Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Linda Varg

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

I was on the phone with a colleague about a year ago when I started to notice a familiar feeling in my stomach. This time I could see so clearly what I have been doing for as long as I can remember. I was making myself smaller in front of other people. Scared to step on their toes.

When I was very young I was a happy, unafraid person with a great talent for singing and performing. Some women couldn’t handle that and were mean to me. At that moment on the phone with my colleague I could see that it started so long ago.

When I saw this I became so angry with myself. I thought that the world had been keeping stuff from me and giving me a hard time. When all the time I was the one doing all that by making myself smaller. The world acts on how we are on the inside.

For the first time I could see that. I woke up and a big change started to take place in my life. After we finished the call I went straight into my music room and grabbed my guitar and wrote “F*** it up”.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first single was “Keep going”. I wrote it just before I did the first audition for Swedish Idol (2010). I should have released it immediately after Idol but I didn’t! I thought that I had to wait for the right moment. My audition became viral on YouTube and it wasn’t until after more than one year I decided to contact a producer to help me record the song.

We released it ourselves. It’s a very strong song with a great message. The first line in the song is “Let’s say that you got a gift a long time ago. It’s a place on earth. Wouldn’t you be glad”?!”. In all our wants in life and all our troubles we forget that we live on this beautiful planet. Full of colours and fantastic animals and little lakes and big oceans….

I think that the song’s message goes straight into something deeper inside of people and that is why the song has reached out to so many even though I didn’t have a record label behind me.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

The first song I wrote on this album is “Why Don’t Ya”. I wrote it together with my husband Ulf Nilsson who also is an artist/songwriter. But this was a long time ago and it reached back all the way to 2013.

It’s funny how long it can take before a song is recorded. It has been with me all this time but it wasn’t until now that it felt right to record it. It’s a groovy song with attitude. It’s not like any other song on the album. A little funk in the chorus.

Your favourite song to play live:

I have two favourite songs to play live. First one is “Russian roulette” that I released 2015 and the second one is “Fuck it up”. But “Russian roulette” is just really fun to play when I have a full band with me on stage. That song needs electric guitars.”F*** it up” works either way since it’s core is acoustic guitar.

The song that was the longest to write and why?

None of the songs took a very long time to write. The process of writing the songs to this album came one by one in a very fun and harmonic way. Great flow.

Your most emotional track:

My most emotional track is “In the end” which is not released yet. It’s the main single from the album. It’s about a woman whose husband cheats on her. One of the lines in the song which I think is very strong is: “I was hopelessly in love with you and for a long time you loved me too”. It says it all I think.

The best lyric you have ever written:

I must say “Keep going”. But it’s like I didn’t write it myself. It just came to me and I finished it up very fast. But the lyrics in “F*** it up” are very good too. I guess it’s because all the words are coming from me and my real emotions and it’s kind of like a healing towards the end of the song.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

My feeling before I go on stage is always a little nervous but at the same time excited. All I want is to give the audience a really really good time. That mental attitude takes the focus away from me. It’s all about giving if you ask me. I love what I do!!!

The hardest track to play live:

The hardest track to play live, hmm let me think!!! I must say “Alcoholics” because it feels very slow and it needs more than just a regular band. And to play it acoustic is not even an option! LOL!!! It’s a song that we wrote to use as a song to videos on TikTok. But we thought it turned out pretty cool so I decided to put it on the album.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

I almost always bring my own pillow when I’m on tour. I’ve experienced some really bad pillows during my touring. To sleep well is very important for me! I remember that I was so happy that I bought my own pillow on my Germany tour. Have you seen the pillows there??? OMG I don’t understand how they can sleep on them. They are huge and rectangular.

Describe your fans in three words:

Devoted, appreciative and supportive!

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Easy! “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette
I love that song.
It is an incredibly well written song
The lyrics are both funny with a little truth in it.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

You are gonna see me on stage a lot and also on my social media platforms. My debut album is going to be released in late April or beginning of May. I’m looking forward to that and I can’t wait for “In the end” to be heard!

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