ELIN BERGMAN: “If my lyrics and voice encourage other women to speak up then I think I can die happy”
Keep your ears and eyes on Swedish singer-songwriter Elin Bergman. We are in love with her music, especially with her debut single “Shoot You Down”. It’s and outstanding track which lives off her strong and vibrant voice fueled by a mix of Pop, Trap and R&B. Her contemporary style of creating music has induced us to follow her on her musical journey and we highly recommend you to do so as well.
You came first runner-up in Swedish Idol 2013 but eventually didn’t win the show. Do you think that not winning actually did help your music career?
I definitely believe that second place was the best thing that could’ve happened. Swedish Idol really got the best of me and I needed some space to figure out what I really wanted after the show. I’m glad that I got the time off to breathe a little, and also not having to be tied up by any contract.
Have you ever experienced any prejudices regarding your music, personality or style?
I think all of us have been there at some point. I guess it’s easy for some people to assume things if you got a lot of attitude, don’t mind being centre of attention or even if you’re thinking outside the box when it comes to styling. But the most important thing for me is to be confident and have faith in myself, so it doesn’t really matter what other people think at the end of the day.
In your track „shoot you down“ you are singing „You take me for a fool cause I’ve been there before but this time around I tell you how it goes“. You are definitely making an empowering statement with those lines. What was your intention behind that song?
That song was a way for me to take out all of my aggressions. It was basically a big fuck you to everybody that ever treated me without respect. And also letting them know that I’m moving forward to greater things. I think people can relate to that in a lot of ways.
Your voice and lyrics appear to be very strong. As a woman in music industries, do you feel the need to challenge gendered norms by producing those sounds?
As a feminist I think it’s amazing to see how many strong women there are in the music business today. And if my lyrics and voice encourage other women to speak up then I think I can die happy, haha. I don’t know, I guess I’ve always been that kinda person that wants to do the opposite of what people tell me to do. So in some ways, because of that, I definitely think that my opinions reflect on my music style.
Do you see yourself in trap music or would you rather describe yourself as a pop musician?
Some of my songs got trap vibes but I would call myself a pop musician. Especially with the releases that I got coming up. A lot of attitude, but still pop. That’s what I wanna do.
We are waiting for an album to be released by you. Will we hear more from you in 2016?
Absolutely! I don’t think that I will release an album but maybe an EP. Can’t promise you guys too much. Although I actually got a release right around the corner. So keep your eyes and ears open! I’m really looking forward to it.
We’re sure that your sound can compete on an international level. Are there any gigs planned outside of Sweden?
Thank you so much! I really don’t have any gigs planned yet. But there will probably be some gigs here in Sweden to begin with. I guess it depends on how much the rest of the world likes my next single!