Tell us about your upcoming EP, ‘A Little More’ – how did it all come together for you?
Well it actually came together over the course of over a year. I’ve been working in LA, New York and Helsinki for quite a while on new material. At first we were thinking we’d put out just an album but we ended up with so much material that we decided to break it up a bit and release an EP first as a bit of a warm up for the full album. My fans have been waiting for so long for new music that it almost seemed like I should give them two releases instead of just one. So that’s what we’re doing. I got to work with so many amazing writers and producers so its been such a fun process for me, getting to learn from them, and also getting to write on a lot of the songs which makes them even more personal to me. I just can’t wait for everyone to hear what I’ve been up to. It’s been two years since I put out my last album and I know it is a long time for fans to wait. Super happy that my fans support me no matter what. I wanted to make the new music and album as good as possible for them. That’s really all that matters… that my fans like it.
Is there a song off the EP that has the most meaning to you?
“What About Me” is a song that I co-wrote and tells the story of something I sort of went through. Love can be really hard, the emotions are so big. They really swallow you up. I have been told that I am too young to sing about love or to know what love is or how it feels. But young people have feelings too and the feelings are as real and as powerful so I think I absolutely can sing about love. We feel about love, talk about love and experience it the way young people do. Who is to say that is the wrong way or not the real way? So yeah, that one definitely has a special meaning to me. But to be honest, they all mean something to me as I feel like I’m entering a new phase of my career. The music is definitely a little bit more mature that my previous releases but a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’m growing up. So I think this batch of music is a bit more true of where I am now. And the songs we are saving for the full album are definitely going to feel like a step up as well so really, all the songs I’m putting out this year mean a lot to me.
What’s the songwriting process usually like for you?
Writing for me is still sort of a new process but something I have really grown to fall in love with. When I first started out, I didn’t really know much English or how to write but now I feel so much more comfortable with my abilities and love that I get to say what I want to say in my songs. A lot of that has to do with the people around me in the studio. Usually, I go in with a producer and one or two other writers. We first talk about what kind of song we want to do, whether its a dance song, a ballad, or a mid-tempo. Then we start coming up with melody ideas and from there I’ll start laying something down that we can write lyrics to. I think melodies are my strong suite. I still have a lot of room to grow but I know writing is gonna be something I plan to be very involved in throughout my career.
Can fans be expecting a tour from you anytime soon?
Yes, we first wanted to get the writing and recording done so we can concentrate on touring later. Now that most of the material is getting finished up, I definitely plan to come back to the states soon and start doing shows. We’re sorting all of that out now so I should be able to announce some dates in the near future. In the mean time, I do have a number of shows coming up back at home in Scandinavia and in the Baltics.
If you could get in the studio with anyone, who would it be?
That’s a tough one since I’m a big fan of so many artists but if I had to pick one, I’d probably say Justin Timberlake. Obviously he is super talented. But he also seems like someone who I could really learn from in so many ways. I really look up to him for being such a great performer and at the same time, he stays away from any drama or trouble. Sometimes it seems like that guy can do no wrong. Plus, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is definitely the song of the summer. I can’t get it out of my head.
What’s the most-played song on your iTunes at the moment?
“Panda” by Desiigner. I’m a huge hip hop fan and this one has been on heavy rotation for me lately.
What’s a song you wish you wrote?
OMG. There’s a million songs I wish I wrote. Picking one is super hard. Maybe “Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson and MNEK. The chorus to that song is so unforgettable. Its sticks in your head for days. And if you really listen to the lyrics, there’s a lot of emotion in what she is saying. Its powerful, its unique and its crazy catchy. Seems like a winning combination to me. And have you seen the video? So cool!
With a big following on social media, what’s the best way for fans to get your attention?
Come to my show. I love connecting with my fans online and I actually do spend quite a long time every day looking at the comments and messages that come in on my socials. Maybe too much sometimes. But there’s just nothing like seeing my fans faces in person singing lyrics back to me. I feel like once we make that connection, it’s something that sticks with us both forever.
Do you have any current obsessions? (ex: books/movies/tv shows)
I’ve always been a bit of a gamer. Battlefront, FIFA… games that I can play against my friends are always something that I can sometimes get obsessed over. When I am traveling or touring I can play against my friends back home and on the bus we always have a console. Another obsession is Family Guy. I think I have seen every episode of every season 3 or 4 times. Though you have seen them you always find something new to laugh at. It is a bit funny cause it also helps me relax and get my mind of things. Shows that I have seen before, where I don’t have to focus. Just sit there. That’s therapeutic to me
What’s something you’re hoping to cross off your bucket list this year?
The crazy thing is that this year is already half over! Where did the time go? But honestly, I’ve already done a number of things this year that I know I’m really fortunate to have done. I played my first show in the US plus it was televised on DirecTV, I got to play my first live TV show in the US on NBC’s The Today Show which was amazing, and I got to do a ton of traveling. I’m experiencing things that no other Finnish artist has had the opportunity to do. So 2016 has already been great. But I’d love to possibly get on a major tour with another artist before this year is over. I had the opportunity to open for One Direction in some stadiums last year so doing something similar and getting to play in a few new locations is definitely on my bucket list.
Any special message for your fans?
My fans mean the world to me. They allow me to do what I love for a living and make me believe that anything is possible in this world. So for that, I just want to say… THANK YOU!!!! I would be nowhere without you. And also, I hope you’ll check out my EP, A Little More when it comes out on July 8th. Its a small taste of what’s to come in the future. And lastly, don’t forget to find me on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I’m gonna be announcing some very special things in the next few weeks so be sure to stay tuned. So glad you guys are on this ride with me.
THIS or THAT:
Hulu or Netflix? Netflix
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Twitter or Instagram? Instagram
Horror Movies or Comedies? Comedies
Sleeping In or Getting An Early Start? Early start
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