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What does Freddegredde mean, and how did you come up with that?
Well, a friend started calling me Freddegredde for some reason, most likely because Fredde (the name everyone calls me in Sweden) rhymes with grädde (which means cream, the FOOD cream, nothing else). So, it basically means Freddie Cream, hehe. It’s just a unique name that is uncool in a mature way, so to speak!
Can your music be bought with American currency?
Yes, any currency will be converted automatically to EUR when making a purchase. :) 15 EUR is currently around 16 USD.
Do you ship your CD to USA? Or have a digital copy?
Yup, shipping worldwide! :) Digital download will be available on release day.
Are your albums coming out on Spotify?
My plan is yes, but possibly a few days after release. Spotify doesn’t generate barely any money, so I hope that people will support me first, and then I’ll put it on Spotify for your convenience a little later. :)
How old are you, and when is your birthday?
Hmmm, do I really want to reveal my age? :D You’ll have to ask me in the chatroom!
What is your favourite cartoon of all time, and what age were you when you watched it?
Oh, hmm.. When I was a kid, it was probably Ducktales. I liked adventure and some connected episodes were epic! I was probably 10…
Today, I don’t enjoy it as much, hehe, so I think I’d say that Adventure Time is my favorite. Started with that one just a few years ago.
How much time a day do you spend practicing guitar and keyboard, and how long have you been playing?
I don’t really do any general practicing anymore, unless I have to prepare for a new video/recording. Then I usually play for around 20-40 minutes at a time, a few times per day, until I feel like I can do it comfortably. Let the brain figure it out while you’re doing other things!
It’s hard to say when I started playing. I’ve never taken lessons or anything, so I’ve gradually become better and better since I was young. We had a piano in our house at some point, so that’s probably when I started playing a bit. And I got my first guitar when I was 14 years old. So, at least ten years for both.
What is your favorite Disney song?
Hmmm, as I was listening through them all again before making the medley, I definitely had a soft spot for “Eye to Eye”, from A Goofy Movie! :D Always loved that one as a kid.
“Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas) and “I Can Go the Distance” (Hercules) are other favorites, but there are so many.
Was it hard to learn the Brazilian Portuguese version of The Little Mermaid song for your Disney Medley?
I’m a language enthusiast, so after spending three months in Brazil a few years ago, learning a couple of lines to sing was not hard. :) (Though my accent could still improve of course.)
What video games do you like?
Well, I really like Nintendo games the most, but I rarely play new games these days. But when it happens, it’s usually multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros or the co-op Marios. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the last one I played, and it might be my all-time favorite game, along with Ocarina of Time and Super Mario World.
How many of your songs were inspired by video games?
Haha, musically or lyrically? If we’re talking lyrically, then probably just two or three.
Musically… That’s hard to say. All music I’ve liked in my life has “inspired” me to some extent, because it’s all there in the back of my mind when I compose. Some of if might very well be from video games.
What are your favourite books?
There are too many good ones, but I usually recommend “A Thousand Splendid Suns” when people ask. I really liked “The Martian” too. Much better than the movie!
Hard to say, because there are so many! But among others, we have:
The Butterfly Effect, Kill Bill 1, Sweeney Todd, Finding Nemo, The Iron Giant, Wall-E, Whisper of the Heart, Intouchables, Groundhog Day, Amelie, Wolf Children, Zootopia, Charade and Relatos Salvajes.
What is your favorite food?
Burrito and pizza! :D
Favorite tv shows?
Lost is undoubtedly number one for me. Even when I rewatched it recently, I still got goosebumps from almost every episode! (Except the boring parts around season 2-3.)
Other favorites are Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Adventure Time, Orange is the New Black, Suits, Game of Thrones, Bron, Death Note etc etc.
Favorite place you have visited?
In general, my impression of a place is more determined by the people I happen to meet, rather than the place itself. Like, a beautiful place still isn’t great if you’re not around nice people. And a pretty horrible place is still a lot of fun with the right person! :)
With that said, I think I liked Brazil the most. Beautiful nature, great people, awesome language. I like all of South America though. And the Philippines. Anywhere with a hot sun shining on me. :D
What is your favorite genre, and what are your favorite bands?
Well, I easily like progressive rock the most, because it has lots of variation and interesting ideas, compared to most other genres. Some of my favorite bands are:
A.C.T, Ajalon, Beardfish, Devin Townsend, Discipline, Dream Theater, Echolyn, Genesis, Glass Hammer, Hiromi Uehara, IQ, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Karmakanic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Magenta, Muse, Neal Morse, Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Queen, Rush, Sieges Even, Spock’s Beard, Symphony X, System of a Down, The Beatles, The Flower Kings, The Mars Volta, Transatlantic, Yes and Änglagård.
How tall are you?
179 cm. (5’10½” supposedly.)
What programs and instruments are you using?
I’ve sold everything now, and only borrow when I need it. But this is what I used back then:
Computer: Custom-built PC (Windows 10)
Audio: Cakewalk Sonar (Guitar Rig 4, lots of VST’s)
Video: Adobe Premiere (and Avidemux)
Video camera: Canon EOS 550D (I borrowed different ones at first, then a Kodak Zi8 during 2009-2011)
Electric guitar: Ibanez s680fm (bought in 2008)
Classical guitar: Valencia CG180CE (bought in 2007)
Bass guitar: Yamaha RBX374 (bought in 2009)
Keyboard: Korg K61 (bought in 2008)
Microphones: Several, but an sE X1 more frequently than the others.
The Rest: Um, some cheap tin whistle, a green plastic kazoo (gift from a friend), red Granesso button accordion (I inherited it), Lee Oskar harmonica (gift from grandpa), I can’t find more info on these things.
How do you do the layer effect in videos such as your Killer Queen cover?
Most decent video editing programs can add several video tracks to the timeline. (Like Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Final Cut Pro etc.) So, you just upload all the videos you want to have on screen at the same time, then use a chroma key tool, which is used to make a certain shade of color transparent. And with a bit of luck, you can filter everything except the person you want to stay on screen. :)
How many musical instruments do you play?
That kind of depends what counts as “play”. The only instruments I’m really comfortable with (and can play “anything” on and improvise with) are keyboards and guitar. But when I need to learn a simple melody, I could probably learn it on any instrument. It’s just about practice. (The violin is really hard to sound good on though!)
So okay, um, I can “play” drums, bass guitar, all kinds of guitars, keyboards, accordion, some harmonica, some flutes and water glasses! Maybe I’m forgetting something.
Do you play any live concerts anywhere?
No, not at this moment. I like composing and arranging, coming up with ideas, but I don’t really like performing the same things again and again. That’s why putting videos on YouTube is perfect for me!
How are you getting used to be a star? Do you live as a musician or do you have a different job as well?
Haha, I really wouldn’t say that I’m a star. I live a normal life (maybe less social one than most though). Although, people come up to me sometimes and ask if I’m that guy from youtube, and that’s pretty cool! (Interestingly enough, one of them was in NYC, so that’s when I realized how… international the internet really is!)
And nope, no other job at the moment. I’m trying to make a living on my music.
Do you get told a lot that you’re very gorgeous?
On the internet, sure. Hmm.. Basically never in real life. Well okay, sometimes, but not by strangers. :P
Do you have a girlfriend?
Do you have a boyfriend? ;-)
Hehe.. Nope, not that either. :P (I am straight though, if you need to know.)
Why don’t you have a girlfriend?
Well.. Because I’m not in love with anyone.
Do you have perfect pitch? Because you seem like an incredibly natural talent!
Nope, not at all! I’ve no idea how people can hear one single note and determine if it’s a C, C# or D, for example. I need some sort of context to figure things out.
And I don’t know if I would call myself a natural talent, honestly. I’ve been practicing really hard, and I’ve worked hundreds of hours to be able to play and sing the things I do in my videos.
Would you rather be poked in the eye with a very sharp stick or have your hand nibbled on by a cannibal?
I’m really scared of getting things in my eyes (and still, I always manage to get things in them, like elbows, or potato chips), so, I’d prefer option number 2!
CAN YOU DO A BACKFLIP??!?!?!?
Of course I can. (I would die though.)
Why aren’t you signed?!
Being “signed” seems backwards these days, when labels no longer have as much power as they used to. I prefer staying independent, and have complete freedom in what I do.
Or maybe I just haven’t gotten the perfect offer yet. :)
Do you auto-tune your vocals?
No, I don’t, but I agree that it sounds like that sometimes. I’d say it’s because my voice is quite.. sharp, and not very deep, and I never do vibrato. (I basically can’t. =/ ) So when I hit the notes “right”, it sounds sort of emotionless, and maybe digital.
Do you feel that knowing how to play one instrument has helped your development with the others?
Well yes, of course. Especially thanks to knowing music theory. All instruments work the same way, are using the same 12 notes etc, so if you know how to pick a chord on one instrument, you also know how to do it on others.
How many languages do you speak and how many countries have you visited?
Well, I obviously speak Swedish and English. I’ve also learn some Spanish and Portuguese in the last few years. Love those! I used to speak okay French, but I’ve rarely used it, so it’s been replaced by other languages now.
My family and I were traveling quite a bit when I was young, so I’ve visited a lot of countries. But, most of Europe, Canada and USA, all of South America, and a few north African and Asian countries. Around 50, all in all.
Do you record all the audio first and lipsync to it later, or do you record everything live?
It’s different for different videos.. :) Sometimes it’s live, and sometimes I record the song first, and then make the music video at a later stage.
Which video is your favorite in your collection?
I don’t like watching myself… If a family member or friend wants to watch, I leave the room! And I get sweaty. :D But, I like the Mega Man 9 Rock Medley, it has a lot of cool stuff. And I do think the new Disney Medley is my most solid effort.