I constantly try to keep myself inspired by different songwriters and poets. I also want to mention the Beatles, who had a big influence on me when learning to play guitar as a kid, and Patty Griffin, who in my opinion is one of the greatest songwriters of my time."
Life, love, music
Music, books, family, friends, travelling – just being alive. These are some of the essentials in the life of Kajsa Vala. And the people in her band, whom she considers to be family, drive her music:
"It may sound like a cliché, but me and my husband, the drummer in my band, are trying to make a living that leaves room to live. We don't want a big house and two cars, we want to keep our expenses down and live more sustainably. And that, in turn, leaves room to be with our daughter, play music, record, go on tour, and do all the stuff we love to do. So, three keywords would be: Life, Love, Music.
"I like to think the melancholy that is typical of Icelandic and Scandinavian music stems from my roots there. I have always been drawn to melancholic melodies and lyrics ever since I was little. I always wanted to hear the sad lullabies and children's songs," she reflects.
What is a good song?
Kasja defines a good song as "an honest story accompanied by a melody that speaks the language of that story". She highlights Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat as a good example, as well as Joni Mitchell's Little Green and Lucinda William's album West, which she claims makes her tear up every time she listens to it.