Singer-songwriter Prince of Sweden hails from South London. For many years he was taught guitar by a neighbour who had a farm right across the street.
It’s been a year since “Live from a dark room” was released, and now “Garrison Lane” is the lead single from the artist’s sophomore EP, which is richer in sound and more poetically ambitious.
Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen are two of Prince of Sweden’s primary musical influences.
The time we spent with him allowed us to learn more about his career as a musician and his most recent album.
What is your real name?
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Prince of Sweden
How did you get into music?
I’ve always played music in one form or another, but when I was a teenager I started playing the guitar and then a band I was in needed a drummer, so I started playing the drums as well and it continued on from there.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I suppose indie rock, although I don’t really know what that means. Maybe alternative rock? But generally, I like good lyricists as I find their music much more interesting. I tend to get bored of riffs and that quite quickly.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I’ve been recording music since I was about 16 but more recently, I released my debut EP last year, working with a friend who is a sound engineer.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I guess again it’s good lyrics and artists that do something a bit different.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
I find Nick Cave and Tom Waits endlessly intriguing.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I have very low expectations in terms of success in music. I’m happy just trying to write good songs, and if anything comes of it then that is a bonus.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
It feels as though the biggest challenge is getting more people along to gigs. Managing to break out of just friends and friends of friends coming along is very difficult.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I suppose I never really experienced music without the internet so it’s hard to comment. Certainly, it seems like there is so much music out there that getting yourself heard is very difficult.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
I don’t think I’m really in a position to be giving out advice, but I suppose you only get better through writing A LOT.
What is your current project about?
I was aiming at something fuller and broader in terms of sound and I think it’s about the best thing that I have recorded.
What are your hobbies?
Watching dreadful League 1 football mainly.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I teach music as well
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Don’t trust your government