Saturday, September 29, 2012

Interview with Simon Andersson

Interview with Simon Andersson

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Andersson:  It’s so much up to the listener, but I would call my music popular country music. I’ve always listen to many different music styles, and I guess you can hear that in my own writing. The key is to use country style instruments. Mainly because I love the way they sound, but also to keep within the genre. I make my music the way I think it should sound. If people like it, I’m very honored and grateful, but I don’t worry about what label one wants to put on my music. It’s all about enjoying it!

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Andersson:  Last year, and a few before that, has been a real struggle. Trying to complete the album A Brand New Day, with limited resources, and a full-time day job too, is more than a mouth full for sure. I decided that a change was needed when I had to spend a night at the hospital, for being stressed out. I later quit my day job, 'cause there’s no way I’m giving up my music career. The highlight last year was without a doubt my nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and everything that has given me so far. It was so much fun making that trip!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Andersson:  It’s called A Brand New Day, and I guess I have to say it’s doing alright, ha ha! It’s not been officially released yet and I’ve already been in Hollywood, received management, valuable contacts and a lot of new fans!

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Andersson:  The title of the album comes from the song with the same name. I thought it was a suitable name an album, and it is representative for what the album means to me.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Andersson:  Yes, I’ve written everything myself. Lyrics and music. Not that I wouldn’t co-write with anyone, it was just that I had a bunch of great songs ready. At least I think they’re great! Ha ha!

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Andersson:  Oh, they have been written over such a long time. One of the oldest ones ist he song Crazy, which was the nominated song in Hollywood. I wrote that maybe eight years ago or so. A bunch of the songs, at least the lyrics, came to when I had a hard time back in 2009. I was devastated with a broken heart for months, loosing the love of someone that meant really much to me. That’s just life, but it sure hurts, when you experience it. Another song worth mentioning is Trouble On Your Mind, which was written for a project supporting the homeless people of where I live.
Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Andersson:  It’s a simple song. By the second chorus you can sing-a-long, even the first time you hear it. Not every song should be like that I think, then it gets boring and too obvious. But for a single it’s a great ingredient.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Andersson:  Another song from the album. You’ll have to wait and see! Ha ha!

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Andersson:  Wow, that’s a tough one... I like to record different songs, for different reasons. Doing that keeps you on the edge, keeps it interesting. Very important in the recording process. You have to love what you’re doing when you record! Otherwise people can tell that it’s not genuine. And you can tell yourself too... The hardest ones are the songs that demands the most feeling and sincerity.
Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Andersson:  I’m very lucky with this album to have been able to control it all from the start to finish. Of course I’ve had other people around me with ideas, and I always listen to what they have to say. But I’ve been the one with the final decision.

Lamitschka:  There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Andersson:  The song wrote itself. I didn’t make it up. But to make a number one hit, you’re going to need a lot of people helping you, that has nothing to do with the music itself. A good song doesn’t make it just because it’s a good song. Unfortunately a not so great song can make it all the way, being pushed by the right people. But that’s just the way it goes.

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Andersson:  I dont’t walk around seeing myself as something special, I really don’t. People tell me I have a great voice, and I’m blessed with the gift of music. But it takes hard work, more than you’d think, to make it. First on your instruments, but then later on so many things that has nothing to do with music. The industry is SO competitive today it’s unbelievable, and you really have to hang in there, and have patience to make it. Musically, there’s thousands and thousands of hours of practise to become what I am today. You know what they say, practise makes perfect. So there’s a long way to go yet! Ha ha!
Lamitschka:  Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

Andersson:  The fans find everything they need on my website, From there they can check out my artist page on facebook, the YouTube channel, sign up for new letters and so on. They can also order my CD and get it sent home to their mailbox, or download it on iTunes. More and more people buy their music, in different ways, and by doing so they support the making of new music. It keeps the wheel go round. I have the biggest gratitude towards my fans!
Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Andersson:  Help spread my music to your friends and families and ask for it on your local or national radio station. It helps so much, just people talking. I sure hope to come and play at a venue near you soon, and I have to say, I appreciate all your support so much! Much more than I can explain...

Christian Lamitschka ( )

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