Swedish singer and songwriter SHY Martin is behind some of the most iconic songs in the world. From The Ocean with Mike Perry to All We Know with The Chainsmokers to First Time with Kygo and Ellie Goulding. We all have SHY Martin to thank for blessing us with these timeless songs. While in lockdown, she’s been binge watching Westworld, writing more songs and even released a new single titled Nobody Likes Moving On. Here’s lockdown life with SHY Martin.
Hi SHY/Sara, how are you?
Hi!! I’m feeling pretty good at the moment thank you! I just came home from a morning run so I’m currently on my couch eating breakfast and chilling.
Where are you spending lockdown?
In my apartment in Stockholm.
How’s it been going so far?
It’s been different and hard in many ways. I’ve had to cancel two tours, all the summer festivals and trips I had planned for this year. Which is sad, but luckily they’re also not really important things. Both family and friends of mine have been sick and some of them still haven’t recovered yet, which is very scary.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would you be?
At my parents’ house with my family. I haven’t seen them in months and since you’re not allowed to travel at the moment I can’t go see them. I miss them a lot.
What are your plans for the day?
Since it’s Sunday when I’m writing this I’m having a day off. It’s raining in Stockholm so I’ll be spending the day at home with my boyfriend probably playing Tekken and watching TV series. Currently binging the third season of Westworld.
What are your top 3 lockdown songs?
Be Kind (Halsey, Marshmello), Golf on TV (Lennon Stella, JP Saxe), 21 (Gracie Abrams)
What’s been your go to lockdown meal?
Ok I’m sooooo boring haha… but I’ve been eating overnight oats at least two times a day the last couple of months. It’s just so simple to make and I’m lazy when it comes to cooking. My boyfriend is the chef in our relationship.
What’s been your go to lockdown drink?
I don’t usually drink that often but there’s been a few gin and tonics!
What is the screen time on your phone at now?
At the moment 2.5 hours. It was waaay worse a few weeks ago, not gonna lie! But I’ve been trying not to be on the phone as much. It’s going pretty well!
How have you been passing time in lockdown?
I’ve been watching lots of TV series. Favorite ones have been Money Heist and Westworld. I’ve been FaceTiming a lot with friends and family and writing a lot of songs.
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How has the lockdown impacted the way you create music?
In the beginning I tried to write a lot from home but found it very hard. I get most of my inspiration by meeting people and since this situation doesn’t allow that in the same way I haven’t gotten as much input as I usually do. So the output hasn’t been the same. It’s been very different and hard to adjust to.
You’ve written some of the most iconic songs in the world (All We Know, First Time, The Ocean, I Wanna Know, Good Together). How does it feel knowing people all around the world connect with your songs?
Wow thank you! It honestly feels surreal. I don’t really think about it that much to be honest but when I get reminded it feels very strange and cool.
I love all of them and think they’re super talented. They’re also the nicest people so collaborating with them has been so much fun.
How did these collaborations come about?
I met Boy In Space through my producer who also produces his stuff and fell in love with his voice the first time I heard it. He had a song (On a Prayer) he wanted me to jump on and then we ended up doing two songs together. It’s been super fun!
I met Timeflies after a show they had in Sweden back in 2016. We got super drunk and ended up having a session for two hours in our studio where we wrote Raincoat.
You deconstruct and communicate complicated feelings very simply in your songs. What’s your writing process like?
Thank you. I always start with the melodies and then write the lyrics depending on what feeling it gives me and the other songwriters in the room. So I almost never know what the song is gonna be about before the melodies are there.
Your music is very honest. How does it feel putting your emotions out on display for the world like that?
I think that’s what songwriting is about. For me at least it’s very important that the feelings I’m writing about are honest and are coming from a genuine place. I find it very hard to write about something I haven’t experienced or can’t relate to. I also don’t really see the point in that when music for me is about expressing feelings.
You recently visited New Zealand. How was your trip?
NZ was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. Me and three other songwriters from Sweden got invited there for a camp by APRA—the collecting society in New Zealand. The camp was amazing and we met so many great people. After the camp we had a week of vacation on the South Island which was magical.
What were some highlights?
Definitely riding through Isengard (I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings so that was sick). We also went snorkelling on the North Island and did a lot of road tripping on the South Island. The nature is mind blowing!
Lastly, any message for your fans?
I hope you guys are staying safe and taking care of each other. This time is hard for everyone and it’s extra important to check in an extra time on your loved ones and let them know they’re not alone.