Sometimes you find something that just makes you feel better about life, the world and everything else out there. For me, usually that something is music. Discovering Dirty Loops has not only renewed my hope in music, but in humanity as a whole.
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, looking at Dirty Loops may leave you wondering if Jonah Nilsson (vocals and piano), Henrik Linder (bass) and Aron Mellergårdh (drums)were rejects from random European boy bands. But once you open your ears as well as your eyes, you’ll see that Dirty Loops aren’t pop cast offs – they’re pop music pioneers. Dirty Loops made a name for themselves by recording covers of famous songs in their own incredible way, creating viral video after viral video, breaking the brains of YouTube users around the globe. After garnering fans all over with these recordings, the boys took their show on the road to show the world that they can rock a life stage just as hard as they can a recording studio in front of a camera. I got the chance to check them out in Toronto, and suffice it to say it was all I could hope for and more.
To say that these guys are skilled musicians is a huge understatement. Nilsson’s voice sounds like he swallowed the soul of Stevie Wonder, and his dance moves would make Michael Jackson proud and jealous at the same time. Drummer Mellergårdh’s hands were just blurs of skin and sticks, rockin’ beats that DJ’s with world class drum tracks would envy. But the absolute show stopper had to be Linder. As an aspiring (and terrible) bass player myself, my eyes are always drawn to the person slapping that four string. When I turned my gaze to Linder, I was thrilled to see that he was sporting a six string bass. From that moment I knew it would be he that made the show for me, and did he ever. Every song Dirty Loops played featured an incredible bassline. Linder’s fingers flew over the strings, playing funk, pop, rock and even metal inspired bass solos, one after another, each getting more thrilling and exciting.
Knowing what brings home the bacon, Dirty Loops made sure to heavily pepper their set for the fantastic covers that gave them the exposure to take their show on the road. Stunningly beautiful and creative versions of Avicci’s “Wake me up”, Britney Spears’ “Circus” and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” drove the crowd wild, and had everyone singing and dancing along. And while Dirty Loops may be best known for their covers, their original tunes are just as great as their versions of your old favorites. Best of all, their originals garnered as strong of a crowd response as the covers, proving that those in the know about Dirty Loops in Toronto really do have great taste in music.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Dirty Loops are music’s new hope. Their music transcends genres, age, social and gender barriers. One look at the crowd at the Opera house that night proved it – men and women of all ages filled the room, all absolutely loving what Dirty Loops had to offer. They make music that people all over the world can dance to, sing to, and most of all, enjoy and have fun to.
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly