This is not a joke, I do have started a record company. Or, actually, I haven't started it yet, there's no record out yet. But I have been working in a recording studio since January, making a CD of my own. It's finished now and should be printed and in shops by the end of May 2006. Mp3 versions of the songs can be bought here. There's also free samples.
Hälleforsnäs Records is the name of the company. I tried to come up with a name that would sound cool and be international, although I plan to sell records not just in Sweden but in any country, thanks to the Internet. What would be more international than Hälleforsnäs, the village I live in? I'm pretty sure the name isn't already taken, anyway...
I have written and played music since I was a kid and have made a couple of records with my band, The Soul Preachers (I have later found out that there are a couple of bands in the USA with that name, never mind that. We started back in 1986) but I have never made a record of my own before. Now I have. It's almost done, only a couple tracks to finish and then you all can be amazed by the sound of Jarmo Haapamäki alone with a microphone, a couple of guitars, keyboards, a rhytm box and a digital recorder!
Here's a picture of the rear cover:
How does it sound? As I already mentioned, there's free mp3 sound samples of the songs for downloading on my Hälleforsnäs Records Music Store page. Without any sound samples it's rather difficult to describe music to anyone. But I try: It's pop music. It's rock music. There are some waltz tunes. It's good music. It's fun, it's serious, it's happy, it's sad, it's beautiful, it's entertaining and it's great! At least I think so and so I should, I'm putting all my money into the project.
What I want you to do tell me if you are totally uninterested of paying for music I have made or could you probably pay around 15 US dollars (inclusive postal fee) for a CD with my music? - The CD hasn't come from the pressing plant yet but it will be available very soon. But you can buy mp3 versions of the CD today! Please don't share the files with anyone or I won't be selling any records soon. I need the money to pay the equipment I've bought for recording the songs and to pay the hosting bill for this Suzuki site! I really do.
Please answer to this question to let me know your reactions of all this: