In celebration of our involvement with BBC Music Introducing hosts Amplify, during the month of September, on every Wednesday and Friday, we’ll be showcasing real stories from real AWAL members on the blog. We’ll be asking some of our members to share their stories — the challenges they’ve faced, how they’ve overcome them, the milestones they’ve achieved, and where they hope the future leads.
To kick the series off we're speaking with Scandinavian soul singer — Marie Dahlstrom.
How did your journey first begin as an artist?
I moved from Roskilde (Denmark), to study a music degree in London, which led me to pursuing my own career as an artist, and opened my eyes to the many possibilities there are in London.
How would you describe the point in your career that you're currently at?
I've got my own management team, I've won 5 Scandinavian Soul Music Award in Sweden, and I've even been nominated for the Best Urban Production by The Production Music Awards here in London! I went to Japan on a tour last September, and I have just finished EP called 'Nine' which will be out later this month.
Marie Dahlstrom takes home three awards at the 2013 Scandinavian Soul Music Awards — Best EP, Best Video, and Artist of the Year.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've had to overcome to get to where you are today?
Studying for my masters degree in cognitive neuroscience of music at the same time as pursuing my career as an artist. Taking on additional projects such as writing for other artists and being band-leader for Carmody (taking on MD roles and playing keyboard in her band). And overall, taking a gamble on being in a non-financially stable situation.
Also, from a personal perspective, not having lots of time to see family and maintain relationships.
What have been some of the most rewarding moments in your journey thus far?
I'd have to say, the every-day small gestures like when fans will email me, or message me to tell me how much they appreciate the music.
Japan, was a huge experience too! It helped me start to internalize a feeling of slowly becoming more at ease with my musicality and feeling that I can sustain myself musically, in terms of writing, mixing and production.
What's the next big milestone(s) that you'd like to achieve?
I'd like to pass 100K - 200K streams on all of the singles of my last EP!
Also, playing my sold out headline show in January, and touring/playing Somerset House with Carmody and Tom Misch.
Where do you ultimately want to end up in your career as an artist?
I want to be able to stay true to my art, and develop myself, and slowly but surely grow and strong and solid fanbase. Would love to do a US tour and perform at some of the bigger Jazz/Urban Festivals.
How has your experience with AWAL been so far?
So good - I love AWAL and everything you guys have done for me. It's been really good so far ❤️!
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