We spoke with Lina Hansson of Swedish electronic duo, Violet Days, about her personal background, collaborating on their latest release and the state of the music industry for women.
For those who haven’t heard, Violet Days is a Swedish electropop duo, consisting of creative minds Lina Hansson and Kris Eriksson, that will get you in the groove in no time at all. Coming from a comparably more eclectic electronic debut EP last year, Made In My Head, Violet Days turned up the volume with their latest single: the punchy and honest “Afterparty“. The track is instantly catchy and resonates deeply with the inner you that wants to leave the party and go home after X amount of drinks and Y amount of hours. About the track, Lina herself says:
I wanted to write about this feeling when there is no way to escape your thoughts of feeling alone, I think a lot of people struggle with that sometimes but we don’t talk so much about it. ‘Afterparty’ is a typical moment that brings that feeling out – the contrast of having a lot of people around you at one second, and the next one they’re gone. It’s just bittersweet. It’s a dialog with myself trying to get better at being alone.
The contagious, upbeat dance energy of the track juxtaposes the core message, which is the fact that after parties are sort of overrated. This well-framed feeling of being tired of the same party grind is gloriously relatable. Being a spontaneous or congenial person, the temptation can be to join in the festivities, simply to join. But as a night goes on, it can get overwhelming, derivative and, in the end, perhaps amount to time better spent chilling in one’s own company, jamming out to this track. We had the chance to speak with Lina herself about her musical background, collaborating on “Afterparty” and the state of the music industry for women.
How did you first get into music? Were you always drawn to this form of expression?
I think I always knew that I wanted to pursue music. Growing up, my family and I were always singing and playing, so it came very naturally. I’ve always been drawn to creative things, like painting too, but I always had more patience with music.
How would you describe your relationship with music?
It’s a stormy relationship for sure! It’s a lot of love/hate haha. Music saves me, but it takes me to weird places too.. It’s a strange thing, so many feelings, but I could never live without it. It’s such a great therapeutical form of expression that I’m so thankful to have. It’s the love of my life.
Who are some of your biggest influences past or present?
It’s a mix of soundtracks, artists and people… We love Tame Impala, The Neighbourhood, Coldplay, Beach Boys, Kavinsky, Banksy, Hans Zimmer…
Where are you from originally and what’s your personal background?
I’m from a very small town in Sweden called Vansbro. I had a very safe childhood growing up there in a musical family. I moved to Stockholm in 2009 to pursue music and it’s been my base since.
You’re one half of the collaborative project Violet Days. How did that come about?
I met Kris in 2012 and that’s when our collaboration started, writing music together. It was amazing finding someone that completely had the same musical vision that I had. I always wanted Violet Days to feel like an alter ego for me, someone I could use as an outlet for all my feelings and Kris has been engineering that with production and writing the songs with me since we met.
What about your latest release, ‘Afterparty’? I love the effortlessly epic and honest vibe of the track. What was your aim with this song?
Thank you! Honestly, all I wanted was to tell the honest story about how I feel about most after parties. I think they’re usually very romanticized. For me, it’s important to tell truths and not only talk about the happy moments – maybe people can relate and feel like they’re not alone feeling that way.
What does the writing process usually look like with you? Is it always different?
Yeah, it’s pretty different from time to time. Lately, we’ve been starting with the lyrical concept, an idea of a story I want to tell. Then, we try to find the perfect melodies to match that emotion.
What do you think of the state of the music industry right now, for women?
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s heading in the right direction. I feel like you always have to stand up for yourself and be on guard as a woman. There is so much pressure on us always – that we should look a certain way and never grow older, basically, while men get way less questions asked… We just have to talk about it and fight the norm and do what we want to do and not let people put us down.
Yas! What’s next for you?
A lot of new music is coming and hopefully there will be more tours coming up soon. Very excited about the next chapter of Violet Days.