Live Free Or Die

by 99 Blows

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This is 99 Blows' second release of 2015 and the Copenhagen based artist presents us with four diverse pieces, yet in the same vibe of his first release on clang – spacious, dreamy and melodic electronic music that soothes the soul.
The title Live Free Or Die is inspired by a New Hampshire license plate and pretty much sums up a life on the road in search of freedom in life and music. But this can create Second Thoughts on how exactly to live your life, particularly when you wake up at 6am and go into the studio, as was the case with this track.
The instrumental version of Dar Es Salaam was released in 2013 on Sound of Copenhagen #12, but the addition of vocals by the Brooklyn based singer Emil Bovbjerg of the band Bowmont shifted the track into a different vein.
The cover also has a story of its own as it is an old photo of the artist's grandparents roaming the seas around Denmark a long time ago. Something they apparently passed on to their grandson as he often finds peace of mind on the sea, for instance catching the Scandi Sunrise.

A performing artist that explores the endless possibilities and opportunities on the electronic music scene, 99 Blows’ musical DNA is filled with devotion for polyrhythms, chords and strong melodies from his background as a guitar player.
The move into the electronic soundscape started in 2008 when he began DJ'ing and got absorbed by the record bins of flea markets and record stores. In the beginning it was mostly old disco, funk and soul he was spinning, but soon the electronic genres caught on. He has since then spent endless hours in the studio, deepening his own personal take on electronic music ever since.
A much-needed change of scenery took place in 2009 as the young artist relocated to Berlin for half a year, and the city’s very special underground electronica scene had an instant sonic schooling effect on him. In a place where almost everyone is an artist, he became even more conscious of his own musical identity.
The experience stuck with him during the following three years when he studied guitar at the music conservatory back in Denmark. There he found himself caught between two quite different worlds: that of playing guitar on one side and producing electronic music on the other. As a result, he decided after receiving his bachelor degree to dedicate himself fully to music production for a concentrated period of time.
In 2012 a scholarship allowed him to initiate his first set of original productions. During three months 30 sketches were made in a recording studio in New York and afterwards finished in his own studio in Copenhagen.

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released October 23, 2015

Compositions by Rasmus Vestervig
Recorded 2013-2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark
All instruments by 99 Blows, except vocals on Dar Es Salaam by Emil Bovbjerg
Artwork by Family

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