Rock On the Dock!

Happy summer everyone!

Lying in gras

I have some bad news that kind of turned good. A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with over training syndrome.

I´ve worked out my whole life but never experienced something like this. I guess I over loaded on work and martial arts.
Without going into details, all I can say is that it suc*s and felt like a huge slap in the face, but also offered me a good reminder:

Everything needs a balance, don´t underestimate rest!

Since I´m not allowed to train for a month and supposed to take it easy, I cancelled most things in July, packed my bags and headed to an island in the middle of the Finnish archipelago.

This is the place of my roots, where my mother took me the first time when I was just a few days old.

Here I spent all my summers and most weekends until I was about 14 years old and boys started to matter more than swimming and climbing trees.

There´s nothing more relaxing and inspiring than being surrounded by trees and the sea. It was just what I needed and can already feel some of the over training symptoms starting to fade.
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Since I have a lot of singing and things to do before my album release and gigs, I brought my whole office with me from Helsinki.

It´s great to practice singing here, since the only neighbors are on the other side of the island.
I found a new fun way to approach the songs. Instead of jogging like I usually do, I put my headphones on with the background music, walk briskly around the island (up and down over cliffs and rocks) while singing through all the songs.

It´s an extremely effective lung capacity training, not only for singing but also for free diving.

I miss the martial arts and my snake, but they are worth the wait and looking forward coming weeks on the island!

Now it´s time to rock on the dock!

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MIDEM Here I Come!

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Hey guys!

Just got to France with my manager Semira, about to kick it at MIDEM, (one of the biggest music industry events in the world)
As a result of this event and the help from Music Finland, I found my record labels in both India and Japan among with a bunch of new friends and important contacts.
Can´t wait to see what it brings this year.

If you are at Midem and would like to schedule a meeting don´t hesitate to contact

Semira Ben-Amor

semira@tadaamanagement.com

+1 (310) 595 8969

One gig and the sleeping beauties

Hey there,

Rise and shine 7 in the morning. After a good breakfast of fruits, eggs avocado and green tea followed by a sauna bath, I started the voice warm up for the coming gig.

  

  

Make up & hair spray – check, in ear monitors – check, stockings on- check and oh yes, the dress of course….. -check and off we go.

10 min late, I stop to pick up the drummer and guitarist. 

I call one of them, then the other, call them again, and 20 times later I realize a phone call is not gonna wake them up.

Then my battery dies…… Fu*k…, 30 min late…. 

  

I run across the street to a laundry place to charge my phone. Still no answer… But thankfully the drummers mother came to my rescue and told me which number to press on the door.

Bingo!!! After 3-4 times there’s finally a sign of life! I run up to the apartment, met by a very distinct odor in the flat, and a “good morning I have no idea what’s going on – look”, which I return with the “angry eye”.

I promised to kick their butts but not until after the gig.

30 min later we get to the rehearsal place where the rest of the guys are waiting for the keys to arrive to load the stuff. 

Finally the wheels of the pink bus are rolling hot, while the boys sleeping like babies and sounding like hippos! 

  
We managed to arrive just in time. A quick sound check and the party begins! 

While working on the new album I had a few months break from the gigs. It felt really good to be back on the stage! 

After a lot of rock and sweat in the fresh summer sun, the band was in a great mood after the gig! 

But I hadn’t forgotten the little practical joke earlier in the morning and gave them a little discipline lesson before heading back home! 😉 

  
 

Surrounded By Awesomeness

Inviting someone you never met to stay at your place for 2 weeks takes quite a lot of dedication and one of the reasons why I chose Semira Ben-Amor to be my manager. Not because of the comfy bed but for her drive, honesty and determination. Before we even discussed the contract she was already full on pulling all the threads needed to get started.

Semira Ben-Amor, THE manager

Semira Ben-Amor, THE manager

 

When I got to LA, I had 5 days to prepare for the studio together with the vocal coach Bob Croff. Among with many amazing singers he also worked actors such as Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Semira couldn’t have found a better coach for me! 

 We broke all the lyrics apart word by word, along with practicing vocal techniques. Among with signing high notes while bouncing on a gym ball, one of the funniest things he said was “if you have problems with your high notes just relax and squeeze you butt”. Can’t make it more simple than that!

Before my first studio day I had a chance to take the day off and do an interview for the newspaper HBL. Along with talking about music I also got the chance to climb trees and walking on my hands for a short film clip. The little child inside of me had a blast!

HBL interview with Magnus Silfvenius and Peppe Öhman

 

The first day in the studio I felt a bit nervous trying to memorize everything I had gone through together with Bob. That’s also how it sounded and quickly came to the conclusion that I’m way better of just jumping into the feeling and correct “accent” problems afterwards.

 

Both Joshua Newell and Sergio Chavez have worked with many big artists in U.S. such as Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson and many more.  They knew exactly what they were doing.

The recordings have so far been pretty smooth except for me sounding like “Dracula” every time I sing “good”, “look” or “touch”. Good thing vampires are hot these days!

Rock on!

With Sergio Chavez

 

Found this awesome looking mirror frame made out of magazines

 

Morning jog before the studio

 

Balcony view

Never Say Never

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Hey there,

I’ve got some news I’ve been dying to share but had to wait until everything was confirmed.

A couple of months ago my management company, had to shut down and with that I lost my manager.

At first I felt devastated, just about to finish my second album without the needed team around me.

So, I went to the Dominican Republic to clear my mind, shoot a music video and tried to figure out my next step.

Right before I headed back home things took a big turn and before I knew it I had a very exciting Skype meeting from LA.  The discussion of bringing my music to the US market opened up, and after the meeting I had some big decisions to make.

After re-making my first album from scratch one month after it was done, I promised myself it would never happen again.

I had just finished the vocal recordings to my new album before heading to DR, and ironically enough I was once again facing the same situation, but this time it was only the matter of redoing my lead vocals.

So I went to the gym, punched the bag for one hour, had a good mediation and came to the conclusion that you should never say never.

In order to give myself the best chance I could get, slight adjustments to my English pronunciation would have to be made.

If I would lose a record deal because of that reason it would bug the hell out of me, as well as turning down an opportunity to further develop myself as an artist.

When I got home there were quick arrangements to be made and between arranging tickets to LA, planning my albums photo shoot and feeding my snake, I started the vocal sessions through Skype together with the well known vocal coach, Bob Croff.

Even 15 min before heading to the airport I still hadn’t packed a third of my stuff!! Luckily my wonderful bass player, Cheri Martin, showed up to my rescue, helped me packed, put the passport in my hand and drove me to the airport.

I finally got to LA and can’t wait to see what this adventure has got to offer!!!

Rock on!!!

 

Finally in LA

Finally in LA

 

Quick stop over in New York

After a quick stop over in New York

 

@ Photoshoot before heading to LA

Morning jogg in  Santa Monica

Morning jogg in Santa Monica

Morning jog in Santa Monica

Underwater challenge

 

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Greetings from the Caribbean!

After finishing my final vocal recordings in the middle of icy Finland, I headed out to my “second home”, the Dominican Republic.
When I travel something weird or bad always happens.  Like getting a kiteboard through my head, bitten by a dog or get stuck in a palm tree. This time I lost my passport and all my cash….. on the first day!!!!
After a couple of weeks I finally got it sorted out with the embassy and will have to make a road trip across the country on the quest for a new passport.

I can´t complain though. There´s no better soul candy, than the deep blue ocean, sunshine and jungles filled with coconuts!!

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My main goal during this trip is to make a new music video for one of the songs on my up-coming album.

I´ve never made a music video, being so unsure of the result.

The reason why is because most will be filmed under water. Talk about complicating things!

There are so many factors affecting the shots, but most of them are depenent on how long and deep I can stay under water.

I started by practicing free diving.

I learned that one of the most important things is to first meditate on the surface to get your heart rate as low as possible. Then completely empty the lungs before taking the deep breath.

I was told to move as smoothly and slowly as possible to save oxygen. On the way down I had to keep equalizing the pressure in my ears.
Once I reached a certain depth I started sinking automatically.

At the bottom I was surprised of how calm it felt. Almost like half dreaming. Once the craving for oxygen started to kick in it was a true mind challenge to stay calm and not to rush on the way up.

It was a really interesting experience. Except for a little nose bleed, no biggy though.

Next step was quite a lot harder, the actual video shoot.
This time I had a costume on, without a mask and a weight bringing me down.

I felt more like a drowning hippopotamus than a mermaid, but I loved the challenge!

Along with the shootings I spend my time planning out my second album, learning Spanish, kick boxing, kitesurfing and hanging out with my new friend Amber, a little puppy I´m temporarily taking care of. It´s gonna be tough to leave without her.

Tomorrow the shootings will continue and hopefully I have all the shots needed before I go back home.

Rock On!

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Soul Candy!


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Hey guys!

Greetings from the studio in Kokkola!

I haven’t blogged in soooo long. I had to side track a little to the study & and music business world. For weeks my head was occupied with royalties, bills, receipts, bones and joints. I figured I might lose some fans if I start to share my thoughts. But that’s in the past now!  It feels so incredibly good to be back in the studio together with Jonas Olsson. It´s soul candy!!!

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With Jonas Olsson

I still have 2 days to go.  I’m gonna inhale every minute cause it´s the last vocal recordings for this album.

I can’t complain though, soon the live rehearsals will start and give me plenty of time to sing, sing and sing some more.

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Last minute songwriting @ Rosso Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROck ON!!!

Ps. I have some cool adventures waiting just around the corner 😉

Stunting around

Hi there!

After a successful week in London, full of meetings and interesting people, my first thing up when I got home, was an interview about my stunt work for MTV3 News in Finland.

Writing music and performing is one of the best things on the planet.
Its when the creative part of your brain can dance on purple clouds without limits.

However, if you want to make it as an artist you have to inlcude the business part, which can sometimes be very demanding and shrink my braincells into small raisins.

Stunting is a great counterbalance. It’s like a playground for grown ups, where let the little Tarzan in me out and release some energy.
Here’s a combo of action projects I’ve been a part of. Big thanks to Mikko Löppönen for making this video.
Enjoy! (To see the interview, check the link below)

Here you can check out the news insert.

http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=402589

Rock On!!!

 

Cheers!

A Haunted Castle And A Nubian Rose

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The castle gates

 

Hi there!

Greetings from the Swedish country side.
I tried to find a hotel near by my vocal coach, and ended up in a “haunted” castle from 1600th century with a history all the way back to year 990 when the first version of the castle was built.
To my disappointment the ghost didn’t care to introduce themselves…. How rude…

After a good nights sleep ,I woke up early for a morning jog  and by the time I got back I was soaked by the rain from head to toe,  feeling more like a frog than a princess.
Since I didn’t stumble over a pair of dried shoes I ended up wearing slippers the whole day, resulting in a lot of confused face expressions and some interesting comments.

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Like an overly excited scout I got the brilliant idea to walk 10 km before starting the singing session. One of the best ways to feel out the new songs.

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Plant house selfie with Sofia. Picking tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sessions with Sofia Lilja ( also known as the Swedish “Idol coach”) have been filled with lots of wonderful tunes, brainwaves, emotions and laughter.

She is by far the best sining teacher I’ve ever come across.
5 years ago, when I was still studying theatre, a manager from Sweden discovered a demo song and without hesitation,  I jumped out of school and straight into the unknown.

I had no connections or clue what the music business is all about and what it takes to be a solo artist.
One of the first actions, was to choose the songs and to find a good coach.
Patric, the manager, connected me to Sofia, and before I knew it I was standing at her doorstep.

With a classical background and a fresh spark for pop/rock, I was facing a lot of new ways to express myself as well as challenges.

I remember feeling nervous, outside of my comfort zone, just like standing infront of too judges wondering if you meet their expectations.

Sofia quickly turned that feeling upside-down by welcoming me with open arms and such a
warm hearted, positive energy, that I soon felt at home.

When she heard I’m an actress she started applying it into our sessions.

To discover the corners of my voice, we started “breaking” the songs apart and stretching them to the extreme.
She had me performing like a heavy rocker while singing a ballad, going through all sorts of emotions, physical gestures and characters, just to see how it effected my voice.
By the time I went to the studio for the first songs (You Should Get Over Me, Playing For Keeps, I Will Live On etc..), I had a big bag of tools with me.

She´s one of the few people who’ve seen my path from “where it started” to where I am today. These 3 days with her have been simply amazing and once again I leave the session with new tools to use for the next album recording.

I can’t wait to get to the studio!!

– Jessica

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One of the beautiful chill out spots in the castle

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Music Behind The Bars

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The day started well at 07:00. Went for a nice jog with the bass player,Cheri. It’s a little routine we picked up in Tokyo. But instead of being surrounded by millions of people and a Japanese garden we had the landscape of forest, more forest and fields.

After breakfast we jumped into the pink bus and headed to the prison.
Our stage was in the middle of the prison yard on the back of a big truck.

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Unfortunately I couldn't bring my phone in but should get some pictures later.

Together with the band "Ground Breakers", we had to plan 2 sets of 20min each, since there are 2 groups of convicts that don't get along.
Soon the first group started to show up. They kept a pretty good distance from the stage.
They didn't dance much but based on the applause and the vibe I could sense a positive energy.
One of the guards told me they haven't got any live music or entertainment in decades, and apparently they were way calmer than normally to makes sure they don't "mess it up".

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After lunch and a "sight seeing" in the prison we got ready for the second gig.
Afterwards one prisoner shouted out that he wanted a signature.

He thanked me, gave me a hug and before I knew it there was a big line behind him resulting in one huge sign & hug party.

Sukeva is said to be one of the most "dangerous" prisons in Finland. It's probably true but I can't complain about the hospitality. We got well welcomed and the convicts were very respectful.

Now were on the road on our way to Pelso where we'll perform tomorrow before heading to Kestilä.


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See you soon!!