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09-02-2013 8:01 pm A phone call with Carmen Villain, Fabiola talked with her about music and her debut album, “Sleeper”


Hi Carmen, how are you today?
I’m good, thanks!

What are you doing now?
I’m watching the Norwegian election results on tv…

Are you having fun these days?
These days I’m having a good time. I just moved back to Oslo after 13 years abroad, and I have been traveling around Norway a bit, discovering some of the very beautiful scenery.

What annoys you most when you perform live?
Bad sound, bad FOH, feedback (of the very annoying kind).

Why do you sing?
I have always loved singing. It’s a great tool for expression and a great instrument that adds the most important ingredient to the personality of a song, I think.

What’s the record of your life?
Impossible to pick just one…! Gza/Genius “Liquid Swords”, Syd Barrett “The Madcap laughs”, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Before Today”, This Heat “Deceit”… This summer it has been Kurt Vile “Wakin on a Pretty Daze”, Grouper “The man who died in his boat” and Flaming Tunes “Flaming Tunes”.

Which icon do you follow?
Hard to narrow something down like that. I can’t say I have an “icon”, but rather I find what a lot of different people do, say, the way they work, inspiring. It could be anyone, there’s a lot of people doing impressive things.

Could you please define the word MUSIC?
Expression and immersion.

What is the most exciting instrument for you?
I love the guitar, along with effect pedals, the possibilities are huge. Same goes for vocals.

When and why did you write your first song?
I wrote a song when I was around 11, a very cheesy love song on the piano, I think I was heartbroken because some kid I fancied didn’t want to kiss me, hehe.

Where did you record your album “Sleeper”?
Mostly in an old nuclear bunker in Oslo, but I also did a lot of recording for it at home in London.

What are some of the thing that come to mind if I say “Sleeper”?
A long, very rewarding journey, changes, heartbreak, and a lot of very good times.

Ciao Carmen…hopefully, we’ll see you soon.