MOA HOLMSTEN INTERVIEW

 

What's the first song you ever remember hearing?

 

It was probably "She´s A Lady" by Tom Jones. And I was about 4 years old. I loved that vinyl my mom had and was staring at Mr. Jones leaning over a pool table with his husky look. 

Still to this day I get chills hearing that intro and "Well she´s all you´d ever want." 

And for the record, when people asked me what my name was when I was that age I told them either Tom Jones, or Ingemar Stenmark (which was a world known Swedish slalom skier, one of the best to this date) or Bobby from "Dallas" (the famous TV series)... I was an odd kid.

 

If you have to describe your music in three or four words,what would you call it?

 

Unpredictable, Raw, Soulful and Honest.

 

How did you become involved in the type of music you play and why covering Bruce Springsteen?

 

I've been playing music since the age of 9. I started playing violin til the age of 16 where I swapped the violin for the guitar and started my first punk band called Gemma. I've played punk, metal and pop. Its always been a great part of my life. I'm purely driven by lust and exploration which in a way led me to Springsteen, partly by coincidence, but mainly because I got stuck when I had started writing the follow up to my latest album, Do You Want Me, Death?  To get my mojo back and to just feel free we recorded a version of My Hometown by Springsteen. It was so much fun we continued with Badlands and the ball was rolling. How it ended up being Springsteen is more a coincidence than a planned move. He met all the demands I had for a cover. Someone that was far from my own music, someone that was pretty new to me and that had a big catalogue of songs. Voila... there is Bruce Springsteen. 

 

What can people expect to see at your live performances?

 

Passion, rolling eyes and flying limbs. Though I'm more toned down when I'm performing my Springsteen set compared to my own songs, there is still tons of energy and a sensation of me singing like it would be the last thing I'll ever do. 

 

Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?

 

I hear that from time to time and its just mind blowing. That something I've written actually affects others to the core. That is never the initial intention. I write first and foremost for myself and I never in the writing process consider that anyone else can actually identify themselves and relate with what I write since it's so personal. So to me it's really rewarding to hear that. Just writing it here it seems surreal. But that's the power of music and words!

 

If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?

 

Right now I wouldn't say no to sing a duet with Springsteen, I think we would be pretty good together. 

But had I been around in London in the late 60´s I would have done whatever it took to get in to those jamming parties and sung a song with Jimi Hendrix. 

 

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

 

The States and then probably San Diego, which I guess is the furthest away from Stockholm. 

 

Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blank,

 

Without music i would be —hospitalized and lobotomized————————

 

What question i did forget to ask?

 

When am I coming to Holland?

 

I don't know, invite me and I'll be there before you can spell Springsteen.