Fans of music that emanates from places other than the UK and America may wonder why 26-year-old Fallulah is the focus of our latest introduction.
Maria Apetri, AKA Fallulah, grew up in the Amager peninsula of Copenhagen and, after a stint in New York, has quickly made an impression in her native Denmark. Career highlights so far have included winning the P3 Guld award for single 'Bridges' and nominations for both the Danish Grammies and the Critics Choice Awards, but now her attention has switched to breaking our shores with the release of her debut single 'I Lay My Head' scheduled for August 29th, with her debut full length The Black Cat Neighbourhood set for early 2012.
Having charmed us at her debut UK show back last month, we felt it was an ideal time to let our readers find out more about her...
What's your earliest musical memory?
I don’t remember. I grew up around Balkan folk music, because of my parents. It was all they ever played, and I had no choice but to listen to that. But the very first CD I got at 9, was TLC’s CrazySexyCool and from there followed Destiny’s Child and The Spice Girls. I was obsessed with girl power. My older brother used to blast The Prodigy and Wu-Tang from his speakers, I think that may have had some influence on me.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
Damon Albarn, Jack White, Karen O, Liam Howlett and Bat For Lashes. Wow, that would be an absolute killer session. Nothing but the world’s best music could come from that. Maybe they’d let me do backing vocals, or play the tambourine…
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I honestly don’t know. I think you can only compare different sides to me with different artists, but I really don’t have an idol I strive to look or sound like. I’ve been compared with every single female artist out there, even though some are seriously off. I was so happy when I once saw someone comparing me to a male artist, but that’s only happened one time.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
I’d choose Blue by Joni Mitchell, Fever To Tell by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and When The Pawn... by Fiona Apple. I hope I’ll also have a CD player and some electricity. If not, I’ll choose ones with amazing artwork and lots of words inside.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
Mine was when I was a teenager. I had just discovered Goldfrapp, and I vacuumed the internet for everything I could find related to them. Their two first albums contain some of my favourite music. I was searching for their song 'Paper Bag', and by total coincidence I discovered the song with the same name by Fiona Apple. I instantly fell in love and heard the song on repeat for months. Her lyrics are raw and honest; they hurt! I realized that if I ever wanted to be an artist, I had to start writing uncensored stories from my own life. It was suddenly so clear what I wanted to do. I was going through some difficult times, and I sought refuge in the music, it helped me a lot. So one defining music moment led to another.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
It was back when I lived in New York, dancing at Broadway Dance Center. I’d persuaded one of my girlfriends to go with me to a sold out Sia gig. We didn’t have tickets, so we showed up several hours before the show and were lucky enough to get in. But we had all these hours to kill and we did that in the bar, my friend with her fake ID in hand. By the time of the show, we were so embarrassingly drunk, being loud, giggly and probably obnoxious. We had such an amazing night and Sia was fun and incredibly good.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
One of my very old half-assed demos.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Healthy and well, and surrounded by the people I love. I hope I’ll be working on my third or fourth album. Maybe I live abroad, and I’ve written that Beyoncé smash hit that I dream of doing. I might even have become a mother.
How would you describe your debut UK single 'I Lay My Head' to us?
It’s a melancholic pop song about impossible love and the loneliness when it has ended. How it follows you like a ghost and you still sense that person everywhere, though you know the relationship was damaging and bad. It’s upbeat and melodic, with lots of stomps and claps. I like to use my body as an instrument, it’s become sort of a signature on my album.
What's next for Fallulah?
No one really knows yet, but good things are happening. My goal and ambition is to get signed in the UK and the US this year and release my debut album. Then I’d like to start writing for my next one, slowly but steadily. I’m also going to get started with my songwriting for other artists. I love the idea of working with both the very alternative and the very commercial side of pop music. I definitely contain both sides.
My debut single 'I Lay My Head' is being released in the UK in August, which I’m very excited about. I’m really busy back home in Denmark, playing a lot of shows, but this fall I’ll be focusing my time much more on getting my music out to the rest of the world too.
'I Lay My Head' is out on August 29th. You can find out more about Fallulah on her official website - www.fallulah.dk