Seven years of honing in his production skills certainly proves true the mantra that practice really does make perfect, at least that was the case with the uber-talented deejay, Manse. Now only 24-years-old haling from Stockholm, Sweden and a prime young talent that is rising through the ranks to join Revealed’s growing throng of top-tier artists, Manse – real name Michael Hansen — has always had the dream of gracing the world’s biggest stages. Have a listen to one of his latest releases, “A Little Bit Closer” featuring Jason Walker with Frank Pole, embedded below.
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Sean Ritchie: Coming from Stockholm, Sweden, describe the city and its atmosphere a bit. What’s one aspect that really stands out to you and makes it special? Also, what’s one sight you would suggest a first-time visitor to see when they’re in town?
Manse: I’ve been in Stockholm, Sweden my whole my life — except for my two years abroad for college studies. The city is rather small if you compare it to those in other countries, but Stockholm is a very cultural city where you can see beautiful castles, amazing islands and old architecture in various parts. The atmosphere is very friendly. Swedish people, in general, are very happy people who are open to starting a conversation with strangers. I would recommend visiting the archipelago outside the city. There is one place called Sandhamn, which is a few hours with a boat from the central city. This island is located in a very beautiful part of the archipelago, a place you can even stay at for a night or. That’s my number-one recommendation.
SR: To constantly create music while you’re traveling around the world must be such a feeling. What’s the most impactful and meaningful part you cherish about it? Does the traveling help inspirationally?
M: Traveling to different parts of the world is one of my biggest inspiration sources after drama movies. It’s so incredible to meet so many amazing people from different cultures where I really take the opportunity to be open to everything. That way you can meet others you would never meet before. With this source, I always try to capture every moment by bringing my computer and headphones, so I always am ready to produce music.
SR: Your recent track “A Little Bit Closer” featuring Jason Walker with Frank Pole came out a little while ago. Describe your thought process behind it. How has it been received so far?
M: I am really happy about this song, because the demo I got from Frank Pole was more of a progressive-house song, which I am releasing a lot of. But the past seven-or-eight months I’ve been creating a new sound that I’m very proud of that I’m releasing in my progressive house songs. When I received the remix stems I got a new idea for the song — a more electronic/pop sound that you can hear a lot of in the drops. At first, it’s always a bit nerve wrecking to release a non-progressive house song, but the feedback I got from my fans was just incredible. It has been almost only positive comments, which motivates me to keep releasing this type of sound.
SR: How does music and travel complement and go hand-in-hand with each other?
M: Music is an international language that everybody can understand. Even during tough times music can help you a lot. When it comes to travelling, I sometimes come to countries where the English language is not an option, but music will still be a huge factor in building relations between one another.
SR: When searching for a personal getaway, are you looking for a serene beach or after a more active, adventurous getaway? Why?
M: I am a very active person. I love hiking, skiing and golf, and more. But, I do prefer a getaway in a cinematic environment too, maybe a tropical country or a big mountain environment where I can combine both being active and making music!
SR: One of our core objectives at SCP is to bring people together while traveling, not only to influence people to see and appreciate our beautiful world, but to also minimize cross-cultural divides. What effect does traveling, specifically surrounding dance music, have on humans in this regard? How has it broadened your perspective of the world?
M: When travelling for work it can usually be intense and stressful. You can easily forgot to actually open your eyes and look around. For the past year, I’ve tried stay for three-to-seven days in every country I go to, just to be able to experience different cultures and to meet new friends. At the moment, I’m in China for three weeks. I am only doing three shows, but I asked for some time in between to explore and really capture every moment. I’ve always been a very open person to meet new people and to see different cultures. But, to be able to be on this amazing journey around the world, just from my music creations, is a blessing where I, every now and then, take a step back to see what I’ve experienced so far.
SR: Everyone has a list of places that they still have to hit. What are three destinations, either work or pleasure, that you need to see? Why?
M: Number one is Japan for both work and pleasure. I know that Japan is an amazing country where you both can get amazing skiing and culture knowledge, but also the EDM community is incredible there. I have some fans who tweet me now and then, and they are very dedicated and supportive. Number two is Iceland or Greenland. I want to visit these places for the incredible cinematic and inspirational environment to make music. I already found my AirBnB house that faces the ocean with no other houses around it — super inspirational. Third is Myanmar, another country that is on my bucket list of places I want to visit. I always heard amazing stories from this country, and the culture there really amazes me. It’s a place I want to visit to meet new people, but also to gather inspiration for my music, so I can keep telling stories for my fans via my music.
SR: Most destinations have a festival that they’re known for, whether it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Tomorrowland in Belgium. Which one would you choose to attend? Why?
M: I love Tomorrowland in Belgium, one of the best festivals in Europe by far. I also enjoy dancing to various types of EDM, and this is the place where I can get that perfect mix of techno and Bangers. I also would choose to attend Mardi Gras. This is a festival that I’ve always been aware of, but never had a chance to visit yet, I heard it’s an incredible vibe there.
SR: What is the most beautiful outdoor location that you’ve played at? How did the beauty add to the music?
M: This must be Sunburn Festival in Goa, India. Festivals in India are an incredible experience. There’s so much happiness and energy at these events. I started my set during sunset, and it was a priceless view over the crowd and horizon.
M: I don’t listen to dance music when I’m relaxing on a beach, for example. I’m in love with piano music to just chill out. Then, emotional pop music and of course some indie pop/rock. This really gets me in a relaxed mood, but also great to get some inspiration from other genres outside of dance music.