Tonite by Stina

It is a first for BritishPopSongs to release “female vox pop” and a somehow career-defining moment for Stina, a singer of many talents in her own right.

Friday the 15th of March her new single, the rather infectious, Tonite, will be released through the label.

“It is as catchy as a BritishPopSongs chorus ever will be, claims Ian, label manager at BritishPopSongs, and the fine tone in her vocals sits perfect with the usual Brit influenced production, that we have come to expect from BPS.

Stina Tonite BritishPopSongs

Stina Tonite BritishPopSongs

…And with a female vocalist, what exciting times it is.

BritishPopsSongs is and has alwasy been a bit male dominated to say the least, so it is well refreshing to hear this popping up.

Ian is clasifying the sound as “British Vox Pop” however Stina is imposing a sound that is very much a sound of her own, and one that we will learn much more about in the near future.

For the record, Stina has another two singles coming up late spring and over the summer.


Meeting up with Stina… living, loving and dreaming big

We met up with fine singer/songwriter Stina to talk about her single Tonite, out next month on BritishPopSongs.

Stina - BritishPopSongs

Stina - BritishPopSongs

A real nice song you have for us, how did it come about?

Writing songs is always an interesting process that begins with a basic idea and then develops from there in ways that I could never have imagined. I picked an overall theme which everyone can relate to – love – and then I offered my personal view on it. I wanted to put a piece of myself into the song and at the same time leave space for people to interpret it in a way that is meaningful to them. With that in mind I just started humming melodies and singing random words to it and at some point then the word tonite appeared in a chorus line and the chorus was more or less built around that word. The chorus of the song turned out really strong and powerful so I have tried to simplify the verses to make it stand out even more. I tend to use a lot of words to describe emotions, situations and people and I am so into the details, but with this song I challenged myself to keep it very simple. And I actually think that this simplicity has made the song more powerful.

Tonite when love is strong? explain?

Tonite is a song about love but it is not a love song in the traditional way. If you dig a little deeper into the meaning of the words, this song deals with one of the most essential aspects of human nature. In all of us there is this wish to be seen and loved for who we truly are. Everything we do is motivated by that underlying wish to be loved. Love is such a paradox. It is at the core of everything. Nothing and none of us would exist without it and yet everybody seems to be searching for it, right? And when we feel that we have found it we try to hold on to it. But the thing is that love is not something you get. It is something you give. You always had it and you always will have it. And you’ve got so much that you can give all you want and never run dry. Sometimes it can seem like love is not there, but it is only an illusion created in our minds. It can never not be there. Knowing all of this, I still find myself wondering about love and trying to figure it out. When love is strong between two people, is also when we can feel the most weak and vulnerable. That’s another side of the paradox. My personal experience is that the more I try to understand love with my mind the further away it seems to be. And the more I try to hold on to it when I feel it, the bigger the risk of losing that feeling. On the contrary, I’ve found that the more I can let go of wanting love, the more love I feel. And it is not limited to being in love with another person. It’s everywhere. That is what the song is about. How it feels when love is so strong and unconditional that it can no longer be understood intellectually but can only make sense to the heart. I know it’s a big mouthful, and at the end of the day I just hope that the song will inspire people to give more love to others and stop running around chasing it like it wasn’t there already.

You a showcasing a sound that is very much your own, what other female artists do you listen to?

As many as I can. And I am inspired by many different styles of music as well. The list is long and includes artists like Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Jewel, Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Debbie Harris, Dixie Chicks, Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple.

You have a few more singles coming up, tell about them…

Yes, that’s right. I wrote two other songs at the same time as I wrote Tonite. They are being finalized as we speak. One is a pop ballad – I like to think of it as a lullaby – and the other one is a little reminder that we can always turn inside to find peace and silence when the World seems a out of control. Without revealing too much here, I’d say that you can expect to hear something that is “very much my own style” and quite unique sounding.

From Kim Wilde to Blondie, the inspirations of SoStina

I meet up with fast rising newcomer so:Stina to learn about her musical heroes. With songs initially debuted as an “experiment”, I feel that she probably has recorded what could very well end up as “a best song ever” and find my self rather surpriced when I learn that some of her real influences actually comes from the great area of British female pop. Enter the 80’s

You draw inspirations from British Music, who are your real influences there

The first artist that comes to mind is Kim Wilde. When I was 12 I brought home her album Love Moves – it was on a cassette tape at that time and it was from the library. It played non-stop for weeks – or more likely it was for months. I loved the emotions that she captured in her songs and her attitude. Still do. Blondie is another influence even though I haven’t intentionally listened to their music, but a few years back when I bought my first Blondie album ever, I discovered that I already knew a lot of their songs, without knowing the band.. And Dido. I like the way her voice is very natural I’d almost say neutral or naked sounding. She has this very straight forward way of singing. It’s simply honest and authentic. Other British artists I have been listening to a lot are Elton John, Queen and David Bowie.

You got a great cover for TONITE, tell about it

Well, one day I took a picture of myself using my webcam playing around with different looks and different effects on my mac book. You know, the things girls do… I just had my hair cut and did a few shots with it hair randomly (at least I made it look that way) and partly covering my face. And one of them ended up on the cover. It exhibits the attitude that we were looking for. And It’s got attitude… Revealing just enough to make people curious about that girl in black and grey scales covering her eye with a lock of hair and with a mouth that cannot decide wether to smile, kiss or tell you to f* off… haha.

Your songs are kind of bittersweet, but also with a lot of hope and joy, is that right

It’s spot on! I guess it’s sort of my thing. I sometimes attempt to write a happy and sweet song, because I want to show the world that I am a happy, openminded and smiling person most of the time, but it always makes me feel a little foolish. Like I am not being completely honest. And then I simply cannot finish the song.

So instead of thinking in terms of “happy and sweet songs” I am now thinking more in terms of “uplifting songs”. Being uplifted just means feeling a little better after having done whatever uplifting activity you have been doing. You don’t have to feel entirely happy or like celebrating all day, but you feel a little – or a lot – better than you felt before, which might still be miserable. But if miserable replaced suicidal, that’s good, right? Ok I can see that I sidetracked myself a bit there… Anyway, I like outlining the contrasts of life in my songs. These contrasts are reminders to myself that there are always two sides to a coin and that both sides are equally important. They support each other and are each others raison d’être.

The darkness makes light possible. You cannot be sad if you have never known happiness. The bittersweetness is a way for me to picture that. I find comfort in knowing that sadness is just the other side of happiness. Not worse, not better. That a feeling of loss is a natural result of love and having cared about something or someone. A lot of the suffering we experience in our lives comes from an attempt to either push away the bad things or try to hold on to the good things. The more we resist or grasp, the more we suffer because nothing is permanent. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing. Basically the best thing to do is to let go of all of our desires.
That way we can live in the moment and fully take it in an enjoy it. No expectations, no disappointments, just curiosity about what this crazy little life will bring us next. Back to me writing bittersweet songs infused with hope and joy, I believe that there is this inherent goodness in all of us, no matter what side the coin lands on.

This inner light – you can call it joy or love or God – shines even on the cloudiest day. For me writing about the clouds instead of the light is just a little more interesting. And to me writing about the clouds is just another way of writing about the sun. I see it as a recognition of our inner light when we dare speak, write or sing about things that hurt.

When I write about these things, it is not because some negative feeling has taken over, but on the contrary it’s because a part of me is holding on to a hope and a belief that my inner joy will be shining through again one day. If everything was completely dark I wouldn’t even bother to write…

soStina – Found You (TSSP remix)

Exclusive free download for all of this rather beautiful ballad from a very exciting female artist.

ARTIST: so:Stina
TRACK: Found You (TSSP Remix)
LABEL: BritishPopSongs UK
DISTRIBUTION: iTunes, Amazon and all other major digital outlets
Release Date: 2013
Label Contact: Ian Nilsen, Britishpopsongs.

“The universe of soStina is all about living, loving, and dreaming big. What’s the use of doing anything if you’re not fully engaged and your heart is not truly in it?

Through her songs she invites us to re-connect to that place inside of us, where our deepest truth lies and from where we can let ourselves unfold in the most beautiful ways. Although she deals with some quite existential questions and considerations she is going about it in a very down to earth way.

This is a songwriter who is not afraid to keep it simple, however there is always more layers to her lyrics if you wish to dig a little deeper. Her new single Found You could be this sweet lullaby to a friend that just went through some tough times but it could also be the story of someone making a promise to herself that she will do everything she can to stay true to who she really is, to always love herself and always be strong for herself.”

Isn’t She Lovely?

‘Stina is a very exciting artist indeed’ says Ian Nilsen, label boss at BritishPopSongs. ‘I can’t make out if she is some new Debbie Harry, Kim Wilde or some Joni Mitchell, Jewel, Kate Bush in the making or even someone way different, however most likely she is just herself really. But she is way cool, and pretty driven too. The music that she is doing out of BPS is rather different than these British sounding recordings that she is doing with us, but i rather like it, what we got going, very much actually.

Stina - Tonite

Stina - Tonite

Being bossy is his business, how on earth are we going to get this happening digital label and it’s exciting roaster out in the world without putting what it takes into it.

The label that he founded a short while ago is already attracting the attention of tons of fans out there.

Easy to compare with the much loved 80’s british sound, Stina has in debut single Tonite, found the perfect pop tune to launch her onslaught on the airwaves. It got a chorus to die for, and some rather cool production work behind. It is true that the song also fits the top 40 formats so much employed by commercial radios these days, but hell, if that it takes to get this song out and about, then we are all in.

In her early 30’s she is full of life, attractive and very fit indeed. She is not one that goes lightly on getting things to happen in her life. She takes matters into her own hands, making things happen every single day. ‘I guess I’m kind of driven and believes that as long i find myself doing what i want most, i will stay happy’.

Tonite by Stina is out next month on BritishPopSongs UK.