Johan OTTERDAHL: a multi-talented musician on Fuerteventura.
WHO'S WHO: Johan Otterdahl
Name: Johan Otterdahl ( Swingkid )
Place of Birth: Born in Sweden but my land has no borders
Date of Birth: 1980
Education: qualified dance teacher and certified Whisky specialist
Time on Fuerteventura: since 1999
Johan Otterdahl is a multi-talented musician who loves to play a wide range of styles: Blues, Rock, Folk, Reggae, Punk and Pop. He performed in a variety of concerts and festivals. He recently produced his first album.
The Album "Songs from a Basement"
The songs on the album were written between 2003-2010 and they are a mix of different feelings and different music styles. There is everything from Blues to Reggae. I more or less spent 4 months in a basement and played whatever came up in my head. I recorded over 50 own songs with everything from love songs to children lullabies and rock n roll. Most of it is recorded directly into the microphones and the studio. I want the music to feel alive...
I started dancing at a really young age and was already as a 7 year old really into music. My first big idols were the Beach boys! They are probably the biggest reason for my surf and music addiction today. I took some piano lessons when I was around 9-10 years old but never really liked it because of my teacher, so I quit. I just started from the beginning the fall of 2009 to practice the piano and I still practice almost everyday.
I didn't really pick up singing until I was around 16. I had a small role in the musical "Guys and Dolls" at the Varberg theatre. I was just lucky to have the privilege of being around great singers in my late teens as I did in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair".
First time I picked up a guitar was also in my late teens. I think I was 17. Since then I've written way over 150 songs and recorded around 60 of them. I also got around 50 new songs recorded in my studio.
Tangled up in Blue Records is a tiny music company / record label / studio.
The studio I've build up is made for home and mobile recording. That way I can get a bigger range of musicians and always be able to record something if a new song pops up in my head.
I just want to write songs, melodies and then play them the way I want them to be.... And hopefully someone will like them and understand them the way I do..
Now I got 1 official album out, called "Songs from a Basement" and a few more are in the making, including a Reggae album, a Swedish children album and a Folk album.
Johan plays 2-3/week in the afternoon on the waterside promenade of Corralejo between the restaurant Cordon Blue and Hoplaco.
Hobbies: Skateboarding, travelling, Whisky, juggling, dancing, relaxing, watching sunsets and explore.
Life Style: Music, Love and Surfing
Favorite book: The Little Prince
Favorite 3 albums: Five Leaves left (Nick Drake), Odysey and oracle (The Zombies), The Doors (The Doors)
Strange facts: Used to do a lot of dancing competitions during all my
years as a teenager then changed dancing to surfing and was in the
Swedish national Surfing team 2003 and 2007.
Music style: Folk, Singer songwriter, rock, blues, reggae, punk and pop. Everything non electronic more or less.
Once an old man said :
" Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. "
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