IT has been great speaking with Marie Dahlstrøm...
about her new single, Mood, and working with Secaina. I ask what sort of music influences her and whether she has three favourite albums; if there will be tour dates and if there is a rising artist we need to look out for.
Dahlstrøm gives some useful advice for artists coming through and tells me how she relaxes when she has time; when she got into music and whether we might see more material coming along – she picks a great song to end the interview with.
Hi, Marie. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey! I am good; had a nice week. Just got back from playing a show in Rome.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I am Danish. I sing, write; play and produce. Mostly. And I’m also studying a PhD at the moment. I live in London.
Mood is your latest track. Can you tell us when that was written and its inspiration?
Actually, Secaina and I were put in the same session last summer whilst at a female writing camp called She Writes. We did a song with another girl which included the bridge-section from Mood...half a year later we got together and both had a connection to that bridge. From that we created the rest of Mood one evening in my flat. It’s inspired by real life, mostly. A story of love.
The visuals for the video are interesting. How did that all come together?
Over the last few years, I’ve been receiving so many nice videos from dancers around the world creating routines to my songs. I guess I wanted to create a music video which included dance for that reason. So, I put a request for dancers on my IG story and Sally and Douglas (dancing in the Mood video) sent me a video with their routine for the video.
Is there going to be more material coming from you this year?
Yes. I am currently working on my album. So, hopefully this will be ready in time.
Do you recall when you got into music? Did you always know it was what you wanted to do?
I’ve been into music since I was little but I didn’t know this was what I wanted to do until I actually started releasing music.
Would you say there are artists you are inspired by and emulate?
Hmm. I could not say emulate. Definitely inspired by. I think especially the music that I started listen to in later teenage years have inspired me a lot.
You hail from Rockslide, Denmark. What is the music vibe like there? Is there a lot of great music?
Roskilde is known from their massive music festival and it’s a very creative city with great music opportunities for kids. But I don’t know many artists from Roskilde.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Hmmm. There have been many good ones! I think every single experience since I released my project, NINE, have been amazing. The last two years have brought me so much good energy- everything from going to Corsica to write Kanel; to recording and releasing Her Songs in Los Angeles and playing a sold out show at my favourite venue in Copenhagen, Montmartre!
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Musiq Soulchild – Soulstar
I think Musiq Souldchild is just one of my favourite artists ever (laughs).
Lizz Wright – Salt
So much integrity and purpose in her lyrics and delivery. I’ve learned a lot from her music.
Jill Scott – Experience: Jill Scott 826+
The live album I have rinsed the most! A definite classic. And inspiration to band leading.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I’d probably ask for a pop-up steam room, only organic foods; red wine and green tea; water in glass bottles – and have everything recyclable!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Try and remain true to yourself, your sound. Know who you are. Trust your intuition.
Do you think there are going to be any tour dates coming up?
Yes! Working on it.
Is the stage somewhere you love to be? Can you describe the feeling when you are up there?
I didn’t use to love the stage, when I was younger. I always made excuses for not going on stage, but now I love it. I love it, mostly because of the communitive vibe me and my band create on stage. It’s such a nice bond and atmosphere.
IN THIS PHOTO: The Naked Eye/PHOTO CREDIT: @create_often
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
The Naked Eye! She’s about to release the most amazing project.
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Not really but, when I do, I go for runs quite a lot, play tennis and see my family back in Denmark.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
I would say Lucy Pearl – Trippin’! Such a vibe!
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