Q&A with retro-inspired dance-pop singer Agnes

Leaving our hearts and minds open for a night of passion with the latest song ‘Here Comes The Night’, singer Agnes’ sound is electric and vibrant just like her new look. The song released via Universal Sweden will feature on the songstress album Magic Still Exists which is set for official release on the 22nd of October via Universal Music Sweden. Although she’s a well-established artist in the music industry, the singer has always been passionate about switching things up but not without her signature disco-esque lens. The result is dynamic energy and a  fierce female essence that will never die, especially on this memorable track. We asked the intriguing Agnes a few questions about liberation and the music industry. 

Stream / Download: ‘Here Comes The Night’

Please describe your sound for us.

Spiritual Disco.

How did it all start for you?

How did it all start… I was a child singing all the time, so for me to become an artist or someone writing songs was a dream. When I was 16 I had the opportunity and I took it. So, since I was 16 this is what I’ve been doing:).

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

Hilma Af klint, Sun Ra & Solange.

Your new look on the release artwork is different from your usual aesthetic, what motivated this change?

I had the picture of the silhouette in my mind. I wanted it to feel very sharp and have clean lines. I like to play with how I look and it’s a big part of my creativity. 

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

Listening to music, watching documentaries, looking at art, watching movies, traveling. Or when I drive my car, actually my best ideas often come to me while driving my car. 

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

I would say Hilma Af klint. I love her art but I am also very inspired by the methods she had. To know what to create she meditated with other women and through her meditation, she saw visions on what to paint. When I read about her and ”the five” (the women she meditated with) it opened up so many doors for me. 

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

I’m looking forward to the day when we have a band or an artist as big as the Weekend and they are transgender. 

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

I just came out from a bubble of finishing my album so all I’ve been listening to are artists and creators in any way inspiriting to what I’m doing. Like Sun Ra, Minnie Riperton, Sylvester, Robyn. Nothing new though. I will dig into that now:). 

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

Just a week ago they opened up all the restrictions in Sweden. So, everything went back to normal when it comes to bars, restaurants, clubs. And my friend (Lune) had a release party for her new album, and it was amazing going out, listening to music, dancing, and being surrounded by friends. 

This track is about liberating yourself. What is the most liberating thing you have done?

I took about two years off from music. From the time I was 26-28 to just go out traveling. I traveled a lot by myself. I did two years of soul searching. I did everything from going to a retreat to learn about energies and orgasms to courses learning about intuition and singing bowls. 

 What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I just released my latest single ‘Here Comes The Night’ and on October 22nd I will release my album, it’s my first album release in so many years. I feel so much love and am a bit overwhelmed to release it. 

Famous last words?

Diane Vreeland: ”There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration”

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    Image credit: Fredrik Etoal

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