Robyn: The small Swede with the big voice
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:45p.m.
By David Farrier
Swedish pop star Robyn is playing a sold out show at the Powerstation tonight.
She rose to fame around the same time as Britney Spears, writing songs with Max Martin, the man who helped catapult Spears and many others to super stardom.
She has the vocal range of a soprano; her voice is big and her music is big, but in person I don't think I've met anyone as small, and as Swedish.
She likes her fans to say hello.
“I always appreciate when a fan says they like what I do. I never get mad at that,” she says.
When she looks into her audience she sees goths, gays, hipsters, and nerdy white men.
“I get happy when I see that because that's how I look at the world. I am interested in differences and the different kinds of people there are. I'm happy that's what I'm attracting.”
She began making records in 1994 but 10 years later she was sick of her record label which didn't like the musical direction she was taking.
So she left.
“[It’s] probably the best thing I've done in my whole life.”
Her next album, Robyn, went straight to number one.
She's in New Zealand for her first ever gig here. Then, maybe it's time for album number nine.
“My plan is to release an album next year. But I don't know when it will come, I am busy. Right now I am just making up some sort of story to make you happy because I have no idea.”
She's very Swedish, that Robyn, and I like her very much.
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