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LEVINA: BATTLEGROUND


Photo Credit: Sam Rockman


INTERVIEW WITH LEVINA:


Thank you for taking this interview! What has 2022 been like for YOU as an artist?

Thanks for having me. It’s been quite up and down this year to be honest. I started to play live shows again after Covid which was so much fun, but then instead of spending most of my time in the studio writing music I had to deal with a rather annoying trademark issue. However, that’s all solved now and I’m feeling really excited about what’s to come next year. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?

You know when I released my last album, I just got signed and everything happened really quickly. I had a great time with the team at the label, but I didn’t feel like I had a lot of creative control over what I was putting out. The last album was quite a happy and polished version of myself, but I felt like it was missing the deeper side of myself. In my life and in my songwriting I get so influenced by what’s happening in the world around me and by my mental health. Dealing with depression also means I constantly question the small and the big things in life. With my last EP ‘Thinking In The dark’, I explored much more of the emotional side. The change in music really reflects who I am right now. It’s the full picture, the full range of emotions and that is constantly changing too. I hope the listeners are enjoying the journey with me, going through happy and sad times together. How did you come up with your latest project?

I wrote Battleground about my struggles with mental health. I didn’t speak about it a lot, because I felt like no one would understand me and I would be a burden to people. However, after I got regular therapy, through Help Musicians and BAPAM, I realised the importance of opening up, because there are other people who are going through similar situations. I am so grateful to be able to express my emotions through music and I want to raise awareness that struggles with mental health are not always visible. We need to make an effort to be kind to each other, because we never know what someone might be going through. I also want people to know that there’s always someone to talk to and someone who will listen, including services like Samaritans and Help Musicians, who have 24/7 helplines. And my DM’s are always open. Where are you from originally?

I’m from Germany originally but moved to the UK when I was 16. Where do you live now?


I live in North London.

Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?

Definitely. It can help you being creative and make you less creative. I love writing in studios in central London where I can feel the city, but sometimes I also enjoy going to the countryside and get some completely different inspiration. What was the inspiration to make music your career?

I don’t think there’s inspiration as such. It just get’s to the point, where you think all you wanna do is music and then you go for it. I was nine years old when I started classical singing and piano lessons, and I always felt I could put my emotions better into writing songs, than actually taking about it. How do you want to shape your career?

It’s a lot of work, but ultimately what’s the most important thing for me is being authentically me and following my gut instinct. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?

When it comes to releasing music I treat it like a business, so I work towards a timeline to get everything in order to get ready for a release. How did your latest title of your music come to be?

‘Battleground’ talks about the fact that things on the inside are not always as they seem from the outside. I wrote it in my bedroom to a more unusual and romantic 6/8 time signature, and then wanted to convey this juxtaposition through the production. I met Hannes Andersson during a songwriting camp in Barcelona and I played him the song when he was in London this year. He immediately felt it and we were excited to work on it together.

Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?

It’s great to release music into the world, but sometimes it can be scary. Especially with this song, it shows a very vulnerable side of myself. So of course you hope that people’s will connect with the song. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?

Absolutely. If anything music is an extension of my personality somehow, so I like feeling very connected to a song. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?

Thought-provoking. Where do they go to listen NOW?

https://open.spotify.com/track/1USMkGx24Ek10hkYp4WXDa?si=4ba5645674254d64. What has been the best fan reaction to your music?

Crying and laughing at the same time. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?

There’ll be more music with another single out early next year and I’m very excited for that one, so keep your eyes peeled on all my socials @levinamusic. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?

I just had a show at Notting Hill Arts Club, which was so much fun, and will have more shows coming up next year. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview! @levinamusic everywhere :) Follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/levinamusic/ https://www.tiktok.com/@levinamusic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh_I8cK4n90_FzFkKsUk5uw



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