Combining cute woozy vocals with hip-hop infused techno beats, Sarah Marieaard, also known as Soleima seems to be doing all things right by doing the things she shouldn’t do. Which is seemingly perfect for her screen name.
Proud of the fact that her mini album No. 14 perfectly represents her, she prioritises on making songs that defines who she really is. Songs that give people confidence to not care what the society dictates and just do the thing you want to do, a song that pushes you to appreciate people that believes in us whatever the result may be. “ We dared to make those songs that wouldn’t necessarily be played on the radio or added to the hottest lists on Spotify, but that were important to me. When I listen to other artists, those songs are often what I fall in love with – the ones actually defining the artist. No. 14 is very much an EP about escapism,” she expresses. She does this without being too in your face, conveying a point with just the right amount of weight and fun, message and creativity. On top of her music, she also has these nostalgic visuals, which she’s also a big part of. “It matters a lot. For me it is just another opportunity to get the point of the song out to people; underlining the meaning of the song or better yet, maybe even giving people a new way of looking at/listening to it.” The nostalgic feel in her videos gives it a very relax but fun element. She also features a laid back styling on real people adding this relatable feel to the song.
“We dared to make those songs that wouldn’t necessarily be played on the radio or added to the hottest lists on Spotify, but that were important to me. When I listen to other artists, those songs are often what I fall in love with – the ones actually defining the artist.”
She enjoys the creative process in the album where they throw around a song until it’s done, one of which is Wasted. “Actually the song called “Wasted” was super fun to make. It was a song that I didn’t really like in the beginning; I thought we should give it to someone else. But Vera really kept fighting for it. Then we sent it to our friends Off Bloom who worked a little on it and it went back and forth a couple of times. I love working with my friends.”
As she continues move forward, she tells us to expect a new EP on its way, a tour in Europe and a summer tour in Denmark. “That means the bigger pop songs and the more experimental tracks meeting in the best possible way.” She currently released a new track called “Low Life,” a track that perfectly reflects the motto she lives by: make yourself happy.