Ernesto is an artist from Sweden that is well-known in Europe for his collaboration with Germany’s house music producer starlets Trickski (from the German label SUOL) on the full-length album „Good Time To Pray,“ as well as his contribution to the album „Changed“ by Mario & Vidis, the famous producer team from Lithuania. His voice can be heard via European radios and not seldomly in a DJ set around the world.
Ernesto, whose’s real name is Jonatan Bäckelie, is not only singing on the productions of fellow artists; he also has a range of own releases and runs his own record label. Somehow he manages to do that and study (he just enrolled in a Ph.D. programme in philosophy) and taking care of his family. But he’s also a very normal guy and enjoy being comfortable at home watching TV.
In a partnership with Stilistberlin, WoW brings you an introduction about Ernesto, his work and his vision. Play it!
You are quite successful, from a fan’s perspective, if we can listen to your tracks from the German radio. Why [study] more?
Ernesto: I think for many artists – or to use the German Künstler which I prefer, as it has different connotations – the drive in what they do is not to be successful in terms of sales. It’s being successful in terms of creating something that is somehow fulfilling, both as and end-result but also as a process. For me, I tend to think a lot in terms of process, and that is extremely important for me. For me human life is an open-ended process. And any kind of achievement is a part of that process, but I don’t see humanity or even my own life ever getting to a state of some sort that could be called ”completed”.
Do you see yourself in the academic world in the future? Is music just a hobby?
Ernesto: A friend of mine got the tip ”live long term” on how to cope working within the culture sector and having kids. That’s what I’m trying to do.
If life is like a mixing desk with my fiancée and kids on one channel, my doctorate on one, and music on one, then the loudness of the different channels will vary over time. Right now I’ve just completed an album, so I can focus more on family and my academic work. But in a while the mix may be slightly different.
Both musical and academic work are often in project form, so my long term plan is write music, and apply for research funding at the same time. Then one year, I may have a big research grant, meaning very little time for music, but other years it may be only 50% or 20% research and fill the rest up with music. It’s not the safest of careers, but I’m not in it because I love playing safe.
ERNESTO’S RESTAURANT PICKS FOR GOTHENBURG
What makes Gothenburg so special if it comes to music? Which are the places to go? If someone is visiting Gothenburg for the first time, which places would you recommend to visit?
Ernesto: I feel like an old fart, who rarely go out. But ask me for good restaurants, and I’ll point you in the right direction. I like the very rustic winebar Vink at Andra Långgatan – it’s like daycare for hipsters. For the best Coffee I’d say Mahogny at Skånegatan. For Swedish kitchen with real flare, go to Wasa Allé, at Vasagatan.
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