- Words Aimee Phillips
The singer, songwriter, producer and director talks about doing it all herself, her new single “Heavy Weather” and her upcoming EP.
Lockdown may have been the first time many of us worked from home, forcing people across the world to re-think the way they operate. The time has shown that working from home can be – for some – just as productive, if not more so, than the way they worked before. Sølv’s success is a testament to the digital world making things possible – the musician has been working out of her apartment since before the pandemic struck.
Entirely self-taught, self-managed and unsigned, Sølv directs her own music videos, writes, records and produces her own music and works on the artwork/graphics – working with a close circle of collaborators on the final outcome. It’s an admirable – if perhaps stressful – way of working. But being almost completely autonomous has its ups and downs. A self-confessed perfectionist, Sølv revels in having control over the entire song creation process, but it’s been hard to not let it consume her.
Exposed to the likes of Portishead, Roxy Music and Massive Attack at a young age sparked Sølv’s desire to push boundaries in music, whilst a love of today’s more conventional pop artists FKA Twigs, Banks, Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean were influential in shaping her sound. The result is a dark-pop offering that has earned her hundreds of thousands of streams.
If you could summarise it, what would be the story of how you became a musician?
You’re entirely self-taught, self-produced and self-managed – what’s behind the drive behind being completely autonomous?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing it all yourself?
Your latest song “Heavy Weather” is about having that one person who can bring you out of the darkness and into the light. How much of your writing is autobiographical?
What’s your favourite topic to write about at the moment?
Give me a window into your creative process – how do you go about making a song?
If your music was a flavour, what would it be?
What’s your proudest achievement so far?
What’s one album that totally changed your life / changed the way you saw the world?
What’s next for you?