Real name Carl Gränsmark, Swedish artist Whooda Thunk has a unique style which encorporates hip hop, rock and pop elements. His latest single, ‘Used To’, sees Carl and his friend Rickard spitting out lines to each other like it’s their last.
Based in Kalmar, Sweden, Carl found himself swept of his feet by music at the age of 14, whereupon he started writing and producing demos from his own bedroom. At this point he met Rickard, who, like Carl, had been influenced by the likes of Korn, Aphex Twin, and Slipknot. The pair honed their skills for the past seven years, in various musical projects, taking their influences from bands such as Korn, and Aphex Twin, as well as films like Donnie Darko. Rickard has now stepped back into the role of manager, leaving Carl the face and sound of Whooda Thunk.
Carl discovered his unique writing style when couch surfing at his brother’s place in Gothenburg. This episode resulted in the ‘Alien Boy’ EP, filled to the top with pent-up anxiety and never-ending worry, he poured it all into his extremely relateable lyrics, which he then paired with his unmistakeable blend of rock, hip hop and electronica.
The video features both Carl and Rickard, spitting rhymes. The track opens with the sound of a siren, a warning signal for something, whereupon the pair lay down some truths for us, such as “Used to be good, then I woke up”. The genuine sincerity and brutal honesty of their lyrics is the antidote we need in a world bombarded by click-hungry media.