From Sweden To LA: Pop Artist INA Releases New Single "Overthinking"
Swedish pop artist, INA has had a lot of exposure to the world. She has been seen on MTV, LOGO TV and performed at the American Music Awards. INA is also a winner of Indie Nation Awards, LA Hard Rock Rising and LA Music Awards, as well as a voting member for the Grammy Recording Academy. In 2018, INA has performed at various shows at various venues such as The Viper Room, LA Fashion Week and had her EP release party and performance at Avalon in Hollywood California.
Currently, INA is performing songs from her EP “Overthinking” and is looking forward to a full year of touring and new releases in 2019. The new single and titled EP “Overthinking” brings a slight throwback to the early 2000s of rock pop music with a touch of skater vibe.
The track has an accompanying music video which adds to the nostalgic years of the early 2000s. It is a fun song to sing or dance along to and will find a home on anyone’s playlist. The song has a cool catchy hook to it which makes it radio ready and will be sure to get stuck in your head. INA brings a throwback sound with some great vocals accompanied by catchy instrumentals.
Listen to "Overthinking" here and continue reading below for our exclusive interview with INA
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m INA from Sweden currently living my best life in Los Angeles enjoying every opportunity doing what I love; music.
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
It’s like a roller coaster. I started singing wanting to be a musical theatre artist which by the way never happened. Never been in one but ironically I wrote one and directed one back in Sweden. My first stop was London which was where I discovered my passion for writing and composing music. I had been writing my whole life but that’s where it all sort of clicked. Next stop was LA and I signed a record deal.. fast forward a few years later I decided to go independent because and don’t get me wrong I am so grateful for all the amazing things I got to experience and what was offered but down the line it wasn’t me. I needed to go and be me. Write freely and I felt I had become a robot. Things are different now. I’m really happy with where things are going and looking forward to a new record deal with the real me.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
My first artist name was KINGQUEEN which later became the name of my band but when things fell out of place I felt like the name had become tainted and I decided to perform under my birth name Sabrina Petrini. After a while I felt like I needed distance from my name. Like I missed having a stage name and also it was a bit annoying to always correct the spelling or the pronunciation of my name. I didn’t want to come up with something that was fiction and I didn’t want to go back to my old stage name so my photographer actually suggested INA because it was part of my name and I could still have distance. I liked the sound of it and decided to give it a go.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
It’s so different for each of my songs but usually I’m driving and a melody with a sentence comes out of my mouth out of nowhere and I record it on my “voice memos” on my phone and then keep singing and adding to it. Later on when I get home I start playing chords to it on the piano and boom there’s a song.
We’re really into your new song Overthinking! Can you tell us a bit about it?
That song was my first song writing without my walls up. A friend of mine had watched my performance at The Viper Room back in 2016 and he had said something like “you are a great performer but I still don’t know you”.. it kicked my butt! What he meant was my lyrics weren’t there. They weren’t bad but they didn’t hit anyone either. I am a good performer and I’ve always kind of had that going and able to be a badass and say what I wanted but just enough not to be too vulnerable!! My grandma passed away not long after and it was my biggest loss in my life. I still feel empty. And at first I wanted to never do music again. I felt let down by the universe. My pain and that void was just in the way of seeing the light. But I started writing because naturally it’s what I do. And that was the first song I wrote with a new set of energy of having nothing to loose and then my grandmas voice in the back of my head telling me life has to go on. I can’t honor her life by doing nothing with my own. And I made a decision; no more walls. And that’s what “Overthinking” is. Realizing who I am and letting it all out.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Giving up is not an option.
Without you I’m nothing.
I don’t see competition only great inspiration.
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
My next show is at Whisky a go go on Dec 10 and we’re playing with Royal Distortion. My live show consists of an amazing live band and backup dancers and occasionally guest artists. It’s a pop rock kind of night with a grove and dancing!!
What’s next for INA?
Currently re recording my top 3 songs I released from my Ep “Overthinking”. Upgrading the sound. I had no budget with the EP I released earlier this year and had no idea where it was going. I’m humbled and overwhelmed with how much positive attention it got; especially at the live shows. So now I want to give my online fans the same vibe and feeling as the live show. They deserve a proper recording of these tracks and I am so lucky I can finally give it to them.
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