Johan Klingwall is a 25 year old pop/rap artist from Nacka outside Stockholm who just released the single Världens ände. For the last couple of years he has been producing and composing and, when not making music, he works on TV events as a freelance carpenter.
What is your musical background and when did you begin making music?
I grew up in a creative family who had a huge interest of music. At the age of 17 I started writing rap lyrics with my co-producer Johan Östgren and released some tracks on our own. About a year ago we sat down and figured out what we really wanted to do and looked at the big picture.
We set out our goals and how we wanted get there. Even though I’ve done this for I while, it feels like this is the beginning in some way. Världens ände is my first single to be released and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
Who/what inspires you?
It varies from day to day. Right now I feel inspired by Icona Pop – not only because of their music but because they are having so much fun taking over the world. I listen to a lot of music from Sweden, Iceland and England – there’s something fascinating about music from cold and dark countries. Music that feels organic and alive is always in my playlist and I love old and dusty instruments. Beautiful melodies and rhythms make my music-heart go bananas – I think I have Swedish pop to thank for that! When it comes to rap I’ve always been a fan of Jay-Z.
I’m inspired by so many things but most importantly – I’m passionate about music. I am living my dream and getting closer to my goals every day.
Tell us more about your latest release Världens ände.
The first time I sat at a piano, I didn’t know how to play so I searched for tones that felt good and then wrote the signature melody. When it came to lyrics, I was inspired by my trip to the Philippines a couple of years ago working with the Swedish TV show, Robinson. We had been there for almost three months and we had a goodbye-party last day in Manila. A friend and I took a cab and went to a tattoo studio in the middle of the night and I thought of that journey many times after that. The idea of jumping into a cab, taking the next flight and running away to a nice place with someone inspired me so much I wanted to make a story out of it. I write most of my songs when I’m feeling a bit low however I was in such a positive frame of mind when Världens ände was born.
How has the response to your release been so far?
Very good! When I started making music, my biggest dream was to hear myself on the radio. Every release since my debut has been played on the radio which is crazy and something I never expected. People seem to be curious about my new sound and want to hear more and that’s a good start for my next release.
What are your expectations for this year?
I hope to write more tracks and continue my work. Hopefully I’ll reach some new ears on my way. I want to throw a huge party somewhere, invite all my friends, do the best gig I’ve ever done and show them what I’ve been up to lately. I’m also looking forward to working with my new management The Music Box (Albin, Victor Crone) and I can’t wait to work on new tunes with my friend, Mr. Östgren!
What’s happening next – any releases, gigs or tours coming up?
I’ll follow up Världens ände with my next single Där vi var which is to be released in April and then I will continue my work on my debut-EP. Hopefully I’ll do some epic gigs and after that, the world is my oyster! Hey ho let’s go!
Make sure you listen to Världens ände på Spotify!