Stockholm based artist and producer flyckt may have had a tough time as of late, splitting from his band Urban Cone; but turbulent times have led to some truly exciting new developments for Rasmus as a solo artist.
Influenced by the likes of SebastiAn and Bon Iver, flyckt now releases his debut solo EP, Instant Gratification Pt 1, a collection of four melancholic electro-pop tracks which tackle subjects of instability and confusion.
In celebration of the release, flyckt talked us through a lifetime of music, discovering his own emotions and learning to live in the moment.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
My name is Rasmus Flyckt and I’ve been making music for basically my whole life. I started playing the bass when I was seven years old, absolutely hated it it, cause I wanted to play the drums. I’m born and raised in Stockholm and in school we had a system where you got handed an instrument. Anyways...I really got into it after my dad said that the bass player was the foundation of a band. And since I was 12 years old I’ve been writing and producing songs.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I think I always knew to be honest. I know it sounds weird and pretentious, but since my dad works with music, I’ve always known that’s an option. At some point in my life I thought I’d be a handball keeper. I was pretty decent, but he kept telling me that I was talented when it comes to music. So I kept doing that. Of course because I absolutely love it, but a part of me wanted to make him proud.
Your debut EP ‘Instant Gratification pt. 1’ drops this month, where did the EP tracks come from and what led to the decision of releasing an EP?
I started working on my solo project 2 years ago, and I’ve probably been writing a few hundred songs ever since. I wanted to put together something that represents the state I was in during the beginning of that journey. I had just broken up with my band Urban Cone, I also broke up with my girlfriend during that time. I was in a dark place, and that was reflected in the music I was making. And I knew I had to start there with flyckt. From the very beginning.
The decision to make an EP just made sense to me. The songs on pt. 1 is the beginning of more to come within the world of Instant Gratification. While pt. 2 is gonna be the end of the Instant Gratification project.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
It’s hard to say, cause that’s basically everything I do. Music is my identity, and I don’t know who I’d be without it. But I’ve learned that I’m a pretty emotional person. And I’ve learned that there is a lot of stuff I need to work through. Shit that’s happened in my life. Some people go and see shrinks, I write songs.
I’ve also learned that there is no better feeling than the one I get after writing a good song. It’s like I’m on a high for one week after writing a song that really excites me.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
Sounds cheesy...but to be more in the moment. I’ve seen so many cool things. But I was looking ahead all the time. Also that integrity is something you need to protect at all costs. The reason we quit the band was mostly the lack of that. We signed to Interscope Records in 2016 and thought we were gonna be the biggest band in the world. Because they told us we would. We got dropped via email about one year later, and when we were back in Stockholm we didn’t really know what Urban Cone was supposed to sound like.
How is the music scene in Stockholm? Can you recommend any fellow Swedish upcoming artists?
It’s good! It’s been a while since Sweden had a new BIG artist, kinda want that to happen again soon. There’s a really cool new project called Moodshift that I recommend everyone to check out. I’ve been into a lot of club music lately.. Maybe it’s because there are no clubs open now. Axel Boman is really good. Also one of my favourite bands Miike Snow are 2 thirds Swedish, if you haven’t heard them, go check 'em out!
How would you describe your sound to somebody who is yet to hear your music?
I usually say it’s a window to my life. You might not like what you see but at least it’s a window. I feel like too many artists are singing songs that don’t feel authentic. Then people say that doesn’t make sense, and I say it’s some sort of dark pop with influences of James Blake, Jai Paul, Coldplay, Radiohead etc..
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I watched Euphoria a while back, and it totally blew my mind. So yeah, Euphoria it is!
Which is your favourite of your releases to date? Any particular reason why?
I love Spotlight, I’m really proud of the production on that one. Besides that one there’s a song on the Urban Cone album called Blue that I think is one of the best songs I’ve written. Would love to make a new flyckt version of that one some day.
Where would you like to be in your career in a year’s time?
In a year from now I want to plan the release of an album. And I really miss touring. If I’m able to travel around the world and play my music, I’d be the happiest man on earth.