Andrea Ekeli is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. Growing up by the coast in east Norway, Andrea’s music taste has been strongly influenced by the Scandanavian pop scene. At nineteen, after graduating a three-year high school music programme in 2018, she moved to London to furhter study vocal performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Andrea is at present working towards finishing her degree, with a growing passion for writing pop music.

We got a chance to ask Andrea some questions, here’s what she had to say.

Who were your musical influences growing up? 

“I’ve grown up listening to a lot of Scandinavian music. Highasakite, Gabrielle and Susanne Sundfør are all Norwegian artists that I have listened to a lot while growing up. They’ve got some amazing toplines and production on their songs!”

What has been your best gig? 

“A gig I did with some Norwegian friends of mine back in Norway a couple of years ago, I think. It was around Christmas. The audience seemed to be enjoying it quite a lot, and so did we!”   

Can you tell us a bit about your music? 

“I write pop music about all the different aspects of my life as a young female. My music is quite melody and hook-driven. My first single ‘Fighting For’ mentions a failed relationship as well as the struggles with making and seeing through plans. For me, it addresses the pressures in the life of a young adult”.

Can you describe your music in 3 words? 

“Honest, fun, pop”.

What makes your music stand out? 

“I always try to keep an optimistic tone in my songs. Even if the subjects can be dark at times, I’ll still mask it with a good vocal hook to keep a positive vibe. In general, I always find myself as a music lover to connect with the melody of a song first before anything else. So naturally I have become a very melody-driven songwriter”.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020? 

“I’m excited to be releasing more singles this year!”

If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be? 

“The energy”.  

Do you have any gig’s coming up?  

“Sadly not at the moment, because of the corona virus”.  

By Siân Parker