Let´s give a warm welcome to SKØIEN´s debut single Breathe. In this energetic dance pop track, produced by Slowface, the young Skandinavian singer with roots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, gets her past relationship out of her system.
“I’ve struggled a lot with love after that relationship, having a hard time letting people in and stuff so that’s why I’m happy I wrote the song in such a sarcastic way, making it more uplifting when talking about past relationships. I don’t want to be sad on stage every time I sing about my past relationship, you know.” tells us SKØIEN in our interview where we also find out more about the benefits and drawbacks of her very early career start, about the exciting video production in London and if she is currently in love again.
You started in music at the young age of 15. What are the benefits and drawbacks of starting that young?
I think the benefits of starting out young is that I’ve learned a lot about the music industry at a young age. I’ve learned how to be secure in myself around other musicians and people in the industry, which I used to struggle with as a 15 year old. It can be hard sometimes to stick up for yourself and take up the space you need in a room full of musicians or industry people, and especially when you’re that young. Also I remember struggling with major FOMO when I was younger, I used to travel alot for my music, especially to England for sessions and stuff, so I would feel bad for missing out on school or stuff that my friends did when I was away. Although I did have FOMO at times when I was younger, I also realised that this is what it takes to work towards my dream you know. I’ve never turned down an opportunity in music so I had to sacrifice a lot of other things while doing that. Which I gladly will keep doing, of course.
Your new song “Breathe” is about your last relationship. Are you currently in love? And how do you define love?
Yes, my song is about my last relationship. I’ve struggled a lot with love after that relationship, having a hard time letting people in and stuff so that’s why I’m happy I wrote the song in such a sarcastic way, making it more uplifting when talking about past relationships. I don’t want to be sad on stage every time I sing about my past relationship, you know. I’m not currently in love, and I don’t feel like that’s my main focus right now.
Idk, love should be a two way street, giving and receiving. I’m used to a one way street when it comes to love so if i can see that the other person is willing to open up their street I would define that as love. Maybe that’s setting the bar really low though, I might need some time off from love.
“I’ve never turned down an opportunity in music so I had to sacrifice a lot of other things while doing that.”
Can you tell us a little bit about the video production? Where did you shoot in the first place?
The music video for Breathe was the most fun thing ever to film. It’s honestly all a blur because I had that much fun while filming. We didn’t really plan out much for the video, we just decided to go with the flow while filming, and the video came out great. We originally talked about shooting in Malmö, where I´m from, and then decided to go to London to film instead, which I think was a great decision. The scenery in London is so cool and Moncef, the videographer, captured it in such a cool way. I’m just so proud of everyone involved for making such a great video with the time frame that we had, and to work with my close friends is such a blessing, I think that’s what it comes down to, working with good people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I will be 30 which means by that time I should probably have been on like 5 different world tours, put out albums and just basically thrived in music. I wish for everyone to hear my music and I want to reach out to as many people as possible, making people feel something when I’m doing shows or when they’re listening to my songs. I see myself probably living in London or Copenhagen, and travelling from there to work.
“Hopefully the world gets closer to what used to be normal soon, it’s been hard for everyone and I hope we all can learn something from these past two years and take care of each other.”
2021 was unfortunately as turbulent a year as 2020. What do you wish for in 2022?
In 2022 I wish to start going on tour. I really want to play at festivals next summer, so that would be so cool to get to tour on festivals. Next year I’m also planning to release my debut EP, which has been in the works for a while now, and I’m super excited about it. I really want the EP to represent my sound and make people understand what my vision is for all this.
I also really want to travel and be around good people, while focusing on music of course. I just want people around me to feel as good as I do while making music so I wish for everyone, and everyone around me to be healthy and happy. And hopefully the world gets closer to what used to be normal soon, it’s been hard for everyone and I hope we all can learn something from these past two years and take care of each other. And lastly I just want to have fun so get excited for 2022 cause I sure am.