Upcoming Norweigan songstress Hedda Mae is swiftly capturing the attention of listeners around the world through a unique variety of pop musical versatility & vibrantly characteristic vocals.
Following on from the two prior EP’s (Introducing: Hedda Mae & The Early Struggles Of A Late Millennial), Hedda has unveiled the final part of her EP trilogy in the form of “This Might Get Loud”.
This latest EP is a 6-track energetic retro-pop musical journey that is full of character & charisma.
Hedda has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding the latest EP, along with how the trilogy idea came together. You can find the full interview below.
Hey Hedda, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling readers a little bit about yourself?
Hedda: Thank you for having me!! I’m a 23 y/o artist from Norway who’s fond of good old music and references. In other words, I make retro, happy pop.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Hedda: I’ve come to realize that it’s probably always been there. Already in my early years my favourite thing to do was singing and performing, and I basically never shut up. I was what you could call an unsympathetic kid. hehe. I was also into the piano, and I took classical piano lessons for about 7 years. That was actually my main interest for quite a while.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
Hedda: I didn’t think so until I revisited my grandma’s cabin last year – and saw a drawing of myself as a popstar that I drew as a 7 year – old. She’s always been a dreamer, I guess. haha. But I don’t think it was until I started writing my own songs that I knew music was something I wanted to do for a living, and how I wanted to do it. The songwriting really put a purpose to it all.
How would you currently describe your musical style?
Hedda: The EP I just released is more Scandi-British pop than what I’ve done earlier, but I would say my musical style/ genre, in general, is retro pop. Fun pop!
You just released the amazing EP “This Might Get Loud”. How did the idea for this EP come together?
Hedda: YES INDEED. ahhh. I was struggling with figuring out what this last EP in the trilogy could be -over the past years me and Benjamin (my producer) have been experimenting a lot, so it really could be anything. It was actually on its way to turning into an 80s-influenced EP, but I changed my mind after a while. I feel like everything came together once I decided to release “Rhythm to myself”, and I kind of built the EP around that track. All the songs I wanted to include on it were in fact already there, we just had to finish the demos. I wanted it to be fun, in your face and of course- Loud. I’ve actually been calling it a Party EP since the beginning. Haha.
What are some of the main influences behind the tracklist on this EP?
Hedda: There are so many different influences behind this one, so it’s hard to only mention a few- but Icona pop and Galantis are some of them.
This is the third in a trilogy of EP’s released by yourself. How did the idea for the trilogy first come together?
Hedda: In many ways, I have the pandemic to thank for that. I had just released my first single and played at some music industry festivals before it struck. Of course, everything we had planned was either cancelled or postponed. Thus, I had to find another way to introduce people to my project/ the Hedda Mae world – especially since we had already started. Since playing shows more or less was an impossibility, our only option was to release a lot of the music we had stacked. As I’ve already mentioned, me and Benjamin have been experimenting a lot in the studio – which has resulted in a lot of different types of songs, with completely different vibes and references. However, the trilogy has actually been a great way to group and release these songs, with it (at least for me) making somewhat sense. I wanted each EP to be different from the others, both soundwise and visually – with the retro sound kind of connecting them all together. I thought it could be a great way to show versatility.
How would you compare the creative process behind this EP to your previous EPs?
Hedda: I would say it’s pretty much the same, songwriting-wise. However, this is the first EP where all the songs I wanted to include already existed – so the past year has basically been all about giving old/ unfinished demos a new life.
What does this EP personally mean to you?
Hedda: To be honest, releasing this last EP really feels like an achievement. It’s been a journey for sure, but I’m super proud of having fulfilled the trilogy. And I’m proud of the songs. Some of them are indeed more personal than others, and “Another Stranger” definitely has a special place in my heart. The lyrics are so honest and Raw, and they still hit the feels every time I perform the song live.
What message would you like listeners to take away from the EP?
Hedda: I want my songs to give people some “main character” energy – cause we are all the moment.
Are there any songs that have not made the final tracklist that we could see released in the future?
Hedda: I actually don’t know yet. We still have a lot of unfinished demos and yet-to-be-written songs. 🙂 But there’s definitely more to come.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hedda: This is probably very typical Norwegian to say, but I love hiking. haha. and dancing, but I’m not too good at it. yet. :*)
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Hedda: Anderson Paak. I literally have a gigantic picture of him hanging in my room that my friend painted for me.
What three words best describe you?
Hedda: A humble legend? haha.
If you could possess one superpower, what would you choose & why?
Hedda: Being able to fly was my biggest dream when I was younger, so I would probably possess that. teleportation would also be nice – Then I could see everyone whenever I want!
What advice would you offer to someone who is looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Hedda: Always trust your gut feeling. In the end, it’s you that have to face the choices that have been made. Also, a career within the music industry is like a rollercoaster, so it’s all about holding on and keep going. I really believe things will always work out in a way eventually.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Hedda: Chase your dreams, and call your family!! Oh, and stream This Might Get Loud so I can come to see you on tour in a city near you!
You can check out “This Might Get Loud” on Spotify below or listen via further platforms here.