ALTO

Tell us if your work is 100 percent original or you take little from other artists’ works in a creative way.

We try to thrive to make our work and songs 100 percent original. We like to think outside of the box when it comes to visual effects in music videos and also when it comes to sound and vocals. We love to mix different genres and to create originality in our songs. But of course – we do really enjoy pop music and we want our music to reach a broad audience. That makes us think about what kind of sounds that the audience likes and what kind of beats that are “In our time”. We always get inspiration from other artists and producers and try to mix pop music with rough beats inspired by hip hop, and also house. We feel like it’s important to sing from our soul and to really mean everything that we sing, dance and create!

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Tell us if you are into music because of the passion for it or you are a gifted artist.

We both are really passionate about music and everything about it. We have both been dancing since we were kids so it’s natural for us to feel the beats and the harmonies of the music and if our bodies want to move – then we know we’re on the right track. Because we want to make others happy and feel like they want to dance as well! We believe that we all are born with gifts and talents. Thereafter, it is our job to find out how we can develop our talents and gifts to become the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be (might be cliché but true). Both Charlotte and I have felt like it was easy to learn how to dance, sing and play instruments from a young age. We don’t know if it was because we were gifted or if the process of learning and training was easier when you love what you’re doing. Maybe it’s a bit of both, but we do know that passion can take you far if you are willing to work hard for your dreams!

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Elaborate on how you ensure the quality of your sound.

We try to work with really good people. To have a lot of people involved in the project helps us to get opinions and perspectives concerning different aspects of the sound. What someone doesn’t hear can be someone else first thought. It’s good to have a perfect amount (not too many, not too few) of people in the mix, to make sure that the quality is good! Everybody listens to different things. It’s always good to learn how to handle critique! You can learn a lot from it.

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Tell us how you come across ideas to develop your songs.

Our ideas to songs come up all the time. Sometimes it’s just when you’re in the bathtub and you start free styling melodies, then suddenly you come up with a chorus or a verse, and you got to record it fast. Other times it could be in a songwriting-session with others and with a specific goal to write a song. Other times we develop ideas from texts that we wrote, poems or lyrics and then add music later.

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Describe your vocal ability.

As our band is called – we are ALTO(s). We feel like the best of our voices shines through in soul/pop and RnB inspired songs; where we can focus on the harmonies and really feel the lyrics. As sisters we feel like it’s natural to match our voices within harmonies, as we feel like it’s easy to know what the other is going to do next and so on. But we are also trained in choirs (gospel amongst other) and we are able to sing soprano and in upper ranges. One of us has a background in musical theatre where the songs are more dramatic with longer, higher notes. But as we sing our own music and when we write our own song we want the sound to be smooth and chill but with more focus on the production as a whole with kick-ass beats.

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Tell us the process involved in developing the instrumentation for this song.

We worked in a team with a producer and the songwriters. We had different references to other dance beats and dance songs that we wanted this beat to feel like. The producer developed several ideas after we send the references and after a while, Johannes Timander came up with the melody to the drop. So we mixed that melody with the heavy beats and added the vocals. And that’s it!

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State five songs that you think are hit songs and name the artists.

Bruno Mars feat Cardi B – Finesse (remix)

Drake – One dance

Work – Rihanna

Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

I’m A Slave 4 U – Britney Spears

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Tell us how you entertain audience during live performance.

We dance! And sing. And put on a show. Matching outfits, extra beats, strong harmonies, back – up vocals if we can, background dancers if we have the possibility. We don’t want anybody to be bored. There should be visual and it should sound as good as possible. We are always considering how we want the audience to feel, what message we want to bring out when we do a routine or a song. It all should be from us – to the audience. They should feel like they are gaining something, inspiration, happiness, thoughts, – just something – after watching/listening to us.

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List the name of artists that have similar sound to yours.

It’s almost impossible for us to say what other artists we remind the listeners of. Or what sound we are similar to. We try to create originality but always take inspiration from other pop-songs, other house beats and hip hop beats. But no one or nothing in particular that we can hear ourselves. We’re sure that others feel like they associate us or the sound to something they’ve heard or seen. As soon as we release our music it is yours- the listeners. Everybody has their own experiences or preferences to associate music to. So we want everybody to be able to be free to associate as you want.

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Discuss how you think your music is having an impact on your fans.

We hope we can make people dance! And just spread some joy. When we write our own lyrics we want to make sure that there are some sorts of message in the song. It could be – You’re not alone, we all go through shit and happiness and joy and sorrow. Or it could be the message of encouraging others to be strong. We want the song to say something meaningful to the audience. But also create happy beats and danceable songs!

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Tell us what inspires you to sing.

What inspires us the most is to inspire others! When someone says that he/she feels like he/she can do something, just because we dare to follow our dream – that’s everything to us. The power of music is amazing. How it can make people listen and make people feel less lonely, or just make people come together. That’s inspiring and that makes us love it.

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Discuss the recording process of this song.

We discussed the beats and the production, and then we added the vocals to the instrumental. Then we worked even more on the production and the sound and the beats and then it was ready!

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Discuss how you develop your melody.

In this song the melody to the vocals was already set. But the melody for the drop was developed by Johannes after hearing the beats and drums.

When we write our songs we usually have the beats ready and then the melody just comes to us after what kind of feeling we get to the beats.

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Tell us your piece of advice to a new artist.

To follow your heart and soul and be prepared to work really hard!

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State your favourite radio station.

P3 & P4!

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State the links to connect you and your stores.

Facebook

Instagram: @altoofficial

Spotify: ALTO

Youtube

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Go into details on this song.

This song is written by Johannes Timander, Jonas Frisk, Johanna Toth and Fredrik Wikner. The production is made by Sebastian Lestapier. Creative consultants are Josefin Alatalo, Charlotte Alatalo and Johannes Timander. The video that we just released to the song is made by Charlotte Alatalo, Josefin Alatalo, Björn Randén, Harianas Dewang, Anton Josefsson. The video catches different emotions and different characters through dance and singing that show the stages of love and unhappy love. Sometimes you feel like you’re each other’s demons or your own demon (the choreography in black clothes) and sometimes you feel as if you are in heaven and in a field of green grass and sunshine (the choreography with white clothes). But it’s all natural and the cycles of humanity to go through all these emotions, that’s why we choose to shoot everything outdoors and in nature.

 


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