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Interviews!

Interview with Dan Olsen!

As part of my original schedule, I had planned to have an interview with an inspiration of mine, at least once a month. However, what with the move, many things had to take a back seat. I am now pleased to announce that I finally managed to sit down with a friend of mine and have a long-awaited conversation. For those of you who don’t know that person is Dan Olsen.

Dan started following me on twitter a fair few years ago and I’ve been following his music career ever since. It’s great to have built a connection with him that means we both get support each other as he has done with this interview. I’ve also been lucky enough to have him sing me Happy Birthday a few times as well. Dan is an international singer-songwriter from the Faroe Islands but now lives and produces his own music in London. Unfortunately, due to personal issues, I haven’t gotten around to seeing him perform live, but it is on my to do list. Dan is one of my inspirations because he has taught me to never to give up on my dreams. He left the safety and security of his home nation, to fly to this country and pursue his music career. If I say so myself, he is doing incredible for himself. He taught me that although times can be tough and giving up is easy, that in order to win, you need to keep trying. Dan has toured in many countries and has a love for going to China, having been there a few times and has had his music used in a film. He has many songs that I absolutely love, and you should totally check them out but my favourite by far is the one just below.

What/who inspired you to be a singer-songwriter? It must have come in steps. Jack Johnson was the first singer-songwriter who led me to start singing on top of the guitar playing I was already doing and the one who stylistically inspired my first songs. And then seeing other young musicians making a career and thinking “I can do that!” (I love Jack Johnson and have listened to his music for years.)

What would be your favourite thing about creating and releasing music? When I write something that I’m happy with and it makes me feel like a kid – that’s the best feeling. After that comes when I feel like I’ve nailed the production on it and done the song justice. And lastly, when my audience make a connection with the song. That’s why I love hearing back from you. 

Do you have a process for writing? I used to always start on the guitar and getting a guitar riff down to then build a singing melody on top and add words. For a while it’s been 50/50 between that and coming up with a singing melody from nothing and then adding the guitar and then words. Now I’m slowly adding the method of starting with lyrics or a concept and working from there.

How old was you when you wrote your first song and what was it about? I must have been about 21, it was called “Lucky You” and it was basically saying “if you feel like you should have started this and that earlier in your life, well you’re in luck  because it’s never too late and you should just start now”.

How do you handle rejection in terms of your music? I used to take it personal sometimes. But you soon realize that you’re never ever going to make everyone happy with one single song. Because everyone’s taste is different. So, from knowing that you start thinking ‘hey, let me just write what I like, and if one or thousands or millions more like it then happy days either way’. The good thing is, I can always write another one. And that I will regardless.

What song did you have the most fun creating the video for? There are three I suppose. Candy Shop and In the Summer were fun because we had great actors in them, and the banter was great. Christmas Time With You was also a lot fun because it almost felt like a holiday at the same because we travelled to the Alps in Switzerland and had so much fun shooting the video.

What inspired you to move to London to pursue your music career? It was a combination of things. I’d always wanted to try living in London. And I felt London or L.A. would have the best scenes for getting lots of gigs and for networking. And London proved to tick both boxes from the get-go.

What advice could you give to someone who wants to build a career in music? Everyone’s different. Realize that first and what I mean by that is in terms of knowing that one thing that works for someone might not work for you. There are so many ways to “the top”. So naturally this advice will mainly be based on my own experiences. – Try things out. Get as much gigging experience as possible. Meet other musicians and collaborate. Try to organize your life in a way where all work effort is put into music so that you can get better and better at your craft whether that be writing, performing, producing etc or all of them. It’s a tough industry so if you want to make a living from it, you’ll have to be smart about it. It might mean you’ll have to lower your standard of living for the first years. It humbles you but it makes it possible and so rewarding when it pays off.

What advice could you give to someone who wanted to move to a different country? My advice would be this: say yes to everything! This could very well be your first and last chance to have these special experiences and not to mention potential new friendships this country has to offer.

Who is your biggest inspiration? Why? Who? Hmm… there really are probably too many to mention. From family to friends to sport people and music people and more. Everyone has something different to offer.

What would you say is your biggest achievement in terms of your music? I would say it’s to trust my instincts in terms of my own song writing but also my musical career choices.

How many instruments can you play and how old were you when you learnt? Probably just guitar. This I started learning when I was around 12. Then I dabble in piano, ukulele, bass guitar, banjo, harmonica etc.

What was your favourite thing about living in Australia? The weather was an amazing improvement. And not to mention the nature and the different animals.

Who would be your dream duet partner? Hmmm… Adele? But I’d look bad next to her!

Your song Heart Into Trouble was in the film, Carnivore, can you tell me what the best part about that process was? It’s always with that kind of recognition for your work. But the favourite part is probably that it led me to the film crew of the film which has then resulted in them creating some of my favourite music videos for me.

I know you can’t give too much away about your upcoming projects, but is there anything you can tell me? I’m putting this EP out!! And so far, Still Be Gone and Lost in the Moment have been released – they’re out everywhere!

Lastly, where are you looking at touring next? More info to come.

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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this interview, thank you to Dan for helping me with my first piece and thank you to everyone who has shown him support. He is a performer which means he wouldn’t be where he is today without the love and support of his fans! I hope you all have a great day and enjoy whatever you’re doing right now. Make sure to check out my social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest information on any blog related stuff. It will also be the place I drop my next name for my next interview. Keep your eyes pealed! And as always, keep smiling :). Ferrari.

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Monthly Update!

September!

August wasn’t a bad month for blogging! I beat my previous month of readers by over 129% and I am truly beyond thankful for you guys taking the time to read what I’ve written. It really does mean a lot. I’ve been blogging more consistently over the last year and watching my blog grow has truly been incredible. I have a new post due to come out every other day so I can dedicate at least half of my time working on my novel which seems to have taken a back seat. I also have a new place to move into and decorate which means that I may not be able to commit to my schedule as much as I would like. However, I promise to keep everyone updated via my social media accounts.

As you can see, I’ve chosen a dark blue for this month! And that’s because it’s the month of the Sapphire. According to legend, Sapphire is said to protect whoever is wearing the stone from evils, harm and stress. I personally love this gem and think it’s truly beautiful. With that in mind, I think it’s time to treat myself to a new sapphire set of earrings! I could do with a less stressful month.

So, what do I have planned for you guys this month?

  • Liebster Award – thank you Ronald for the nomination.
  • Superstitions! Of course, that will be live on Friday the 13th.
  • Two Mumma Life Posts!
  • Two Mental Health updates.
  • An Open Letter to the doctor who saved my life.
  • And much, much, more!

I am also trying out a followers inspired post! Head over to either my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages and let me know a topic that you think I should look at. It could be anything from getting to know me better, current affairs, a film or tv and so on. It can be whatever you want, after all, you all read what I’ve written so much, I thought I could be nice and return the favour.

I owe you amazing readers an explanation. My first interview with an inspiration post has been postponed until further notice for a few reasons. Although I have been in touch with said individual, they are currently in the studio recording new music for their upcoming album. I am eager to get the ball rolling on this blog series, but I want it to be perfect and true to the idea in my head. Which means being patient.

Lastly, I want to thank you all for your continued support. It really does mean a lot to me. I’ve had my fair share of readers reach out to me, and comment on my work and that truly means the world to me. I love to write, and it’s becoming much more than just a hobby. But with that, means I’m becoming more critical of my work and keep second guessing myself. Although, I am trying to work on that.

If you wish to keep updated with all blog related news, make sure to check out all my social media pages and give them a follow. I hope wherever you are in the world, that you’re happy and healthy. And more importantly, that you keep smiling. Ferrari.

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Awards!

The Mystery Blogger Award!

I never thought I’d be writing this post, because as of a few weeks ago, I hadn’t heard of the Mystery Blogger Award, and I didn’t actually find out what it was until I was nominated. So firstly I want to thank Ronald for nominating me. I feel so honoured that you think so highly of my blog, it really does mean a lot. You are a great support, and all my readers should totally go and check out his blog by clicking here!

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma, in honour of getting recognition to bloggers that work hard and provide posts that are worth reading but aren’t for many reasons, discovered. It’s for bloggers that inspire and encourage people all around the world. And I think it’s incredible! As a blogger, we spend a lot of our time writing things that we are passionate about, and I know that those I am going to mention are amazing at this as well.

As with any worthy award, there are rules and they are as follows.

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

I guess I should probably tell you three things about me so;

– I am actually a big WWE fan, and I love and watch as much as I can. I mean on PPV nights, I watch as much as I can before I fall asleep and I’m generally tweeting about it.  – Luna downloaded some albums onto my phone via Apple Music, because she wanted Rey Mysterio’s entrance… My phone is on shuffle and it decided to play the Bella’s entrance music just as I wrote that and not going to lie, I sat gigglying to myself. –

– I am a massive reader and will always make a point of reading the books and watching the films because I think the writer and directors of both have different views and ideas, and I like to compare them… Yes, I am a nerd.

– I once was on a sailing boat and did things that you see pirates do in movies… It was one of the scariest three days of my life! We were out to sea during a thunderstorm and I was petrified. I can’t swim and I hate thunderstorms. It was also extremely hard work, I came back and was sore for days, but it was amazing and if you can ever have the chance to sail a proper boat, I recommend it.

5 Questions Answered;

1: What are the five things you cannot live without? Why does it have to be things Ronald? Because for one, I cannot live without my daughter! But oooookay. I will do material things. My notepad, because I am forever writing things down. My ipod, it has way too many songs because I only ever add to it. So I have music from my childhood on it and it’s nice to have those memories. My laptop and Phone because I have friends that I don’t get to see and I always love talking to them! And my Finn Balor Leather Jacket! I love my jacket even if it is a guys jacket and bigger than me! It was brought for me by mum for Christmas and as long as it’s not too hot outside, I will be wearing it!

2: According to you, what is a perfect day? I’m a mum so it would always be any day that has my daughters laugh and smile because there is no perfect moment. She has an ear infection so she’s really clingy at the moment and isn’t her happy bubbly self which really sucks.

3: Which celebrity you would love to meet? And why? Okay, so this stumped me. I don’t know if they are considered a celebrity but they are also dead. So, it’s more a person of history than one of a current celebrity. I would want to meet J.M Barrie. He is the author of The Complete Adventures of Peter Pan, and theres more to the story than Wendy. I love the stories and have read the collection. They are some of my most favourite pieces of work and I want to know what inspired him to write it. Before he died, he gave the rights to Peter Pan stories to Great Ormond Street Hospital and personally, that is someone I would like to meet.

4: Who or what inspired you to take up blogging? I don’t think anyone inspired me to start blogging. I think it was more, I had a lot of things going on and I just wanted a place where I could write how I felt and nobody could tell me what I could or couldn’t say because it was my space. I come from a big family and often felt like I was ignored because my brothers needs would and should have always came first.

5: Describe an incident involving you that you’re not proud of. Any incident involving my partners mother. She’s not the easiest of people to talk to and it’s even harder considering she doesn’t give a shit about her only granddaughter, she can only ever seem to think of herself. However, I always seem to let her get under my skin and end up saying things out of anger because of how my brain reacts. BPD is really tricky to try and keep level headed when emotion is involved. But I am slowly getting better. I mean I’m talking about it more rather than losing my shit straight away.

I’m supposed to pick my best posts, but I can’t because everyone will always have a different opinion to me, so I thought I’d list the ones that meant the most to write. As I only shared a really emotional post last night, I wont include that one. But here are some of my others.

I wanted to pick some of the great bloggers that offer me such support and love every time! They help me during writers block and provide great content. I am so proud of all their hard work and this is my way of encouraging them not to give up.

  • Amy Jane; she provides a travel/food blog which at times gives me serious envy. But I am so fortunate enough to live vicariously through her! Check out her blog;
  • Lozza; she is an incredible person and I am so fortunate to follow her and receive her support. Honestly, check out her blog! Its amazing.
  • ThoughtsWithN; Her lifestyle blog is really creative and covers wellbeing as well as parenting. Go check out her blog!
  • Edley; He is a great guy who is blogging about his personal battle with M.S as well as sharing other peoples stories and giving them a platform to speak. Check out his blog, here.
  • BeardedIgor; Again, another great guy whos blog is very interesting to read. He talks about his journey to happiness despite mental health complications. Check him out, here!
  • My Simple Mind; She has an awesome mental health blog and in general is a great loving person. Go and check out her blog.
  • Shannon; She blogs about her life and not only that, but there’s poetry! She’s an amazing person and well worth a check!
  • Breanna; She’s only posted one post, because she got a full time job and is still trying to work out a schedule but here’s for when she comes back.
  • AstralOutfitter; if you’re a foodie, this blog is for you! There are a few recipies that sound tasty and a must read for any experimentalists out there. Check out their blog, here.
  • LucyMayyyReads; if you’re a big reader… this is the blog for you! From classics you haven’t read, to ones you can’t put down. Check her out now!
5 Questions Asked
  • What is your favourite song of all time?
  • What makes you smile most when you’re upset?
  • Have you ever played a prank on someone? If so, I want details.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Dr Pepper or Coca-Cola?

Thank you again Ron, for nominating me, it means a lot! And to all my readers, thank you for taking the time to read through a post that is very much about showing support to multiple bloggers that aren’t as mainstream as they should be. I hope you all have a good day, and as always, keep smiling. Ferrari.