Introducing: Erik Ljungqvist

This week we introduce to you – Erik Ljungqvist!

How old are you and where are you originally from?
I’m 24 years old and I’m from Norrköping but live in Stockholm.

When did you start with music?
I started playing the violin when I was 5 years old, then I slowly added one instrument at a time, piano, guitar, drums and last but not least, I started singing. Since I was 13 I’ve been playing in bands and writing songs. Today I almost exclusively play on my own, which I’m comfortable with right now.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly in other people’s music. It’s very important for me to listen and get inspired because that’s how I get my ideas. I don’t necessarily copy the exact style of music from my favorite artist at that particular moment, it’s more about the feeling and state of mind that the music gives me. When it comes to lyrics I always write about something that is related to me. I can exaggerate stuff, but not make it up.

What did the process look like for your release “Give me time” – how long did you work on it and what inspired this EP?
I had been working on another solo project for a while, which was a lot more synth and midi oriented than “Give me time”. I felt an urge to go back to my roots, which is more calm and guitar based. My aim was to make an album with only guitar and vocals, but the more I worked on it the more I realized how I actually wanted it to sound. I haven’t been very focused on things like what instruments to use or what will fit in and not. It’s been more about writing songs that sound like me.

My girlfriend lives in London so that has also been a big source of inspiration. You have a lot of time to think when you travel as much as I’ve done in the last year.

It took me about a year to finish the EP. That might sound like a long time but I’ve done everything myself, from writing the songs to producing them to mastering. So that’s my official excuse.

How has the response to your music been?
It’s been really good! I didn’t put that much effort into promoting and stuff but people seem to like it. Even my Mum seems to genuinely like it and she is always really honest with me. I’ve also got comments from strangers on Facebook, which is really flattering and also makes me feel a bit too good about myself.

Generally I don’t think people understand how happy it makes me that they listen to my songs. I really can’t think of a better feeling.

Have you had any gigs lately?
I’ve only had one gig, a couple of months ago. It was amazing but unfortunately I haven’t had time to plan anything else because I work and study.

What’s next?
I’ll definitely try to play live this spring and summer. I really need to arrange some kind of late release party.
Hopefully I’ll get motivated to write new songs soon as well. Right now I’m just going to enjoy my first release!

Listen to Erik’s release Give Me Time and make sure to visit his Facebook!