It was late in the summer of 1996 in a small town in Sweden called Porjus, located about 50 kilometers north of the Arctic circle. The town was the biggest populated area within a 40-kilometers radius, and it was still only about 500 people living there. Surrounded by forests, this small town was located closer to the beautiful national parks of Laponia (a Unesco world heritage area) than any kind of larger city. With the great Lule river passing and powering the local hydropower plants (of which one was actually one of the oldest in Sweden), the big company that owned the power plants was where most kids could get a chance to work and earn some extra money during the summer break from school.
I was 16 years old and working in a material storage part of the power plant, when I was asked if I wanted to go outdoors and help another young guy with an assembly project. I agreed, and met up with the other guy. His name was Björn, he was a few years older than me. He had moved to Porjus some time ago, originally coming from the southern part of Sweden. Since the two of us were going to work alone for a couple of hours, it didn’t take long before we started discussing our different interests. And it didn’t take long until the discussion was focused on music – and how to make electronic music.
Björn told me about his Amiga, and how he had used to make songs using something called a “tracker”. I was familiar with tracker music after listening to old .MOD songs that another friend had shown me on his computer – but I had never understood how those songs were made. Neither of us had any computer, but we decided to speak with a friend of mine who had one, and ask if we could borrow it so Björn could show me the concept. A few days later, we met up with our friend John, who downloaded FastTracker 2 – the top tracker software for the PC at that time. Then we started playing…
Fast-forward to 2016!
That was the very beginning, the defining day and the events which resulted in the founding of The Solid Energy Crew (which later became Lagoona) and our very first song release, “Feelings”. The photo above this post shows the three of us (John, Björn and me) while we were The Solid Energy Crew, probably in the fall of 1998. Now, if I would write the entire story with that amount of detail, I know that very few people would be able to read it without falling asleep of boredom. So I will not do that, don’t worry. This new site, launched on the same old domain address that we used when Lagoona was at its peak (2000-2003), is not intended to be a tell-it-all project. What this is all about, really, is the music that we created and released during the years that we worked together as a band. The music is what matters, which is the way it has always been.
But I will add some related material every now and then, like photos from different live performances and from our studios, as well as lyrics and background stories for some of the songs. And there will be useless trivia along the way, short stories from the amazing adventure that Lagoona turned out to be. Even though such stories are mostly only interesting to ourselves (as beautiful memories usually are), there are a few that may actually be worth sharing.
Do not expect anything new and exciting, though. The common thing about everything that is posted on this site is that it is all a part of history. I’m not excluding any possibilities for new and exciting things to happen, just making sure that the point of the new lagoonamusic.com is clear. We’re looking (and listening) back. When this site is launched, more than 20 years have passed since the adventure started. And more than a decade has passed since it officially ended – or rather evolved into new and different adventures.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! And once again, welcome to this new generation of lagoonamusic.com. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or just general feedback, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact me through the Lagoona Facebook page, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
/ Andreas of Lagoona