It's hard enough for an artist to nail one distinctive sound, especially if they really want to make it their own. Marie Dahlstrøm amazes us, cos not only does she absolutely own her Soul-esque solo material, but she also puts out some killer Electro-Pop productions under the project Hans Island.
Somehow, despite working on all these projects, Marie found the time to have a bit of a chat with us about everything from managing workload, to how she found her voice. Check it out below.
Marie, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade. If ya could describe your music in six words, what would they be?
Calm. Steady. Me. Representative. Real. Unpretentious.
We’re only a few weeks into 2016, and you’re already dropping some massive releases. What can ya tell us about what ya have coming up?
I have a single from my upcoming Hans Island project debut, with Canadian producer Mawhs. The song is called Break Free and will be released here in January 2016, which completes the full EP.
Following that, my single Crashing Down from my own upcoming EP, produced by Joe Garrett and Qmillion will be released early February.
You’ve got a very unique vocal tone, did anyone inspire that? Or did you kinda just start singing and it was there?
Haha, I wish I had just started singing and there it was, but I’ve always had to work hard on developing my vocal technique. Harmony and pitch have been there from the beginning, but in terms of developing my vocal tone and range, I had to work for it.
As for inspirations, Musiq Souldchild, Lizz Wright, Tina Dickow and India Aria have all made a big impact on me.
What’s been the highlight of your music career so far?
That I have been nominated for five music awards; for my own music in 2013, last year for my production music work with Danish producer Sebastian Owens, and this year for my single with Les Loups called Stay. It is an amazing feeling when people recognise your efforts and hard work. It’s a huge honour.
Another highlight is just the people that I have been and currently am, working with. I think the UK music scene has some very talented people and I feel I have been welcomed very warmly, considering that I am not from the UK and had to establish myself, from scratch after finishing my music degree.
And if ya could work with anyone in the industry, who would it be?
J. Cole. I'm such a big fan lol. Or Robert Glasper.
Considering ya work on so many things, how do you manage to keep up with it all. Do ya have like a set amount of time you spend on each project, or do you just go with the flow?
Actually right now, that is one of my own big questions as well. I am currently studying my Masters, as well as writing music and planning releases. So there is a lot of work to do, but what I have found, is that I am more content when I have a balance, and when I am learning new things. I think it influences my song writing and my overall mood.
Also, for me the music has to come naturally. I think it is good to practice being creative, so that you can put time aside, and maintain some kind of schedule, but on the other hand, sometimes you make your five best songs in a few weeks, just because you had the right motivation or felt really inspired. So I would say, I don’t really have a set amount of time or a structure I follow at the moment.
What gives you the bigger buzz - crafting a song in the studio and then putting it out to the world, or performing that song live?
I get my buzz from crafting in the studio and putting it out to the world. This is the part of music that really drew me in in the first place, and this is where I feel like I can be myself and get lost in the moment.
As a pop site, we have to ask this - who is your favourite popstar of ALL time?
Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey. – I was the biggest fan of Spice Girls when I was little. I freakin loved them, haha, and now, from a musical perspective I think they created a genius brand with the whole ‘scary spice’, ‘baby spice’ and so on and the songs still work.
And what’s one pop song you are LOVING right now?
Never Forget You – MNEK & Zara Larsson, or Justin Bieber's new music.
Finally, where can peeps keep up with you?
We'd like to thank Marie for taking the time to answer these questions!
A lady of many talents we're sure you'll agree. That new Hans Island material is sounding sweeeeet, and we're super excited to hear this new solo stuff too. Keep up with Marie on all those social links she just gave ya, and we'll see ya down the front when she does her next UK show!