I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old. No one really knows why, I just suddenly decided I had to start, and luckily my parents let me.
When I decided I wanted to play the piano, my great grandmother was very kind and bought me a very cheap, very tacky white piano. Her name was Elise and I promised her to learn Beethoven’s Für Elise, so I could play that for her. It certainly wasn’t the first piece I learned to play, but it was my first intention and in the end I played it for her before she died.
The first instrument I bought myself was a beautiful white Gretsch guitar, on which I immediately composed the songs Rooms, a song that I forgot for many years, but which was then rediscovered, recorded and is currently on my new album Zero Gravity State Of Mind.
My fondest musical memories always have to do with the people I play with. Musical meetings are very strong meetings.
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Laurie Anderson. She is an excellent performer, composer and producer, who is always at the same time intellectual and emotional in what she does. Some artists I always return to are Laurie Anderson, Portishead, Jenny Wilson, Billie Holiday, Björk, David Bowie and Emmylou Harris.
I don’t know if nervous is the right word, but I certainly feel it when I’m about to go on stage. To me that’s important. It’s really bad if I’m about to go on stage and feel completely normal, or feel nothing at all.