CAJSA SIIK

Cajsa Siik is the Stockholm based musician who's ghostly and ethereal voice manages to smoothly float on top of faster beats. The Other Half spoke with Cajsa about 90th birthday parties and dreamy frailness. 

Introduce yourself to us
My name is Cajsa Siik. I’m an artist, musician, songwriter and producer from Sweden. Originally from the north but based in Stockholm.  

Explain your musical style? 
I’m obsessed with melodies. What i do is basically to dress melodies in musical outfits – trying to capture certain modes and emotions. I’m releasing my third album DOMINO in June. The record is rhythm- and melody driven and the soundscape involves both acoustic and electronic elements. I wanted it to be focused on dynamics. Hard edges, explosion and dreamy frailness.  

What was the inspiration behind White Noise?
When writing the song it became my way to talk about time, trust and space. The feeling of sometimes being two faced. At that time I was also thinking a lot about the way I’ve handled exposure when it comes to music. How important it is to hold on to that inner conviction. Whatever that is. Tune out the outside world and try to follow yourself wherever you go. 

We're a magazine for women, who is the most inspirational woman in your life? 
I have so many inspiring, smart and beautiful women in my life - women I can talk to about anything. Nothing is taboo. They are my lifeline.  

Last week I ended up at a 90th (!) birthday party for a woman named Inga. She lives in a little village in the north of Sweden, close to the mountains. Inga is a concert violinist and has travelled the world with her violin. At the party she held a beautiful concert playing Bach and Grieg. That was so inspiring. At the age of 90 she’s still exploring music using her instrument to express. Even with slower-moving fingers. 

When it comes to other musicians I would say that Patti Smith and PJ Harvey has inspiered me a lot - with their honesty, strength and artistic integrity. 

What's the best bit of advice you've ever received? 
My grandma used to say: ”Don’t take life too seriously – it will soon be over anyway” I’ve never managed to do that. I usually do the opposite. My curse and my blessing. A quote I carry with me is: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” 

What do you think is the biggest challenge you face as a woman in the music industry? 
Just having to answer that question somehow defines the problem. That repeatedly defining the ”woman” in the music industry as something ’different’, separated from the ”man”, somehow defines the ”man” as the norm. That bothers me. It’s a part of a patriarchal structure and unfortunately a part of the reality women face every day. On a personal level I’ve experienced certain assumptions about me due to the fact that I’m a female musician and artist. Sometimes it has involved expectations of music style and my role as a producer.  

Tell us your favourite story from Tour? 
Two years ago I went on this very strange tour in northern Sweden. It was during summertime and I visited these small small villages situated in the middle of nowhere. In one village i was supposed to play outside but it was so cold – nearly freezing (observe this was in june) so I ended up playing the show inside the local food store (!). In the audience there was this man looking like he was coming straight out of the woods, with dreadlocks and a very nice smile. Love happened. Today he’s a very important part of my life. I didn’t really expect that would happen playing a show at a local food store in the middle of nowhere.  

What are your plans for 2017?
I’m releasing DOMINO June 10th. That same month I will play shows in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Denmark. In the fall I’m going on a longer European tour. I’m also currently working on an EP that probably will be released in 2017. 

Glittery Guitars and Sultry Tones: SILVER ROSE

Silver Rose's music is totally badass. She manages to create tunes that rock out with heavy guitars and drums, while using her soulful and melodic voice to float above them like clouds. Her sound is a mixture of sultry tones and shimmering guitars. What a babe.

Hi, Carla! Introduce yourself to us.
I'm Carla Sariñana, I´m a bass player/singer from Mexico City. 

Explain your musical style?
It depends, on my solo stuff with Silver Rose I'm really influenced by shoegaze/dreampop/rock/psychedelic bands, anything that sounds like music you'd want to sit at home or in your car and enjoy. 

What was the inspiration behind Take Me Home?
I was really into this band called The Black Ryder and had just gone to see a show of theirs. I guess I just wanted a song that sounded sweet and cool, something that could take you somewhere.

We're a magazine for women, who is the most inspirational woman in your life? 
My mom and grandmother. I have always been inspired by strong women, especially in music, they motivate me to keep doing what I do. In music I've always looked up to Patti Smith, Stevie Nicks, Kathleen Hana, PJ Harvey, Natasha Kahn, Kim Deal and many more..

What's the best bit of advice you've ever received? 
That´s a tough one! "One day at a time" I guess... Literally live you life one day at a time.

What were you listening to growing up?
Being a kid in the 90s it was a bit hard not to listen to the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Backstreet boys and all the big pop stars. But my dad was always really into classic rock so I also grew up listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Led Zeppelin, Queen,  and big latin rock bands like Hombres G, Caifanes and Mecano. 

What do you think is the biggest challenge you face as a woman in the music industry?
Getting taken seriously.. that's always been an issue unfortunately. 

Tell us your favourite story from Tour?
I guess the time we (Ruido Rosa) opened for KISS in Mexico, we did two shows. On the first one, I don't know how, we ended up in their lunch room and met them (we were the only women in the room), they were incredibly nice and Gene Simmons obviously checked us out.. it was my first "Big" show, it was a wonderful experience. Their guitar tech gave us good tips and helped us out during all the shows.. I guess when you see extremely successful people being helpful to those who are just beginning, it's a nice feeling. 

What are your plans for 2017?
I've been working on new music with my other band Ruido Rosa and finishing up ideas for the new stuff for Silver Rose, so I hope to record some new songs by the end of the year. 

What musical acts are your guilty pleasure? 
I don´t really consider them a guilty pleasure but I love Katy Perry and Rihanna.

Was there a moment when you were like, 'I want to be a musician when I grow up?' 
I don´t know if I had that.. I only had a moment that I knew I wanted to be in Music in some way.. I was 15 and just discovered Radiohead, it was with them that I fell completely in love with music.