I was lucky enough to catch Spanish singer-songwriter Odina as she completed her Coffee House tour last week and find out all about her latest single ‘Why’d You Make Me Cry’, her musical idols and influences and what we can expect next.
When was it that you first started writing and making music?
I started having piano lessons when I was 5 and I began writing when I was around the age of 12 or 13.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my sound as folk but more like traditional folk. It’s quite emotional music, because when I’m sad that is when I feel most like writing.
Is there any other sounds that you want to experiment with in the future?
I’m constantly evolving and changing and I wouldn’t want to feel like I was just doing the same thing over and over so yes there is definitely room for change in the future.
Who are your main music influences and idols?
I used to listen to a lot of Bon Iver a few years ago so he’s definitely a key influence. I’d also have to say Keaton Henson, I just love the way he uses lyrics and that’s had a big effect on how I write my music.
Do you have any personal influences?
My parents aren’t musicians but we listened to a lot of Bob Dylan when I was younger so I guess that has had some influence on my writing and my sound.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
I’d have to say my bedroom. It’s a private place, no one’s there so it’s quite an intimate space where I can focus on my writing.
What was the inspiration behind your song Why’d You Make Me Cry?
I guess it’s about that moment when someone who you love hurts you and then you begin to question the whole relationship. For me it was more about a romantic kind of relationship but it could be interpreted as any kind of relationship.
Once the Coffee House Sessions finish on the 30th March do you have any other tours or gigs lined up?
I’m not touring again for a while but I will be playing a few London shows. I will also be playing in my hometown in Barcelona in May and at the festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona in June.
Do you have an aim for the future as an artist?
I’m just going to see where music takes me and keep writing and producing music and go from there really.
Finally, If you had to choose 3 words to describe yourself and your sound as an artist what would they be?
That’s a hard one. I’d probably say: melancholic, vulnerable and acoustic.
Feature Image: Courtesy of Google Images via Twitter @odinamusic