Thank You / 감사합니다.

*아래로 스크롤 하다*

As a fan of music, this week has been extremely rewarding. I always wanted this website to be an outlet for musicians all over the world but I never realized just how far the impact would reach.

Since the creation of Arcane I have had the chance to speak to artists from all over the world. Whether they were from Canada, Sweden, London, – it became apparent over time that music is something that connects us all.

This week, I got the chance to speak with artists from South Korea. If you know me personally you understand what this means to me, but for those who don’t – I have been a fan of k-pop for around a decade.

When I created this website, I subconsciously knew that I wanted to somehow incorporate the genre, but because there was such a great language barrier I was not sure how I would do it.

For some reason, the stars aligned earlier in the year and I was able to connect with some of my favorite upcoming korean musicians. Not only were they excited to be contacted by “American media”, they were grateful that I wanted to helped them gain audience in America.

I do not know if I would’ve ever had a chance to speak to these artists without this website. So I want to thank Arcane’s readers as well as the korean artists that I was able to connect with.

Since k-pop is currently in its third wave here in America, I hope it becomes easier for you artists to gain attention because your hard work should be acknowledged. South Korea has accepted our mainstream music for some time now, it is only right that we do the same for you.

Anyways, I just wanted to send a little thank you to the korean artists, specifically (jeebanoff) and Henmi.

They are the first two korean based musicians to be featured on this site. Hopefully, this will inspire upcoming artists, specifically those in South Korea. I understand first hand how language barriers can be discouraging at times.

Always remember, music breaks all barriers.

– Sasha

음악 팬으로서, 이번 주는 매우 보람 있는 시간이었다. 저는 항상 이 웹 사이트가 전 세계 음악가들의 중심이 되기를 원했지만, 그 영향이 어느 정도 미칠지는 결코 깨닫지 못 했습니다. Arcane이 탄생한 이래로 나는 전 세계의 예술가들과 이야기를 나눌 기회를 가졌다. 그들이 캐나다, 스웨덴, 런던 출신이든 아니든-음악이 우리 모두를 연결해 주는 것은 시간이 지나면서 분명해 졌다.

이번 주에, 나는 한국의 예술가들과 대화할 수 있는 기회를 얻었다. 만약 저를 개인적으로 알고 계신다면, 저에게 이것이 무엇을 의미하는지 이해하실 겁니다. 하지만 이해하지 못하시는 분들에게는-저는 약 10년 동안 k-pop의 팬이었습니다.

제가 이 웹 사이트를 만들었을 때, 저는 무의식적으로 이 장르를 포함시키고 싶어 한다는 것을 알았습니다. 하지만, 언어 장벽이 너무 커서 어떻게 하면 좋을지 몰랐습니다.

이 사이트 때문에, 나는 내가 가장 좋아하는 다가오는 아티스트들과 접촉할 수 있었다. 이 웹 사이트가 없었다면 제가 이 예술가들과 이야기를 나눌 기회가 있었는지 모르겠습니다. 그래서 내가 연결할 수 있었던 한국 예술가들뿐만 아니라 Arcane의 독자들에게도 감사하고 싶다.

k-pop이 현재 이곳 미국에서 세번째 물결을 타고 있기 때문에, 여러분의 노력이 인정 받아야 하기 때문에 여러분의 예술가들이 주목을 받기를 바란다. 한국은 한 동안 우리의 주류 음악을 받아들여 왔다. 우리가 당신을 위해 그렇게 하는 것이 옳을 뿐이다.

어쨌든, 저는 한국 예술가들, 특히 (jeebanoff)와 Henmi에게 조금 감사 드리고 싶습니다. 그들은이 사이트에서 처음으로 한국 뮤지션이 될 것입니다. 바라건대, 이것은 다가오는 아티스트, 특히 한국의 아티스트에게 영감을 줄 것입니다. 언어 장벽이 때로는 실망 스러울 수 있음을 직접 이해합니다.

항상 기억하세요, 음악은 모든 장벽을 깹니다.


Meet Swedish Pop Singer: Kassandra. “I think, as an artist you’ve got to choose what you want to communicate. . .”

In this interview we meet Kassandra, the electro-pop artist coming all the way out of Sweden. In the midst creating her project Fantasma, she generously spared some time to speak with me on topics such as the current state of music in Europe, debuting almost five years ago, and what we should expect from her in the future!


Read below for full interview:


Q: For the readers who are being introduced to you today, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Hello! I’m a passionate and nerve wrecking singer, songwriter who’s 100% part of my music productions, from Stockholm/Sweden. It’s also safe to say I’m opinionated, stubborn and at the same time silly af. As a person I wouldn’t call myself happy, although I want to make sure everyone else is which makes me a little clowny. I’m pretty talented in various sorts of aesthetics but pretty darn terrible at things like earning money.




Q: Is music something you’ve always been interested in?

A: I sort of always stumbled across opportunities, applying to music schools and getting in, ever since I was a child. To be honest I was more into doing arts with my bare hands than making music for a long time, but the environments I was in made music the easiest way to imagine some sort of artistic career.



Q: When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?

A: It wasn’t until I found the blues at age 17 that I really understood singing is my core expression. Plus, having grown up side by side and dreaming together with some of Sweden’s pop stars of today such as Icona Pop and Tove Lo, has of course triggered me to do something more with my singing.

In 2008 I moved to London and besides playing with my live band, I was put into auditions and sessions but frankly, hated the music I was singing. Three years on and realizing I needed to be able to introduce my personal sound to the industry before going into sessions, I moved back and taught myself some basic music production. Eventually I found my perfect producer match; Martin, this metal guy writing songs for Polish pop stars who worked in a studio deep in the forests of the country, too many bus hours from Stockholm to mention… But when I found him I knew “this is it”.



Q: Is becoming a musician something your family/friends was supportive of?

A: Everyone has always been beyond supportive, but more for their pleasure of listening than for me surviving economically I’d say. It’s easy for people to have ideas and give advice on how I should be doing this, but it’s such a fragile thing and no one but me will ever know how to do it in the way that I feel is right. Sometimes it feels rather like a curse than a great thing to know that this is what you’re aimed to be doing.

Overall, yes, very supportive. Through some phases I’ve wanted to just let go of the inhumane idea of pursuing a music career as a female indie artist, but it’s when I see the questioning and shocked faces of the people around me, that I’ve understood I better just keep going.




Q: You are from Stockholm which is the home of artists such as Loreen, Léon, and Tove Lo, do you think Sweden is finally getting the recognition it deserves?

A: Well, I don’t know… Personally, I think Swedes are suffering from serious hybris when it comes to our music export and that is ever since ABBA. I don’t believe I’m possessed with this hubris hysteria within the Swedish music industry, although I’m majorly proud of my well deserved friend and old roomie Tove Lo. ❤



Q: Speaking of Loreen, the way I was introduced to music from overseas was because of her performance during Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision has been held in Sweden two times in the last 5 years, the last time being in Stockholm in 2016. If they were to be held there again, would you think about trying out?

A: Over my dead body. There’s no risk in universe.



Q: A lot of the music from Europe that makes airwaves here in America is typically pop, you do have songs that are pop but there are some cases where you incorporate genres such as trap and even a little reggae; do you think it is important to experiment with different genres or should artists stick to one sound?

A: Artistry and sound don’t necessarily have to go hand in hand according to me. Although, at some stage – in today’s social media boomed society – I think, as an artist you’ve got to choose what you want to communicate and that includes the sound.

I personally separate what I “inhale” from what I “exhale”; meaning what I take in/listen to, for pleasure/cure doesn’t exactly match with what I’m in need of creating and expressing musically. Those are two different things. I listen to quite minimal, electronic indie music with no clear pop melody such as Kllo or FKA Twigs, because I need to calm my brain, while my own expression is much more dramatic and melodic.

I’m not a huge fan of radio hit songs and feel that Swedish songwriters generally are, but since I origin from here I’m obviously influenced by the Scandinavian way of writing songs. I’ve always been torn between what I feel l am and how I sound but after many years of experimenting I feel like I’ve now come to the perfect, distinct sound of Kassandra.


Q: Who were/are some of your musical influences?

A: Aretha, Janis, Nina, Ray


Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future?

A: Blood Orange!!! And someone at the radio please…


Q: Do you have a dream collaboration?

A: Singing opera with Grace Jones. There’s a YouTube clip I can watch over and over where Pavarotti had the honour to do it.


Q: What are your favorite 3 songs out right now?

A: Nikes by Frank Ocean, In The Morning by Nao, not Despacito…


Q: You released one of your first songs Abdicate in 2013, do you remember what you felt to release your first piece of music for others to hear? Were you nervous about how it would be received?

A: Abdicate took two years to finish and it’s still not yet mastered. As a nobody in this industry and on top of that a girl, it is a struggle just to make people believe in you and want to put their precious time on you so after a lot of convincing I finally had it finished.

Yet a year later when I was mentally crashed from my full time job I woke up one morning and just felt “fuck it, I’ve got to just throw myself out there” and used Universal’s distribution site for unsigned artists for the release on where Martin found me! So I suppose the crash did something good/meaningful in the end. But to answer your question; I was terrified.


Q: Since then you have released a number of songs including “Run and No Longer Lovers“, what is the process you go through when creating a song? How do you usually come up an idea of what to write about?

A: I collect stories, not one night stands. I think that’s how I fill up with content. My forthcoming album Fantasma is all about how to live like a human being as the survival spirit of a killed relationship. I was in a 7 year relationship which I realized I had to cut. From the darkest rooms my songs are being created. For me I don’t get any stimulants from re-telling a happy, pleasant experience. Cliché as it sounds, but writing songs is my therapy. There’s no other way to put it.

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Q: Your latest song “Friend Zone, was released last June. Can you briefly explain what the song is about?

A: I’m quoting my words on it from my official Facebook page on the release day:

“I wrote this one in the midst of a sudden turn in life. In the feeling or non-feeling of being weightless and not being able to predict the outcome, as the income came as unpredictably. Or predictably. Not even my gut knew anymore. I let the words flow from my brain through my tongue into a computer and haven’t changed a single one since that one demo recording. No metaphors, no beautiful, brainy sentence could make this song sound “a little less sad”. FriendZone equals complete darkness – the experience of murder and death of something which was intended to be so alive and so sweet and how you, after having made the decision to slice two bleeding hearts into pieces, will have to eat them for dinner, night after night, after night, after night afterwards.”


Q: Out of all the songs you have released what are your top 3 and why.

A: Abdicate – because it was a milestone for me to have it finished and then for my self critical persona to dare to throw it out in the cyber world.

Run – because it’s the first song that I felt was 100% “me” after all the years of working towards my sound. It was also the first one I release together with Martin and it got a huge response with no PR what so ever.

No Longer Lovers – because it’s my first release after having been bound to a major record deal for two long years (it was supposed to be three but I managed to get out of it finally). And then again, a huge response even though released all indie with no PR backing me up. It was just another sign that proved to me that I know my vision best.



Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?

A: I’d say, don’t do it if you’re scared. There is no spare room or time to worry about what others might think. You are too easily replaced in this industry, it doesn’t matter how talented you are. And regarding family etc. who means well in telling you not to go for a music career – there’s no point in trying to convince anyone of that this is a clever choice of work. If YOU know you gotta do it, you just gotta. When it’s a matter of feeling alive or feeling like a walking dead, I choose the feeling alive option.


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Q: You have officially been out for nearly five years and have yet to reach mainstream success. For a lot of artists, especially independent artist, they tend to give up because they feel their efforts aren’t being shown. What has kept you going for this long, and do you have any words of wisdom for other aspiring artists?

A: To be fair, I have given up many times. Strangely, I always tend to be sliding back in here after a couple of months trying to live like an ordinary homo sapiens, going to my job, getting promoted yada yada. But two months is apparently enough for my urge to do this. And it’s all thanks to people like yourself which motivates me to continue, thank you for that!

While now famous artists have been releasing music that has changed a lot through the years, I could say that I’ve been experimenting in “silence”. I guess I respect my project and potential listeners so bad that it’s been the way for me to grow into the artist I am and to be sure I present a cohesive sound and artistry. I’m very sensitive and obsessed with and dedicated to honesty.

I would say: Don’t listen to men, like really don’t. And let me explain. I don’t mean that men have nothing to say or add to your vision. I mean, just don’t make yourself think they know something about you and your potential and how it should be managed, better than you do, because they don’t and never will. No decision I’ve ever made with my brain has taken me somewhere I’d wanna stay. When times are rough or when you’re lacking experience in the industry it’s easy to start trusting in what people with more power say they’ve got to offer. But I say, don’t waste your time, just keep going with your heart and conviction.



Q: You’ve been signed previously but now you are independent. Do you feel there are benefits to being signed? Do you think a machine (label) is still needed when we have platforms such as social media to connect with others and find success?

A: The machine is going down. At least until a new generation is taking over who understands the part of which the machine is ought to play today and will do onwards. The role of the labels is changing majorly at the moment and they’ve got to adapt to and follow this change before they lose all the brilliant artists out there and they really don’t have any work anymore.

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Q: If I were to introduce someone to your music, what song would you want me to play for them?

A: Run


Q: Last but not least, do you have anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: Please stay patient and please follow me on Instagram/Facebook . . . (also request live shows)

To stay updated with Kassandra make sure to follow her on: Instagram, SoundCloud

To listen to her latest song Friendzone, click here.

Meet London’s Newest Star: Paige Bea. “. . . You have to 100 percent believe in what you are doing . . .”

Meet upcoming singer / songwriter Paige Bea. This London native has been in the spotlight for the last couple of months due to her impressive debut “Pick Up Your Heart” which was released in November. I got the chance to speak with her about feelings leading up to debut, future collaborations, and much more!



Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Sure thing. My name is Paige Bea and I’m a singer-songwriter from the burbs of London!


Q: You officially debuted last November, is it sort of surreal that you’ve launched your career as a musician? Is this something you’ve always wanted to have a career in?

A: Yeah totally, I’d spent a lot of time telling myself and other people that that’s what I wanted to do, but actually making that decision at 22 (which is kinda old) and finally getting somewhere was in a way unexpected but simultaneously, completely inevitable. I have a deep need to communicate whether that be through languages, writing or music, but singing is where I feel most at home.


Q: What were some of the emotions you experienced leading up to your debut? (if you remember) (Ex: anxious, excited)

A: As anyone in music knows, releasing music whether it be one track or an album is an incredibly lengthy process so I think the nerves had kind of dulled themselves by the time I actually released, I was just ready for that song to not be just mine anymore. And I was, and still am, intrigued to just see what kind of reaction (if any at all!) my music might provoke.


Q: When you decided to pursue music, did you have the support of your inner circle? (family / friends / peers)

A: Yeah definitely, I mean I don’t think my parents really believed I was actually going to do it but they have always given me a lot of space to work out how I want to live my life, and that’s super important and I’m so bloody grateful for that. Now that I’ve started releasing and they understand how the industry works a bit more, they’re even more supportive. And my friends seem to love it – if they don’t, they haven’t told me yet!



Q: Are there any words of advice you could give aspiring musicians – specifically, those who are concerned about what others will say?

A: I’m not sure how much of a position I am in to be giving advice, but I suppose what I’ve learnt so far is that you have to 100 percent believe in what you are doing, because if you don’t no-one else ever will. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, or fail, or be bad at something for a while. If you care too much what other people think, or think that you might look stupid if you fail or you think, “well I’ve written a couple of songs and they’re bad, so that’s that”…. That’s just a bad attitude. You can get better at everything else (songwriting, aesthetic, your instruments) provided you have true passion for it. Oh, and don’t compare yourself to others on social media, that will just make you very very sad. (Guess I did actually have quite a lot of advice…)




Q: You released your debut song “Pick Up Your Heart” along with its video in November. What was the inspiration behind the song?

A: I’d sung at a funeral the day before for a girl who was about my age when she died and I just sat down at the piano and thought how ridiculous it was that we’re so passive, and we complain so much about things in our life that in the grand scheme of things, just don’t really matter. I know it’s all relative but I just felt kind of compelled to write something about that. I also hate writing conventional love songs, I think there’s so much else to be written about. Having said that, the next tracks kind of are about relationships, but hopefully not in a way you’d expect…..


Q: Since its release, critics have described your voice as having an “effortless sense of soul” “immaculate” and “rich, soulful” ; Did you ever imagine that people would respond to you so well?

A: Yes because I am totally amazing. Nah, I’m kidding. I absolutely was not expecting it, and it’s so interesting to see all the soul comparisons as I definitely wouldn’t define myself as a ‘soul’ singer as such, but it’s definitely a big compliment.


Q: Growing up, who were some musicians that influenced you?

A: My parents listened to a pretty diverse range of musicians, my Dad was always playing Moby, Moloko or Sade and my mum was really into Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Roberta Flack, Janis Ian. And just like everyone else, I spent most of my teenage years trying to sound like a Joni Mitchell/Jeff Buckley fusion but I don’t think it really suited my voice. It wasn’t til I was a lot older that I started listening to neo soul and rnb music, but I remember hearing Erykah Badu’s “On + On” or Jill Scott’s “Love Rain” and being like that’s closer to where I want to be. I think I’m now swaying a bit more towards electronic/rnb music, but we’ll see…


Q: Are there any current artists that you are influenced by?

A: I’m really into this French electro rnb artist Bonnie Banane at the moment, she’s a bit nuts and I appreciate her slightly bizarre aesthetic. Oh and I’ve just discovered Dutch-Iranian trip-hop/rnb singer Sevdaliza, it’s pretty dark but I’m into it. Also you should check out this Irish rapper Kojaque, he’s got some big things coming his way.

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Q: South London has been a hotspot for new music recently with artists like Ms. Banks and Mina Rose gaining international fame. Are there any artists coming out of there that you would want to collaborate with in the future?

A: I’d like to croon with Puma Blue and if Loyle Carner wanted to spit some bars on a track of mine, that would be great.


Q: Do you have any dream collaborations?

A: It’s always changing really, but probably Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion). He’s kind of a magician, everything he does is just next level, he was kind of the architect behind Solange’s A Seat At The Table. Or maybe Dave Okumu, he’s worked with Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Connie Constance, Nilufer Yanya etc.


Q: Are there any international musicians you’d want to work with?

A: *See above!* – Maybe add Kelsey Lu, I really like what she’s doing at the moment. Watch her “Boiler Room” set in Iceland, it’s magical.


Q: Is there any place in particular you’d like to travel and share your music?

A: I think people in New York and LA would totally get what I’m doing, and I’d like to move to Paris at some point in the next five years and try out the scene there.



Q: Some artists value sharing music through live performances; I know you’ve performed a number of times – do you remember what your first time performing was like?

A: Yeah it was really nerve wracking, I’d never played my guitar and sung at the same time, and for some reason there was a bunch of industry people there and I kind of wanted to die. I tend to get quite a lot of adrenaline on stage though and I tend to thrive off it in the end. (95% of the time…)


Q: Is that something you look forward to (or dread) when it comes to being an entertainer?

A: It totally depends, sometimes the vibe can just be a bit off and you’re not feeling like yourself and you sort of psych yourself out. I’ve found that a very large glass of pre stage wine helps for some reason.


Q: I know in London there are two very notable stages every artist, both local and international,  dreams to perform at: The O2 and Royal Albert Hall. Can you see yourself performing there in the future?

A: I’m not sure, it depends what kind of music I end up making. I don’t know if my music is suited to big arena shows. I was at Nick Hakim last week at Koko and that’s now definitely on my list of venues.


Q: Aside from performing, what are some of future goals for your music and your evolution as an artist? How do you hope to affect people?

A: I want to take risks, I want to create something that’s completely new, that people struggle to put into boxes. I feel like so many people in music have stopped taking risks and I really want to push myself, and the people that listen to my music. That doesn’t necessarily mean creating something experimental or abstract, but I don’t want to just create “another neo-soul, rnb song about love” – I want to try to use interesting instrumentation and deal with topics in a new way.


Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Buy my song on iTunes.

Make sure to support Paige’s music by following her on: SoundCloud, Spotify

To watch her video for “Pick Up Your Heart” click here.

Stay updated by following her on: Twitter, Instagram

Meet Alternative R&B Artist: Abi Ocia. “I think it’s important that what I do is honest.”

Meet Abi Ocia. This English vocalist made her debut in 2016 as a feature on the song Home and has been gradually building a name for herself ever since. Her music has been called a “mini-masterpiece”, “smooth” and she’s even been crowned as West London’s “new soul-filled R&B princess” by sources such as Wonderland Magazine.

I got the chance to speak with her about her musical influences, what drove her into singing, and much more.



Q: For the readers who may not know who you are, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Of course – I’m Abi Ocia, and in case you are unsure of how to pronounce the last name it’s ‘oh-see-ah.’



Q: How did you become interested in music? When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?

A: Church was a big musical influence growing up. I was fascinated by the worship music I grew up singing, and still sing today. There is such a unique soul and atmosphere that worshiping creates, and I was drawn to explore this in my own way.  I don’t think there was a point in which I realised I wanted to do music professionally, I just followed my intrigue.



Q: When you decided to become a musician did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: 100% – I am blessed with a very supportive circle of family and close friends.



Q: Your introduction to the world was with the song “Home” which you featured on by Draper,  knowing this was the first time you would be heard by the masses were you nervous about the response?

A: I think I was more excited to finally kick start my journey into music.



Q: Since its release it has accumulated over 300,000 plays and 6,000 likes on SoundCloud alone. How does it make you feel to know that this many people enjoy your sound?

A: It’s very encouraging to know that people are engaging with the music. That is something special.


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Q: You followed up Home with a song of your own entitled, “Running“. What was the inspiration behind that song?

A: ‘Running’ explores an inner dialogue. It asks the question ‘what are you afraid of?’ and how far are you willing to go to rid yourself of those fears. Exploring these themes certainly helped to inspire the song through to its final form, sonically and visually.



Q: Do you write all of you music yourself? Would you ever collaborate with someone when it comes to writing?

A: Yes, I write all my own content. It really helps that I get to work with incredible producers, such as Draper and Mkulu, who really pull out the best in me. I have worked with other writers previously – creative collaboration is part of the beauty of making music.


Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: A very tough question indeed – I appreciate such a wide range of music that it is hard to pin down particular influences. Again, the worship music I grew up listening to and playing at Church is certainly an influence that stands out to me the most.



Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? (they do not have to be famous)
A: Phil Collins – he is a genius.



Q: Since the release of Running you have released songs “Konfyt and “Expo. Do you think consistency is a trait every artists needs in order to succeed?

A: Consistency and authentic content!


Photo by Jada Blanco

Q: In an interview with Clash Magazine you mention that Konfyt symbolized “have hiding places that are ‘unfamiliar’ to those around us, where the ‘darkness’ and ‘light’ of our own selves tirelessly battle” . . . Is it important to you that your songs have meaning rather than just sounding nice to get views?

A: I think it’s important that what I do is honest. It is a waste of time trying to force content that only serves to please online algorithms and views.



Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?

A: Care less and create.



Q: Since you have released three songs within the year, should we be prepared for a project in 2018?

A: There will certainly be a lot more content coming this year…



Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: You make this journey much more real, and I am so thankful!

To stay updated with Abi: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud


Meet London Based Singer/Songwriter: Marie Dahlstrom. “. . . Trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself.”

Meet Marie Dahlstrom, the Danish vocalist who is currently based in London. I’ve been a fan of Marie for a little over 4 years and in that time have seen her develop into the artist she is now. This website was built off the idea that artists like Marie should be getting more recognition. Since the beginning, she’s created timeless music that has captivated audiences from all over the world. 

I got the chance to speak with her about her favorite artists, what’s kept her going all these years, and much more!


Q: For the readers who may not be aware of your music, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Singer-songwriter, Danish, live in London, PhD student.




Q: What attracted you to music? Who were some of the influences you had growing up that made you think “wow, I want to do this too” ?

A: I was making music from a young age, it felt natural to me, so I just followed my gut and went with it.




Q: Did you always know you want to be a musician? When you decided to do it professionally did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: It wasn’t something I ever decided, it was something I felt like I was missing so much when I wasn’t doing it.. It was almost like music chose me, in a way.



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Q: You released your first project Feelings in 2011. Since this was your first official project released, were you nervous about how it would be received?

A: No I wasn’t nervous- I thought it was exciting and I think I was quite naive to the whole music world, didn’t really know what I was doing hahah…I think that helped a bit.




Q: Do you remember how you felt listening to the project as a whole for the first time?

A: I felt proud, and I felt it was a nice accomplishment, and fun to have tried from scratch to make a project, it’s a lot of work – in a good way :)




Q: Because this was your first official project, did you feel any pressure in creating it? Are there any tips you could give aspiring artists when it comes to creating their first project?

A: I didn’t feel any pressure in creating my first project – making music is a learning curve, and I think it is important to view it that way. Every time I start a new song, I always think, it doesn’t have to become a track that I want to share with the world, and that really takes away all pressure. It’s for you only, until you want to make it for someone else. Some days you make good songs, sometime you make bad songs, and that’s the beauty of it.




Q: Since its release, you have consistently put out singles such as “Look the Other Way” (feat. Sophie Faith), and projects such as Gloom and Nine. Do you write all your music yourself?

A: Yes, I write all my music myself – sometimes I write with my friends, but mostly I do the songs myself.




Q: Has there ever been a time where you had a creative block? If so, how did you surpass it?

A: There are days where I feel less inspired, but I think it’s a natural part of being a creative. I never think of it as a block.




Q: In 2016, you released the joint project Hans Island with producer Mawhs, how did this come about?

A: I just instantly connected to his beats, thought they were really beautiful. It was an organic process. I hope to work with him more in the future.




Q: Listening to the project, it is evident that you have departed from you generally contemporary R&B sound. Do you think it’s important to experiment with different sounds/genres as an artist to experience growth?

A: I think it’s important to grow definitely – I didn’t deliberately try and change sound, and I don’t think artists have to either. But I think it’s important to go with what feels right, and trust your instincts.




Q: Was the creative process in making this different from your experiences? If so, how?

A: I didn’t do any production on the Hans Island EP, I was only involved with the singing, which is quite different. Also, Mawhs and I have never met, so we did it all remotely which was a really fun way to work, I feel like I already know him. Lol




Q: In October you released the ep Nine, with every project that you release do it become harder to stay creative?

A: No, it becomes easier.




Q: Outside of music, you are one of five hosts for the podcast called “Time of the Month” where you cover a range of topics such as “mental health and music”. How did all of this come about?

A: We are all friends and all in the same business, and all women, so we felt it was a good way to share our experiences.




Q: I listened to one of the podcasts where you were talking about performing and anxiety and it made me wonder, do you get nervous when you have to perform live? What are some tips you can share for overcoming that anxiety?

A: I get mad nervous. I think the best advice is to trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself – that the concert is gonna be amazing, think good things. Our inner voice is so powerful.




Q: If you had the chance to perform with one artist of your choice who would it be and why?

A: Herbie Hancock, J. Cole, India Arie, Musiq Soulchild. Haha can’t chooose!!  I just such a big fan of all of these artists. I feel like I draw a lot from their music, and creativity.




Q: The internet has allowed people from all over the world to interact and be influenced by each other. Is there a place you would be shocked to hear they are listening to your music?

A: hmm I feel like I’ve already been shocked so many times! Music really does connect the world.




Q: Who are some current artists that you like listening to?

A: As in right now… HER- her voice is so stunning, it’s unreal. SZA, the new Fabolous and Jadakiss album, Puma Blue, and lots of my friends who are musicians,



Q: Is there anyone from overseas that you want to work with in the future?

A: J Cole, Lizz Wright



Q: Do you have a dream collaboration?

A: There are so many, it’s really hard to pick one. Would love to be on a Robert Glasper record.

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Q: If you had the opportunity to travel & share your music where would you go?

A: South Africa, I feel like I get lots of good vibes from there




Q: You have managed to release music for the last six years and though you may not have worldwide success, you have been relatively successful. There are a lot of aspiring artists who release music and feel they will never get noticed or that their work will never be appreciated. Do you have any advice for those artists?

A: Yes – it’s not about other people. You need to ask yourself, would you still make music if no one could ever hear it? And really try and assess what it is you love about it. Everyone’s journey is different, and for me, for example, music-making is quite a sacred thing, and I want it to stay that way, and the only way to do that, is to be grateful for every little opportunity and focus on develop your skills and investing in yourself. It is supposed to feel good.




Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?
A: Just that I am truly grateful for every single person who supports me, and believes in my music. ❤️ it really does mean everything.

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To listen to her latest project Nine – click here.