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Sigrid: "I have this vision. It's in me somewhere"

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Published: 6:43 pm, August 27, 2017
Sigrid: "I have this vision. It's in me somewhere"
Another festival, another breath-taking performance from Sigrid. This time out it was Reading Festival that fell under her fizzy pop wonder. We fought through the buzz, the hype and all that glistening wonder to find out what’s next.

So, how was your set earlier?
“It was very fun. I think it was packed in the tent. A lot more people came than I expected. It was really fun.

That seems to be a reoccurring them with you this festival season. How’s life been since ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ came out?
"Hectic! And very exciting. My life is mostly at airports and hotels at the moment. I’m very excited for everything happening though. I’m just trying to enjoy it because you never know how long it’s going to last. I knew that after releasing ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, that’s when the work really starts. I’m working on new music. Hopefully people will like it when it comes out."

How’s it sounding?
"It’s still pop. I’ve been working with all these producers and writers to navigate all the different directions in pop because pop is so big. We’ve been trying different sounds. I’m very excited about how the album’s going to sound like."

So is an album the next step?
"No, an album will come at some point though."

And why are working with so many different producers and writers?
"Just because I love working with new people and new ideas. I learn so much and I’m only 20 years old. I haven’t produced before so I’ve learned so much on the production side. It’s much more fun working together than working on your own."

To work with other people, you must be sure about who you are as a musician and an individual.
"I have this vision and I’m more secure in what music I want to make than I think I do. Whenever I come into the studio, I’ll be like, ‘oh, I don’t know what to make today’ but I have this vision. It’s in me somewhere.”

So if someone suggests something that you don’t feel is right, you’re more than happy to tell them?
"You have to be polite. The important thing about a writing session for me is that everyone’s ideas are important. That’s what I wrote ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ about, a writing session where I thought that my opinion wasn’t respected. It’s really important for me that when I go into a writing session with producers or writers it’s not only my song. It’s our song. It’s important to me that everybody loves the song. That’s how I like to work."

And what’s next?
"Actually tomorrow I have one day off. I’m going to go swim. After that we’re doing a lot of pre-production with the band and we’re coming back to England and doing Scala on the 14th. We’re doing Lollapalooza and Berlin. We have more gigs but I can’t remember all of them. I’ve been working a lot in the studio. I’m not stopping."

Is it difficult trying to write music in a studio then going out and playing shows.

"It’s very different. They’re two different worlds in a way. I’m just myself when I’m me in the studio and I just take that thing onstage as well. I’m just me on stage, not exaggerated but I give more of myself I guess. Just being on stage feels very natural to me. I like being up there."

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