Tilda Allie – Further Than You | Sofar


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This week we spoke with Tilda Allie.

You have a unique fusion between electropop and soulful jazz, with many influences coming from your native Sweden. How was the music scene back home and what success did you have?

Through out my upbringing in Vasteras the music scene was very male dominated. Me and a few girls started up an all female band and I had played the bass, we where inspired by all the 60s stars such as: The Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, the Who, the Monkeys, the Yardbirds you name it.

My roots lie in rock and I think you can tell by the way I perform, but grunge and a lot of the Britt pop scene have influenced me loads, such as Oasis, Jet and Jeff Buckley.
Jazz came in much later through listening a lot to hip hop and soul, I thank Amy Winehouse.  My parents are big music fans and I have been exposed to various genres throughout my childhood. Sex machine with james brown was an all time favourite on the vinyl player!
As for Swedish inspiration, Håkan Hellström, Swedens version of Bruce Springsteen was what I was listening to nonstop at 13 but more recent artists like Lykke li, Little Dragon, the Knife and First Aid Kit are big inspirations too.

What made you move to the UK and how has the transition and reaction to your music been since you made Brighton your second home?

I have always created music back home and felt uninspired from being stuck in a pop box and as I come from a middle class city near Stockholm, being different was hard.  I wrote About the transition in my song “Snowman”, the snowman can be seen as the country Sweden or as a person that you have to leave behind in order to move forward.

I grew up with Twiggy, Rolling Stones and the Beatles as big idols and dreamt about walking in SOHO with big hats and flower dresses. I wanted to live that dream!
Picking Brighton was a lucky coincidence. After collage I decided to take a break from music and decided to study art and English. I ended up in Brighton on one of the English courses and fell in love.
The reaction has been very positive, my Nordic tone and choice of Melodies stands out and became one of my biggest assets, suddenly being different was seen as good. Don’t get me wrong being an opinionated female is always hard and I have had my beefs even here, but I feel so much more at home. Brighton is a place for everyone, the norm is to be eccentric, loud, confident and proud, it’s liberating!

 

Your music video for ‘Time Frame’ sees you getting very colorful in a bathtub full of flowers and covered in glitter, which generated over 25k views on Facebook. What was the process for this video?

I love painter Alexa Meade and have been following her work since I saw her TED talk. She paints her models in milk baths and the results are just beautiful. I have always been very interested in art and the visual aspect of my music is almost as important, it becomes an extension of emotions and moods in the same way as the music itself.

The actual process of filming was pretty simple, one camera, me in the bathtub and some good lighting. It took us 8 hours to film and 6 of them I spent in the bathtub. I genuinely love glitter but the process of getting it off took weeks. It gets everywhere, but definitely worth it.

What advice could you give to international artists looking to move to a new country to explore their music?

Be brave and take the risk, I think many like me dream about moving abroad and creating music in a country or city more suitable for them. Bare in mind that the UK have had some of the worlds biggest artists and studying or making music in England was a big dream for me and therefore became very scary. It’s easy to find excuses not to go, security is a big issue in this all. I found that moving has been the most important thing in my growth as an artist and person, taking inspiration from a different culture actually helped me to define my own musical roots more. I found that my Scandinavia roots became more emphasised within my music by being here. You find yourself in situations like this. So advice; being scared is the greatest inspiration so go!

If you were stranded on a desert island and could take 3 things with you, what would they be and why?

Can people be the things? Please!
1. Kat Head
2. Florence Marriott
3. Rebeca Tomstad
Life is not worth living without the people who love you…
If not people I guess a boat, a compass and a map so I could get away from there!

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