INTERVIEW: Nina Soderquist
How would you classify your music?
I’m a rock singer at heart, and I want to do plain rock music, but in Sweden its hard to get rock played at the radio channels! So, the music I’m releasing right now is rock/pop adapted for radio.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Rock music from the 70-80’s like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Jurney, Heart, etc. I listen a lot to Fall out boy/Volbeat/Halestorm/Coldplay and love big female voices like Anastacia/Bonnie Tyler, Whitney Houston.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I usually don’t have a big message in my songs. I just wanna deliver a feeling, and my lyrics are often written so the listener can adapt their own situation and life in it. For example, GOODBYE was written after a big break-up, and is, for me, about leaving the love of your life. But a friend of mine is working through a rough time of alcohol addiction and finds the lyrics comforting and meaningful for him.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
There are not as many venues for live gigs in Stockholm as you would think, especially not rock, but i do a lot of corporate gigs. I do some tv shows and live gigs/festivals. It would be cool to come over to the US for gigs.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I love the concerts I’ve done on “Sweden Rock Festival” with a great mixed band: Ian & Mic from “EUROPE”, Pontus from Hammerfall, Mikkey D from Motorhead/Scorpions etc. It’s a great band, obviously, and the audience is great (40-50 000 people at this festival).
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
The song GOODBYE. I wrote the song from personal experience/tough break up, and i get to sing it with my idol and mentor Björn Skifs.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I hope I’ve become more humble, and I’m enjoying myself more on stage. I dare to experiment, and I do this more and more for myself and not only for the audience. I believe that makes me a better entertainer and artist.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
What’s next for you?
I’m rehearsing a show called “Rock the night,” that I’m doing with Kee Marcello (guitarist from the rock band EUROPE).
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