Aida Frantzen

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Aida Frantzen
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
 
You could say I’m based in Boston, though I just moved here. The music scene seems very varied with many GREAT musicians.
 
 
You have a new track out Ladylike where and when did you record/produce?
 
I started writing it about a year ago. I went back and forth with the lyrics for a while, made a demo and took it too Magnus L. Engen (the producer). We messed around with different sounds and Ladylike was made !
 
What influenced the sound for Ladylike?
 
It’s definitely got a 2000s Pop Diva feel too it, mixed with more current electronic stuff. I think I listened a lot to Beyonce’s self titled album at the time. Also some early Jessie J and Tinashe. The song is very different from my earlier releases I would say.
 
 
Ladylike addresses gender equality, please tell us about the songwriting for this track and what is means to you:
 
I was zapping through channels one day. Suddenly I came over a series about Etiquette Schools for women. The purpose was to teach them how to be “a lady”.  It really pissed me off.. The whole concept of that is very outdated. Women do much more important things than balancing books on their heads and serving tea…. So I wanted to redefine the meaning of being “womanly” or “Ladlylike. The words were pretty much rolling after that.
 
 
How did you first start playing music?
 
I forced my mom to sign me up at a church choir. After that I continued doing choir things in the Norwegian Children’s Opera Choir and the Norwegian Girls Choir. It wasn’t until I started playing piano at 11 that I got into Jazz, Rnb and pop. I additionally started toplining in different studios (Urban Sound studios with Frank Ness and Hitzipper With Peter Stalmark and Danny Panther) and writing for myself. I did a little bit of backup for EHI, NATTI and Sparkx as well. The whole thing kinda snowballed really.
 
 
Who or what influences your sound?
 
I listened to Aretha Franklin sooo much as a kid. So that sparked a huge love for divas with big voices. Happily, being born in 1998, I grew up with many big voices combined with pop music like Beyonce, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey and so on. It’s definitely had a huge impact on me musically . Also anything Max Martin has done ever.
 
 
You’ve moved to Boston to start at the infamous Berklee College Of Music, please tell us about the entry process and your experience at Berklee to date:
 
I just moved here, so it’s hard to give a good picture haha. I was at two 5week summer corses here though. I learned so much and got to meet amazing, young musicians. I also had lessons with Janice Pendarvice (Performed with Steely Dan and sting, recorded with The Rolling Stones) and had a “Master Class” with Crissy Collins (Backup singer in “The Mamas” who play with Beyonce).  So I’m unexplainably grateful and very humbled to be here.
 
What do you like to do outside of music?
 
I love dancing. I used to take classes when I was younger. Don’t know why I quit. I also love boating and fishing! Very Norwegian of me I guess haha.
 
 
Who are you listening to at the moment?
 
Right now, Andersson.Paak, Jorja Smith and Ariana Grande.
 
 
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
 
Creating and releasing as much music as possible, while getting more into performance and production at Berklee.
 
 
Favourite food and place to hangout?
 
In Boston: Supremes.
In Oslo, Norway: Bjolsen Kebab.

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