Discover Nordanvind, and the imaginative woman behind it, Fjaeder - Create Digital Music


Discover Nordanvind, and the imaginative woman behind it, Fjaeder Fans of Northern Electronics and nordic mythology, cock your ear for another digital label discovery. Nordanvind is the imprint of Swedish artist Fjäder. We profile the artist, the label, and then talk to Fjäder herself. Let’s first let her put us in an evocatively occult mood: In the eye of the storm Mithya spears Logos Shattering with a smile Suddenly I see all my faces I have seen the end of all things I slept a dreamless slumber… I have seen the end of all things I have seen the world reborn and crumble I have seen the end of all things Take me home before the storm -Fjäder Even though she’s been DJing since 2006, Fjäder’s name started to echo in the international techno scene — and beyond — after her split record Luna Tactus with Stephanie Sykes, released on Fullpanda Records. This year, Fjäder also took on the 4DSOUND spatial audio system with her colleague Korridor, whose track was later released on Fjäder’s emerging record label, Nordanvind. Recently, while continuing to create a network of like-minded people, Fjäder started her own party series in Stockholm, called Eden. And even among many interesting producers and labels coming from northern latitudes, Nordanvind seems like a unique platform worth watching. The first release already featured some compelling names — Markus Henriksson of Minilogue (as Nobody Home), Korridor, and Skymn are on the compilation debut Sagas, alongside Fjäder herself. And there’s Fjäder’s unique approach: she finds beauty in natural processes and inspiration in old rituals of tribes who didn’t fear death. Fjäder is Ida Matsdotter, who describes herself as “a woman mutating into a bird.” Her motto: “when we grow wings, we learn how to fly.” In her music, DJ sets, and Facebook posts, she uses poetic language and spiritual ideas and imagery, drawing connections to nature and mythology. She finds inspiration in ancient stories from all around the world, from nature and native tribes and communities. Fjäder means feather — in this case, the feather that shamans use to dispel bad vibrations and illusions. Fjäder uses various elements ranging from techno and ambient to dub and experimental to “awaken the listeners and make them live their life fully.” As she describes her sound: “If I wanted Fjäder to sound in a way it would be like this. Like black ravens and white swans flying out in the unknown dimensions calling all of you to an important tribe meeting where we will dissolve darkness.” In her music production, she uses the Serge (modular) synthesizer, Audio Realism’s Bass Line 2 (303 emulation plug-in), and the Korg MS-20 mini, as well as field recordings and sample musical instruments. In 2014, Fjäder started Nordanvind — “the wind blowing from the north. A fresh and cold wind. It will wake you up,” she says. The debut compilation launched with captivating artwork by Johanna Krikonenko. You get a bonus illusion when you spin the vinyl – the eyes (seen below) appear to close, sleepily. And the eye candy is accompanied by a poem written by Fjäder (Swedish only!): Den som vandrat Vet… Att det som väckts i evigheten Evigt Klingar ut över världarna Och blir till viskande sagor I vindens sång… Musically, the compilation circles around contemporary techno, with organic, eerie elements, and dimensional layers. But unlike many similar musical projects, who rely on a dark, mean, and heavy atmosphere, the whole record sounds rather welcoming and mysterious. Skymn’s Memory is built on a pulsing and cold beat with a minimalistic synth. Nobody Home’s Speglar (‘Mirrors’) has a solid techno beat like thick roots, which are branched in softening, airy melodical bits. Fjäder’s En Liten Saga (‘A Small Story’) carries light throughout the whole time period, and Korridor’s Somnolence churns up the sediments of noise. Korridor and Fjäder, playing together. The second release is in progress, and as well as the first one, it will be released on vinyl and in digital form. Apart from releases, Fjäder has also started a podcast series under Nordanvind called Stories, with sets by Finn of Tomland, Jenny Persson, Sim Bohlism, and more. CDM/Zuzana: What was the impulse to start your own imprint? Both you and other artists on Nordanvind release on well-known labels like Cocoon, Fullpanda or Minus, so what was the reason to starting something new on your own? Fjäder: I felt that I wanted to create my vision of how the music industry can look like. Magical, creative, loving, mystical and just beautiful. I wanted to tell my story and to include all the people I believe in and vibrate with. How do you choose artists for your label? Will Nordanvind stay being purely Swedish? And how has Nobody Home alias Marcus Henriksson joined the label? I go with the flow and if people suddenly pop up on Nordanvind, it is because they connected deeply with me in some way or another. Right now, there’s a lot of Swedish…

This electronic label from Sweden lives up to the bracing wind described in its name. Meet the music, and Fjäder's unique vision, in our profile/interview.

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