Convo With MAnda

Rising Swedish pop star Manda jumped into the spotlight when she placed in the Top 7 of Swedish X-Factor 2012. She performed her original song “Glow” in the Swedish election of Eurovision in 201 Manda’s success is a testament to her talent and dedication as an artist.

After her iTunes chart-topping single “Sweetest Heartbreak,” the singer and songwriter went on to find more success. She then wrote the song “Loved By You,” produced by Lordnox, which amassed over 5 million streams worldwide.

As a Queer/LGTBQ artist, Manda is committed to promoting self-acceptance and pride in her music. Powerhouse singer Manda has openly dedicated her music to inspiring young queers to find themselves and wants to encourage her listeners to embrace their sexuality and feminine power. 

MANDA released a new single called ”F*CK MYSELF’‘ that captures her evolution as an artist during her year and a half hiatus. The song is a bold new step for the singer-songwriter and is sure to turn heads with its innovative sound and catchy hooks.

The relatable comeback anthem preaches self-empowerment and embracing one’s sexuality with an upbeat and catchy sound that draws on nostalgic Y2K influences.

Written in Los Angeles with Jason Boulé and Dean Mitchell and produced by Ron Geffen, Manda emphasizes being unapologetically honest in her lyrics, starting with this single.

Manda’s new single, “F*CK MYSELF,” is a song about being honest and true to yourself. The track was written in Los Angeles with Jason Boulé and Dean Mitchell and produced by Ron Geffen. Manda says that the song is about “being unapologetically honest in your lyrics.”

Here you can flow up below the convo we had…

1- Where did you come from, where are you based now, and why?

I was born and raised in Sweden! A little town called Bjärred in the south. I moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to attend college, and I’ve just stayed ever since.

2- How does it feel like to be in LA?

I love LA. I used to have a love and hate relationship with the city because I felt like many people were dishonest, and their only goal was to get ahead in their careers, and they didn’t care about stepping on toes. So when I found my friends that I could trust, I started to really enjoy this city and everything it has to offer.

3- Who inspired you to pursue a music career?

I’ve always loved performing and singing, and my biggest idol growing up (and still is) was Celine Dion. I also loved Britney Spears, X-Tina, Westlife, and the Spice Girls. All those 2000’s2000’s stars, and as a kid, I wanted to be on big stages just like them.

4- When did you start your music career, and what are the highlights so far?

My music career kickstarted when I was in the first season of the Swedish X-Factor in 2012. I was in the top 7, and that’s how I started making a name for myself in the Swedish music industry. My first single hit the #1 on the Swedish iTunes single chart, and I also did Melodifestivalen when I was 20, which is the Swedish election of the Eurovision Song Contest. Another highlight is also going independent after that success – I love the freedom as an indie artist.

5- What achievement are you proud of but most people would consider silly or weird?

I don’t know if people would consider this weird, but my most significant achievement has been being gay. That’s when I knew I could make more authentic music.

6- What part of your culture are you most and least proud of?

I love Swedish music. Swedish musicians are excellent, and it’s a significant influence on me. As a Swede, I’m least proud of how judgemental Swedes are and “”jäntelagen””. It’sIt’s basically an unwritten rule in the nordic culture where we’re not supposed to brag EVER, not be proud of our accomplishment. That type of close-mindedness has made it hard for me to be proud of my achievements.

7- What is the message behind fuck myself?

“Fuck Myself” is about the last guy I dated when I still identified as bisexual. I often talked to my friends and other women about how many men don’t know how female bodies work, and I was pissed at their selfishness. After teasing the song on TikTok, I realized how many women could relate, so releasing it was a no-brainer.

8- What is your favourite TV show?

Bates Motel is my favourite one of all time. I also love The Bachelor, This is Us, and reality shows like Love is Blind.

9- What movie or book character are you most similar to?

My partner and I just saw the movie “Everything everywhere all at once” She said she thinks I remind her so much of the dad in the film. She’s trying to keep everything peaceful, doesn’t like drama, and sees the silver lining in everything, and I can see that in me.

10- What would be your strategy for surviving an apocalyptic epidemic?

I’d probably stock up on a bunch of food and tv and just chill all day. If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die, haha

11 – What is next for Manda?

I’m having a show on June 9th at the Echoplex in LA, and then I’m planning for my new single release called “next x”.

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