Audio Indulgence with Adna

This Audio Indulgence with Nordic by Nature features Adna, who is definitely a lady to watch. At the fresh age of 19, she has not only gained a strong following on Youtube after her cover of First Aid Kit's Lion's Roar, but has received support from the Swedish Art Council, fraternised with Martin Sheen and has now released her new album Night. Self produced and written in five days, or nights rather, Night is just the start of something inevitable special. 


"It‘s because there‘s so much with the night that is inspiring, because it is the silence that will bring out new 
sounds, silence creates room to think and create yourself. Night is an attempt to get out thoughts through 
music.“ - Adna

What got you started?
I started studying music at a quite young age (about ten, or something, years ago) without really wanting to do it at first. There was lots of music theory and choir singing, and I didn’t really care more than just thinking it was fun. Then after some years I guess I realised that I felt more towards music than I thought at first. At this time, I was a student at Rytmus, which is a music high school in Sweden. I think I found some kind of harborage in music, and still do. In the end of my first year at Rytmus my record label contacted me and that’s how it got started. I felt the need of doing something creative with everything I was feeling and hearing on the inside, but I would never have had the courage to do it if it wasn't for Despotz or my mentor from high school. 

If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?
Maybe James Blake or Scott Matthews, if you mean a vocal duet. Otherwise Nils Frahm. I haven’t been listening to anything else than his music for the last six months, almost. 

Who would be your dream fan? 
I feel very grateful to everyone who has ever wanted to listen to my songs.

Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours?
I bumped in to an old teacher and mentor yesterday while I was on a short visit in Sweden. He told me his ten month old daughter always becomes calm when listening to my record Night. Since he’s been a role model for a long time, these words felt like an acknowledgement that I’m doing the right thing with my music. 

What are your three favourite tracks at the moment? 
1. Working Titles by Damien Jurado is one of my all-time favorite tracks because of ”You can mess up my life in a poem, have me divorced by the time of the chorus, there’s no need to change any sentence when you always decide where I go next”. 2. A swedish song called Slå Mig Hårt I Ansiktet by Thomas Stenström. 3. Douglas Dare’s debut album called Whelm. 

If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?
Way Out West in my old hometown Gothenburg would be a dream. 

Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?
Walking around in circles, trying to convince myself I won’t puke on stage. 

If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say?Maybe: Hey wanna have a beer and a chat because I’d love to know about what the music scene looks and sounds like in 2020. 

What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical? 
When I have alone time and when I’m improvising, because that’s when I can focus on whatever is inside.  

Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?
I saw Bon Iver at Annexet in Stockholm four years ago. I was standing all quiet in the front row, hugging the Blood Bank vinyl, which I bought right before the concert. The band and the music and the whole performance was magical and perfect in every way, so perfect it took me a few hours after the show before I could even say something. I was blown away. 

Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at? 
Depends on who you’re asking. I think the bonus might be if you’re talented, but everything else is about hard work and the right support. I think I’m unskilled at quite a lot of things, haha. I’m really bad at math and being patient and I’m not a good person to watch movies with because I always want to know how it ends before it has even begun. I also still need to think before I know where is right and left. 

How do you know when your work is finished? 
I almost never feel I've finished and I always want to change everything, but I think that’s a part of creating. I think of it as feelings and stories and sometimes you need to end them yourself to get further and to not get stuck. But that’s also my drift in music - the constant need of improving myself. 

What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc
I’m finishing a second album right now with songs that I have been rewriting for six months now. It’s the problem I have with always wanting to change something, but now I’m trying to end the stories. I’ll be doing quite a few gigs in Germany this summer/autumn and I feel very excited and grateful about it. I’m happy to now be working with a great team of lovely people and together we’ll try to make this solo project work. An other important part of my nearest plan is to apply to study producing and composing in Berlin.  

Article: Ash Francisco


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