Meet Richard, 28 years old from Stockholm, Sweden
“I made this playlist because felt I had a lot of good Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul inspired songs in store that I wanted to put in one place. Also, I didn’t want to be super strict with the criteria to add a song.
Besides that, I had a lot of sub-genres from different countries and continents that I wanted to include, which I felt you might not find in similar playlists. For instance, there are so many good jazz, funk, disco songs from Somalia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria etc. like Dur-Dur band, Mulatu Astatke or Ebo Taylor to name a few. I also love Ska and Reggae and felt a lot of those songs would fit right into a playlist like this.
So that’s a little recap of what you can expect from this playlist and why I made it :)”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Very hard question. James Brown - The Boss. Hehe, no kidding. Great song though. I wish my life was like Della Humphrey - Dreamland (Cover of The Wailers). One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, I'm gonna play it at my wedding and funeral.
I don’t think I have a favorite artist since what I listen to differs from time to time, like I guess it does for a lot of people.
If I would base my answer on what artist/band I have the most songs stored in playlists, it would be Beach House and Bob Marley.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
Fat Freddys Drop or Rhye maybe.
Do you play any instruments? If not, any you would love to learn?
No... I would love to learn to play the piano.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
Calvin Harris - Summer
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Just the song as a whole. Sometimes the lamest song lyrically can have the most catchy beat or melody and you still end up liking it, or vice versa. But usually, they go hand in hand. Sometimes I'm listening to a song just because I really like one small part of the lyrics or beat.
Lyrics are fun and I like to read about lyrics and what they mean or what people think they mean. You sometimes end up learning a lot about some subject when you start digging into lyrics.
I couldn't say which one is more important, but usually, the beat or melody catches my ear before the lyrics do.