Scandipop star in the making SKIA’s achievements may come as a surprise considering she’s only been releasing music since February 2020, but if the support she’s gathered from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 and more tastemakers than you can count isn’t enough to peak your interest, her upbeat and addictive pop sure will be.
Highlighting the importance of solidarity and friendship, Pocket is her latest mood-boosting release with Heist or Hit; another effortless display of her knack for danceable, positivity filled pop at the time we need it most.
Intrigued by her entire presence, we spoke to SKIA about the less intimidating side of the music industry and her fellow Liverpool based names to keep an eye on.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
I am a 25 year old girl from Norway who writes songs and sings them. I’ve been writing songs for a bunch of years but it took a lot of practice to get to the point where I actually want to listen back to them, haha.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music and what influenced that decision?
There was never a point where I really decided this is what I’m going to do, I think I’ve always just been moving in that general direction. In reality it’s more like a choice I make over and over again, I check in with myself every year, like am I gonna go for this and give this my all again for another year? So far it’s been a yes, and I’m not giving up any time soon. :)
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
Other music definitely inspires me, and especially pop bangers. But also everything and anything. It can be something someone says, a TV show, or a movie.
Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I learned that I often make music when I’m in a good place, although I often sing about the bad times.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
That it’s not as scary as you first might think. Everyone on the other side of labels and radio and blogs are people and very often very lovely. I think I was a little scared and careful in the beginning, but it didn’t matter cause my manager Nina knocks in doors like nothing matters so I feel very lucky to have her power and fiery spirit in my back.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from Liverpool?
Callum Crighton is incredible, I’m really liking what Pixey is putting out too!
What would your dream tour and rider look like?
I would just love to go on a WORLD TOUR and play in every single country and be on the move!
Strawberry laces would be an absolute must on the rider.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Put me on RHOBH.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
Get a studio built on a tropical island where I can swim in the ocean, learn how to surf and write future bops.