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Baxter is a Swedish electronica band composed of two drum and bass producers and an emotive female vocalist. The band set out to transform pop music by introducing melody, vocals and strong song-writing to a layered drum and bass/jungle-influenced rhythm.
Formation of the group:
In 1996, Ricky Tillblad, one of the Swedish recording industry's pre-eminent designers, dub/raggae aficionado, and the man behind the Stockholm dub club, DubDeck, met Nina Ramsby, former guitarist and lead singer in the band Salt. At the time, Nina was looking for design and graphic arts work to finance her musical interests. She began working at Ricky's design firm, F+. The two began writing music together and that same year, Ricky bumped into Carl Herlöffson, guítar player /engineer/ producer and head of the Indie label Primal Music, at his club. The chance meeting resulted in Ricky signing on as partner in Carl's label. By late 1996, Ricky and Carl had become a prolific production team working as Eclectic Bob, cutting instrumental club-oriented drum & bass tracks for Primal Music.
One day, Nina came into work at the studio and was introduced to Carl, bringing about the first time all three had been together. For the next three months, Ricky, Carl and Nina experimented with sound, wrote, and recorded most of an album. By the spring of 1997, all that was left to do was a bit of polishing and mixing on the tracks. In the fall of 1997, the three of them--as Baxter--sent out a five-track promotional CD comprising selections from their full length album. After lengthy negotiations and numerous overseas flights Baxter signed with Maverick Records.
Ricky Tillblad - programming, bass-line, lyrics, rhythm, final mix.,
Carl Herlofsson - programming, string arrangements, mixing, trumpet, melody, rhythm, final mix.,
Nina Ramsby - vocals, guitar, melodica, melody, lyrics, string re-arrangements, final mix.