written by Marko Jakob
Pix666: Hello Lina. Thanks for your time. How are you doing these days, are you alive and well?
Lina: I’m alive and well, thank you for asking!
Pix666: Please introduce your band to the readers in a few short sentences. How did you meet as a band and what was your inspiration to become a musician? What kind of music does Pinehill make?
Lina: I’ve known Markus for many years, and he has been playing in several bands throughout the years. One evening he called me up and asked me if I wanted to join this new band, and I said yes!
I’ve always loved to sing and when I was younger, about 16 years old, I played some music with friends. Even though it’s been many years I thought it would be fun to start singing again. I guess we don’t wanna label our music in any particular genre, that’s up to the listener.
Pix666: In summer your new single ‘Holding On’ was released. What is the story behind the song and where did you shoot the great video clip?
Lina: The music video was recorded in a town called Jönköping in Sweden, Markus had an available location at his school and we decided to book it. Oscar Dziedziela together with Jonas Eneskär recorded the video! The song is about pushing away all the people that are bringing you down.
Pix666: The video for the song already has almost 40,000 views on YouTube. I’m a fan of statistics of all kinds – what about you, Lina? Do you look at the numbers of streams, or the views on YouTube, or do you know, for example, in which countries the people who listen to your music live?
Lina: It’s fun to see people commenting on our videos and listening to our music. I don’t dig deep in the statistics but it is fun to see people enjoying the music!
Pix666: When a band releases a single, an album is often not far away. Have you already written more songs – is a full album already in planning?
Lina: We have a bunch of songs written, one is already recorded, also the music video. We have plans to release a single and an EP later on.
Pix666: How do you generally create your songs? Is there a certain plan? Who in the band is responsible for what?
Lina: It’s a bit different from song to song. I often get some instrumental work and I write the melody and lyrics. We often change the instrumental part a bit after the vocals are added.
Pix666: Your band was formed just over a year ago, in the middle of the pandemic. Did you already have the opportunity to play a live concert in front of an audience?
Lina: No, that’s just the way it is right now due to the pandemic!
Pix666: Social media and music streaming are both a blessing and a curse for bands. From your point of view, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this development for your band. How much do Pinehill use social media and where are you represented?
Lina: It’s easier to get global exposure nowadays and it is easier to show and spread all your work with friends and family from around the globe. It’s fun that you can do so much stuff on your own and we just have the band as a hobby, so right now we don’t really think about the disadvantages. We are fairly active on instagram and facebook. Our music can be found on youtube and spotify and all major streaming platforms
Pix666: Do you have any wishes and dreams for the future. Maybe a festival you would like to play, a band you would like to tour with or a duet with one of your favorite singers?
Lina: Right now our focus is just to record music and have fun with the band. Some of the band members miss playing live, so I guess that’s something that’s in the near future. We all have full time jobs so our current aspirations are just to make music and have fun.
Pix666: Do you have any other news about the band or some interesting personal things about you that you would like to share with the fans?
Lina: We have some new material that´s coming up pretty soon, hopefully. The band recently had a change in the lineup with Richard departing and Jerry, an old friend of mine and Markus, replacing him on the bass guitar.
Pix666: Thank you very much for the interesting answers – Good luck for the future and stay healthy!!!
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