Interview with Camela :
S: How and when did all begin
I lived with Zuleika Bronson in Vienna when I was about 19 years old
and her boyfriend had a 4track and wanted some vocals on his song...so
I sang on his demo and he taught me some chords and I was "bitten by
the music bug".
S: What are the positive and
negative sides of being a musician in Sweden?
Positive things about doing music in Sweden for me is I know a lot of
amazingly talanted musicians!
Negative: Swedes are not open minded about new music that comes from
Sweden but adores music from America...a pitty I think...
S: Do you feel anxious before a
show or you "Don't Worry"?
I'm always nervous before a show...
S: What musicians or artists had
an influence in your life and in your work?
Mazzy Star has been a huge influence on me for my music...I still think
they are the best band out there today...Kate Bush of course has been my
idol for quite some time...Sara Gerrard, Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil too...
S: Do you remember what was the
first CD you bought?
First record I bought was a Michael Jackson..."Beat It"...
S: Do you think the emotion is
different between a song in English and in another language?
Yes...strange as it seems I can't sing in Swedish...it sounds strange
S: How could you define the
music of Camela?
I always try to avoid this question because I want the listener to
create their own definition of the music...
S: Do you agree with Victor Hugo
who said :"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"?
Yes I agree...only because as a song writer one can use that melancholy
and write more profoundly...but just walking around carrying these
feelings of melancholy is a waste...use it for your art and you'll be
S: When you write a song do you
follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?
"My heart hangs outside my sleeve" unfortunately and I ALWAYS write with
my heart...hopefully my brain has a part of it...and I need my hands to
write the words down..lol...
S: What is your favourite song
of Camela and why?
"Ground Of Snow Now" because of the lyrics and the vocal arrangments and
"Run" simply because of the lyrics...
S: As musician, what is your
feeling about Internet?
It's great...more people can easily get to an artists music...the
downloading thing...well...you can't deny the development of the
future...only adjust and think of other ways...
your album you recorded a very nice version of "This Woman's Work" from
Kate Bush, why did you choose to cover this song particularly?
It's simply my favorite song of Kate Bush and I love it!
S: You worked with Kent on their
album "Tillbaka Till Samtiden" and toured with them this year, how were
Just fantastic, they are so professional in every way and I loved
working with their crew...the best sound I was ever given on
stage! Jocke Berg is an incredible song writer so I was nervous singing
with him...but he's so nice and gave me some confidence through this
S: What are your hobbies aside
I don't have any hobbies.
S: Where would you like to play
in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit?
love to go to Japan and China and eat their food...and play
S: What is the best moment and
best place to listen to your music?
In the car...going on a roadtrip somewhere far, when you're out of words
with the person next to you...put Time Heals Nothing on...
know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep
just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?
: "The Kick Inside"...Kate Bush.
S: What was the last song you
listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be
: Sorry to
disappoint you with this awnser but I don't listen to music...
S: Can you tell us the name of
one French song, or singer, or band?
: Gainsborg, the man!
S: And say something in French?
: C'est pas touche...
S: What are your plans for the
I am doing promotion this summer...thats all and going back and forth
to London to work in a studio there as a song writer...I might only use
my brain and my hands this time...lol...
S: And finally, what’s
the most important thing in life for you?
Spiritual health, love and keeping your soul happy so you can be of use
to other people around you...and contribute to the flood of
life...admitting when you're wrong without playing the victim!
MANY thanks to Camela for the interview!
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