• 2019-03-27

Stockholm-based artist FELIN aims to create powerful connections between sound and visual, exploring how these two worlds collide. She’s written for acts such as Adam Lambert, and has a creative team called FELIN collective – the creative director of which has had visuals published in Harper’s Bazaar. We caught up with FELIN to chat about their forthcoming album and newest single, ‘Black Heart’.

The music is a combination of pop melodies and rock energy with a cinematic touch, and lyrics influenced by the dark humour of Tarantino.

First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I started playing piano when I was 8, and shortly after started writing my own songs. When I was 11 I had my first real performance and after that I knew that music was the only thing for me.

Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
One of my first big inspirations was Blondie. I remember my dad showing me a music video of them when I had just started my first band and I completely fell in love with the music, Debbie Harry’s style and the whole CBGB’s and The Factory era.

How would you describe your musical style?
The music is a combination of pop melodies and rock energy with a cinematic touch, and lyrics influenced by the dark humour of Tarantino.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I have to say Blondie since that’s one of my first big inspirations. Or Florence Welch, she’s amazing, her performances inspires me so much and I feel a strong connection to her lyrics and music.

Tell us about your forthcoming album. What’s it about, what are its themes?
The whole album is very cinematic in its theme, it’s a dark twisted love story about passion and revenge. Particularly in ‘Black Heart’, I imagined what goes on in a serial killer’s head when he or she is on the hunt for the next victim. It’s a story about being so obsessed that you can no longer think clearly, nor do you care about the consequences of your actions.

When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it together with my writing partner John Strömberg, who I have been working very closely with for about two years now. We wrote it about a year ago in just a couple of hours. The recording process was a bit longer, since we wanted the majority of the sounds to be live recorded on the album, the instruments are recorded in different studios around Stockholm during a period of a few weeks.

How does the album build on your style?
‘Black Heart’ was the first song that inspired the new more retro inspired sound and vibe that the upcoming album has. It’s a slight change in direction, but without abandoning the energy and rawness from our previous music.

Can you talk us through each song?
When we wrote the upcoming album, I wanted to build it as if it were a movie, filled with dark humour, sex, revenge, love and death. The whole album is inspired by a darkness; a passionate and destructive relationship with life and the constant reminder that everything is just on loan for a brief moment.

‘Black Heart’ is the start of this movie, it’s a twisted take on the moment when you first meet someone you know is going to be trouble but you can’t stay away. The next single, which will be out in about a month is called ‘Woman With A Knife’ and that song is about the part in a relationship when jealousy kicks in. Whether it’s just in your head or if you’re actually being cheated on, jealousy will eat you up until you go insane or it will make you do something drastic. So don’t f–k with a woman with a knife, because she’ll make you regret it.

What are your hopes for your latest release?
I want to create something that makes people react. Hopefully they will love it, get inspired by it or else get provoked by it or hate it. I want them to feel something. I want to bring back the rawness and energy from a time when the music scene was more driven by live performance, and I hope Black Heart will find its way to the people that enjoy this kind of music and make them come to our shows.

What can you tell us about your plans coming up?
This year we’re going to release a lot of music and visuals leading up to an album in the fall. I’ve been in the studio for so long and I’m super excited to get out and play the material live. Felin Collective (an amazing group of creative people surrounding me, led by my genius boyfriend/creative director Fredrik Etoall) also has a lot of exciting plans that we want to launch this year.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I don’t think regret is a good thing, it will keep you from moving forward. So therefore I can’t say I would have done anything differently in the past than what I did. Although, if I have to go back I would give general advice which still stands today.

Do your thing and do it a hundred percent, don’t compromise with your vision. Also make sure you don’t sign anything before reading and thinking it through, but also don’t be too afraid to take the leap, sometimes you don’t know which way is right, but you’ve got to make a decision to move forward.

That’s something my grandad also used to say: The important thing isn’t always to make the best decision, the important thing is to make the decision, because that will take you forward. And if it wasn’t the right decision it still might lead you to the right decision in the end.

Watch the video for ‘Black Heart’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to FELIN’s Facebook page.

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