Somebody behind the singing
A Modern Man is a truly exciting new artist, someone that sounds completely fresh and different, and yet at the same time gives you a feeling that you have known him forever. A Modern Man is also somebody that possess one of the absolute the strongest characteristics that a singer can possibly have; you can feel that he really means what he sings. No matter if it’s a pop ballad or a rock song you always feel the presence of the person behind the lyrics and the singing. You get this special feeling that this is actually somebody who wants to tell you something with his music.
Ask him into it, and he replies
“It’s all about finding the combination between being strong and being vulnerable. If you are not strong you will not find your own voice but will sound just like singers before you. At the same time as being strong you also have to be vulnerable or your music will not connect with other people. Connecting with other people in music is just like in real life, you have to show something true about yourself, even if it hurts a bit.”
Finding your way through life
Finding your way through life is a strong theme in many of his songs. This includes anything from finding the inner power to take on life and reach for what you truly want, even though you will get your shares of hard times for trying. The bittersweet feel to his universe comes from the balance between facing a not always pretty reality but always holding on to your desires in life.
As he himself puts it
“The 2 EP’s, Transformation (part 1 and part 2), can be seen as the soundtrack to my life the last couple of years. It’s songs about me growing strong enough and brave enough to embrace my life and live it despite all the sadness and uncertainty life always comes with. To me writing songs is a way to accept that also hard times is part of life and even has a value.”
There can be no doubt that the musical universe of A Modern Man is deeply rooted in the great British musical tradition. You can hear bits of David Bowie, Keane, the Smiths, Coldplay and current bands such as the Hurts in there, yet at the same time it’s well different, something that is much down to his remarkable husky mid-range voice.
For people who have followed him already this probably comes as no big surprise as breakthrough in A Modern Mans writing came when he started working with label manager Ian Nilsen from BritishPopSongs, UK. A label that specializes in building on top of the great British songwriting tradition.
What they have developed is a tight songwriting relationship that over the years have grown into a great friendship. “We both had a desire to bring back the grand songs with a powerful chorus and kind of big productions. For me this is very connected to finding my inner power. For Ian I suspect it’s more about a love of the 70s, 80s and 90s music and all the good parties he had over his years in London ” A Modern Man says with a bantering grind of his face.