An Interview with GRANT

  • Describe your sound in 3 words

A melodramatic mess.

  • Is songwriting a talent or a skill? Considering that songwriters know their strengths and weaknesses, have you identified yours?

It’s both. Perhaps one should think of intuition rather than talent? You’re considering all of these choices and make a lot a decisions when you’re writing and these are mainly based on how you respond emotionally to the music. Some people have great intuition when writing even if they haven’t been doing it for a very long time and it turns out great. But then there really is a lot of practice behind writing and the better skill the more choices you have, ideally, especially when it comes to production. You craft melodies and production as any piece of art and it’s good to have a large toolbox or to know someone who has the tool you’re missing.
I think I identified my weaknesses pretty early on and learned my strengths along the way of accepting my weaknesses. I’m very aware that I’m not very technical in terms of production, I’m learning but I’m definitely better at telling people what to do. I’m a shit instrumentalist, so I’m very aware I’m dependent on people who can play in a session. I think I’m fairly good at melodies and my passion is lyrics, if I’m any good it’s because I’ve given these skills the most time and affection.

  • What is your favourite venue you have ever performed? Can you share something funny that happened during one of your gigs? And what would be your dream performance venue?

I think it might have been Borderline in London! Fantastic place and crowd and all the right nerves playing my first gig abroad, it was just a great experience.
I threw a drumstick and accidentally hit a guy in the audience once, but I don’t think he was hurt or mad because he stayed for the encore!
There are lots of venues I’d like to play but true to the childhood dream I’d really like to perform at the Royal Albert Hall one day.

  • What is your favorite album of the past year?

This is a tough one because I think there’s been a lot of good music out this years but I’ve probably listened to Grimes’ new album the most.

  • How do you relate to Sweden’s Music Scene?

I think the scene has evolved a lot in recent years and I’m very proud to be a part of it!

  • You have already been featured in many Spotify editorial playlists. Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

In a way, yes. They play a huge part in shaping our musical landscape, depending on who they endorse. It’s really dull to think of establishing a relationship with Spotify or any other big streaming platform when you just want to make music and put it out there, but when you’re chosen from an immense sea of music, it makes a difference. And it’s not that different from how radio works, really. A good thing is these personal playlists curated by real enthusiasts can get a huge following. It’s not all top 50. My biggest problem with big streaming platforms is actually the way they’re reshaping artists. As an album kind of gal I think playlists and algorithms invites a more shallow kind of artistry.

  • If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

To put it very broadly, the music industry in general has a huge problem with representation.

  • One last thing we should know about you?

I once performed My Heart Will Go On at a huge ballads only club and fell off the stage taking a whole piano down with me.

Thank you GRANT!

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