Live Aid - Interview with Marie Fredriksson

Rep: I am sitting here together with Marie Fredriksson, mostly known for “Ännu Doftar Kärlek”. How does it feel with this live festival for you?

Marie: Yes, as much as I have seen so far, I have to say that I got tears in my eyes when Elvis Costello played “All You Need Is Love”, it was really great. And for me it is difficult to understand how important this festival is, in fact... it must be something huge for the televisions in the world.

Rep: Yeah, I was thinking about the fact that if somebody comes to you and says that you can get 5 milliards crowns...or if you get only 100 000 crowns, then you can be something like that, difficult to realise how important it is. There are 13 hours left from this festival. Who are you thinking to see?

PUR: Interview with Per Gessle



Elise: Hello I´m Elise and I come from the Youth Care association. I am here with Per Gessle. Do you think that you understand differently children's questions just because you're a parent?

Per: Yes, if I compare that to how I was thinking when I didn't have any child - even if it's quite long time ago: 11 years. But now I am another person, you become another person when you have your own children. So of course it is like that. 

Elise: At the festival of this year we have a theme called "The Girls of the World", what do you think about that?

Per Gessle: Son of a plumber TV4 News

Rep: Per Gessle is the man who always has new projects. Today he has released his double CD as a tribute to his CD collection. This collection consisted of 100 disks when he was 10 years old. Under the name “Son of a plumber”, he has recorded 24 new songs with a visible influence from the groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Per: This disk has roots back in my teen-age I can say, until the ‘70s, when I became a teen-ager, as I said. It’s a kind of Jude Box, it’s a kind of... I always say that I am the son of my CD collection and it can be remarked quite early on this disk.

Rep: It can be heard that it has elements from his huge CD collection that has inspired him. On the new songs you can recognize many well-known hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s pop bands.

Per: It’s a tribute to the pop history, this is what I have started to do. This time I tried to keep the rhythms and not to think about something else, but just to be a good sound for myself.

Rep: Have you thought about that it would be sold well and so on?

Marie Fredriksson: Interview at TV4 About Her First Art Exhibition: After The Change

 Reporter: Three years ago Marie Fredriksson, the world star from Roxette, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Since then she has been fighting to come back to life again. A way to do that was painting and today she inaugurates her first exhibition at a gallery in Stockholm.

Marie: Thank you, God, that I still can draw. Time goes, life goes, and you must do what you want to do. You must fulfil your dreams. I am so happy that I have finally opened this exhibition.

Reporter: Marie Fredriksson has painted all the time, in parallel with making music. But it has been private until now. Now she exposes 24 very personal paintings and the exhibition is called “After the Change”. But how is it going when you do this? It goes quite quickly...

Marie: Yes, it does.

Reporter: So that the pencil gets damaged!

Marie: Yes, you can think like that.

Interview with Åsa Gessle

 Watch the interview on the Swedish TV4 HERE

Reporter: Now we are sitting in the back side of the garden. What does this side mean to you? 

Interview: Roxette

Swedish pop duo Roxette, consisting of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, emerged onto the pop scene back in 1986 with thier debut record Pearls Of Passion followed by thier international 1988 breakthrough, the iconic Look Sharp.

Per Gessle at 'Sen kväll' (=Late evening) show with Luuk

 Rep: Congratulations, Per, have a seat, please!  

Per: Thank you!

Rep: welcome here! It is really nice having you here. I am a huge fan!

Per: Yes, I know it J

Rep: Is it the first time when you are sitting alone on this sofa, right? Or at least it was long time ago.

Per: Yes, it is in fact. I couldn’t decide upon my coat. It is not like this it should be.

Rep: A few years ago you could try few different coats, anyway. But that time you were with Marie all the time.

Roxette: Recording 'Look Sharp'

 Marie: Through music you get feelings, from the beginning, you can press a button on a machine and just get a feeling. I like the technique that exists, if you have control on it, you don’t have to make a mess in this technique. It must be us who have to help the machine all the time, you record your voice or a guitar, you can mix them, I think that it’s a good combination.  

Per: Indeed, you can work on a song one month, you keep it in that machine and perhaps you find new sounds, you control it all the time.

Marie: I think that music is like an art, it is something that you cannot export if it’s not good.

Per: Almost all musicians work like this nowadays, almost all use the same type of sync, the same type of machines. So it takes a long time to find your own sound, all want to find the best sound using the best technique to make the best music. The same way, unfortunately. Nowadays the music is more stable than it was few years ago, regarding sound. If you don’t have a good material, it is no worth to stay here in the studio as it costs a lot of money.

Roxette at TV4 News 1991 (english subtitles)

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