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INTERVIEW: Frida Sundemo Talks Singing vs Acting

INTERVIEW: Frida Sundemo Talks Singing vs Acting

November 23, 2015 | D&L

Swedish alt-pop singer Frida Sundemo has already made such an impact on the music world with her two singles, so the future is already looking bright for this artist.

You may have already heard Frida’s strong voice on her latest track ‘Keep An Eye On Me’ on Grey’s Anatomy and ‘Starbright’ on new TV programme Scream Queens, and making it on this great platform at the beginning of her career has given Frida an even greater push as her journey in music continues.

Here, we catch up on life on set of Kill Your Friends, her latest track ‘Heroes’ and choosing between her two loves – acting and singing. Here’s what Frida has to say…

L’ART: You’re featuring in upcoming film Kill Your Friends, what was it like filming scenes for a well-known novel title?

Frida: It was an amazing adventure, like nothing I have experienced before. I would never think that I would be playing a part in a movie, but I love throwing myself out there if I get the chance to!

L’ART: What was the highlight for you being a part of this project?

Frida: I could never pick one thing. I stayed in London for three weeks while shooting the movie and every day felt like a dream. I got to meet so many exciting people and I also had to challenge myself over and over again, which always is interesting. In one of the scenes, me and my band were performing for a big audience, consisting of hundreds of extras. They were shouting and singing along like crazy and I had so much fun doing that scene.

L’ART: Your new single ‘Heroes’ features on the film’s soundtrack. What inspired you when writing the lyrics for the song?

Frida: I wrote it together with my longtime collaborator, Joel Humlén, and we wanted the song to be about feeling free, embracing life and being in the moment. I guess that goes pretty well along with how I felt when I said yes to be in the movie.

L’ART: Your song ‘Starbright’ has also featured on popular TV programmes (such as Scream Queens), how does it feel when your song is played to many people around the world?

Frida: It is hard to take in and to fully understand, it’s such a great way of sharing your music. I know for myself how I love to explore new music through TV and film and I guess many people agree with me.

L’ART: Tell us a bit about your background. How did you become interested in both music and acting for your career path?

Frida: I’ve always loved music and creating it has been a natural way of expressing myself as long as I can remember. I would never think that I would make it into the movies, though. I told my friend one week before I got the question about playing a part in Kill Your Friends, that the one thing that I could never see myself doing was acting. But life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect it to, which I’m happy about.

L’ART: If you had to choose between the two, which do you prefer doing and why – singing and performing or acting?

Frida: Singing and performing without a doubt. It’s my fuel for sure.

L’ART: Following your debut album, what can we expect from your upcoming album in 2016?

Frida: I’m aiming for it to be my cinematic and intimate space odyssey. It’s almost finished and I am very proud of it. Can’t wait to get it out there!

L’ART: When putting this new album together, where did you draw inspiration from?

Frida: It may sound like a cliché but I draw inspiration from simply everything that is life. I’m a thinking person and I often relate to the past as well as the future. The music gets to me easier than the words, even though I love writing lyrics too – when I’m in the right mood. Of course, listening to other people’s music is a huge inspiration too. I love film music and composers like Hans Zimmer, John Williams and Thomas Newman.

L’ART: When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?

Frida: I love spending time with family and friends, drinking really strong coffee, taking early morning walks, working out, baking bread, playing foosball, watching movies, drawing and taking hot baths. I also have a hobby in collecting unique friends. I love talking to people that differ from the crowd.

L’ART: What other goals do you wish to achieve by the end of the year?

Frida: I will definitely have my album finished by then and I would love it if Sunderland AFC secured a stronger position in The Premier League! And I would love to have learned the basics in Farsi – my friend just started teaching me. It’s such a beautiful language! I will also be better at answering my phone.

Photo Credit: Wilful Publicity