An Interview With Astrid S: A Character Glows On "Party's Over"
Norway's own Astrid S is such a wonder and it's absolutely insane she isn't massive in the US or selling out arenas. Today a new single is out and it's just as catchy, if not more, than the other radio-ready hits she's put out in the past. "Party's Over" is an adequate song to come from the genuine human we met just last week when we were graced with her personality in person directly.
After a game a ping pong by her request in the lounge of our office, it was quickly learned that Astrid S was a shimmering soul of positivity and we were all very much so looking forward to her upcoming "Party's Over" EP on June 30th. Astrid was definitely seeming to love life, but she was willing to get serious about the dynamics of life past choices:
What is a personal motto you live by?
When I was 16 I came up with a New Year’s resolution... I wanted something meaningful, fun, or simple. I thought, "okay, I’m going to start saying yes to things I wouldn’t normally dare to or that I’m unsure of." I really lived that for that year and it really changed my life. That was the year I started doing music, I bought a guitar, I moved out. I started forcing myself to go to parties or meet people I wouldn’t had said “yes” to. That’s still with me; I feel it really changed me. It's better to regret something you did do than to regret something you didn’t do because at the very least it’ll only be a fun story in the end.
What inspires you to create?
A lot of things. Movies are something that really inspire me. I’m very visual when I write: I like to look at things or people. Usually it's movies, because if I can relate to a scene in a movie that makes me feel something, I really have an urge to write about it. My personal life is different. If I get pissed at someone, or bad something happens, I don’t have the urge to write about it unless I see something in a movie that reminds me of it and makes me feel that way again.
Is it always those types of mediums that inspire you to channel your own ideas?
If I feel very comfortable with the people I’m writing with in the studio I will open up - or tell them about a boy or something and we’ll write about that!
The following day she took on New York City's Webster Hall and brought the dance-enticing tunes. This was the opportune chance to put forth new songs, including "Party's Over" and a few more set to come with her upcoming release next month. All eyes are set on the future and life is optimistic, but she's extra grateful for those that listen already:
What would the ultimate concert look like for your fans?
Probably a big band, maybe some screens on stage that show visuals, maybe a couple of dancers with costumes, or strawberry confetti. The fans are very understanding; they don’t expect a lot from me. Right now on stage it’s just me and a couple of guys in my band and there's no production at all. I wish it was better, but we don’t have the opportunity to have it now and they’re really understanding. It’s about the music for them.
What’s the biggest difference between Norwegian and American crowds?
At headlining shows in Norway people can be a little shy. They’re very good listeners and want to just listen to the music. They don’t really participate in the show [compared to Americans]. I love that about shows here though, they sing along and they scream/shout. I love both worlds; I really appreciate both.
What do you hope for in the future?
I’ve thought about this a lot this past year. Music makes me really, really happy. It’ll be there, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a lot of things that make me happy in life - it could be simply just a certain person or a specific book. I just feel like I just have to keep doing individual things that make me happy. I’m a very simple person so in ten years if as long as I have a book I love reading and people I love around me then that’s perfect to me. It’s very cliche, but I think in general you have to just do whatever makes you happy.
The tracklisting for the "Party's Over" EP:
Can you see the new single being a summer hit?