Watch Chinese TV Interview with Swedish Pop Newcomer Sophia Somajo
A few weeks ago, I first introduced you to emerging Swedish pop singer Sophia Somoja who is probably mostly known for co-writing Robyn's "Time Machine" together with Max Martin, Shellback, Robyn and Klas Ahlund.
Somaja is now starting to make waves on the Swedish pop scene with her single "Wristcutters Inc. that follows the fun, futuristic pop jam "Chinese Tekkno." Somajo bring a unique point of view and aesthetic to the pop scene that is inspired by new millenium Chinese culture.
Somajo is currently recording tracks for her big label debut and took a break to chat with a reporter of Chinese TV channel ChineOne. She showed the TV reporter around her Stockholm appartment to chat about her music, inspiration, her forthcoming album and her neighbor who turns out to be not such a lover of new pop.
Somajo even shows the reporter the cassette tape that started her obsession with China as a young girl. The new channel may be fake, but her story is very real. Watch the entire interview after the break (and hear some new Somajo music as well.)
Australian Songwriting Duo Nervo Pops the Hits
When David Guetta won a GRAMMY for Best Remixed Recording for his work on "When Loves Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland) this weekend, Australian songwriting duo Nervo was popping the champagne as well. The two Aussie ladies were David Guetta's songwriting partners when he produced the track over a year ago. (Watch them listen to the song in a taxi cab on the radio. So cute!)
Artists have been buzzing about this emerging songwriting duo from downunder, so I figured it is time for a proper introduction. Nervo are the spunky twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo who bring genuine songwriting talent, mad soundboard skills and a whole lotta attitude to their music. Their signature sound is a crunchy blend of pop with contemporary hip hop stylings that is infused with a dirty electro edge. Think "Tik Tok" meets "When Love Takes Over."
Not only did they write "When Love Takes For Over" for David Guetta, they also penned music for Rachel Stevens, the Pussycat Dolls, Hannah Montana and the hot and messy Ke$ha for whom they wrote "Boots & Boys" and "VIP." They also wrote a brand-new Ultra-Nate track that will surely have the boys and girls raving up and down the dancefloor this summer. Listen to "Wasted Hearts" right here.
Also, check out some of their demos on MySpace. Sample for example the raw and raunchy "In Da Kitchen," the glistenting dance-pop groove on "Not Without You" and the radio-ready ballads "Insensitive" and "It's A Giveaway." The ladies also produced a fun, little mixtape that they recently posted on Souncloud and shows off their DJ skill. Have a listen.