow artists and the dance floors they command. Being a student of her surroundings, her music continues to evolve with age and influence as she absorbs her musical experiences and strives to transmit the same energy in her sets.
In a time where genres blur and overlap, her style of mixing has no rules or restrictions just like her. You cannot put Bella or her sound in a box. Each must have the freedom to roam far and wide. The web of grooves that she weaves, like her musical education is ever progressing.
When she’s not dancing, or on a plane or in an airport, she resides in Berlin where she spends her days digging, sculpting her mixes and beginning productions. Her decision to be part of a new, smaller, boutique agency stems from her desire to ‘keep things tight’. Working closely with her friends allows independence and freedom of choice, and thus more control over her musical direction. She would rather grow and develop with a slightly dysfunctional but accepting family than be adopted into an already established one.
Bella forges ahead in an limitless environment. Observing what she hears and how the crowd responds to it, she applies the same intensity in her music that she felt when she jumped that first fence.
Jessie GranqvistBook me
Jessie Granqvist is a product of the vibrant underground-scene, that’s currently growing rapidly in Stockholm. Starting out in the summer of 2011, she gained her first residency at Aftermath and within short she was a well-known face all around warehouses, fields and forests. With roots grounded in illegal raves and open airs, she has gained notoriety for her style of dark and meditative sounds merged together into a very danceable mix. With both technicality and an eclectic selection of records, she has the talent to truly build and build a long lasting vibe on every floor that she appears on.
Since her start in 2011, Jessie has been seen in almost every DJ-booth in Stockholm including Berns 2:35:1 (where she’s also had a residency), Under Bron, Fotografiska and Slakthuset. Sharing stages with icons such as Marcel Dettman, Nina Kraviz, DVS1, tINI and Cari Lekebusch. She has also played sets at festivals such as Into the Valley, Yard and Camp Cosmic as well as clubs in Berlin and Ibiza.
One a regular weekend you’ll be likely to find Jessie at yet another warehouse rave or open air party, staying true to what she really is: a Stockholm Underground legend.
words by hugo johansson
photo by izabella englund
Parallax DeepBook me
With several music projects in the past, well-merited producer and selector Parallax Deep has been a significant individual in the Stockholm dance music scene for a long time. With less is more aesthetics and love for analog sound, Parallax Deep is merging minimal and textural sounds into a hypnotic narrative. Parallax Deep is continuously telling her story for dance floors worldwide which has got her a reputation as a DJ to be reckoned with.
With several other releases in the future, including own project 10 Years imprint and the newly started Maraton label, it will be exiting to see where Parallax Deep heads next.
My GanderBook me
Hailing from a background of a diverse range of musical styles, My Gander developed her interest in electronic music during high school. The early and crude techno sound from labels such as R&S and UR became an important foundation to her style and she quickly became renowned within the Stockholm club scene. Cutting her teeth on venues and festivals such as Under Bron, Culture Box and Sònar, her style is characterized by a raw soundscape and fast pace – yet with an inherent swing and vibrancy. My is spending hours and hours in curating her selection, exploring everything from trance to oddball new wave, industrial and IBM – sure to bring some unique moments on the floor.
Words by Arvid Börgö
Per HammarBook me
Per Hammar, with Berlin and Malmö in the south of Sweden as territory, is the captain behind his labels Dirty Hands, 10YEARS and the club instance Kiloton. Dirty Hands works as a home base and headquarter for his dustier works. Dub and lofi sounds are some of the signalements from the vinyls and tapes of the label. ”It’s ment like a safe house for the ugly, the non perfect, and works that don’t want to be polished.” states Per Hammar.
His and Kajsa Lindström’s club Kiloton has been a reliable source of quality dance music since 2010, offering the crowd of Sweden club experiences on regular basis.
In 2016 he started his second label, 10YEARS, together with Maya Lourenço a.k.a Parallax Deep, celebrating their 10 years as friends and music partners. The label is planned to be the outpost for their own stripped and more electronic sounding works.
Martin KlingBook me
Martin’s importance and personal influence in Stockholm has been truly significant the last decade.
Record collector and DJ of great experience.
Apart from DJing Kling has also put together some of the best clubs and festivals in Stockholm. His latest latest club project was mmmmm.
Nowadays all of his time is spent in the studio were he is doing something he says…
Nadja ChattiBook me
Nadja has always had a love for music and started to utilise her passion at 2007 when she first found herself behind the decks. It wasn’t long until she gained residency at legendary Kruthuset. Chatti thrives in the borderline area between house and techno, with a sound both hard hitting and full of groove, curated and played with equal amounts of talent and playfulness. These attributes combined with a friendly and approachable personality is probably why she is one of the most well-known and most appreciated selectors in Stockholm.
Since the closing of Kruthuset, Nadja has moved a lot further, with a new home turf as a resident of Under Bron / Trädgården. She has also played festivals such as Way Out West, Sónar Stockholm, Into the Valley and Garden Festival and has played at the Boiler Room. She is also one of the founders of Esperanto, and works as a music publicist.
Johanna SchneiderBook me
Johanna Schneider promoted club nights during her late teen years, but it was with her location change to Stockholm that things really started to accelerate. Working part time barista and part time selling vinyls at Fade records, she immediately gave music total devotion, spending all hard earned cash on new records to add to a growing collection. Within short, she started to promote nights as part of the BIRDS-collective at Gallery 2:35:1 as well as bringing along the records she bought. It wasn’t long before her career if you may call it that, skyrocketed and split up into various direction. Schneider basically does everything one can do in music business, she plays records, she promotes, she runs labels, always with a doubtless sense of quality and elegant finess. She is also much sought after as selector, playing minimal that is direct, trippy and with an imposing and uncompromising nature, merged together in a very gentle and feathery manor.
She runs the label Bossmusik with several acclaimed releases by names like some of Swedens most in vogue producers. She works for the record company Goldenbest and handles some of the bookings at Under Bron. She is also one of the founders of Esperanto Music. Considering the huge amount of projects in her lap it’s surprising that one can manage it all, but for Johanna it’s always been simple since she’s working with what she truly loves.
Bernard HornBook me
Raised in a musical family, Bernard switched his instruments for two turntables and a mixer in his early adolescence. Lying about his young age, he held a residency at Berns Gallery 2:35:1, which took him further into the underground dance music scene of Stockholm
Bernard has since then conquered the remaining part of the capital city, showcasing his record collection of playful rhythms and organic sounds all over town.
Jin MustafaBook me
Jin Mustafa has a keen sense of narrative and suspense. Her dj-sets are deviced of enthralling techno, delving into hypnotic rhythms without shying away from bold moves into industrial and experimental territories.
Her talent and devotion has brought her to Berlin, Amsterdam and Helsinki and at swedish festivals like Volt, Sonár Stockholm and Norbergfestival.
Mustafa has previously been active as an event organizer, as part of Grupp 13, the former collective Samlingen and the club project Arcade Overseas, which combined art and music at Fylkingen – an institution for experimental music in Stockholm.
She is also a member of the off-kilter techno duo Karabasan Drane.
Philippa PachoBook me
Pacho is born and raised in Stockholm, although she resides in Berlin since 2013. She found the love for electronic in her early adolescence, and it quickly became her passion. Closing her eyes and listening to whatever she found during her years of constant discovery. Melancholic pads and unidentifiable sounds brought her to a world of her own, that she new early on, she only shared with a few.
Pacho is a true minimalist in her approach one could say, finding the beauty in every single fragment that a track breaks apart into, something she takes to heart when digging for new tracks. To Philippa, a solid, round, and well-implemented kick-drum is imposing enough, often together with feathery hi-hats with spontaneous illusive sounds and quirky small details. But it’s always has to be done according to a simplistic modus operandi. She loves to keep the audience attentive with small changes that continues throughout the night and prefers small steaming floors to tell her story on.
Her minimal and uncompromising approach has made her a popular selector, playing at venues such as Tresor, about:blank and Sisyphos as well as becoming a resident DJ in Stockholms top establishment Under Bron. She also joins up from time to time with Esperanto-colleague Johanna Schneider, forming the duo STHLM Murder Girls.
Axel HallqvistBook me
Axel Hallqvist has been a great name in the underground scene of Stockholm for years. With his stripped down, hypnotic yet somehow very funky style Axel can heat up or totally trip out any dancefloor. Known for his great vinyl selections of 90 ́s Techno and House, wierd electro and sci-fi-minimal, it is always pure pleasure catching him behind the decks. Axel has done well-renowned gigs at clubs and festivals such as Club Der Visionäre, Hoppetosse, Sisyphos, Chalet, Bar 25, Yard Festival, Mythos, Volt Festival, Secret Island Festival, and most other clubs and underground parties worth mentioning in Sweden…
In 2013 Axel’s first record, Sorunda, was released. A collaboration with close friend Abdulla Rashim on Spanish label Semantica records. In 2015 the Sorunda Remixes record came out featuring remixes from Donato Dozzy, Svreca, Claudio PRC and Korridor and we can promise you a lot more from this great local hero in the future.