He is a rap artist, a sommelier, a fast-food restaurateur and a father of four. His official music debut 1998 was followed by years doing live gigs, something he is still doing. A keen runner and swimmer, he looks fit when he enters my studio. “is this my playlist?” he asks when hearing the music I have on in the background. “Nope, It is a special playlist for this occasion” I answer back. Sharing the same music, we then go on chatting about obscure reggae band. To convince me his strong passion for this music style he flashes me his tattoo of one of his heroes Linton Kwesi Johnson – the Kingston-born and Brixton raised reggae-ska-dub guru poet. And Petter’s interested in Kwesi Johnson is understandable. After all, Petter is also singing about his hometown and his very personal experiences from growing up in Stockholm.
Writing lyrics may not come easy for Petter, who is both dyslectic and suffers from ADHD. On the other hand, this is something he is not shy talking about when meeting kids in different schools.
About the photoshoot
A pretty straight forward set up. The only difference is perhaps the added layer of soft fabric in front of the studio light. A tough guy needs a soft light, I thought. As said, we hit it off fancying the same music which always helps to create a friendly platform. But Petter is also very effective and have an excellent routine for this kind of work. My part of the bargain was to hit the shutter button.
70 x 100 CM