ORKID, aka Matilda Melin from Sweden’s far north, continues to soar and amaze, release after release. Personifying quintessential Swedish indie-electro-pop, it’s hard not to fall for ORKID’s brand of velvet, soulful, fragile yet commanding vocals, alongside her captivating and piercing beauty inside and out.
The 21 year old starlet now lives in Stockholm – a world hub for modern pop – but was schooled on classic legendary singer/songwriters like Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke. These contrasting influences can be heard in ORKID’s rare quality to possess both on trend and a maturity beyond her years artistry. At the raw age of 16, she cleverly used the ‘Idol’ stage and overcame the challenge of being heard from a small town, leaving audiences gob smacked with her world class potential. Desiring much more than ‘flash in the pan’ success, over the following two years ORKID completed her education, honed her song writing and live performance skills, and developed into one of Sweden’s most exciting artist exports to watch.
Her last pop-urban installment “So Rude” reinforced her brand and popularity among the world’s most influential Hype Machine blogs, also enjoying hot Swedish radio play-listing, along with her previous infectious electro offering ‘Wasted’. Her continued presence on Spotify’s top lists and New Music Fridays across the globe proves this star’s unstoppable trajectory. This starlet’s currency is also translating into live bookings, billing with fellow successful artists for festivals throughout the country.
With support from Benedict Cork
Growing up in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Benedict Cork quickly made the move to London aged just 18 to kick-start his music career. He cut his teeth in piano bars in the city before turning to song writing, eventually signing with BMG aged just 19. His early twenties were spent honing his craft both in and out of bands, spending long days in the studio and nights playing in 5 star hotels and saloon bars. Early on in 2017, Benedict’s relationship of three years broke down. He parted ways with his band of two years, and his manager of four. Leaving London heartbroken and dazed he ﬂed to Stockholm, Sweden to work amongst some of his favorite artists and songwriters, ﬁnally ﬁnding the calm and clarity to fall in love with making music again.
Now living between London and Stockholm, Benedict has amassed a jaw dropping track record of collaborations, working with the likes of Adam Lambert, MNEK (Beyonce/Madonna), GRADES (Nao/Sinead Harnett), Lucas Nord (Tove Lo), Iain James (Emeli Sande/Anne Marie), Sandro Cavazza (Avicci/Lost Frequencies), Adam Argyle (Dua Lipa/Ella Eyre), Martin Sjølie (Sigrid), Toby Gad (John Legend/Kelly Clarkson) and Josh Record (Ella Henderson), in addition to supporting MØ and AlunaGeorge on tour across the UK.
Sourcing inspiration from pop legends Elton John, Sia and Adele as well as Scandinavian pop, Benedict insists on storytelling in his song writing, allowing personal experiences to shape his music, resulting in powerful and emotion ﬁlled works.