Break It Down: Kristoffer Ragnstam
Wed, 03 Sep 2008 15:48:55
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Kristoffer Ragnstam is the latest artist to join the illustrious ranks of Robyn and Peter Bjorn, and John on Sweden's list of melodic exports. The young musician's unpredictable sonic pallet has led to a label as the "Swedish Beck," though he replaces the funked-out LA swagger of his US counterpart with the honey-dipped sound of his country's peers. After the release of his latest full-length, Wrong Side Of The Room, we caught up with the burgeoning artist to discuss beloved instruments, giving it your all and much more.
What have you been listening to lately?
Fleet Foxes, Kings of Leon, Jakob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and Pantera.
Where's your favorite place to chill?
As long as I've got my friends and my phone is turned off, I will chill.
What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
Everyday is dramatic. Never fun to sell old vintage instruments to get money for rent, but that's how it is for every musician around.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyric?
Anything from the band called New Kingdom.
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
Prob my fender Stratocaster 59 neck and 67 body. Wonderful instrument.
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
Hmm, when we find out a way to get our music out and earn some [money] for every time the music gets downloaded. Illegal downloading can be a bit boring to talk about, but it would be awesome to find a perfect solution for it.
What never goes out of style?
What's the theme song to your life?
"#1 Money Hunter" - Kristoffer Ragnstam
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
Everyone who does their thing 100%.
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
I'm not in shape, but I guess healthy food and not too many beers.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
Ryan Gosling. He seems to be a guy I could hang out with for many hours.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
Dont Know. Sorry.
MySpace or Facebook?
Myspace. No doubt.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff