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INTERVIEW: Marlene Oak

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

I’m fine, thank you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Slip Away?

For me, it’s about a hideaway and a break from the day-to-day life that we all get stuck in I wanted to capture that feeling of floating and swaying away, to just be able to let go for a moment. I co-wrote ’Slip Away’ with Per Eklund and recorded it at Benny Andersson’s (ABBA) legendary studio Riksmixningsverket in the archipelago in Stockholm with my band.

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

– I wrote that song when I felt uninspired, everyday felt the same, It was a very restless period in my life.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

– Yeah, a few videos is actually to be revealed soon.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was really fun to record the songs at RMV Studio, I’m very happy that I’ve got the opportunity to work with such great people, Per Eklund (Co-writer), my band, the one and only Linn Fijal whom recorded and mixed ’Slip Away’ and my upcoming EP. I felt very comfortable during this recording process and it’s not something I take for granted.

What role does Sweden play in your music?

– To be honest, I feel that my music doesn’t fit here in Sweden, I want to be in a music scene that is more closer to me. But nowadays it’s mostly Dj’s that are popular here in Sweden. For me music is my home, so I haven’t reflected about anything else.

I want to reach out to listeners and give them something they can be able to be a part of. There are many great writers, producers, artist and musicians here in Sweden, so it’s a good way to connect with other music creators.

How Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell has influence your writing?

Bob Dylan – Many great artists have covered his songs and I understand why. He has always fascinated me with his poetic lyrics, folk-melodies and how he’s always been able to try different things in his making of music. He’s unpredictable and I’m very inspired by him because he don’t give a shit.

The way of his writing is amazing. He capture’s so many emotions and he can tell a whole story in one song and still keep the simplicity in it. Bob Dylan is a true storyteller and I’m glad that he won the noble prize, because he is one of the living poets at time. Woody Guthrie would be very proud.

Joni Mitchell – She’s one of the most talented songwriters of all time. Her lyrics really get to me in a way that few can. I’m fascinated by her ability of mixing so many different emotions and layers in her music. Mitchells music is pure and honest poetry.

How do you get to capture the live essence within your studio material?

I aimed for keeping the same feeling to the song as I had when I wrote it. And I wanted to sing the words as if they were my last.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

I’m always open for different ideas and to learn from other musicians and writers. But it’s always important to do what feels good for me and my work and to remember why I’m doing music in the first place.

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

It does! In fact my second single ’In The Evening’ will be released 7/12 and my new Ep will come out in January. So stay tuned!

Any plans to hit the road?

It’ll be a lot of gigs in next year which I’m looking very much forward to.

What else is happening next in Marlene Oak’s world?

Keep writing music and play with my band.

Listen to “Slip Away.”

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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