What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I’ve loved music ever since I came out of the womb. I have pictures of me singing and dancing from when I was just old enough to walk. But even though I’ve been singing my entire life, growing up I never really thought of music as something that could make up a career. It wasn’t until around 19 or 20, when I got my first guitar, that I realized music was actually waiting to flow from me – and it’s been flowing ever since.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest single, Grown, which I was so lucky to have you guys premiere (editor’s note: Thank you for trusting!), is a low-key, soulful R&B tune. It tells a story about uprooting and letting go of the past to make room for something better. The inspiration came from a hypnosis session where I met my 6 years old self. I realized from that experience that I’d actually been holding on to some very limiting beliefs for many years, and realized what kind of freedom that lies in adulthood – we are free to choose and be whoever or what ever we want to be.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Musically I’ve always been inspired by the great divas of the 90’s and 00’s. I remember my mom blasting out Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion on the speakers in our living room. I think the strong female vocals and solid pop melodies have stuck with me ever since.
In general, I’m really inspired by female role models who grab the mic and generously share their authentic journeys, whether that be in music, politics or business.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Urgh, this is such a tough question to reply to as an artist – because of course I feel my music is completely unique in all sorts of ways. In reality, putting out music in the soul/pop/R&B genre does make it hard to stand out.
I think the new sound I’ve discovered together with my producer Jonas Holmark differs from other related artists by mixing tight, electronic R&B-production with more ambient, soulful indie-pop and soothing electrical guitar patterns. Besides, I feel many female R&B artists today have a somewhat “secretive” or mysterious way of delivering their vocals. I enjoy that style and its super cool… However, as I mentioned earlier on regarding my inspiration from the great 90’s divas, I just can’t be that relaxed and “sexy-sad”. I gotta let it all out – both vocally and lyrically. I hope my listeners hear and feel that.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
o Albums: (impossible question…)
▪ Blaue Blume – Sobs (EP)
▪ Beyoncé – Lemonade
▪ Christina Aguilera – Stripped
o Movies: (I have such bad taste in movies…)
▪ Burlesque (Christina Aguilera and CHER!!)
▪ Moulin Rouge
o Books: These two books changed my life…
▪ Viktor Frankl – Man’s search for meaning
▪ Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
▪ Some wild life/DIY survival book or I would be dead in a few hours, that’s for sure.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Live, live, live. Always live. It’s fun to be in the studio writing new songs, but it’s on the stage that I feel truly alive. Connecting with an audience and giving my entire heart and soul to them is such an amazing (and sometimes deliciously heart-breaking) experience.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Last summer, I performed at former football player Peter Schmeichel’s wedding. I’m not a football fan myself… like at all… but that was quite a unique experience singing in front of people you’ve seen on screen since you were a baby.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I’m gonna go with my latest single “Grown”, simply because I feel it marks the sound I’ve been searching for years to find. Also, making the music video to the song is a process I’ll never forget (hence being buried in the cold February woods at 4 degrees)
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
During the summer, I’ll record a few live sessions and release my second single of the EP that comes out in March 2021. I’m gonna be really productive throughout the summer as I’m taking the Fall/Winter months off to give birth and hang out with my baby
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
I wish more artists would talk about work/life balance and, for example, the thing with starting a family in the midst of pursuing a career as a professional. In a surreal world of likes, views, and follower numbers I feel its easy to get overwhelmed by feelings of being alone and scared to get “left behind”. In the music industry, everybody’s chasing something at all times, at all cost.
I think it would help a lot of artists, including my self, if we got more real with each other. I’m trying to walk the talk in a little “behind the scenes” series of 3 episodes I’ve made for the Grown music video (https://www.facebook.com/eifmusic/videos/2878813759019471/)
So, that was not a question exactly, but a topic that’s close to my heart at the moment..! I would love to start a discussion about music, mental health, and unrealistic expectations 🙂
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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