Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
Hey! My name is Caroline Høier, I am a 24 year old girl from Oslo Norway. For the last couple of years I’ve been studying to become a secondary school teacher in the subjects English and religion, and I have a bachelor degree in pedagogy from HiOA (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences). Currently, I’m on a break from my studies to pursue the dream of being an artist, working as a sub teacher (which I love) and part time at a grocery store.
For a while I was under the impression that the music dream was unachievable, so I gently put my ambitions in a box and stored them away under my bed. That was until a few months ago when I received an offer to meet with a newly established record label, Needed Records. Needed offered me a record deal on the spot and I immediately jumped at the opportunity with tears in my eyes.
A year ago, I never would have imagined that I would be where I am today; with a brilliantly produced single on Spotify, working with a record label who is pushing me in the right direction and believing in me, sparking new flames into a never-ending dream. I started to write songs at the age of 14 after I received my first guitar as a gift from my grandfather. My grandfather taught me my very first chords and we used to play the song House of the Rising Sun together, a classic that I still hold close to my heart.
Like with many other artists, I’m sure, writing music fast became a form of therapy. Writing music was at times the only thing that would keep my head over water. Not necessarily because my life was that horrible, but because I wasn’t able to handle personal issues and my emotions in a healthy way. I have always been perceived as an energetic and positive person, mostly facing my surroundings with a smile on my face. But at the end, no one can really see the swelling lump in your stomach with the naked eye, growing larger, making it harder to breathe.
Some nights I would write multiple songs, mostly to discover the morning after that most of the glitter was just that. Glitter. But sometimes it felt as if I had struck gold, and what a feeling! When I sing and write music, I do it for me. I never stop to consider what is trending at the moment, or what other people might like. But it feels good to know that some people do enjoy the music I make, though. I am very lucky and grateful to have the love and support of my family, friends and the amazing, talented people at Needed Records at my side.
Where did the new single come from?
I was inspired to write Ocean a long time ago as a reaction to someone trying to “steal my light”. At the time I was in a relationship with this guy who was a lot different from me. We weren’t able to communicate in a healthy way, and I often felt misunderstood and misjudged. I felt like I gave him everything without getting much in return.
Even though it’s been a while, I don’t think I will ever forget the feelings that were taking over my entire body and mind as I sat down on my bed and started writing after leaving about 50 missed calls on his phone. Even though this relationship might have been doomed from the very beginning, I still owe him a thank you for inspiring me to write Ocean, all though he probably doesn’t have a clue that the song is about him and the way he made me feel. And I think we should keep it that way.
Sometimes I feel like people don’t really understand what I’m like as a person, or where I’m coming from. I had the same experience with this guy, he didn’t get me at all, and this is a theme that I was trying to portray in the song.. Now, let me explain:
When things go downhill, I respond with sticking my nose up, with anger above tears to hide my insecurities and weaknesses. Therefore many people in the past have been talking behind my back, coming to the conclusion that I’m simply just cold. But, you do what you have to do to keep your emotions on ice and to protect your heart. It has sort of become my defence mechanism. A method of dealing, something I’ve inherited from my mother, who happens to be the most badass woman I know and my biggest role model. Ocean is a depiction of what was going on in my head and in my bedroom in that specific period of time, but I would lie if I told you that I never find myself in the same state of mind from time to time.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
The next production up for release is an acoustic version of Ocean, trying to take it back to its original essence. I believe this up and coming version will have the ability to captivate an older audience as well as the younger guard.
In between working with this new version of Ocean I am also spending a lot of time working on a new song with my producer, Magnus Grøndahl, playing with different sounds and genres in the studio. Considering the fact that my guitar skills are at a basic level, my producer and Needed are like life support when it comes to creating the instrumentals. I am forever thankful and feeling oh so lucky to be working closely side by side with them.
What’s on the horizon for you?
In the nearest future, on 15th of September to be more specific, I will be performing at Olavshallen in Trondheim in front of 1500 people, my biggest crowd yet. I’m very excited about this concert, all though it has to be said that the butterflies keep me from sleeping some nights.
Ocean “version 2” will be out soon and we are also well underway with a brand new song. From 2018 we are also going to be working on some of my older material to see if we can find some hidden gems. I am also looking forward to be performing live to a bigger extent, and finding musicians for stage appearances and for creating more content with in the future.
For now, stay tuned!