photo credit: Fredrik Etoall
We had a chat with the up and coming Swedish artist Bishat about her début release ‘Sober’.
Check it out here:
-Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, except for a year I spent with my mom in Ethiopia when I was seven. Growing up I don’t think there was any doubt to those around me that I’d end up working with music and acting. I was constantly running around singing to anyone who’d listen. Even though I have mellowed a lot since my energetic childhood days, I still have that childish love for music. I moved to London as soon as I graduated from high school to train at a performing arts school, and then I moved to Germany, spent some time in the US, back to London and then ended up in Stockholm, and I think that sums me up pretty well. I’m such a wanderer and a mix of cultures and countries and experiences. Nothing’s ever one thing with me. I’m the most chilled and restless person ever.
-How did you get into music?
I grew up with it always playing in our house. If I was hanging out with my brother we’d just lay on the floor in front of the record player and listen to stuff he found. He was always really good at digging up great music. When I was 12 I fell in love with the piano. I got this huge urge to learn and to put music to the lyrics and diary entries I was already writing. My school music teacher started giving me little private lessons during lunch hour and she knew someone who had an old piano collecting dust in their attic and so I saved every penny I could and bought it. That was it, I was hooked and that’s when I started writing my own songs.
– How would you describe your sound?
Well, I play around with and am influenced by a lot of genres. But to me what I do is pop music, with a little bit of rawness to it. I don’t like it too polished.
-Tell me about your début song ‘Sober’, what themes does it explore?
It’s about a relationship that has a lot of potential. Someone you really like and get on with who understands you, and has the capability to make you beyond weak in the knees. And then the realisation that you’re not getting what you want and need. So you try to let go, but it’s hard when the good parts are so good you know. It’s about alcohol, 4 am decisions and the difficulty of moving on.
-Which artist has most inspired you creatively and why?
I think the artist that has had the biggest impact on me is Alicia Keys. When she came out with her début album, Songs in A minor, that really inspired me. She was the coolest, baddest woman ever. She played the piano amazingly well and did her own thing just like I wanted to do. And I heard in her music that she had a lot of the same influences, everything from blues to classical that she so beautifully mixed together to soulful pop.
-What does 2016 look like for you?
I’m really looking forward to getting ‘Sober’ out in the universe, and then play some shows, make more music and finish my EP.