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Korantemaa is the moniker of 19-year-old Swedish vocalist and musician Johanna Karlsson. After amassing an audience with her YouTube channel as a teenager — including her viral cover of Alt-J’s ‘Breezeblocks’ — her focus began to shift towards original compositions.
Now, as she graduates the bounds of her home village, Korantemaa reveals a world of her own imagination; songs inspired by dreams, panic attacks, feelings of disconnection and control, beginning with the release of her debut EP ‘a place of substance’.
Raised in a musical family and the daughter of a music teacher, Joanna Karlsson’s interest in performance developed at an early age. Growing up in a sleepy village in southern Sweden, Karlsson found escapism in writing songs and performing them to her followers on YouTube. After switching the saxophone for the guitar, Karlsson was able to give voice to her compositions and write lyrics. Gradually amassing a small audience, her world opened up after posting a cover of Alt-J’s song ‘Breezeblocks’, now sitting just under 5 million views on the platform. “I was very surprised,” she recalls. “Having my channel was more about motivating me to practice and perform. I didn’t set out with a goal of having millions of views.” Finding new ways to find and connect with followers, Karlsson began to release a mixture of covers and original songs. “I don’t want to be just a covers artist,” she explains.
 

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