Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Getting Persson-al with A Camp's Nina
by Jerry Nunn
2009-05-27

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


A Camp is a Swedish supergroup composed of Nina Persson from The Cardigans and Niclas Frisk from Atomic Swing. While the group's first self-titled effort was only released as an import, the new CD, Colonia, brings them to the forefront in the United States.

Windy City Times: Hello, Nina! I have been such a fan of your voice through all the different styles of music through the years. How do you describe A Camp's style?

Nina Persson: That's a really hard question. I don't what we're doing. [ Laughs ] I sort of leave it up to everyone else to put names on it. We call it "powder pop" or rock music with makeup.

WCT: In what way has your husband, Nathan Larson ( from the group Shudder to Think ) , influenced your music?

NP: Since his "bread" job is to be a film composer, I think that has had a huge influence on the music. When he puts on a producer hat, he's such a creator of atmosphere. He great about analog keyboards, crazy sounds and effects. That's his big contribution—simply the sound and production.

WCT: You did a movie in 2006 called Om Gud vill. Do you want to do more acting?

NP: I am very passive in my movie career. That was my friend's debut as a director. It was a very comfortable environment for me—a total low-budget black-and-white movie with no complicated acting involved. Acting should not be taken lightly and you do need training. I respect actors a hell of a lot more after doing that film.

WCT: Is A Camp more of a band or solo act for you?

NP: It is a band, kind of. I took the first record on tour while Niclas and Nathan were part of producing and writing it with me. This time, we love each other's company and we were excited to hang out so we decided to make more of a band out of it. We are on tour now in Belfast and we have extra musicians with us as well.

I don't care how people market it. It's my main thing right now. It's equal in the amount of work as any Cardigans record. This is not a side thing because it's too much work for that.

WCT: After "Lovefool" was such a hit, did The Cardigans have a lot of pressure to make more chart toppers?

NP: There were certain expectations from record companies. They would have loved to have another "Lovefool." We didn't really want to make another one, and it's very dangerous to try to. After success like that, you have to wash your brain clean of it, just pretend like you never did it. It's going to haunt you if you try to repeat it. We just moved on. We had some minor hits after that, which was great but after that song took off, it was impossible to imitate.

WCT: You sang Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" at the tribute concert in Stockholm, correct?

NP: Yes. That was part of a group but I sang several of her songs. I also sang "To Know Him is to Love Him" and "Daddy was an Old Time Preacher Man." We are huge fans and are also making a movie about it, a documentary where I am stalking her in Nashville. I got to meet her and give her a pair of Swedish clogs. She thought they were too low-heeled so she was going to have her shoe guy fix the heels.

WCT: That's hilarious. I am from Nashville and I have been to her house. Country music keeps calling you with the song "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" from the Boys Don't Cry soundtrack. How did that come about?

NP: I loved doing it. My husband did the score for that movie. The director wanted that song because the character loved to sing karaoke to it in real life, so we covered the song. So it's not really an A Camp song, but it's a song that we liked so much that we just slapped it on the first record.

WCT: Is the song "Stronger Than Jesus" about love versus religion? Because that sounds like a gay anthem to me, honey.

NP: We were making that tune and it's such a sing-along song, kind of like "Give Peace a Chance." I made up the words and it's just catchy. I respect religion but also like to poke fun at it. Religious people are so serious, and for me Jesus and God are inclusive and loving. We have a lot of Catholic fans and they are really upset but I don't see why.

WCT: I didn't take it like that at all. I just thought about love being the most important thing.

NP: Yes, it's another "Lovefool" where love makes people do fucking crazy things. It has big power over people and more than Jesus. That's what it's about to me.

WCT: I actually saw you perform at the Double Door years ago with the Cardigans, and I look forward to seeing you with this group!

NP: We are at the Double Door again. I love it! Come and see me after the show. You will have to get through my bodyguards, though.

A Camp will be performing at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, on Wed., June 3, at 9 p.m. Tickets are only $15, for more information visit www.acamp.net or www.doubledoor.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

New CSO recording with Muti available 2019-01-16 - The new CSO ( Chicago Symphony Orchestra ) Resound recording Riccardo Muti Conducts Italian Masterworks is now available in international retail outlets including ...


Gay News

DiFranco book out May 7 2019-01-16 - On May 7, Viking will publish No Walls and the Recurring Dream, a memoir from longtime singer/songwriter/poet/activist Ani DiFranco. According to a press ...


Gay News

'Nina Simone' through March 2 2019-01-16 - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2018-19 season with Nina Simone: ...


Gay News

Same-sex couple rocks records at Rattleback 2019-01-16 - There's a new retailer in town, called Rattlebake Records, located in Andersonville at 5405 N. Clark St. Husband-and-husband team Paul Ruffino and Mike ...


Gay News

Aaron Alexander on being part of the 'Hamilton' ensemble 2019-01-16 - Two years and three months into its Chicago run, Hamilton remains one of the costliest and most coveted tickets in town. While ...


Gay News

"Let Freedom Ring, Chicago" Jan. 21 at City Winery 2019-01-16 - "Let Freedom Ring, Chicago" a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Monday, Jan. 21 at City Winery. The ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Deborah Cox, awards events, gay singer killed, 'Family Guy' 2019-01-15 - The Sin City Classic Sports Festival presented by Toyota—the world's largest annual LGBTQ sporting event—announced that Grammy-nominated, multi award-winning singer and LGBTQ advocate ...


Gay News

Midwest Action; Guided by Voices 2019-01-13 - Concert-wise, 2018 ended with a shriek while 2019 started with a jolly howl. On Dec. 29, local entrepreneurs and life partners Alyssa Welch ...


Gay News

Camper van Beethoven members on coming out, performing 2019-01-09 - Alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven broke into the music scene with "Take the Skinheads Bowling" and enjoyed major success with a cover ...


Gay News

Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 20-21 2019-01-09 - Chicago Sinfonietta will present its signature annual MLK Tribute Concert—featuring the conducting talents of Chicago Sinfonietta Assistant Conductor Kedrick Armstrong and Charleston Symphony ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.