Hey there! Nice to see that You stopped by here, you surfing alien! So out of the millions of pages on the internet, you've chosen to pay a visit to my "about me" page? Cool! I personally find that somewhat strange, but definitely flattering, in a way. I take that as that you're actually interested in getting to know who I am, how I live my life, and what my thoughts are on various different matters..? :)
..No? Well... then you've come to the wrong place, haven't you? ;)
Now then, for those still with me, we'll just see what I come up with in my quest for presenting myself, shall we? Without further ado, here comes a (very long) presentation of moi...
PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF...
...I'm a man of.. (err, well..) ..and taste...
Now, for those interested, my name is Cristoffer Eriksson. I was born July 22, 1983 and hail from the north of Sweden (northern Europe for those with lacking knowledge in geography). Here I reside in a little apartment of mine in Lövånger, a small town in which I also work as tester at an electronics company called LEAB. I once made the mistake to begin studying at the School of Economics (Civilekonomprogrammet, alltså) in Umeå, but moved back shortly afterwards. Wasn't right for me. Worked at LEAB ever since. Coming up, I'm going to move and live in the UK for a while. We'll see how that turns out..
I've grown up in a tiny place called Uttersjön, a village just north of Lövånger. Can't find it on the map, huh? Well, it's located close to the coast between the two cities Skellefteå and Umeå... Ever since I was born and up until just recently, I've been living there with my parents, Göran and Hjördis, and my younger sister and brother, Evelina and Joakim, in our house (red house with white corners, how more very Swedish can it get?) out in the countryside. The house is nicely situated on a hill (does that make me "the fool on the hill"? ;) with a beautiful view over a lake below. One of these days ("... I'm going to cut you into little pieces"? - no, no, I wasn't going to quote any weird-ass Pink Floyd song here) I might put up some pictures so you'll all get to see how beautiful it is up around here...
How do I look then? Well, I have long blondish hair and am, if I remember correctly, about 183 cm tall. As for clothes, I usually wear just t-shirts (usually band tees) or some hippie-ish shirt, and a pair of somewhat tight blue jeans to go with that, preferably bell-bottomed such. Can you tell I'm a sucker for all things late '60's and early '70's..? ;)
Well, music is pretty much my only truly big interest. ... You know, be it listening to records, attending concerts, reading and learning about various acts and types music, writing about it, discussing it with others, or trying to learn how to play myself... Most of the things I like are in some way associated with music in some form. And if they aren't, I make them! ;)
Not many people around where I live to discuss music with IRL though, so I tend to spend quite a bit of my time on-line at Sweden Rock Festival's message board, a hangout for lots of music freaks. Lots of nice people there, some of which I've had the pleasure to meet and get to know IRL too. First at the actual festival in 2003 and then by showing up at a bunch of "SRF kick-off parties" that's been thrown in Umeå and Skellefteå. Booze, great music and nice people to talk music with, it doesn't get better than that really, does it? ;) Anyway, at the message board I'm known under the nickname "Sound Chaser." I took the name after a song on the Yes album "Relayer," a quite fitting name, I feel, as I'm always looking for new music (well, new to me that is, tends to be older music mostly), on the lookout for more records, new "sounds"....
..which leads me to what I was going to talk about next... My beloved, constantly expanding record collection! The result of an always ongoing project. I am always on the lookout for good, interesting and important additions, preferably at a low price, and thus I really like going into second hand record stores, and going to record fairs. It may be a weird(sick?) thing to like, but I truly enjoy going through those hundreds and hundreds of old LPs and CDs. It's a special feeling, and one that I really like. The best part of it is, of course, if one happens find something one really, really want to add to the collection... (man letar ju alltid efter dom stora klippen, och då menar jag inte bara ekonomiskt, utan nog så mycket musikaliskt...) Of course one's a vinyl freak.. =)
The most obvious evidence of the above (my extreme interest for music) to the public eye, probably has to be all the time I've spent on keeping this site updated (for all you rabid Aerosmith fans out there. These days I personally ain't as into Aerosmith as I used to be), and that I constantly listen to music, of course.
What other things do I like? I like going out, and/or spend time just hanging out with people whose company I enjoy. I like driving the car (few things beats flying down the road at night, especially if it's pitch black, with loud music burstin' out of the speakers) and snowmobile in the wintertime. That feeling of freedom it gives you, and that you can so easily get out in the nature... Never been interested in vehicles on a technical level though, or anything such, nor do I have any knowledge about models or a dream car or such.
I like reading alot too, though it may be hard to believe... well, as I rarely give myself the time to just sit/lay down and enjoy a good book... I really enjoy it when I do though...
Unlike most people, I've never been into sports. That's just one of the many ways in which I depart from the norm, I guess. ('cos I got my own world to look through, and I ain't gonna copy you." - Jimi Hendrix, in "If 6 Was 9") Mostly it's probably simply because I ain't no damn good at it, but also a little because I ain't the competitive kind of person. That's the part of it that I mainly dislike, the competitive side. I don't mind exercising, though... I think it's just remembering the PE classes from school, being among the last to be picked for the teams and sometimes getting yelled at when it went bad for the team, that has made me dislike sports. While still not much, these days I probably exercise more than ever in my free time, going for walks, biking, skiing, swimming, etc. Just because I feel like it. As long as there ain't an element of competetion, I find it quite pleasant and refreshing... That I've lost quite a bit of weight since finishing school is something I'm quite proud of too :)
I like going out in the surrounding nature, and have often felt it would be cool to capture the beauty of it all... After thinking about it for quite some time, I recently got myself a digital camera.. Photographing can be added to the list of things I enjoy...
...For the same reason that I write on this "About Me page" (for the purpose of getting things out of my head, and into words), I sometimes write... well, let's call them "poems" then (is there anything more wimpy?), but those are for my eyes only!
Anyway... hmm... I'm still writing under the header "likes", ain't I?... What more? Food? Well, I can eat mostly anything, although not too crazy about fish in general. Mom's food is nearly always the best though. ;)
MUSIC THAT I LIKE...
You're still there? I was afraid I would have bored you to death by now... Oh!? So you skipped everything prior to where you saw that it said "music" in caps and bold letters? OK, yeah that's what I would probably have done if I were you too. Either way... OK, then, since you're still reading, let's get onto what really matters... ;)
As I said I like to listen to music a lot and except for Aerosmith (yes, I do listen to other music...) I like music such as... *sigh* *deep breath*... here we go...
Hardrock/Classic Rock/Metal etc:
Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company med/och Paul Rodgers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Captain Beyond, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Thunder, Savage Grace (70-tal), The Third World, Sunday Funnies, Judas Priest, November, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Cream, Metallica (80-tal), Guns N' Roses, Grand Funk Railroad, The Quireboys, Whitesnake, Iced Earth, Iron Butterfly, Faith No More, Magnum, Savatage, Saxon, Scorpions (70-tal), Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Tesla, Bigelf, Black Crowes, Blind Guardian, Blue Öyster Cult, AC/DC, Accept, Alice In Chains, Amorphis, Anathema, Budgie, Candlemass, Cinderella, Def Leppard, Demon, Dio, Dixie Dregs, Europe, Gary Moore, Glenn Hughes, Iron Maiden, King Diamond / Mercyful Fate, Kingdom Come, Meat Loaf, Monster Magnet, Mountain, Mötley Crue, Nazareth, Nevermore, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Rainbow, Ratt, Riot, Sepultura, Skid Row, Slayer, Stray, System Of A Down, Ted Nugent, The Cult, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, UFO, Wishbone Ash, Triumph, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Sir Lord Baltimore, The Frost, Rhinoceros, Steppenwolf, Roky Erickson, Råg i Ryggen, Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Jericho, Jericho Jones, Winterhawk, Fuzzy Duck, Target, Flower Travellin' Band, Night Sun, Rage Against The Machine, D:A:D, Leaf Hound, Blackwater Park, Stray Dog, Blackfoot, Black Oak Arkansas, Cactus, Freak Kitchen, Spooky Tooth, The Quill, Spiritual Beggars, Jimmy Barnes, Electric Boys, Abramis Brama, Legs Diamond, Josefus, Stepson, Steel, Dust, Love/Hate, Saracen, Survivor, Journey, Bad English, Styx, Power Of Zeus, The Cosmic Travellers, Lucifer's Friend, Bang, Giant, Icon, Bloodrock...
Prog (rock & metal):
Änglagård, il Balletto di Bronzo, Genesis (med/och Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett), Pink Floyd med/och Roger Waters, Porcupine Tree & Blackfield, Pain Of Salvation, Van Der Graaf Generator & Peter Hammill, Marillion med/och Fish, Camel, Rush, Yes, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Frank Zappa, Queensryche, The Mars Volta, Opeth, Junipher Greene, Culpeper's Orchard, Biglietto Per l'Inferno, Trettioåriga Kriget, Life, Qoph, Focus, Gentle Giant, Hatfield and the North, Symphony X, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spock's Beard med/och Neal Morse, The Flower Kings, The Tangent, Transatlantic, Museo Rosenbach, A.C.T., Arena, ARK, Mikael Ramel, Atomic Rooster, Anekdoten, Morte Macabre, Aunt Mary, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Blåkulla, Bo Hansson, Caravan, Crimson Glory, Devil Doll, Dream Theater, Everon, Fates Warning, King Crimson, King's X, Made In Sweden, Magma, Meshuggah, Nektar, Osanna, Ozric Tentacles, Paatos, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), Procol Harum, Ragnarök, Return To Forever, Samla Mammas Manna, Sigur Rós, Gong, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shadow Gallery, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Alphataurus, Tool/A Perfect Circle, Ambrosia, Procession...
Well, like, other stuff... (pop / psych / singer/songwriter / folk / country rock / blues etc):
The Beatles & John Lennon, The Grateful Dead, Jeff Buckley, Tori Amos, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (together and solo), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Kate Bush, The Zombies, Moby Grape, Traffic, The Animals (Eric Burdon!), (Peter Green's) Fleetwood Mac, Christian Kjellvander, Isolation Years, The Perishers, Dungen, Di Leva, Linda Perhacs, Love, Kula Shaker, Joni Mitchell, Garmarna, Hoven Droven, Blackmore's Night, Bruce Springsteen, Buffalo Springfield, Cat Stevens, Chicken Shack, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Elton John, Fairport Convention, Mandy Morton And Spriguns, Steeleye Span, Jackson Browne, Jefferson Airplane, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Faces, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Groundhogs, The Kinks, Nationalteatern, Peps Persson, Sven Zetterberg, Ola Magnell, Pugh Rogefeldt, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Emmylou Harris, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Cross Country, The Fraternity Of Man, Circus 2000, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin...
Black Bonzo, Moon Safari, Vintersorg, Kharma Cosmic, The Spacious Mind etc... :)
...well, as you see, I could go on for ever listing all the Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock and Metal bands I really enjoy.
To put it simple, I like melodic music with a lot of guitars that rocks: Everything from Blues to Classic Rock and from Art/Prog (mostly symph but also psych and fusion etc) to all sorts of Hard Rock and Metal... As for the more modern (as in post '70's) metal, I listen mainly to Prog- and good ol' Heavy Metal. Yes, that's the kind of stuff I listen to the most, but I also greatly appreciate (many times even more so than the above) some jazz, classical music and lots of '60's pop/rock... Oh yeah, and I also think quite a bit of Swedish folk music can be really awesome. I especially like bands who use it in a fusion with rock or metal (which is not too rare today), but (unlike many narrow-minded people my age) I also like it when it's played the way it's "supposed" to sound. Nyckelharpa has to be the coolest instrument ever invented! :) You know, along with the theremin... :)
Above I wrote that I like my music with "a lot of guitars." Well, I also really like good music that gives the keyboards a more prominent position, preferably organs then - Hammond B3 rules! ("Everything sounds better with a Hammond", as I once read someone so accurately state :) ... and, well, obviously, the mellotron rules too! That's one thing that make me like so many '60's/'70's bands so much, I guess. :)
To get a better idea of what I listen to, use this link if you want to see what I have in MY RECORD COLLECTION
20 of the best records ever made:
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (1973)
Queensryche - Operation : Mindcrime (1988)
The Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970)
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (2002)
Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond (1972)
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)
Marillion - Clutching At Staws (1987)
Camel - Mirage (1974)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu (1970)
Änglagård - Hybris (1992)
Led Zeppelin - II (1969)
Pink Floyd - Meddle (1971)
Pain Of Salvation - One Hour By The Concrete Lake (1998)
Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (1972)
Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Van Halen - Van Halen (1978)
Deep Purple - Machine Head (1972)
Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (1971)
The thing I like more than anything else (well, when it comes to things that doesn't necessary involve anyone of the opposite sex ;) is probably going to concerts. Because of where I live I rarely get to see the bands I like though. When big bands play in Sweden they usually only play in Stockholm and/or Gothenburg. If there's a good rock act performing in or close to Skellefteå it's quite likely you'll see me there though... :)
If I was to list the 10 concerts I've seen so far that I hold as the best (or should I say, made the biggest impression on me. My relation to the band, when I saw them, the stage show and/or the audience participation can all be different main reasons for why I rate them as I do), it would probably be something like this:
Aerosmith (Globen 1999)
Yes (SRF 2003)
Rush (Globen 2004)
Roger Waters (Roskilde 2006)
Kansas (SRF 2005)
Crosby, Stills & Nash (Globen 2005)
Deep Purple (Solnahallen 1998)
Y&T (SRF 2004)
Porcupine Tree (SRF 2006)
Alice Cooper (Noliahallen, Umeå 2001)
I used to have a list of all the (good) bands I've seen perform live on this page. Now, my ratings and comments on all these gigs was starting to get so long that I figured it would probably be a good idea to make a separate page for this purpose, and so I did! Follow the link to find Ratings and Comments on CONCERTS I'VE ATTENDED
I first started to like Aerosmith in '93, as a little ten year old boy, when the 3 "Alicia videos" were on TV. I liked those songs (or was it something else? ;-) so I bought "Get A Grip". I learned to love all the songs on the album, so when "Big Ones" came out I just had get that one too. That's how it started, and that's how it continued. Saving up to get one album after the other 'till I had them all... Maybe I should point out that my musical taste has changed quite a bit since back then though...
Now, as I said, since '93 I've bought all their officially released albums and my personal favourites now I would say are Get Your Wings because, well, 'cause it's just the greatest, and Rocks since it has two of my fav songs (not that there's many songs that I don't like...) "Nobody's Fault" and "Rats in the Cellar". If you want to compare and see if You and I have got the same taste, here's how I rate the Aerosmith studio albums (If you've read Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" you'll know that us rabid music fans always have to put pointless lists like these together ;)
1) Get Your Wings
3) Night In The Ruts
5) Toys In The Attic
7. Honkin' On Bobo
8) Nine Lives
9) Draw The Line
10) Get A Grip
11) Rock In A Hard Place
12) Done With Mirrors
13) Permanent Vacation
14) Just Push Play
I saw Aerosmith Live in Concert for the first (and so far only) time in Stockholm, Sweden on June 10th, 1999. It was one of the best days of my life. I tried to write a REVIEW of it. It isn't very good (I hope that my English spelling is better, and that my way of expressing myself is more mature now than back then) but if you want to, you can read it.
I became a member of AF1 (Aero Force One, Aerosmith's fanclub) in March 2000, after getting a free membership from 'Silver Oar' when I joined them and put up a link to AF1's website here at Rock This Way. Felt great to finally be a member. That membership has expired since long however, as I didn't feel that they offered enough to spend my money on renewing the membership...
I also managed to put together a little Aerosmith Collection when I was at my most fanatic stage (not much anymore though, I prefer to spend my money on albums by other bands...) but it's kind of hard to find Aero-related things where I live so I never got that much.
I have also been trading BOOTLEGS quite a lot, but my interest for that isn't as big these days either...