Karin Park has released her new album, Private Collection. We asked her the BIG questions . . .
Karin will join A.A Williams on an extensive European tour later this year and in the past Karin has had a Eurovision song contest entry, a year of sold out shows as the lead in Les Misérables in Oslo and performances alongside Lana Del Rey and David Bowie.
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Speaking about her new album, she says, "This record is very much a journey in solitude that I've been longing to make,"
"These are my favourite songs from 20 years of writing, re-recorded as I hear them now. Many of these versions are how I play them live, alone with my synths, mellotron and organ."
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I’m a Scandinavian artist looking for freedom in everything I do. My voice is my weapon, but I love synthesizers and perfume too.
How would you describe your music?
I can’t make people laugh so I try to make people cry instead. At best cry and dance at the same time.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Listening to Björk’s Sonic Symbolism podcast, I realise that she has influenced me more than I have been wanting to admit. She is a genius so why not learn from the best. The Doors, Depeche Mode and Scott Walker are major inspirators too.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
New Kids On The Block in seventh grade. I went with a friend, and I didn’t understand any of it to be honest. People were passing out everywhere and it was all a bit awkward. I really would have loved to go to a Whitney Houston gig instead, but she wasn’t around at the time.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Sexy Mother******, Prince. It was a single on vinyl actually. Before then I lived in Japan and I use to rent vinyl and record them into cassettes.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Kebabylon by Arab Strap.
Favourite lyric of all time?
Leonard Cohen is my number one lyricist and I love his work so much. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong maybe…
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Riders On The Storm with The Doors.
Where can people find your music/more information?
I suggest Google my name:) My new record is called Private Collection and it’s out on Pelagic Records.