Adna, a Swedish folk-pop singer and songwriter with Bosnian roots, living in Berlin, is currently passing through a creative state of stillness while she is working on her new, upcoming album. With the Lomo’Instant Automat she shares some intimate moments with us from her life offstage.
Hei Adna, So cool to have you as one of our LomoAmigos! Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and who you are?
Thank you for inviting me. I’m a musician from Sweden but with Bosnian roots and 5 years ago I released my first record called “Night” after leaving Gothenburg for Berlin. Released another 2 records after that and now I’m figuring out the next one.
That sounds very exciting! What drew you to the music industry? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Very selfish reasons, like the need of finding a way to express myself. But it’s always developing and I think it’s about a general interest for sound and the world of music. There doesn’t seem to be a limit, which is inspiring to me. Then there’s nature and relationships that I find very inspiring as well.
What was the most memorable moment so far in your music career?
Different kinds of meetings with people you’d probably never meet otherwise always end up being the most memorable.
You are so kind inviting us into your life outside from the scene, do these photos represent a typical day in your life?
Yes, at least for the last 6 months. It’s been a special and silent time, mainly about learning and exploring new ways of doing things. Most of the time I’ve been either in a studio or on my bike, and I’ve enjoyed that a lot.
Could you explain to our readers your creative process?
It differs a lot, but my main rule (that I do my best to stick with) is to always start with something different from what I did the time before that. Then following that idea in an almost maniac way so that you can define and finish as much as possible before you lose that very first feeling.
How is your relationship to photography?
Photography is probably one of my biggest sources of inspiration as it somehow helps me define things. I use mood boards a lot for example, and I’m always online looking for new photos or photographers to be inspired by.
You not only create your own music, but you also build your own studio. Normally people buy the equipment they need, but it seems like you fix everything yourself! How so?
It’s a home studio and I do buy equipment as well, but if there’s something I can do on my own then I’ll always choose that, and I have friends who share the same interest so we do a lot together. Basically, because it’s fun, but also because you enjoy the results in a different way than if you’d buy a finished product. At the moment my friend Charles and I are building absorbers, and it’s great because we’re learning but also having a nice project together.
Do you make collaborations with others? How is that process (if you do)
I started exploring this last year and I think it’s one of the best learning experiences. Seeing how other people do things and sharing knowledge. So it’s a fun and nerdy process more than anything I think. Then it’s a beautiful feeling when you manage to create something with someone else.
What is a good moment for you where an instant camera is the right camera to use?
More or less any moment and I think it’s easy to compare it with music. Every “first moment” is always special, and the more you re-do, the longer you walk away from that very first feeling or moment. Then it’s just a matter of taste as well, and I think there’s something magical about lo-fi.
Are there any situations where you prefer to shoot with an instant camera ?
Any situation where I can be spontaneous or already have something specific in mind that I’d like to have a photo of.
How would you describe the Lomo’Instant Automat Camera?
Very nice and very cute.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Maybe a bit of a cliché, but listen to your own voice and don’t stress too much. Then usually a lot of things work out on their own.