Swedish-born artist Hanna Ögonsten is back with her latest release Lost It, a zippy, synth-ridden alt-pop track that sees her delving into her own insecurities and ultimately losing control of her own mind. The new single is taken from her debut EP, have you seen my mind cause' I've lost it, which blends a hint of sarcasm, but also anxiety as to the state of the world around her in Sweden.
Ögonsten explains how Sweden’s political situation got her wondering if she’d lost it, and how that led to the creation of her upcoming EP…
What are your earliest musical memories and influences from growing up in Akersberga?
My mum listened to a Swedish band called Kent, as well as lots of Swedish rock music and punk. When I got into my teenage years, I wanted to find a music style of my own so I started listening to the complete opposite. I had a James Blunt CD that I just loved, and later I became a huge Ed Sheeran fan. Now I feel like I'm just a mix of everything.
When did you discover your love of electronic music?
When I was around 19 I got into electronic music – before that I wasn’t that into producing or electronic music overall. When I listened to Charli XCX I became drawn to the electronic music world and I learned how to produce vocals – it was a new world opening up. It was a huge moment for me because I started creating so much more and recording and producing overall. That was inspiring.