All Jazz lovers gather here, Silja Rós has something for you. The jazz-educated singer-songwriter, Silja Rós is an Icelandic contemporary RnB artist who is known for her unique voice that leaves a mark on each listener.
Silja learned from the greats, she seeks inspiration from artists like Amy Winehouse, Moon Child, and Sabrina Claudio.
Silja Rós has already released two albums which have both been selected The Album of the Week at Iceland’s National Radio station Rás 2.
Lie just to lie is the current single from the amazing songwriter and singer. It is a sexy, sensual tune about the struggle of letting go of love that’s as strong as a drug; toxic & addictive.
Silja’s emotional voice carries the song beautifully with a heartfelt performance. The haunting bass line and well-arranged strings give the song a Bond feeling.
The official music video is out on. The video was directed and filmed by filmmaker Tayler McWhorter in Los Angeles. The AD on set was Francesca Phillips. The video is mesmerizing and truly captures the essence of the song.
in a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Silja Rós dropped some exclusives about her personal life, as well as her interests outside music.
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What is your stage name:
Is there a story behind your stage name?
It is actually my real name. But there is a fun story about my name. The name Silja came to my mother in a dream and she decided to name me Silja because of that dream. The name Silja means “the goddess of music” so I would say it suits me well today. Rós is after my grandmother.
Where do you find inspiration?
After I studied jazz, I fell in love with jazzy chord progressions and my band is filled with jazz musicians. I also love pop and I like mixing pop with jazz & RnB. I seek inspiration from artists like Sabrina Claudio, Jacob Collier and H.E.R.
I often write from my own personal stories or stories from people around me. When I’m writing with other writers it depends on the song how personal the song gets. I wrote Lie just to lie with my co-writer René Kowalczyk and our worlds merged together on this one. I’ve often tried to figure out where the lyrics came from, but I can for sure find a connection to the song from my past even though we weren’t focused on any one story in the process of writing it. It came to us very naturally in one session.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I always loved music. My parents figured out pretty early that I was going to become an artist since I would regularly have concerts on top of our kitchen table which was my stage at the time. I think I was 6 when I told my mom that I wanted to become a songwriter and started writing lyrics and music in my room in my free time.
I’m a trained opera singer and graduated as a jazz singer this year so music education has always been a big part of my life too. But I’ve for sure found myself as a songwriter and artist.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes and no. My family loves music and many of them play instruments or sing but none have done it professionally.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
A lot of artists through the years. Damien Rice was my biggest inspiration for my first album. I have my friend and artist Sara Ocean to thank since she dragged me into the music industry with her when we were about 18.
At that time, I had a dream but I never knew that I could actually work as a songwriter or an artist. Then suddenly I was in a band performing regularly in Reykjavík and recording music in a studio. She made me believe that it was actually an option for me to live my dream.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I’m an actress as well and I always was as a kid, I was emotional and dramatic ( sorry mom ). But my mother had found out early that there was one trick that always worked when I was being dramatic and that was to sing. So early on I made a positive connection to my voice. I studied singing from the age of 10, and I’ve never stopped since.
Writing came very naturally to me, I wrote poems, lyrics and songs from the age of 6, of course some were really bad once but you have to start somewhere. I studied songwriting after I had released my first album before that I was only following my instinct and breathing the music around me.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Honestly, I can’t remember what concert was the first one ..because I was probably just a kid. But the concert that affected me the most was a live show with Damien Rice in Reykjavík couple of years ago.
How could you describe your music?
Today my music is RnB Pop influenced by jazz and soul music with heartfelt lyrics. Lyrics are always very important to me.
Describe your creative process.
When I’m writing alone I usually write late at night or early morning when everything else is quiet. I sit down with my guitar or piano in my bedroom or studio and tune into the current moment allowing the music to flow through me. I often write personal songs and sometimes it feels like therapy. Healing myself with music. This is how I like writing.
But I also write music with other writers and I love that too. Then I allow myself to get inspired by the other songwriters, allowing the stories to merge together. I’ve also learned to write music without connecting to my own emotions. It really depends on the project. I also have various songwriting tools that I use whenever I’m not feeling inspired.
What is your main inspiration?
My surroundings & my emotions. Stories from myself & others around me. Sometimes I read books or plays to get inspired. I love telling stories.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Damien Rice for his talent to perform my himself and for his heartfelt lyrics & voice. Sabrina Claudio is also one of my favorite artists, she is a beautiful storyteller.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
A lot! I started as a folk indie singer-songwriter being inspired by Damein Rice. I studied classical music and then I studied jazz music and that really changed the way I think about music & songwriting. In Denmark I wrote a lot of pop music and learned to love pop. Now my passion is RnB, Jazz, Soul & Pop Music and I like finding a mixture between all.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t like competition and try to avoid it. I feel like we are all unique in our own way. To me competing in art always feels strange cause we all have so different ideas on what is good music. It’s just a matter of taste. As long as I love the music that I am creating and am following my heart I know I will find the right people that connect to my music. I aim to make people feel something through my music.
What are your interests outside of music?
I’m also an actress, a scriptwriter and a yoga instructor. And those are all my main hobbies. I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love everyday. I promised myself that I would never work a job that didn’t make me happy and I’ve succeeded so far. I also love painting. I have a lot of creative energy bubbling inside me that needs to be released every day.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
There is no plan B with me. I’m a songwriter, singer, actress & scriptwriter. That is what I will do in this lifetime. I love all equally and I just follow the flow. Some months I’m more busy as an actress and other months I’m busy being a musician.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I continue to fight for women’s rights wherever I go. What I’ve noticed is that there is a common misunderstanding that female artists have to compete with each other. If there are two main artists they are often put up against each other, like only one of them can be in the spotlight at the same time.
Meanwhile we have a couple of male artists that all get to share the spotlight without people even questioning it. There is enough space for all of us to shine and it would be refreshing to see that comparison stop. Me too is the best thing that has happened to this industry and the world, making our workplace safer for everybody and the world more aware.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
There are a lot of things that could change. As an artist I try my best to look at the positive part of the industry just for the sake of my mental health. There are a lot of good things too.
I think the industry could be more aware of making sure that songwriters get paid correctly for their work. Equality when it comes to booking, making sure that female artists and minority groups also get the stage and are treated with respect. Thankfully a lot of festivals are working towards that goal.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Lie just to lie has been on my mind ever since I wrote the song in 2020 with my co-writer. We both loved the song and it haunted us. I waited two years to release it because I wanted it to be done in the right way and now I just have to trust that it was the right time.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’m currently working on my third album so I’ll spend a lot of time in the studio. The Icelandic singer Rakel Páls is releasing a Christmas album in the next weeks, I wrote the lyrics for the album. Acting wise I’m filming a short film in the next months along with writing a TV show, which is pretty exciting. So a lot of big things are happening.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I had a single with the artist Bergrós that will drop next year. Then I have some songwriter gigs coming up, I write a lot for other artists too.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Dream big & follow your heart!