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TAM Exclusive: An Interview with Norwegian Pop Sensation Tone Damli Aaberge

Hello TAM Followers!! Today I present to you Norwegian Pop Sensation Tone Damli Aaberge. Tone is already a huge star in Europe, hailing from Oslo in Norway, and she’s making her way across the pond. I recently had the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Tone, and asked her some ‘get to know you’ questions.

Tone Damli

Most artists are inspired by other artists, musicians inspired by other musicians, painters by other painters and so on. Tone described her musical influences as Natasha Bedingfield, Nelly Furtado, and Alison Krauss, but she also depends on her friends and family for influence and support. I wanted to know how she started singing and eventually evolved a passion into a career that includes a stint on Norway’s Dancing with the Stars. Tone explained, “I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. I started singing in a choir at the age of three, and that’s when I fell in love with music. When I was five I wrote a letter to my grandmother saying; ‘When I grow up I want to become a singer’. I guess it was all set. When it comes to dancing, I wouldn’t call myself a dancer. I participated in Dancing with the Stars for one reason, I wanted to learn how to dance, cause I was a bungler.” Incase you were wondering, a bungler is basically someone who is clumsy. Tone also plays the piano when she is writing songs, but never performs with one.

One would think that with several thousand miles between us, and a language barrier, Norway would be completely different, especially in terms of music, but Tone begs to differ, “Norway is a small country, and when it comes to music we listen to pretty much the same as they do in the US. We also have many great Norwegian acts.” The idea of being on the radio or TV is both exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Tone hates hearing herself talk on the radio or on TV, however, she loves hearing her music on the radio, “it feels amazing” she said.

On touring and recording, Tone feels that they are both integral parts of the job and loves them both. She said, “I enjoy both. It’s amazing to work in the studio after a lot of traveling, spend time in my city and calm down. But when that period is over, it feels so good to get back on the road. Then I can’t wait to play my new music, experience new places and people. I have the best job in the world.” On the topic of recording, Tone has a new album called Cocool that is due out in soon in the U.S. When asked what separates this album from her other three, Tone said, “We’ve been more daring with the use of programmed drums and synths, so the sound is different in that way.” Cocool is due out some time in March/April in the U.S., so look forward to that.

Every artist has a piece of work, or a song of their own that they are either thoroughly proud of, or are just in love with, and sometimes both. For Tone, one sticks out, “I’ve got a song with a little touch of jazz, which I love. It’s called “Then Comes You”.” As well as a favorite song of your own, artists, like the rest of us, have favorite songs by other artists. I asked Tone if we were to turn on her iPod right now, what would be playing, Tone gave me the following list: “Esbjörn Svensson Trio- A picture of Doris Traveling With Boris

I Blame Coco – Selfmachine

Jeff Buckley- Last Goodbye

Sade – Every Word

Lissie – When I¨m Alone”

If you’ve read any of my previous pieces, you know I’m somewhat of a fan boy for BBC radio, and you know I consider American radio to be somewhat of joke. So having a song featured as a Record of the Week on BBC is a massive honor, and you guessed it, Tone’s “Butterflies” was featured on BBC Radio 2, and when asked how that made her feel, Tone said, “Bliss! It means so much to be. I love “Butterflies”, and I’m very proud of it.”

Making waves in the music industry is hard to do, but Tone seems to be doing just fine right now, but ten years could be a completely different picture, hopefully for the better, and Tone has an idea of how she wants it to go. When asked the question, she replied, “This is the most difficult question I could get, it’s quite hard to think so far. Hopefully I’m still on the road. I live in the US and I’m the happiest woman in the world. Sounds like a plan to me!”

And in case any of you were wondering… “I have a boyfriend:)”

Unfortunately Tone is taken, but we can still enjoy her music and hope to catch her on her next tour of the US. As Tone mentioned, her latest album Cocool will be coming out in the US sometime around March/April, so make sure you look out for that, and check out “Butterflies”. Enjoy!!

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