Two Trees are two friends who like to hang out and who very much enjoy and get inspired by each others musical worlds.
How old are you both and where are you originally from?
Charlotta is 26 years old and from Stockholm. Fride is 25 years old and from a small village called Vikingstad which lies south-west of Linköping.
What is your musical background and when did you start with music? How did you two come together?
Charlotta: I grew up in a family that worked a lot with music and art in different ways. I’ve been singing for as long I can remember. When I was 19 years old I started to write my own tunes and four years later I picked up the guitar and started to learn.
Fride: I played guitar and wrote a lot of songs when I was a kid but when I was sixteen I started to play saxophone and pretty much stopped singing. Two years ago I lost my interest for jazz music and to play saxophone so I picked the guitar and my creating became joyful and honest again.
We both been through different schools with music education mostly studying jazz and improvisation and it was on our bachelor degree at the Royal College Of Music here in Stockholm that we met and started to make music together.
Who or what inspires you?
Charlotta: I write the melodies and lyrics in this band and I get my inspiration from other art forms such as dance, photograph, art and of course from things I read, things I hear on the radio, from people I meet and the stories they tell me.
Fride: I work in a record shop a few days a week and I get to hear a lot of new music everyday. I don’t have many favorite artists, I just like to listen to a lot of different kinds of music that has something in it that can surprise me.
Do you find yourselves being inspired by similar things or do you complement each other by having different inspirational sources?
We think that we are very different and that is in itself is very inspiring! We may resemble each other in some ways but we’re so different in how our personalities work fundamentally, what they soak up and what they need to get out. Simply, we complement each other.
How do you feel that you work together? What does the process of creating music together look like for you? Tell us!
We started to play together in 2011 and we searched for our form for a long time. In the beginning Fride played the saxophone and Charlotta was singing, playing a bit of piano and some guitar. In the end we felt bogged down and started the whole thing all over again and finally we found something that felt good for us. Now Fride is writing the chords and Charlotta is writing the melodies and the lyrics. Now we meet up and put the whole thing together and then create the harmonies.
How has the response and reactions to your music been so far?
It’s been great. We’ve been working a lot with social media and have managed to expose our music to people all around the globe thanks to that. There have been a lot of blog posts about us and we’ve received hurrays from the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Israel and France.
What’s happening next? Any upcoming shows?
We’re about record some new music that we hope to release later this year. We’re also in the middle of promoting our EP that was released in September last year, so we’re for instance doing some gigs this spring and summer. Next up is actually a Spinnup-event at Fotografska in Stockholm the 27th of march!
Any advice to your fellow Spinnup artists who wish to reach new heights?
It sounds like a cliché, (and it is but oh so true) just be yourself and have fun when you promote your stuff.
Listen to their song ‘Lay Me Down’ HERE!