• Allie Russell

Exclusive interview with Jonas Dal, a new star in the making

We've said it before, it's no secret that Norway is crushing the music game these days. With strong acts across genres, they are simply dominating the industry. One of the newer artists to come out of Norway is Jonas Dal, and we had the pleasure of getting an exclusive interview with said artist! Read all about Jonas' life, influences and accomplishemnts in the interview below!

Where are you from and how does that affect your work?

I’m from a small town in Norway called Flekkefjord. I think being from a small town has affected me in the way that I want to make a big impact with my work. Everyone knows each other here, so in order to make a change to the status quo, you have to make it big.

Who are your biggest artistic influences? John Mayer, Lana Del Rey and Kanye West

Where do you find inspiration? I do most of my writing in cafés. Just sitting down with a notepad, pen and watching people going about their daily life. I’m a social person by nature, so I need things to happen around me in order to get inspiration.

Describe how music is important to society.

It’s entertaining enough to make you think about the lyrics and text in a brand new way. I’ve never been much of a reader or a podcast-listener, so all of my opinions on society are basically from music.

How do you define success as an artist?

Hearing your own song sung back to you by the audience is honestly the most rewarding feeling I have ever felt and is my definition of success.

Does art help you in other areas of your life? Absolutely! I have been much more able to express myself in all kinds of setting because music has given me a “whatever happens, happens” attitude.

How has your style changed over time? I started out as a guy with a guitar, writing Norwegian acoustic songs. As I’ve grown as a musician, I have gained an interest in bigger productions, so now I’m trying to focus more on EDM and pop-music with many elements in the production.

Do you have a network of other artists, and how do they support you?

I have gotten a network through my label “Esther Recordings”, which most of all supports me by releasing amazing music and inspiring me to do the same! I think seeing other people I am close to succeed is the number one source of inspiration for me.

What have critics and collectors said about your work?

They have mostly called my music happy, easy-going and chill. Which is pretty much how I would describe both myself and my music.

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

The fact that one song can change your entire day. If I’m having a shitty day, I know that a 3-minute piece of music is enough for me to go to my happy place. That is the feeling I want to give people listening to my music as well.

Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician.

Best part: You always have something to do. Feeling bored? Play some guitar. Feeling down? Play some guitar. Feeling amazing? Write a song! Worst part: The mood swings. Music is such a hit or miss career. You can go from being on top of the world, to hopelessly confused in a second.

What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?

My brother and manager told me once: “Just don’t care about what people think. The people who likes your music will like it, and the people that don’t like it probably won’t even care”. That is something I live for, both in music and my life in general.

What's your process for dealing with performance anxiety?

I never had any performance anxiety. I started out performing when I was 8 years old, so I just kind of got used to being on stage from an early age. I will say though, nervous, and excited is kind of the same feeling. So whenever I get nervous, I just trick my brain into thinking that I’m excited instead.

How would you handle traveling and being away from your home for an extended time period while you were on tour?

I love traveling, so that has never really been a problem for me. I don’t have too many commitments at home, so I could pretty much just up and leave at any given time. I also love hotel breakfasts, yum yum!

What is the weirdest or funniest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?

“What’s your go-to order when making a taco?”. Weirdest part is that I have a very strict taco order, so I kind of had an answer ready to go on the spot.

What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever released and why? “Hvis du Visste” is my favorite song I’ve ever released. I remember chatting with a stranger at a pub, and when I told her I was a musician she told me “you should check out this song, it’s my favourite right now!” And it was my own song “Hvis du Visste.” We had a good laugh about it, and that’s when that became my favorite song.

Which musician would you like to collaborate with next?

I loved RGT’s remix of “My Kind of Crazy”, so I would really like to make some original music with him! His production style fits my songwriting perfect, so I think we could make some great music together!

If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

I can solve the rubik’s cube in one minute. That is the one thing I want to be remembered for.

Do you think you could get any better as a musician? And if so, how would you achieve that?

Absolutely! I feel like every new song I release is kind of a lesson, and I’m learning more and more for each release. I think music is a “learn by doing” type of career, so I’m just trying to release as much music as possible and fail as much as possible along the way.

If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be?

If you’re ever at one of my shows, yell ”caviar” really loud so that I know that you read this interview, and I’ll give you a free Jonas Dal t-shirt!

Haha, that last answer got me! We hope you get a lot of "caviars" on your future shows! Thank you very much for bein on 24 Carat Sounds, Jonas Dal. We wish you all the best in future releases, and we really hope to hear more music from you and RGT!