This week we’ve talked to Susanna Levin, a young artist living in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read more about who she is what her song ‘Breathing Underwater’ is about:
Who is Susanna Levin?
I was gonna say that I’m just a normal girl, but that didn’t seem quite right, I can be pretty weird. Susanna Levin is a weird girl living a normal life. I am both outgoing and extremely shy, I oscillate between cocky and insecure. I would never hurt a fly, I’m a Mama’s girl and I sing everywhere except the shower.
How old are you and where are you originally from?
I’m turning 23 in April! And I’m from Gothenburg Sweden.
What is your musical background and when did you start with music?
I wish I could say that I have been into music since I was a toddler, that I played drums on pots and pans and that it has been my passion all my whole life, but to be honest I only started to sing when I was sixteen and had to pick a direction in high school. After that people started telling me I was pretty good. It was about one year ago that I finally discovered who I wanted to be as an artist and as a singer, after that I just couldn’t shut up.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! A lot of people inspire me. When it comes to singers I really look up to Lana Del Rey (surprise!) and watching other artists and bands live really gets me going. For example this weekend I was at P3 Gold (a Swedish music-award show) and I saw new artists that I haven’t heard before, like Seinabo Sey! When I woke up the next morning I just had to make music. I love when I wake up with the feeling that creativity just leaks from me.
Where does your single “Breathing Underwater” come from and what is it really about?
In August 2013 I moved out of my Mother’s apartment and into my own. While I was looking for a job I was very lonely. I had recently been through a lot of stuff that made me very insecure. To understand a couple of things that had happened to both me and my Mother, I really tried looking at things from other angles and I didn’t know how to do that, besides writing and singing about it. A lot of people have probably been through infidelity and have been cheated on but I honestly wonder how it feels for that other person that falls in love with someone that already has someone. So ‘Breathing Underwater’ is about falling in love when the person you love also loves someone else, just as much.
What’s ahead? Any live shows or new releases coming up?
When I make music, it’s just me and my computer and my microphone in my living-room, I don’t play any instruments so it’s hard performing my own songs live, but it’s a dream! People don’t know who I am yet, but I’m hoping they will find out soon. I’m currently producing tracks with my boyfriend, Elias A. Bolander and have made 5-6 other songs that will be on my first album, with my 2 singles.