Danish 90 pop/R&B inspired singer Soleima from the Danish hip hop collective Flødeklinikken talks about her upcoming debut solo project, what inspired her, working with Hot Chip and more.
When and how did you start making music?
– I have played since I was a little girl and always made little funny songs:) But I guess I really started making music with my former band Flødeklinikken. I was around 15-16 years old at that time.
Which artists inspired you too become involved with hip hop/R&B music?
– When I was a younger I would listen to a lot of all the really big time artists, like Ray Charles, Minnie Ripperton, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin. My sister and I had to do the dishes every night after dinner, then we would put on one of these records, turn the volume up to maximum and just sing along really loud while doing the dishes:) LOL. Afterwards I started listening more to hip hop, I remember liking jurassic 5’s album ‘power in numbers’ a lot.
Why did this feel like the right time to make your first solo record?
– I have wanted to make my own stuff for a while now, so when it stated slowing down with Flødeklinikken it just felt really natural to start writing by myself.
What is your ambitions with your music, and what kind of feeling do you want to create?
– Haha, I guess it’s very hard not to be a cliche when answering this question! I want to make music that makes me happy and my hope is that it is gonna make other people happy as well. Hopefully a lot of people so that I can play concerts and release loads of music. It is very hard to describe what feeling I wanna create with my music, because obviously every song is different and has it’s own vibe and feeling.
Coming from the hip hop scene with Flødeklinikken how has your style change?
– I have definitely become more inspired by the pop scene. I’m really enjoying making pop music, but pop music is of course a blend of a lot of different genres. I am still also very inspired by elements of hip hop.
What has been the biggest influence on your new music?
– That’s a tough one. I’ve been listening a lot to pop and indie-pop music from the 90s: All Saints, Spice Girls, Janet Jackson, also massive attack and portishead. I’m also really inspired by some current r’n’b right now, for example LA artist Doja Cat!! (Check it out it is gorgeous).
How was it working with talented people like Hot Chip and Bernard Butler?
– That was amazing. I am obviously extremely happy that people like what I do and wanna make music with me. And those guys are just so extremely talented. I feel very blessed.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
– LOL. I can’t answer that. Everyone I have worked with is extremely cool. They are all the coolest ever:) right now I am working a lot with some friends called Vitoria and we are doing some really good stuff together.
Is there any artist you would like to work with in the future?
– Uhhh there are loads. It would be amazing to work with Cashmere Cat – He is brilliant. Or Todd Terje, love his style as well.
How would you describe your music from your upcoming project?
– Bubblegum psych-pop/r’n’b with references back to some of our heroes from the 90’s.
(It is always so difficult to label your music :))
What are the biggest challenges making a solo project?
– Actually for me I guess the biggest challenge has been working a lot by myself. In flødeklinikken there were 7 of us doing everything as a band, and now I’m doing a lot of stuff by myself. But actually as much as it is a challenge it is also a blessing. And I have a great team around me who are the coolest people ever + I work with the most amazing producers.
How was it to perform your debut concert at Spot Festival?
– I was so nervous before the show! I have played a lot of concerts before, but I’ve mostly been behind the piano! So it was my first time in the front. Playing the show was just really fun, I tend to forget that I’m nervous when I play.
What should your fans look forward too in the future?
– I put my heart fully into this project which hopefully will result in some great music and a lot of great live shows. And I hope they wanna be a part of it all:)
Fashion plays a big part in music nowadays, any favorite brands?
– I don’t know anything about fashion. I like the brand Zappa.
How is the music scene in the Copenhagen right now?
– It’s really exciting right now! A lot of good stuff is going – whether you wanna explore new up and coming artists or more established ones, so it’s just about digging in and discovering.
If you only could listen to 3 song on your ipod which songs would it be ?
– Okay this is really difficult – because obviously this changes all the time. But from the top of my head:
Beatles: I’m only sleeping
Justin Bieber: All that matters to me
Doja Cat: High