- Fri, 2011-07-01 15:08
Finally jumping into the British music scene, Danish popstress Fallulah releases her debut single I Lay My Head on 29th August 2011. With comparisons to Kate Bush and Bat For Lashes rife and just, Fallulah has already caused a stir in her hometown with nominations for the Danish grammies and critics choice awards alongside numerous national wins. Following her debut London show on 15th June at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, I Like Music sent across some questions to Fallulah to find out more...
"I Like Music because… it likes me” Fallulah
ILM: For those yet to discover your music, how would you describe it?
Fallulah: It’s very honest and simple. I like good lyrics, stomps and claps. Some people say it’s Balkan folk pop, I just call it music.
ILM: Are there any particular themes or ideas you like to explore with your music?
Fallulah: I like to write stories from my life. I guess you could say I write social-realistic songs. I’m not into writing fiction or fairytales
ILM: How do tracks typically come together, from initial idea to finished track?
Fallulah: It often starts with a bit of melody and/or lyric and I build on from there. Sometimes I can hear the beat from the beginning too.
ILM: What's your earliest musical memory, when did you first realise it was what you wanted to do?
Fallulah: I think I’ve forgotten my first musical memory. Music has always just been a part of life, without me really thinking about it. I was never very interested in it and I didn’t play instruments. But I always did love singing and writing down words. It was only later on in life, around age 11, that I started making proper songs. That’s when I did my first english song. It was called “never ending search” and was about humans’ greed for money and love and how the need was never satisfied. I was a very serious kid.
ILM: How has Copenhagen affected you and your music? What's the scene like over there? Where should we go if we visit?
Fallulah: I don’t think Copenhagen has had an influence on me, I’ve always dreamt myself away. And I never had any music idols to look up to here. But being part Romanian, and growing up around the Balkan folk dance environment gave me my temper and my love of atypical beats. If you go to cph, Christania is a must. It’s very beautiful there. If you’re there in july, go to Roskilde Festival, even if its outside of Copenhagen. That’s a lot of fun.
ILM: How did you find your recent show in the UK?
Fallulah: I really enjoyed it, it totally surpassed my expectations. I was very pleased that so many people showed up, and they were so nice to me. I was quite nervous beforehand.
ILM: You have a lot of live dates coming up, what can we expect from your shows?
Fallulah: I always bring all of my energy when performing, so that’s to be expected. And I have great songs, and a great band. Other than that, it all depends on the day and the audience. I don’t ever plan too much.
ILM: Do you mind touring and travelling? What are the best / worst things about it?
Fallulah: The best and worst is being away from home.
ILM: What music have you been listening to recently?
Fallulah: I’m in a bit of a dry spell, I don’t listen to much music at the moment. I mostly go through my old records. I did just buy Sufjan Stevens’ “age of adz” and I’m going to listen to that. I’m trying to get inspired for writing myself, and then it’s best for me to isolate myself a little bit.
ILM: As summer is here, could you give us some of your top summer tunes?
Fallulah: Again, same problem. I still enjoy The Broken Bells album. It’s very summery. And Yeasayer. And Bat for Lashes is also one of my classics.
ILM: What are your future plans?
Fallulah: To play my music and get it out in the world, where it wants to be
ILM: Anything else we should know / check out?
Fallulah: Yeah, check out Vinnie Who. He’s a Danish artist I really like. I pimp him all the time, you know, musically.