INTERVIEW: Helga Arvesten

Hi Helga, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been and am currently well, feel like everything is falling into place with the upcoming release. So I’m super excited!

Can you talk to us more about your coming single “Next To You”?

It’s the first track on my soon to be “real” EP. I have previously released music over the past three years but what’s great about these songs, is that they are the closest I have ever come to musical independence.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

For me, since I am a over-thinker, it’s never one thing instead usually many things. This song in particular is about being in a relationship with your partners depression, and how it can be difficult to see change or a future with a person who you love but doesn’t love themselves. That feeling can kind of make you question everything, make you feel like a fool. Which is why the lyric goes “Love me or leave me, make up you’re mind, don’t what to be that somebody, if it doesn’t make you smile.”

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I do! I have made a music video which I think reflects the mood of the song.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing has always come quickly to me, the song just kind of develops on it’s own. I wanted to add an old school feel to the track so I contacted a pianist by the name Mikael Nilzén, I asked that we take a more classical approach, taking inspiration from David Bowies Aladdin Sane album and the great Mike Garson piano arrangement. Having sat in my pajamas by my desk working with the songs arrangement, I lastly travelled to a place in the North of Sweden called Dalarna where I met with musical genius Erik Berglund. Locked up in a studio there, we completed the song.

What role does Sweden play in your writing?

Sweden has shifting seasons. I think all artists do well with some bad weather sometimes, since it tends to make you quiet productive. I had a teacher who told me that when you are feeling uninspired you should take a bottle of red wine and sit in a dark closet, to give your thought the opportunity to reveal itself.

How have your traveling days has influenced your music?

Traveling has made me grow quickly, experiences make you develop into an adult. I have always been someone who feels a lot and feels intensely. When I was little I always needed time to myself to just think, I guess I needed to make sense of my surroundings, my role in this world, and also just to take the load of.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yupp! Very soon! I will try to stay secretive a little longer, but yes, this is not the only track waiting to be unleashed.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have some new material coming between winter and fall.

Any plans to hit the road?

I would love to! But no plans at the moment.

What else is happening next in Helga Arvesten’s world?

New music, new art, and new ideas. I can’t help it, I just have to create. This release is a new personal milestone reached and it feels possibly like it could lead to some great opportunities. I don’t really know what the future holds, but I am certain that where I am this very moment is exactly where I should be.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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