Our Next Star?

Lovisa Linde. Photo: Mats Björling

The first time I met Lovisa Linde, she was singing in the pedestrian street in Malmo. I was lured in by her beautiful, unique voice, but when I later interviewed her, it turned out that she was actually employed by NBV to perform as a street musician, and much more established and experienced as a musician than I had first thought.

She has been involved with music her entire life, and started playing the transverse flute as an eleven-year-old. But it wasn’t until she started studying music at C4 in Kristianstad that she really fell for it and decided that this is what she was going to do with her life.

Since then she has performed a lot, among other things as the opening act to David Lemma, recorded and released an EP and been awarded with the Torsjö Live Award. And very soon she will start recording her second EP – at Tambourine Studios in Malmo – which hopefully will lead to a tour and her eventually being able to live off music.

In Kristianstad she is something of a local celebrity, at least among other musicians, but now she’s moved to the bigger city Malmo, which she hopes will help her in her career. She is not aiming for fame and wealth, but the writer of this article thinks it’s reasonable to believe she will be quite famous, as she has a unique voice and in addition plays the guitar, the ukulele, the piano and the flute. And she composes her own music.

She is, mostly, inspired by other singer/songwriters as e.g. Julian Baker and Phoebe Bridgers and her songs are mostly quite sad and wistful. “I often write when I’m dealing with things that are difficult, and then it gets somewhat sad. And that is the kind of music I prefer”, she says with a smile.

Her lyrics are often short stories, very elaborated, with no, or few rhymes. She is not aiming to avoid rhymes, but she wants to surprise and not chose the expected word just because it rhymes.

So far she has only published one song in Swedish, The rest are in English. She loves the English language and the opportunities it offers, and she also likes the fact that English makes her songs international.

The complete article in Swedish you find in our paper issue, which is out on the market now.


Mats Björling