She only released her first official single at the end of last year, but Swedish singer and songwriter Sofia Karlberg has already amassed a huge amount of fans. We headed Behind The Bass to hear a little more about this talented lady.
How would you describe your career as an artist so far? What have been some of the highs/lows?
Since I’ve only released one song I can’t really give you a good answer, but releasing my first single has absolutely been the high of my career so far. YouTube has also been very supportive since the beginning and helped me out on so many levels, giving me the opportunities to travel and develop my musical career in so many ways. The lows have probably been the waiting and the need for you to be patient. Everything takes a lot of time.
What initially inspired you to set up your YouTube channel to push your music? Did the success of it happen straight away or was it a slow burner to begin with?
I was only 13 when I started my channel and at that point I didn’t really understand what a great platform YouTube actually was. It wasn’t until a couple of years later I actually started posting videos on a serious level, and at that point It all happened very quick. Almost over night. I never really had a goal or a ulterior motive with my channel, I just wanted to create and share my songs with the rest of the world.
Congrats on a stunning new single for Universal Sweden! Do you feel you learned a lot from working with a major label?
Thank you! Well I wouldn’t really say It was a big change from how things used to be before I signed with Universal, I still work with the same people and do things the same ways I did before I signed. But I definitely learned a lot of things, being a cover artist on YouTube and an actual artist are two completely different things.
If you could give a singer just starting out three bits of advice, what would they be?
Practice, be patient and have fun! Patience is probably the biggest advice I could give to anyone who’s just starting out. Like I said before everything takes time, a creative process can’t come right away. Get to know yourself and be 100% sure of what it is you want.
When can we expect your first release of 2017?
Hard to say, but before the summer starts for sure…
What are some of your goals for this year?
I just want to release music on a regular basis. A lot of music! Make enough songs to have proper gigs and I would love to be able to do everything by myself, from the writing to the production. It can be very frustrating to always have to depend on other people to do the work.
Finally, if there was only one piece of music you could listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Wow I would probably go insane, haha. But probably “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” by Nina Simone. I’ve listened to that child since I was a child and I still haven’t gotten tired of it.
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