OSCAR Soul Experience, from Sweden, will make its Louisiana debut in the hometown of world-renowned drummer and producer Brady Blade Jr.
Blade, originally from Shreveport, is collaborating with a soul group from Stockholm to produce their debut album.
Last week, the musicians wrapped up their recording session in Denver, Colo., And hit the freeway to make their concert debut in Louisiana.
OSCAR Soul Experience will be performing at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Fatty Arbuckles Pub, located at 450 Clyde Fant Pkwy in the Red River District in Shreveport.
The concert is free and open to people aged 21 and over.
“It’s a great working relationship to produce these guys,” Blade said. “And for the Shreveport fans, I think you’ll be in for a treat, so please come out.”
OSCAR Soul Experience will also perform on April 26 at the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette.
The modern day soul group was founded on the idea of resurrecting the live concert experience in ‘old school’ fashion. Members’ mission is to: “Take back the soul, both as a genre and as an expression.”
“We have really lost our soul in music and as a genre, especially in Sweden,” said Oscar Ögren, leader. “We want to bring back the feeling of this music.”
The band members are Ögren (vocals and guitar), Lucas Johansson (keyboards), Niklas Krantz (guitar), Oliver Löwenham (bass) and Noa Svensson (drums).
An OSCAR Soul Experience concert inspires audiences to be a part of the show by singing, dancing and feeling the love in music, gren said.
The singer-songwriter is originally from Sweden, but the influence of American music is evident. All songs are written and performed in English and Ögren channels generations of United States legends
Ögren grew up listening to soul, pop, rhythm and blues and funk musicians who continue to inspire him, including Sly and Family Stone, Prince, Stevie Wonder and D’Angelo, he said.
“When I was a kid I started listening to Jimi Hendrix and great American artists and started writing songs in English,” Gren said.
Ögren spent his formative years in formal vocal and musical training, but his style continued to gravitate towards the soul genre. In 2016 he formed the group and has since given concerts from China to England.
Blade was instrumental in helping the up-and-coming band record a full album and strengthen the band’s presence on the American music scene.
Blade has spent most of his vast musical career traveling the world, performing and recording with musicians, such as Emmylou Harris and Jewel. In 2009, he opened Blade Studios in Shreveport, which attracted the best artists in the industry to the city, including Dave Matthews and Jakob Dylan. In 2015, Blade returned to live in Sweden – the homeland of his wife, Céline – where he re-integrated into the Nordic musical circuit.
Last year, Ögren and his manager Christopher Lipski met Blade at a music conference in Helsinki, Finland, Blade said. The idea for him to work with the group was discussed, but it wasn’t until months later, during a crossover at a Stockholm cafe, that a confirmed plan was put in place.
Blade has agreed to play a few gigs as a drummer for OSCAR Soul Experience.
Blade loved the music, but was reluctant to continue with the fledgling group, he said. It wasn’t until he was in the middle of a show playing one of Ögren’s original songs, “Sober,” that the drummer realized the song’s and artists’ potential as a star.
“I told them, ‘You find a studio. Let’s see if we can get something out of this song in four hours and if we can’t, we don’t need to work together. And if we can, we’ll find out from there, ”Blade said.
The studio session was a success and Blade was impressed by the “drive and tenacity” of the musicians, he said. Blade signed on to become the producer of the group’s debut album.
Last week, OSCAR Soul Experience wrapped up a two week recording session with Blade in Denver, Colorado. The band members were adamant about recording the full album in the United States, he said.
“It was an amazing experience to learn from him in all kinds of areas,” said Ögren. “He’s very different from everyone else I’ve worked with before. I feel like I’m learning things from him every day musically and as a person – as a mentor. He’s funny and energizes all the time and it’s important for us aspiring artists and musicians to have someone with that motivation. I really respect him.
OSCAR Soul Experience produces the album independently with funding raised in part by crowdfunding donations.
The album’s release date is not yet set, but Ögren expects unique tracks to be available for listeners from the summer.
The album will include everything from “club hits” and dance tracks to ballads, Blade said.
The lyrics were written by Ögren and reflect the singer’s personal and professional challenges.
“Each song is about a part of my life or an experience. I try to be very transparent in what I write, ”he said.
“Consume” is a track to appear on the album, written about Ögren’s efforts to pursue his dream of a musical career.
The love songs are to include “Honey” and “Another Woman” – a ballad that made a studio guest shed a few tears, Blade said.
“She said it was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard,” Blade said.
The diverse track list will also include catchy and dancing songs. Ögren rated “People” as a “happy song” made for people to have fun.
Viewers can hear these and other original songs performed live as OSCAR brings its Swedish soul experience to Shreveport and Lafayette.
“We are delighted to see how the American crowds are reacting,” Ögren said.
If you are going to
What: OSCAR Soul Experience
Or: Fatty Arbuckles Pub, located at 450 Clyde Fant Pkwy in the Red River district of Shreveport
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday April 24
Age: 21 and over
Admission: To free
Info: To find out more, visit facebook.com/FattyArbucklesPub/ or oscarogren.com or
facebook.com/oscarogrenartist/. To listen, visit Spotify or YouTube.