Introducing Interview: Femke

Grammy Award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Femke returns with her first solo release since 2008.

Written about that moment when you realise passion has developed into love, ‘Call This’ is a shimmering pop delight. Flowing with Femke’s honey-sweet vocals alongside glitchy hooks and twinkling soundscapes, it’s a truly infectious ballad oozing a delicate, emotion-strewn charm.

We caught up with Femke to find out more…

Hi Femke! Welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a little bit about your latest musical project?
Hi!! Thanks for allowing me to chat with you for a little bit! I think my biggest musical project is the start of my label LV Music. I decided to create a platform to help my artists release their music – it’s been a pretty awesome adventure and it’s only been a month, but we’ve already had a ton of press, and Belle Mt’s Hollow reached a remarkable 300.000 streams in 3 weeks, LIEZA has just finished a video clip and I just released my own song.

What initially inspired you to start creating music?
It just seemed to be in my blood. I never touched an instrument, but my uncle had a piano and I would just sit down and play complete classical pieces I would hear from my parents. After that I started playing accordion and from there on, I was just hooked. I learned to play a bunch of instruments and ever since then, I’ve pretty much had every creative career you could have in the music industry.

We’re loving the new single ‘Call This’ – what’s it all about?
I wrote it when I realized I was in love with my boyfriend. It’s about that moment when you think it’s time to say “I love You”. However, during the writing/production process, I figured out it’s a little bit more than just a love song. It actually talks about how we should be able to add more love into our lives and also into other people’s lives!

You’ve been compared to the likes of Zara Larsson, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Inspiration wise, I’d say Paul Simon, Bon Iver, but I’m also a big fain of Jose Gonzales. I think it’s just a big pot of everything that I love.

As a Grammy-award winner, you must have had many great experiences throughout your career, but what would you say has been the main highlight?
One day I got to sit in on an orchestral session with David Foster. It was amazing to see him work, they were working on an old Barbra Streisand song and they were adding a real orchestra and some singers to it; they laid out the old tracks on the board so they could solo them and recorded the orchestra with it. It was just amazing to be in a room with such history and such musicality. Honestly, it kind of made me cry to be able to just sit there.

What can fans expect from your live shows?
My band has 3 drummers so it’s always quite the show. They will surely dance!!

And if you could play live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Mmmm….Royal Albert Hall, without a doubt!!

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d suggest we check out?
Check out UK based Belle Mt, and the Scottish band Dancing on Tables. Also, Nashville based LIEZA with her song ‘Eyeliner’!!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
Yes and no, there are so many artists everywhere, so you really have to be findable. The thing that I notice a lot is that artists don’t understand the power of social media and interacting with their fans or potential fans. It will never be easy, otherwise everyone would do it, but it’s also not that hard that it’s impossible.

Finally, what does the rest of 2017 have in store for Femke?
Lots and lots of music releases. But also… secretly, I’m hoping for a little vacation!

‘Call This’ is out now via LV Music.