What does singing mean to you?
I see singing more like telling a story than like playing an instrument. But every time I sing it’s a kind of meditation. An intense connection with my body and myself.

Why are you seeing a vocal coach?
I lost my falsetto! I cracked my back playing tennis. A few bones by the neck were crooked. I went to a chiropractor but I still lost my voice as soon as I spoke up or sang a high note. Then I heard about Zannah from Orup. He had had a leg operation and also lost his falsetto because of the uneven balance in his body. Zannah helped him.
Now my voice is so much better but I still have a lot to work on. I still don’t quite recognize it sometimes.

Do you have any hang up’s regarding your voice?
Not anymore, I started singing when I was about 16 or 17 years old, and I have tried on many different voices. When you are younger you always want to sound like somebody else, somebody more experienced. It has taken me 30 years to find my own expression and accept that this is who I am and what I can do. Wonderful! You should warm up your voice of course, but nowadays I just cough a little before singing.

What do you sing when you are really happy?
That’s not the way I use my voice; I sing and I write. And just because I’m happy it doesn’t mean that my songs will turn out happy. They can still be very melancholy.

Have you ever stopped singing?
Yes. There was a time when I didn’t find music appealing at all. I had worked intensively for 20 years – and I lost my appetite for music. But once you do start singing again, you immediately feel better. You can fool yourself back into liking it! I was going on tour and I was in a really bad mood, rehearsing in a dark basement while the sun was shining. I didn’t feel like it at all. My singing didn’t sound very good either. But after four days I felt fantastic just because I had been singing for four hours every day!

Interview by Maud Lindholm

Visit Eva Dahlgren at her official website: