The best and original 24/7, online, Smooth Jazz Internet Radio station : Largest Global contemporary jazz community, jazz charts, jazz festivals and jazz recording artists Launch Radio Station

Listen to SmoothLounge.com Global Radio

SmoothJazz.com JazzBlast - email signup

Submitting Your Music for Airplay Consideration

Listen to SmoothJazz.com Internet Radio
FREE RADIO APP

LIKE us on FaceBook

Follow Us on Twitter

SmoothLounge.com Radio - For the Chill of It

SmoothTravelTV YouTube Channel

SmoothIndieStar.com - Top 50 Indie Chart

SmoothTravel Features

Wine & Jazz Club

Start Shopping at Amazon.com

Start Shopping at CD Baby

Start Shopping at Amazon.com

SmoothJazz.com SoundCloud - Hear Artist Promo, Interviews and more

Smooth Jazz & Wine Club
LISTEN AND EARN POINTS

SmoothJazz Global Blog

Navbar More Artist Interviews Artist Website Buy Album Download Music FaceBook YouTube

Anders Holst

Anders Holst

Anders Holst

How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?

It has been roughly two to three years since I released Romantika and since then, have collected a lot of ideas for new songs. The spark to get me going again was when I was nominated for an American Smooth Jazz Award in March of last year. This time I was very disciplined, I wrote most of the lyrics in two weeks, we recorded the background in a week, and then we added more ingredients to each song as they took on their own personality over time. “Suite” indicates a collection, and “SoHo," the inspirational neighborhood where live in New York.

How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?

Songs come to me when I least expect it; crossing a busy street; traveling on a train or taking a shower. A song comes to me in the form of a “download”: a melody line and some fragmented words attached to it, and a hint of what the songs may be about. As the melodic line is developed into a musical structure of a song, the music and the scattered phrase that goes along with it, set the general mood and ambiance of the song.
 
It is not unlike having two pages torn out of a movie script; something has happened and something will happen and you are right there, right in that moment and you have to tell the whole story in less than four minutes.

What artists do you feel akin to or in the same tribe with?

People have compared me to Sting, Seal and Leonard Cohen, which I think is very flattering, and regarding Leonard Cohen, a bit surprising honestly. The music on SoHo Suite goes from light pop via ambient adult contemporary to jazz. I listen to all sorts of music; the last CD I bought was Bizet and the Pearl Fishers. I love the work of artists like Van Morrison and Paul McCartney, just to mention a few, and that perhaps explains the width in the music styles.

Who would you say has been the single biggest influence in your life in getting you to where you are now in your career?

A strong sense of urgency that time is short and there is a lot left to do.

Outside of your musical career, what else in your life gets you excited and fulfilled?

I love American politics and world affairs, which may explain my addiction to CNN. I love art and design; and am a member of MoMA and other museums in Manhattan. I often go on the art walks in New York to Chelsea and the Lower East Side on Saturdays. Although, therein lies a conflict of time, since I am a huge fan of soccer, especially the Premier League, and matches are played on Saturdays and Sundays. In later years I have developed and interest for interior decorating. I love spaces, and many times when I am in a particular space, I am thinking about what I would have done differently.

What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?

Today you have to manage everything yourself, so the first order of business is to organize the team around you, the team that will take care of not only the music composition, production and recording but also the packaging, marketing, distribution and live performances. There are many moving parts and it takes time to build up the social fabric of all these relations and make them work consistently over time. Overnight success is often the result of many years of hard work, which highlight the most important question of all, why are you doing this in the first place?

You Support SmoothJazz.com when you start your shopping here Start your shopping at Amazon.com Start Your Shopping at CD Baby Making Contact Start your shopping at iTunes Music Store Start your shopping in the SmoothJazz.com Listening Loft Store

SmoothJazz.com Top 10 Vid Bar
SmoothJazz.com Top 50 Industry Chart SmoothJazz.com Indie Chart SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart SmoothJazz.com Top 50 Album Chart
Chart Album Image
PETER WHITE
Smile
HEADS UP/CMG
CD Cover
JASMIN BAILEY
Shangri-La
Joyful, Harmonious Pop Jazz Tune with Soulful Vocals!
More
Sylvia Bennett LIVE
Sylvia Bennett LIVE
2014 Performance Dates
Various
More>>
Start Your Shopping Here Shop for new music at CDBaby.com Shop for new music at iTunes Music Store Shop Amazon.com Top Selling Jazz Albums Shop in the SmoothJazz.com Listening Loft Store
Like Us on FaceBook Re-Tweet Us on Twitter Subscribe to our SmoothTravel Jazz TV Channel
National Association of Digital Broadcasters - SmoothJazz.com registered as KJAZ-DB