When you write an English song, do you first write it in Swedish and then translate it into English?
No, I write in English, I think in English. If I write in Swedish, it’s gonna be a Swedish song.
There are plenty of up and coming bands on the Swedish americana scene these days.. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know. The music business is like fashion sometimes. You know, someone picks a style and everybody follows. For the last five years Americana has been popping up a lot in Sweden. There are a lot of bands these days. I’ve been doing a couple of tours in America and they have loads of clubs and places to play. Some are good, some not so good. But you still have a bigger choice of clubs. It’s not like that in Sweden anymore. A lot of places in Sweden gave up on live shows. They do karaoke now, it’s the new thing.
Yeah. The festival scene, though, is quite nice, but it so short. It’s just a couple of weeks during the summer. But the festivals are really good in Sweden. All from hard rock to jazz. We’re really good at that, but if it rains it’s, you know…
So what got you into Americana in the first place?
I think it’s a mix of everything I’ve been doing. I’m a rock ‘n’ roll girl, you know? When I started, it was rock music I was into.
Who were your influences?
I had a lot of them. At that time I was listening to The Stones, Zeppelin and Neil Young and Dylan and those guys. That’s where it started and when you get into it you find the blues. For a couple of years I was very much into blues. I played with blues bands. I was in a band called Queen Bee and the Zydeco Amigos.
Americana is getting bigger all around the world. The last couple of years that I’ve been doing it, it’s got a lot bigger. I think it’s got so many influences that so many bands can bring to it in their own way.
Maybe that’s what Americana is because you don’t really have to decide. You don’t have to be a pure country band or a folk band. You can mix it. I think for people; maybe that’s the thing.
Do you envisage yourself fronting Winter for a long time to come, and carry on singing? Is that what you want to do?
Yeah. I think. I’ve been doing this for so long now that if I couldn’t do it, it would be like taking a piece of me. I do other things as well. In the last six months I put on a show in Sweden, which I do on my own. And the idea was that (when I tour here I often get the question ‘what are your influences, who were your idols?… there are no idols nowadays, but you have a lot of influences) so I’ve been touring on my own, just me and my acoustic and electric guitar. If I didn’t do this I would do something else, but with music. I think I will continue until I can’t do it anymore because it’s important and I can’t see any reason not to do it. The other reason is if you really get bored of it. If that time comes… I mean, f I had been in a cover band I would have been bored. As long as it’s interesting and writing songs is a creative process that if I feel I am never gonna get and as long as I’ve got that feeling, I’m gonna carry on.
You’re very passionate about it.
I love it! But it’s not my whole life. I have a family, I have a husband, I have two teenage daughters. I also have another job on the side. So it’s not like, oh, I’m gonna be a star so I don’t care about anything else. I have a lot of things that I really care about besides. But it’s a very nice part. Like for anyone, it’s a channel, it gives you something, it’s something nice to do so it’s special but it’s not the be all and end all.
Winter’s Ten Songs is out now.