Audio Indulgence with Sandra Kolstad

Sandra Kolstad started out as a classical piano student in Norway but soon after her move to Berlin in 2009, she concentrated on creating her own musical identity, using electronic hardware and synths and developing a sound that is at the same time experimental and danceable.

What got you started? 

I had some crazy idea I wanted to be a concert pianist. I was very dedicated from the very start. That gave me a lot of discipline!


If you had the chance to do a duet with one artist, who would it be?

Probably Emmylou Harris. She’s a great singer – and she has also contributed to many beautiful duets.


Who would be your dream fan?

An old woman. But I love all my fans.


Who was the last interesting person you encountered in the past 24 hours? 

My friend Marianne, the singer in Tomorrow We Move To Hawaii – we have been hanging around Brooklyn together for the last 24 hours. Very interesting.


What are your three favourite tracks at the moment?

Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband, Jenny Hval&Susanna – Black Lake, Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator


If you could play at or attend any European festival, which one would be at the top of your list?

I just went to Iceland for the first time, and fell in love. So probably Icelandic Airwaves.


Do you have any weird rituals before jumping on stage?

I try to do some yoga and breathing exercises. And sing canons with my band members.


If you had the chance to send a message to musicians of the future, let's say 2020, what would you say?

I hope what we’re making today seem very old fashioned!


What are you doing or where do you feel the most inspired/creative/radical?

Usually being in nature, preferably by the ocean.


Talk us through the best performance or show you've seen? Where was it and why was it so good?

My husband, the jazz musician Petter Eldh, plays with Norwegian saxophone player Marius Neset. I have seen their show several times, and it’s always excellent. So much energy. 


Being a musician is an extra bonus skill, right? Tell us something that you're embarrassingly unskilled at?

I have absolutely no sense of direction. This morning, when Marianne and me were walking to yoga class, 300 ft away, we went in the entirely wrong direction. A 3 min walk turned into a 15 min walk. That happens a lot.


How do you know when your work is finished? 

That’s very hard to know. But usually I trust it if I feel some kind of clarity around the work.


What's coming up? Albums, Tours, etc

Right now I’m touring with my record Zero Gravity State Of Mind, in Europe and the US. Starting to record my next album very soon, excited about that.

Sandra Kolstad's album Zero Gravity State of Mind is out now

Article in collaboration with Nordic by Nature