Tina Dico: Touring, EPs, and Her Take of the Music Industry

If you missed the show last night you can read the review of the fabulous performance here. Tina is a Danish singer that has won many awards in Europe and is breaking in the United States.

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Her newest album is Count to Ten. You can hear it at her Myspace. Highly recommended album. Definitely check out the title track, “Count to Ten.”

We caught up with Tina before her performance on Saturday in the Delta Room at the House of Blues. We talked touring, EPs, and the changing state of the music industry. A very interesting interview to say the least and truly a pleasure.

What is the best part of being Tina Dico?

Jessica and Tina: (Laughs)

Jessica: Let’s start is off with the big bang question.

Tina: That is a big question. The best part of being me is that for me. That is a really intense life. It’s very free. I get to do exactly what I want. It’s an adventure. I feel like my life is really an adventure.

Jessica: Are you talking free personally or musically?

Tina: Both yes. It’s the best part of being me and it’s also the difficult part also. It’s very intense and hectic.

What is the typical day in the life of Tina if one exists?

Tina: There is unfortunately no typical day. I would love to have a typical day. I suppose you can divide into when I am touring a typical day would be waking up in the morning and going to the airport, and then landing in a new city. Having a little bit of fun at the hotel and then going to the venue for sound check and maybe a little bit of press. Then have dinner do the gig and go back to the hotel.

Where has most of your touring taken place?

Tina: I think its been equally in the UK, US, Denmark and then I have been working a lot in Germany and then there is the odd one here and there.

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What was the hardest thing you have encountered in the process in being a successful musician?

Tina: The hardest…

Jessica: Any obstacles you didn’t foresee?

Tina: That’s a good question. I am not even sure there is a lot of them. It’s pretty hard to always be looking for that intensity and if you have seen the blogs (video diaries) I am always talking finding the tension between the extremes like always having to be away from things to be able to write about them and to see what they really are. I am not a very subtle person I am always running around which is what makes my life difficult.

On that note, I heard that you are writing an EP soon?

Tina: I am writing a trilogy of Eps. I m done with the first 2 already and I going to record the third one in 2 weeks and they are all going to come out collectively. I just cracked and I’ve been a little bit worried about the third one as to if I could finish writing on time. Within the last 2 days there is always a moment where you feel ‘wow I’ve got in now’ ‘I feel it now.’ I know this is an intuitive thing but now I know it’s going to be ok. I can’t wait to record it now.

Jess: Where are you recording them at?

Tina: In Denmark. In Copenhagen I got my guy that I always do pretty much all my stuff with in Copenhagen.

What’s your favorite album of your up to date?

Tina: Well, most artists will always say the latest stuff and some of this EP stuff I am really loving, but if it should be one of the albums that are out now I would definitely say Count to Ten. That’s the most mature and the most me right now and this is the album where I have really taken it from writing the songs then to the master. I have done that before with the two first albums that came out in the UK.

Jess: I love In The Red.

Tina: I love the sound of it as well the sound is very warm. It’s a little bit more glossy which I quite like but when I do it myself it becomes a little more raw.

Jess: You are writing and producing the Eps?

Tina: Yeah, I have actually written and produced all of them except for In The Red that was produced by an English guy. That was my international debut album so we got a big heavy guy on board.

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I know we just talked about what you are doing in the 2 weeks but what is on your plate for the summer and fall?

Tina: CONCERTS! Festivals, loads of festivals over the summer of which actually the biggest thing that has happened in my career to date is that I am playing the main stage for Rockslide festival, which is one of the biggest European festivals. Which I am so psyched about. There are festivals in Germany and in Denmark and then back over here for more tours in the autumn. It’s going to be a touring year. I have actually been touring since the 31st of January. This tour I am actually finishing here on the west coast.
What’s the best part of touring?

Tina: (Thinking)

Jessica: That you can tell?

Tina: Exactly what happens on the road stays on the road. Isn’t that the rule?

Which city in the US were you floored by?

Tina: I always get completely floored by New York I would have to say. That place is so crazy and it’s just the prefect big city because the center is so small. I have to go and live there soon.
What is your take on the music industry evolving and music becoming digital?

Tina: In the past six months it has gone completely tipped up.

Jessica: what’s your perspective on this as a musician. Is it a good thing or bad thing?

Tina: If you want my honest opinion right now, I think it looks utterly depressing. There has to be something that’s going to be worked out.

Jessica: They are working on it.

Tina: They’re all working on it and I am sure there be a genius solution to the problems that we are facing that people aren’t buying music.

Jessica: We bought you’re music digitally.

Tina: Which is cool. I use iTunes all the time. That side of it is ok. I mean if people really do go and buy the albums, that’s cool. The problem is that when it’s easier to get a hold of music the less special it is. You know there is too much music and it’s way to easy to get it for free. If you can something for free what’s the value in it and where the sweat, blood, heart and soul that went in to creating this thing if it’s free? For me it’s not really a money thing, although it is making it harder in this industry, but the problem is that the album is not a work of art anymore. When Radiohead and Prince give it away for free it’s like, they can do it because they can afford it, but I think it’s such a sad signal to send for artists. I want it be something special.

I am old enough to remember when we would put a vinyl album on in the home and listen to it the whole way through and turn it around. It was a special journey.

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Note: At this point we (Tina, Lana, and I) reminisce about the days of buying an album and the experience around buying it the music stores in comparison to now where stores don’t exist anymore to even recreate that experience. Yet the experience is there for any other retail market. Tina notes that fact when you walk into a music store now it’s like a graveyard.
Tina discussed the Eps coming out as a box set. It might only be available to be ordered somewhere online and then digitally. She wants it to be something special

Every question we try and ask:

PC or MAC owner:

Tina: I am of course a MAC owner. I love Apple. I love the product.

Mp3 Player:

Tina: I have 3. I have 30 gig iPod, a 80 gig iPod, and a Sony a little 5 gig sony player.

Jessica: At least there is a Sony in there.

Tina: It’s nice to have something that’s not in the Apple family for a change.

It was really great interviewing Tina. She was the first artist we got to really sit down and talk about the industry and trying to find solutions. After the interview we talked extensively about different formats and packaging for consumers. Something to add value to the consumers and artists still get paid.

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  1. Jessie says:

    Saw Tina in Germany with a lad called AM. SO hard to find I spent an hour on ITUNES making sure I got the right one. LOVED THE SHOW. Followed them all the way to the Hotel Cafe.

  2. Lisa says:

    Totally agree with Jessie… saw AM and Tina at the Hotel Cafe in LA and was super impresssed with his sound. They did a version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps together. It’s fabulous. Anyway, I found that it’s best to find him by googling “amsounds” or his website is amsounds.com.

  3. Natalie says:

    Love this interview of Tina…such a fan of hers. Saw the post above about a duet for While My Guitar Gently Weeps, love that song so I had to find it! Lisa you were right, AM is hard to find! Just added him as friend on myspace though, and got to hear some more of his tunes, he is amazaing! Just added some of his songs to my Tina playlists, great combo of music!

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