In just 13 songs and 35 minutes, Still Woozy (aka Sven Gamsky) has created a dreamy alt-pop masterpiece. 'If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is' feels like riding on a cloud at sunset. It's peaceful, unique and charming. He combines ear-catching melodies, unique beats, and compelling lyrics to create an effortless daydream. His music is versatile and genreless; you could listen to it while biking with friends, tanning at the beach, or shopping for crystals. At a press conference for Universal’s 1824 subgroup, Still Woozy talks about finding balance, inspiration, and inner peace.
This being your debut album, how do you feel it represents you as an artist?
I feel like it represents a spectrum of what I want to pursue more. It's like dipping your toes in the water. There’s just so many things I want to try; I sometimes feel like there’s not enough time. Within this album, there’s some straight-ahead rock and roll shit, there's some acoustics, and there’s more beat-heavy parts. I never want to be put in a box because there's too many influences out in the world for me to just make one kind of music.
Is there anything unique about your musical process for this album compared to your previous work?
Usually. I've created music completely by myself, but this time I worked with my friend, Lars Stalfors. As a co-producer, he would come up to Portland and we would quarantine together. We would hang out everyday at an Airbnb that was filled with instruments, and we would talk for hours. It's so important to go through the creative process with another person because when you're alone you're just in this fishbowl.
How has finding mainstream success on social media apps like Tik Tok influenced your music and career?
It's been a little stressful for me, but I feel like it's a necessary part of the industry. I think navigating those has been kinda difficult but fun and rewarding at the same time. Interacting with people, reading comments, and answering peoples questions are definitely my favorite parts. Making Tik Tok videos is fun because it feels fresher. It’s less hierarchical and image-based, more just people doing funny shit.
What's your secret to balancing solid instrumentals with catchy lyrics?
I always write the melodies first. I don't know how people write the lyrics first, although I
might try that in future. The framework for me is the melody and the instrumentation. Then I spend a lot of time after that bringing in the lyrics and taking the time to intertwine the two.
Within this album, the lyrics in different songs portray a vast array of emotions, why do you feel this was an important artistic choice?
It's important because it's somewhat of a representation of how I feel in general. There's always moments where you feel good and there’s moments where you feel like shit. I wanted to emphasize both of these. A lot of times when I make music, It's coming from a place of longing and dealing with difficult emotions. So I feel like it would be misleading if all the songs were happy and stuff. At the same time, I make music to calm myself. So it's this weird dichotomy of having both of those elements be present in the creation.
What is your favorite song on the album?
I go back and forth, I have around three. I think These Days is one of my favorite tracks. I remember my process for writing it. I wrote the guitar part first and played it on repeat, listening to it when I was stressed or upset and it helped me relax. Just writing, recording and playing it back, it was like my own therapy. That was definitely a special moment.
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