Therése Neaimé - 10 Questions Music Interview
With a lifetime spent immersed in the music and entertainment industry, Therése Neaimé is a formidable talent. Her gift of music and impeccable professionalism has led her to many amazing opportunities including opening for Simply Red, touring in the middle east, and headlining the South Africa and Copenhagen pride to mention a few milestones. Her latest single, "Dance Love" demonstrates her energy inspired sound. “Dance Love” showcases Therése's stunning vocals and the polished, exciting sound of an artist who has arrived. Therése has the true X-factor of an artist destined to thrive on the top of charts and playlists worldwide.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Growing up, music and dancing were always present in my home. Can't count the numerous dance contests I participated in. I was also very early inspired by anyone who believed enough in themselves to go for their dreams and so I decided to follow that path too. I truly believe life is about becoming the best version of ourselves. Following a path of excellence can be difficult, but not doing so should scare me even more. ”Ask and you might receive! Dare and you will gain!”
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Maybe opening up for Simply Red on their World Tour without no sound check. Just crazy! This particular concert took place at the Mallorca Bullring and the time before the Concert was just to short. So without absolutely no sound check and with a full band we had to hit the stage in front of approx. 20.000 people without having a clue on what the sound would be like. Luckily we pulled it of pretty well in spite of the pretty chaotic start :)
What has been the high point of your music path?
Luckily there's been a few. To mention some maybe performing for the NATO troops in Afghanistan and opening up for Simply Red on their European tour. Also being selected by the Swedish Government as a notable personality for the cause of Swedish-Arab relationships was a highlight. Or being the Brand Ambassador for Volkswagen Middle East and ending up on the cover of Arabian Woman magazine as a role model for women going for their dream believing in themselves. Another highlight was singing a duet with Randy Jackson from the Jackson Five. I will also never forget being the headlining act at the Cape Town and Copenhagen Pride 2019-2020.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It has always been important to me that my music comes from my heart. Therefore, a new song of mine, very often starts with my idea on what the subject should be. Usually a subject taken straight from my own life. Then me and my musicians meet up and start jamming in the studio. From there we build the melody and develop the lyrics together. Sometimes I write most of the lyrics myself. I truly love the whole collaboration idea. To bring out the best in each and everyone in the creating process.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
As an indie artist, I have experienced that it sometimes seems harder to break in to the industry. If I could ask for one thing it would be to please give new and upcoming talent a wider chance to make their voices heard. At least that's very often the case over here in Sweden. The music business very often seems to be a closed community. But… my advice would be to never give up your dreams and keep fighting for them. One day you will be heard.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I dream artist would be for example Sting. I love his music and huge talent. A duet with him would be high up on my wish-list. Another favorite artist has always been Sade. I saw her live once in the US and I absolutely loved, not only hers but the whole bands passionate performance. It was just brilliant and a concert that has inspired me in my own stage-show ever since.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Growing up on stage, I'm grateful to say that I'm very seldom nervous entering the stage. I usually love every second. The key is of course in the preparation. The last couple of years I have also been fortunate to play with professionals which means that we no longer have to practice the songs for hours. I love how everyone does their "homework" which results in a fun run-thru of the songs when we meet up before the concert. But it´s as important that I also have an idea on what to say between the songs as well as what to wear etc. When all of that is in place I can just enjoy the ride.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
To mention one I want to highlight the song written to my mom, "Borrow you for a while". It was one of those songs I felt would be a real challenge to write since it's also so close at heart. But instead this particular song almost wrote itself. After a night in the studio, embracing the memory of my mom, waking up the next morning, there it was. Sometimes we can't plan these things beforehand. "Borrow you for a while" is a song that means a great deal to me. Maybe somehow my mom helped me writing it being present from the other side. :)
What's coming up in the future?
My wish is to keep making a living doing what I love the most which is music. I've been lucky to be in the music business for the last 20 years which is a goal by itself. Hopefully in 5 years time my songs have spread even further globally, and another world tour will have seen its day light. The goal is also to keep on inspiring people, be it through my music but also through my motivational speaking and acting.
Tell us where fans can access your music?