Hang With HUN SOLO For International Women’s Day

These native Copenhageners know the importance of lifting up fellow talented women and have an all-around good time while they're at it!
Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg, Nana Jacobi and Anya Mathilde Poulsen

HUN SOLO is a collective made up of a ragtag group of girls hellbent on providing a stage for fellow female artists who have talent to share. From coordinating talks and panels with boundary-pushing musicians to all-female lineups for sold out shows, these women know how to support each other and put on events that people want to see.

Their network is always growing and finding new ways to curate great content – their latest venture is an inclusive three-part production (talk, concert and club) for International Women’s Day. We spoke with one of the founders and core members, Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg, about her experience with the crew, the upcoming events on March 8th and her own personal background within music.

HUN SOLO! How did you all come to be?

All three of us have been part of the music scene for a long time. Anya and I knew each other from when she was a music journalist at the Danish National Radio and wrote a book about female musicians in 2007. Nana and I have been roommates a long time ago, and we’re both musicians. We founded HUN SOLO in 2016 because we all have an interest in female artistic expression and wanted to highlight some of the amazing artists out there.

Can you briefly describe what you guys are up to and what you’re all about?

HUN SOLO is dedicated to featuring music created by female artists. We arrange concerts where five artists each go on stage completely alone performing a compact solo show. The line-ups are constantly changing and by now we’ve featured around 60 different artists. Our aim is to inspire women of all kinds to unleash their full potential and to explore artistic expression by women.

So what’s the plan for International Women’s Day?

We plan to turn the day into a huge celebration of female expression. We start out at 4:30pm with a TALK event, then at 10pm there will be a full HUN SOLO “KONCERT” featuring, among others, the iconic Swedish artist Jenny Wilson and Nelson Can’s Selina Gin. At 10pm, we kick off the night with a “KLUB” event and a lineup of cool female DJs and the rapper Yakuza.

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Can you give a bit of insight into the TALK portion? How did you go about choosing the participants?

The TALK participants all have inspiring stories to tell and we’re always on the lookout for the stories of women who take action on their dreams and beliefs. This year, we highlight political statements in art. For instance, NIKOLINE caused a huge stir with her controversial rap hit ‘Sut min klit’ (‘Suck my clit’) as well as the music video for the track. Check it out! Yukka is a political refugee from Egypt now based in Denmark. She’s speaking up about political issues and women’s rights and has created a rap school for young girls in Denmark.

NIKOLINE

What is your personal background and the reason you make music?

I grew up in northern Jutland in an old house with my family. I played the piano and started to write poems and rhymes when I was a school kid. And I sang in the local choir for many years. Around 2000, I founded the band Blue Foundation in Copenhagen together with a group of guys where I was the lead singer and co-songwriter. In 2013 I released my first solo album Hamskifte. I wanted to learn producing skills and I wanted to create something totally new on my own, all from scratch. So I composed and produced the album myself and wrote my lyrics in Danish for the first time. It was a great adventure and huge learning experience. Since then, I have also created music for theatre and modern dance pieces, been board member in the jury of The Nordic Council Music Prize and founded HUN SOLO with Nana Jacobi and Anya Mathilde Poulsen. I am now working on writing and producing new material for another solo release…

Making music is a way for me to understand the world and myself. It’s a way for me to take my space in this world and to continuously expand the space I can move in. In this space, I can investigate power, emotions, topics that interest me and sides of myself that I long to express but find difficult to as a private person. I am often motivated by challenges that I think I can’t do. It makes me think “I must learn to do that”. Like producing a whole album on my own or performing a solo concert all alone on stage. Those things make me scared and at the same time, empowered when I actually manage to do them. I don’t like the feeling of being limited. Through working with my music and sounds, I meet my self in various ways. Sometimes, I like what I see and sometimes I don’t. The process can be very up and down. Music is an art form that speaks to your body, emotions and mind at the same time. I love that you can experience music on so many levels and I love to drown myself in landscapes of sound.

How is a HUN SOLO concert different from other concerts?

HUN SOLO concerts are always different, never the same. It’s a chance to experience five artists in a totally new way, as they’re performing in the solo format. We always aim to present a diverse lineup regarding genre as well as age and backgrounds. We love to show that you can create and perform great music in so many different ways. The line-up of this “KONCERT” is: Jenny Wilson, Selina Gin (Nelson Can), Drew, Nana Jacobi and me, Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg. Nana and I are founders of HUN SOLO along with Anya Mathilde Poulsen, who is hosting the TALK. The KONCERT is completely sold-out by the way, but TALK and KLUB are still open.

What do you hope people take away from your events? What is the vibe you’re going for?

It will be a great chance to discover new music. We’re always going for a celebratory vibe with some of the best artists around. Our audience often express that they are thrilled to see so many totally different ways of performing cool music. Our concerts have a feel of richness and abundance to them. We often invite young girls who play music themselves to attend our concerts, because we know how important it is to experience great role models in order to keep up, even when your friends are quitting.

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

For thousands of years, art and music in the public have primarily been created by men while women have been barred from these expressions. Only for the last 100 years, women have really had the chance to take their space creatively in the public domain in our part of the world. We love to celebrate and highlight women who bring their art into the world and who continue to do it. They are great role models and point to the future. In our opinion, they make the planet more rich.

Thanks, Kirstine!