Up and coming music producer, R.W.G, from Sweden talks about his new bootleg, new music and life in general. With several popular releases in a short time and with a lot more to come – this is someone to keep an eye on.
What is your name? My real name is Robin Gogberg. Somewhere along the road some people started calling me “Won Gogberg”. Dont know why really, but I got stuck with it. Hence the “W” in R.W.G.
Where are you from? Born and raised in Sweden. Currently living in a small town called Soderhamn togheter with my girlfriend and our Rottweiler puppy, Kaj.
How long have you been making music? Uhm.. Since 2008-2009 or something. I began playing around in a DAW. Didnt get serious until 2010 though.
How many songs /albums have you released to date? I have a few releases dated back in 2010-2012. After that I’ve been kind of quiet, until now. 2015 is a kind of “comeback” year for me.
Can you tell us about your upcoming release and the background and inspirations behind it? My latest “release” (a free download one) is actually an illegal bootleg, haha. I made a bootleg of Nicki Minaj’s song “Pound The Alarm” wich is doing pretty good atm. The track could be described as kind of “generic”, I guess. It’s heavily influenced by the modern EDM-sounds of 2014, following the great success of VINAI, DVBBS etc. It’s kind of a Melbourne Bounce meets Big Room house-thing, I’d say.
How have you ended up in the music industry? My first real contact with music was at the age of 6. I started playing the drums at school. The decision on what instrument to play was an easy one. “I wanna play the drums because they’re the loudest”. After discovering EDM and how to make it it was a natural path to follow. I teamed up with a friend of mine (over the internet) and we signed our first official release back in 2010. A hardstyle track called “Chapter One”.
What do you think of the music industry in 2015? The music industry in 2015 is a kind of a rough place to be in. Not only do you have to make good music – you need to be a marketing/PR genius as well. Wich I’m not, haha. I guess I could say I’m trying to let the music speak for itself. But thats the wrong way to go, I think. So I’ve started doing some PR campaigns, a lot of collaborations etc in 2015 and it seems like it’s working. My following is growing day by day.
Who do you think the most influential artist? For me, I’d say Headhunterz (Willem Rebergen). To go from being a hardstyle legend to start producing “mainstream” EDM is a ballsy move, I’d say. He get’s a lot of hate for doing that. But you can clearly see he really loves the new steps he has taken is his career. And, of course, the man is a legend when it comes to everything from sound design to melodies and mixdowns.
Who have you collaborated with so far in your career? The biggest collabs so far has been with a duo from Portugal, called Kerfaix&Vultaire. They reached out to me after hearing one of my low quality previews on Facebook and asked if I wanted to do something together. They have a rock solid fan base and a huge following and on top of that – they’re awesome guys who makes awesome music. That was a proud moment for me and our first track together has reached 70.000 plays on Soundcloud wich is amazing. We actually have a shitload of tracks coming up further ahead, I’m really looking forward to the feedback from everyone. We’re experimenting heavily with genres, sounds and stuff so I hope we’re digging new EDM-ground out there!
Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration? Wow.. uhm.. Gotta have to say Headhunterz. Or Max Martin. Would be cool to make a Billboard #1.
What was the first album you bought? Hammerfall – Glory To The Brave.
What’s your favorite song at the moment? Will Sparks – Sick Like That
If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw? Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A
How do you think you differ from other artists? I try to be different in every song I do. I have some songs written in arabic scale, some songs with heavy metal guitars and scottish bagpipes, some with 8-bit drums and some with a full size orchestra. In this industry it’s often talk about how an artist should be recognized at the first 10-20 seconds of a track because of how it sounds. I’ve never been a fan of that.
What is your favorite saying? Carpe Diem. hahahahaha, no! Seriously.. I dont know. I guess I like “You never fail until you stop trying”.
What other hobbies or interests do you have? Im one of the biggest FRIENDS-fan’s you’ll ever meet. I can spend countless hours watching that TV-show and it will probably never get boring.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings? 12 tattoos. For now.
What’s in the pipeline after this project? A lot of new tracks and collabs happening before the end of this year.
How many more songs can we expect from you this year? Well, I have a few in the pipeline. I have 4 tracks 100% done that’s been taken down from Soundcloud because they’re gonna be officially released. I also have like 4-5 collabs coming up. So at least 8-9 more tracks this year.
Thank you for your time and may you carry on making dope, fresh music.
Thank you! 🙂