Jamsallskapet is a Swedish jazz/rock project that you don’t want to miss on. The group got together through jam sessions which eventually solidified them as a group hence the name “Jamsällskapet” translating to “The Jam Assembly” in English. Lead singer, Emma Järnvall, writes a bulk of the lyrics drawing influence from legend Monica Zetterlunds. Their delivery of Swedish lyrics in a psychedelic pop/rock kind of vibe creates a music experience you’ll want to listen to again and again.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Our lead guitarist Niklas registered us as a band to the competition “Livekarusellen” (a Swedish music competition) in 2017. We weren't really much of a band back then, more of friends who liked to meet for a jamsesh once every week. But he saw the potential in us, and we made it to the district finals, so I guess he was right. We haven´t looked back since, haha.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
When we were playing the district finals the band before us called “Scent of lord” brought an axe and a piece of wood to the stage and started chopping, wood was flying all over the place. That was very... unique.
What has been the high point of your music path?
When we played this really cool skate event last summer, it was arranged in the middle of the skate-park and people were jumping all over the place, cheering and having a good time while we were playing. but other than that, probably these new songs that we've been writing, they sound great.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We've tried a bunch of different things, but the one thing that has worked out best has been when someone starts jamming with a melody or a rhythm. Then our lead singer Emma get a feeling and starts writing, when we want something to happen to the song we just stop and let her continue singing. Then we try to harmonize and fit something rhythmically to what she´s doing.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Our biggest challenge is marketing our band, gigs and events, there are great ways of doing this through social media, blogs etc. But the competition is huge so we usually feel that were drowning among other great bands. It´s a give and take relationship, because we feel like we learn a lot but at the same time we just want to go on stage and do our thing.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Definitely Tame impala, we are huge fans of Kevin Parker and his crew, they have influenced our music a lot and we feel that we were on the same sort journey that he has done with his albums. We´ve started out in the 70´s and work our way into the present musically.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We have a pretty relaxed but focused attitude in our rehearsal room. We always want to have fun when we play music but at the same time, getting things done is also very important whether it´s a writing session with new songs or for a gig. When rehearsing for these upcoming gigs this winter we really wanted to start the rehearsals early, so it didn't became stressful. Because in the past we've started things in the last minute and getting everything done in the last second haha very bad habit but we are working on it. We always work on the individual songs before playing the whole set, especially when brand new songs are introduced in the set-list and then later play it as a whole set. We are also trying to improve our stage presence by implementing stage clothes and filming ourselves when playing, doing that you can see exactly what´s good and what´s needing improvement. But most of all we just play and have fun, we are a amazing group of friends that all have a burning passion for music in general and our music :)
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Lyckan was undoubtedly the most difficult to write; the song contains a lot of dynamic changes that had to fit great with the rest of the song. Also, the lyrics had to fit the story melodically and rhythmically so the listener could interpret the story without even knowing the language its sung in.
What's coming up in the future?
We are playing some gigs in Sweden now this winter/spring with 3 new songs that we´ve been writing. We are going to record and release them this year as singles, hopefully write more material as well for our second EP in the future. We are very excited about that.
Tell us where fans can access your music?