INA FORSMAN INTERVIEW
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
I think first tunes I really started singing were some Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears songs when I was 7 years old, but first blues tunes for me was Muddy Waters King Bee and Slim Harpos Got love if you want it.
When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I've been writing songs as long as I can remember. Only couple years ago I started writing songs that I'd actually want to record, before that it was just a hobby and something to get my mind focused on.
I think my first influence was Christina Aguilera. My aunt gave me her first album when I was 7 and I was just blown away! I sang and wanted to be a singer before that too, but after that I really started to use my voice and started trying different things and seeking all the places my voice can go.
Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?
Right now my favourites are Donny Hathaway, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Little Willie John. My favourite albums are Donny Hathaways These songs for you, Live! and Amy Winehouses Frank is something I never get tired of listening. Also I just started to listen Frank Oceans first album Channel Orange and I really love it's smoothness.
Do you get nervous before a performance ?
Not that much. I don't get nervous very easily.
How do you promote your shows?
On my facebook fanpage and on my website.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
Well, right now it looks like you don't have to be a musician anymore to do music, you just have to look like a pop star. It seems that bigger you get the less music matters, it's all about making money and gettin played at the radio. Soul, passion and real love for music is gone, I think. But there's still lots of us who make music where the music is the most important thing, and hopefully one day people will start to appreciate these kinda musicians and music more than the over produced Hollywood filtered crap that is playing on the radio.
What's your claim to fame?
It scares the hell out of me. I hope I never get that famous that I can't live a normal life, it would be awfull. Then again it interests me a lot, and I can't say that I wouldn't think about it every once in a while, what would it be like to be a celebrity and all that stuff. But at the end I really don't care for it, if I would I would be doing that same overproduced pop shit that everyone else is doing.
What inspires you to do what you do?
Good music. Doesn't even have to be blues or soul, just good music. Music where you can hear the passion and soul of the artist, where you can hear all the instruments clearly and separetaly not just produced into a big mass. Music where not only the lyrics touch you but the whole structure, solos, everything. Music that makes you feel hurt, sad, vulnerable, like your whole life is depending on it. This kinda music keeps me motivated to try to write and do good music instead of trying to do "popular" music.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Haha, I have no shame in my game! Allthough, I have couple songs on my playlist from Justin Biebers latest album that I sometimes have to explain to my friends and band mates.
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
I truly have no idea. It would still have something to do with art I'm sure. Before I wanted to become a singer when I was 6 years old I wanted to be a swimming ballerina when I grow up. Maybe I'd do that.
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I would love to learn to play guitar better! And piano also. I don't wanna go to school but I'd like to educate myself more with music. Right now all I have is my passion to music, I would also like to know stuff about it.
Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
I would like to find myself as a succesfull singer and a songwriter living in London with my super hot husband and our 5 or 10 shelter dogs. Maybe kids too. I hope that after 10 years I'd still do music the way I want to, without thinking will this sell or make it to the pop charts. I hope I'm still as stubborn and passionate with that matter as I am now. At the end of the day I just hope that I'm happy with myself and with things I've done so far. And that my husband really is smoking hot :D