Oh Land Is Ready to Amaze Austin With First Album -- Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011
With all the marquee names performing at SXSW, it seems nearly impossible that a relative unknown can make an impact. But that's exactly what happened to Danish electro-pop singer Oh Land, who happened to play an out-of-the-way gig in front of the Epic Records staff in 2009.
This year, she's heading back to Austin with plenty of buzz and her first American-released album, simply named 'Oh Land.' She recently spoke with Spinner about her music-filled childhood, her love of the Beatles and her big plans for 2011.
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What was your childhood like and how did it inspire you to become a musician?
I grew up in the outskirts of Copenhagen in a little town with my parents. We had a little house with a garden and lots of animals and my mom was an opera singer and my dad was a composer and an organist. I grew up with the idea that music is something you play and not put on -- something you actually create. We didn't listen to a lot of music in my home because my parents were always playing music live. I was always making vocal harmonies on everything they did.
Then I thought I was going to be a professional dancer but then I had to stop because I got a back injury when I was 18. That was when I went back to music and realized how much education I had in music without being aware of it. It was so natural, something that was all around me. I started singing -- I had always been singing but not to anybody else, just to myself. Then I started writing songs and recording in my apartment, little samples and things that could