Christine Skaar is ready to breakout on her own! Signed to Warner Chappell, the stunning and equally talented singer from Oslo, Norway is back with her new single Critical. During our chat, we discuss everything from breaking mirrors to bad luck and the most expensive thing she’s ever bought. No question went unanswered.
Well hello Christina, first of all thank you so much for featuring on Sam Maffia Online!
No, thank you Sam!
How are you finding London so far?
Yeah it’s very nice here. I’ve only be here once and at least I get a few more days here so yeah, it’s a lovely place.
Okay, so I love your latest track Critical. The video is equally amazing and is based around a relationship going a bit sour. Who’s idea was it to have the video in that setting and how hands on are you with the video treatments?
Thankyou! Well it was not my idea, I wanted it to be way deeper and actually, I didn’t really want it to be about a relationship in that manner at all when it comes to the video, but that was the director, which is also kind of why it turned out the way it did.
I thought it was cool!
Yeah. The guy in the video is my boyfriend in real life.
Oooh really? Did you enjoy smashing the mirror? And was it your first time?
Do you know what, I did not (laughs). I’ve heard that you get 7 years of bad luck when you break a mirror and I had to break two! Seriously I’ve had so much bad luck since that day so I’m really starting to believe it (Laughs). But yeah, it feels good to smash a mirror because it was fun. However, the seven years of bad luck, I didn’t really enjoy that.
Well you did very well.
Brilliant. So, you’ve worked with Bob Sinclar and System B, what was it like working with such legends?
Well, not Bob Sinclar, he just supported me, I didn’t work with him in that manner, he wanted to put out a single on his label and he supported me a lot!
Awesome! What made you want to move away from the house scene at the end of 2012?
Basically, because I felt like everyone else was trying to do that. So I figured I wanted to do something different, not that pop really is that different, but now these days house music is everywhere. So I guess it’s still a little bit different. Also, we talked about it earlier, when you work as a feature vocalist, you don’t get credited that much and you can be very easily used up as a vocalist, people can get sick of “she’s the one who does features,” You don’t want to be that girl, so I figured I would start to break out on my own.
Good stuff! So moving on to my next question…
Recently, Britney Spears did a collaboration with Iggy Azalea, Beyonce did a collaboration with Nicki Minaj, who would you like to duet with and why?
I got that question earlier today, it’s very hard to answer, I haven’t actually thought about it, but I mean I think Chris Brown is very talented, I’d want to do a collaboration with him or Sia as well, I listened to Sia many many years before she was actually known, when she did underground house music.
So apart from a being a singer, you’re also known as a songwriter. Is there a particular formula to writing an amazing pop track or is it different each time?
I would say there is not a formula, no, but you can learn what kind of thing’s not to do. If it’s a good song, it’s a good song. You know the market changes all the time, you never know like what’s gonna be a hit song, you never know before it actually happens. Of course you have a structure you can follow, but I don’t think there’s a formula for a hit song.
Now, going back to your latest track Critical, who was it about?
Well it’s not really about anyone in that manner, it was more like a mix of my own experiences and what you hear, what you can see, what you hear your friends say, what they feel, relationships and stuff. It’s basically just a song for people in the same position, so they’ll know they’re not alone in that situation because it’s a very common subject.
And can we expect an album at some point?
I’m not sure about an album just yet, but there will definitely be another single or at least some singles, but as for an album, we will see.
What about an E.P.?
Yeah! An E.P. That’s a better shot, I think. A small E.P, an album not yet at least. Maybe one day (laughs)
So for the rest of the interview, I’m gonna ask you some random questions, they don’t require much attention, just quick, sharp, honest answers. Are you ready?
Best artist you’ve seen perform live?
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
The most expensive thing I’ve ever bought? I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything expensive, let me think…my dog! Well it was a birthday gift from my boyfriend but it’s still expensive. And my apartment of course
What was the last thing you read about yourself online?
I dunno, I’d have to Google myself (laughs) probably some promo stuff, like listen to Christina Skaar, here’s the link. That sort of stuff…
Favourite Britney Spears song?
My favourite Britney Spears song? Oh, wow Jesus. That’s really a tough one actually, let’s go for I’m A Slave 4 U.
Beyonce or Rihanna?
Iggy Azalea or Nicki Minaj?
You’re favourite female singer from the UK?
Jessie J! She’s amazing, one of the best singers in the world. By the way, for collaborations, put her in there.
Favourite place to perform?
Oh that’s a tough one, I don’t think I’ve really been there yet! But Paris so far.
Last film you cried to?
August Rush, amazing film, you are gonna cry, but its happy tears. Everyone I know always cry’s to it and they are the one’s who say they don’t cry.
Can you rap?
Yes I believe so, the thing is, I think I can rap, I just know I rap like a dude. I don’t rap like a woman would do, like the girly rapping, I’m not really a fan of.
Finally describe yourself in two words…
Creative and kind.
Well thank you very much, it’s been really nice talking to you!
Thank you, you too!
Christina Skaar’s new single Critical is available now on iTunes and Spotify. Follow Christina Skaar on Twitter: