Stockholm duo Slide continue to make waves as they pave the way toward the release of their forthcoming second EP with a run of single releases, including the freshly dropped Keep Shining.
Ripping up and throwing away the sounds of their acclaimed 2019 debut EP, Into Happiness, these new singles see Slide exceed expectations, bend genre rules and gain fans from right across the musical spectrum.
Having been won over by their slick, vibrant and easy to listen to sound, we chatted to Albin to learn more about where Slide came from and where they plan to go.
Tell us a bit about Slide and how long you’ve been making music for?
I’m a pretty high energy person I guess. Or... I’m like high energy in my brain and then very low energy in my presence. I sit around and stress over things basically haha. I’d like to think I’m a good dude though. I started making music really young and I started making actual songs at around 14 or something. They weren't very good at the time but I think I’m getting there.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do. But I didn’t say it out loud until a couple of years ago. I don't know why but it just felt like such an obnoxious thing to say to people... it still does. But I know now that this is what I gotta do. I have no idea why I like music so much but for as long as I can remember musicians have been the coolest people in my mind. Musicians and skateboarders.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I like movies a lot and I watch a lot of them. So maybe that's the best answer I can give aside from just life in general. My own relationships and things I go through. And also lately I’ve been talking a lot more to the fans and that's been a great source of inspiration. What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music? I’ve learned that I need more patience. And I’m still trying to work that out. Letting things and people take the time they need and not to rush it. Good things take time and so on. It's just so frustrating sometimes when I know what needs to be done and how it meeds to be done but I also can’t do it myself. That’s when I’ve learned to take a breather.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
I’m still learning so it's hard to give my past self any good advice like that. But I guess it would be something like don't worry too much about the details starting off. Just put all your energy into making better songs. That's something I was told by my label early on but I think I’m still kind of working on getting it right.... songs first... details later
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
I'd probably go with Yung Lean. I don't know if he could be considered upcoming at this point but in many ways I think he's still ascending. He and the rest of his team is a good example of how anyone from anywhere can do anything. Other than that I’m just really inspired by pop queens like Zara Larsson and Tove Lo. What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I wanna do a full U.S tour soon. It wouldn’t have to be the best venues I just wanna get in a van and grind it out. I think that's a humbling and necessary experience for an artist. As for the rider I’d want a bunch of fruit and scented candles backstage so I can get some pre show meditation going. I'm having good vibes only back there for sure.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Hmmm... I don't know man. I think 13 reasons why had a lot of great artists on their soundtrack maybe I’d wanna get in on that. Or the sequel to suicide squad maybe? Yeah something like that.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist? I want a number one on Billboard and a Grammy. Just because that would feel like a real recognition from the industry and the culture. I’m gonna get a Grammy!