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What is your name and role within the band?

My name is Siv Jakobsen, and I am a solo artist, although I do often perform with a band. I am a songwriter, singer and guitarist.

How did you start?

I started doing music at the age of four, singing in a local children’s choir.

Where are you based?

I’m based in Oslo, Norway.

Please give an example of your music writing process?

I usually write lyrics first, and then put it to music, altering the lyrics as the musical elements reveal themselves.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on getting myself ready to release my debut album, which will be out later this year!

What is your gear setup?

It’s very simple – I use two acoustic Martin guitars and a tuner pedal.

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

I am a trained barista, so I have a big love for coffee-culture. It doesn’t directly affect my music, although I do tend to write a lot of my lyrics in coffee-shops and cafés.

How would you describe your music genre?

This is always a tough one – it’s hard to choose just a couple of words to describe your own music. Ethereal and melancholic indie-folk maybe?

Do you know any music theory?

I do – I studied music theory in high school and college, but I’ve always been more of an intuitive than a theoretical musician, so I’m no theory-wiz, if that makes sense.

What are your plans for the future?

Record and release albums, tour the world and write music – on repeat.

How did you get into music?

I’ve been doing music since I can remember, so I guess there was never a conscious decision made – it’s just part of who I am. It started with me singing in a local choir (as mentioned earlier) at a very young age, and just progressed from there.

What are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment I am really into Wilsen’s new album “I go missing in my sleep” as well as Aldous Harding and Billie Marten.

Who are your top 5 influences and icons?

I’d say my top 5 influences are Ane Brun, Laura Marling, Damien Rice, Lucy Rose and Rachel Sermanni – they were all staple artists and songwriters for me when I started writing music, so I’ve learned a lot from watchig their artistry and listening to the way they shape their songs.

When are you playing next?

My next shows are in Oslo at Piknik i Parken festival, and then at Montreal Jazz Festival in Montreal, Canada in July.

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