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Interview | Five minutes with Scandinavian neo-soulstress Marie Dahlstrom

Hailing from the land that has brought us Forbrydelsen (The Killing for those who have only watched the English version), the Laudrup brothers and one of the most influential film directors around Lars von Trier is an emerging singer-songwriter/producer based in London who has a few Scandinavian Soul Awards to her name and is currently gearing up to release 2 projects in the near future. Marie Dahlstrom is a talented artist with a smooth voice; almost dreamy to be precise akin to the likes of Nylo and Banks but with a Neo-Soul/jazz twist.

Hello Marie, how are you?

I’m good, thanks and thank you for inviting me to do this interview.

Coming from a region that has influenced and shaped pop music over the years and continues to do so thanks to producers such as Max Martin and Stargate – what inspired you to do soul music?

I think I got influenced by some of the music teachers I had when I was young. They introduced me to jazz, gospel, R&B and soul, and since then I just naturally gravitated towards it and developed my understanding of it. I went to the public library on the weekends to look for records, some of my favourite being Lizz Wrights ‘Salt’ or India Arie ‘ Voyage To India’.

Did this play a part in you moving from Copenhagen to London?

Yes it definitely did. I was hungry to learn about different cultures and different ways of doing things, and I had been in London on holidays for a few years in a row before I moved here. I also wanted to study a specific course and it wasn’t available at the time in Copenhagen so I thought it was best to move to London.

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How are you finding London?

I love living in London, it is a city with a lot to offer. But there are so many things I love about Denmark that are harder to find in the UK.

Let’s talk about your music, at what age did you tell yourself that this is what you wanted to do?

It’s a good question – I actually don’t think I ever really told myself that. I was (and am) just really into the process of making music; you start something, and you don’t know where it ends or what it is going to sound like, it is such a good way of being in the moment, I think that is what drives me to keep doing it.

Is there a particular artist that you really looked up to?

There are many. Musiq Soulchild, Lizz Wright and E.S.T. to name a few.

Tell us about your songwriting process. Do you write all of your music?

Everything that I have released so far, yes. I have done a few unreleased co-writes this year, and I have also been writing for other artists, which I really enjoy too.

You are also part of a group called Hans Island, how did that come about?

I’m always on SoundCloud listening to beats, I love finding new producers and talent to collaborate with and Mawhs (1/2 of Hans Island) tracks just kept coming up, I loved them all and I started to write to his beats. Eventually we had a lot of songs, so we decided to make it a collaborative project, and our debut EP will be out very soon.

Can I just say “I’m Yours” sounds incredible, do you guys have any plans to release a music video for it?

Thank you very much, yes a music video is definitely something we have been speaking about doing for one of the Hans Island songs.

Would you consider collaborating with other artists outside of your chosen genre?

I would indeed. I did one disco track with a German production trio called Les Loups earlier this year, it was a great experience.

Tell us 3 random facts about yourself.

I love tomatoes. Before music became my thing, tennis was. The morning is my favourite time of the day.

Cool! What’s next Marie Dahlstrom?

Hans Island EP will be out very soon. Marie Dahlstrom EP is also in the making. I’ve not done any live shows for a while but that’s definitely going to happen this year. I’ve wanted to concentrate in writing new material but I’m ready now.

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