Martina Edoff Interview (2009)

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Classic Rock - Interviews, My photographs


Well it´s been some time since I posted an interview from the vaults on this blog but I thought it might be fun to add my TOP SECRET 2009 interview with Martina Edoff now that she´s got an album out. TOP SECRET 2009 was published in April 2009 and it sported many cool articles (how about the major UFO story with tales told by 40 stars, including Ronnie James Dio, Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner – should I add this to the blog…) and it´s still one of my better publications I think. It was a one off title, I launched RETROFUTURE right on the heels of this one.

In any case, here´s the chat with Martina (translated), please enjoy!

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You were born in 1968, the same year as Lucy Lawless and also the year that Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin released their first albums. Tell us a little bit about your formative years.

– It was a good year! I was the youngest child so I got to hear the music that my older brother and sister were playing. Through my brothers door I could hear the sounds of Purple, Zeppelin, Sweet, Alice Cooper, Slade and many of the rockers of the day. My sister were playing Jackson 5, Donna Summer, ELO, Boney M, Queen, Tina Charles. I was into ABBA, I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a singer. I was singing along all the time and most of the time it was appreciated. I was seven years old the first time I held a mike. My father was very musical and there would be a lot of music around the house.

Do you remember your earliest records?

– I was into ABBA when I was very young and it went on from there. I discovered the glam thing. I used to buy OKEJ, a popular youth magazine. They had posters in every issue.

Who were your favourite artists from the 70´s?

– All the stuff I heard I guess, like Kiss, Cher, Queen…

You were a teenager in the 80´s…

– A wonderful time with so much happy music. I listened to the radio and I knew I had to be a singer. There was a TV-show called Bagen that I used to tape. Then I discovered Whitesnake and became a huge fan, they were so gorgeous! And then it was Heart, they had it all. I loved Whitney Houston because of her incredible voice. I love a female singer that can really deliver. I liked those days because it was a positive time.

Name a few records from those days that you would pick for your desert Island.

– “Best of Whitesnake”, “Best of Heart”, Michael Jackson´s “Bad”, Alanah Myles first, plus the odd Collection of good songs from the time.

What did you think about the 90´s?

– I enjoyed the music in the early 90´s, I loved Guns´n Roses. I also liked Lenny Crawitz and the artists from the 80´s that were still doing good music naturally, like Bon Jovi, Kiss and Europe. I liked Louise Hoffsten´s “Rythm And Blond”. Then you had techno and rap. They said that rock was dead but I refused to listen and continued to write my kind of stuff.

What type of music do you like today?

– I still like Melodic Rock.

When did you first see a big rock event, any good memories?

– I don´t recall the first really. I used to go to see bands all the time. I enjoyed all the big bands and the artists. I have travelled with good people, I´ve been standing close to Whitney once in Monte Carlo and she did “I Will Always Love You”. I have many memories from behind the scenes.

You often sing Whitesnake and Rainbow at your concerts, can you tell that the audience likes it?

– Absolutely! Even if we´re not 20 anymore the good music is still alive inside of us. It´s a wonderful thing to get a crowd going, singing along. The people that grew up in the 80´s love to sing.

Can you mention some songs that you like to sing?

– “Paradise City” is still fun to sing, and “Run To The Hills”. I also include stuff that is popular today.

Tell me about your career.

– My first band was called Deja Vu and we only performed our own music. In the 80´s I sang in cover bands and did everything, West Coast rock, Zeppelin. Then I started to perform shows at this place called Wallmans and we did everything that got the crowd going. Then I toured with Dr Alban when he had the big hits. And E-Type and other artists that needed me for one reason or another. I also started The Poodles and christened it together with my then boyfriend. It started out for fun but turned into a popular act all across Sweden. I´ve been a freelancer since 1993 and I´ve performed quite a lot. I sang in front of President Clinton once.

How do you feel that you´ve progressed as a singer and do you have any suggestions to young gals that want to follow your footsteps?

– I´ve developed through lots of work and working crowds. I´ve met people that view me as a class act because they have met me in such good circumstances. I have also met crowds that don´t give a shit that I´m on that stage. You have to deliver even when it´s really hard. Even if you´ve got a bad day, just go for it. Do the best that you can. You have to take care of your voice, that means getting your sleep. You also need to love what you do. If standing on that stage is what you love, that´s all you need to know.

You did (Swedish) Fame Factory in 2003-2004. You should have won but the judges didn´t agree with me on that. What was it like to be part of something like that?

– I enjoyed the first season, it was still serious. In the season I was on that really wasn´t the case, it was a drag that so much attention was given to what went on between the performances. I didn´t want to say anything bad behind anybody´s back so that made me less interesting from the producers point of view. But it was still a good opportunity for artists to be seen. Media has so much to do with success.

How do you deal with being nervous before a show? Actor Richard Burton said he went through hell before every performance.

– I tell myself “Don´t be silly now, don´t think about your nerves, just go out there and give that crowd everything you´ve got!”. I take a deep breath and it calms me down. Usually you´ll have a good time backstage so it´s not a problem.

How many shows have you done?

– If I only knew? It would have been great to have had all those TV-shows I did with Alban, we played everywhere. Nothing beats the shows when the crowd is so big you can´t see the end of them, especially when they all sing along. But I also love the nightclubs.

What about the Nightwish thing? I heard that they were in contact with you when Tarja Turunen had gone?

– Everybody wanted me to get in touch with them when they searched for a new singer. I was a new mother at that time and I did,´t know if I wanted to do it. In the end I declined but everything turned out for the best.

I know that you´ve worked on material the last few years, what can we expect?

– I´ve always sticked to rock. I´ve a lot of material and I hope to get the right producer for it. I´ve people supporting me and I´m very glad about that. It´ll be modern rock with strong melodies, maybe a little glam thrown in. The producer may have opinions. You´re favourite track is always the last one you wrote.

How was it to work with photographer Michael Johansson?

– He is the best! He knows what I want.

What´s the best feedback that you ever got?

– “Keep doing this, you´re so good”, that sort of thing. I absolutely love the people that wait for my CD. They give me the strength to carry on when things look less that great. But I´ll never give up. I want to create good music and I want to perform it in front of people.

What kind of TV-shows do you like? Were you aware of Xena when Michael Johansson asked you to pose with the Chakram?

– Yes, I´ve seen it and I´ve also been told that I look like Lucy Lawless.

Movies? Books?

– I never seem to have the time to go to the movies anymore. I like the big ones, the Oscar stuff. I read a few books every month. I like the Deep shit.

Do you have other ways of expressing yourself besides the music?

– I love to write. I like to work with my hands. Disigning and making my own wardrobe. I enjoy rebuilding things in my house. I like to keep busy.

What do you look forward to the most right now?

– The last year was very good. I´ve written a lot of songs. It would be fun to play at Sweden Rock Festival some day. But really I want to get my own album out to work that on the road. I want to sing as much as possible and meet as many happy and positive people as I can.

Michael Eriksson (2009)

(No part of this interview may be quoted without permission)

Top image was taken at Rockweekend Festival 2010.



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