Bands | Christine Owman
Christine Owman is a Swedish songwriter, singer and instrumentalist that has also founded her own record label, Revolving Records.
With a dark shade and highbrow atmosphere, Christine's music runs elegantly over the depths of emotions, with both experimental and classical melodies. A music to get away from the aseptic indifference of our days.
Christine Owman: on vocals, the cello, the ukulele, the saw, the banjo, the piano, the violin, the bass, the contra bass, the guitar and percussion.
Tom Waits, Björk, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey.
Born in Sweden with a danish mother, but Christine Owman grew up in the States as a child. She started playing the cello as a five-year-old and has expanded her instrument skills to the guitar, the piano, the bass, the ukulele, the banjo, the saw and the violin.
2002 Christine Owman released her first solo EP Morning Thoughts followed by the album Open Doors. This lead to supporting legendary Robert Plant on his visit to Stockholm.
Christine Owman has worked and toured with a number of talented, well-known artists in different constallations throughout the years; members of the Cardigans
(Magnus Sveningsson, Lasse Johansson), Bebe Risenfors (Tom Waits & Elvis Costello´s bands), Erik Nilsson (Irya's Playground, Ane Brun's and Nina Kinert's bands), Ola Frick (Moonbabies), Irya
Gmeyner and Andi Almqvist.
- Open Doors (2003), Revolving Records
- Throwing Knives (2010), Revolving Records
- Indie Or Die (2010), Christine Owman: The Conflict. Dada Records
- Morning Thoughts (2002), Revolving Records
- The Conflict (2010), Revolving Records
Interview With Christine Owman
1. How did you begin?
I began singing before I could even talk. I'm pretty sure I wrote my first song before I knew how to spell. My band has existed as long as myself.
2. How would you define the sound of your music?
Lo-fi sounds recorded without hiding noise. Music with a steady beat with lots of effect pedals for both instruments and vocals. Dreamy but rough.
3. Talk us about your last work.
I'm releasing a new album in December/January (depending on where in the world you live) and it's an album I've been working on for 6 years. I've recorded it myself in my home with neighbors and roommates close by. It was supposed to be a demo which I was going to record again in a "real" studio. But the demo takes were so honest and all other recordings sounded like covers or versions of the original demo. So I kept most of the demo takes which are part of the album Throwing Knives.
4. How are your concerts? What can we find there that we wont find on your studio records?
People have said that my shows are more like performance art. I use movie projections synced with the music, showing men shot through canons, mothers throwing knives at their daughters and other bizarre things which are a contrast or other perspectives of my music.
I play the saw, the ukulele, the cello and use a loopstation and lots of effect pedals. Every show has something different either it's a new little instrument, new movie projections or a different antique dress from the 20s and 30s. I try to create an atmosphere that is different from the album but at least as good!
5. What do you think about the music industry and what do you think is your place within it?
The music industry is what you call “music culture” when you suck the individualism and integrity out and let business men try to make money out of it. They create products which they think will sell instead of finding talent that will evolve by itself and have a much longer existence.
Music fans don’t necessarily know what they want, so they need role models that have an identity. If you create something hollow, eventually people will lose interest because of its lack of integrity.
Real artists have fans who follow them throughout their whole lifetime and they have new fans discovering them all the time. They are leaders. Business made artists who create their identity based on what they think people want are much more insecure and vulnerable. They are followers.
I don't know where my place in the music industry is, because I don't really care. I want to work across so many other layers of creativity - theatre, art, movies and things I probably don't even know the name of yet. I love to explore and I don't feel locked to one genre to express myself in.
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