Later this month Swedish singer-songwriter Anders Wedin, aka Moneybrother, will release his most ambitious album to date.
Moneybrother's combination of pop, disco, soul, reggae and rock has already led to Anders receiving international recognition, as well as a Grammy in his native Sweden, and now the artist has conceptualised and produced something even grander. Recorded in seven different cities around the world, and working in collaboration with Red Bull Studios, Moneybrother's This Is Where Life Is is coming this fall.
The genre-twisting songwriter had the concept of meshing his love of travel with a variety of different musical styles.
The concept only became a reality, though, when he and his long-time producer, Christoffer Rooth, joined forces with Red Bull in 2011. Anders saw how Red Bull were helping artists around the world, and the idea he'd had now began to take shape...
“On tour in the US, I heard rumours about how Red Bull supported musicians and various parts of the cultural landscape. It seemed like lots of great artists had been supported by them in some way and I got to know of the network of state-of-the-art music recording studio in places like Los Angeles and London,” said Wedin. “The more I looked at it, it became evident that this was an opportunity to realise this pipe dream of mine with people who truly understood what it would take and were just as passionate about it as I was, but also had the infrastructure and connections needed."
The album was recorded over a three-month period that began with sessions in Chicago and Los Angeles in the United States. From there, Moneybrother went to Rio de Janeiro, where he met Marcos Suzanos, one of the world’s most respected percussionists, and then to Kingston, Jamaica (pictured, above), where he laid down vocals in Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studio.
After sessions in the Red Bull Studios in London, England and Cape Town, South Africa, the recording of the album concluded thousands of miles away in Auckland, New Zealand.
A feature film, Start A Fire, documenting the jetsetting musical journey will be released in conjunction with the album. Enlisting the services of producer Jim Dziura - who previously oversaw the prize-winning Flogging Molly documentary, Whiskey On A Sunday - Anders wanted to create a true audio-visual experience: “My dream was always to make sure that the listener and the fan could truly experience this with me, so alongside the music, we had to make sure that we documented this process as much as possible. Viewers will be able to tag along and experience not only the people, the places and the hardships of producing this album, but also my inner journey.”