A good day starts with a good coffee, he says. Martin Stenmarck is here with “The Girls” but we are sorry to say ‘He just got married’. The Swedish singer had time to give us an interview during his stay at Playitas Resort.
How did you start singing?
I started as a young kid, as a 3 or 4 years old. It has always been around in my family. It just ended up with me doing what I loved as a child. My grandfather was a great singer, was always a singer, so compared being a singer or not with being a doctor but with a doctor for the soul. I loved that. It’s a fine thing to be an artist in our family, so I started as a kid.
Singer, composer, producer? How do you see your future?
In my future, as a singer, a composer and producer I believe that I will keep on doing this for the rest of my life. I want to keep on doing it until the day I leave this earth to the next level. And the great thing is, as a singer, you change, the only you get you can’t do the things you did when you were 20. We talked about this morning when you turn about 50, 60 some things start to change at your throat, because of the cords get harder, so you really need to keep them going. But as a composer you can still write songs until the day you die. You don’t have to have the lyrics and the melodies in your head. And as a producer, I haven’t produced anything on my own yet. I want things to move fast, I’m a bit impatient with the producer thing, but I have a lot of ideas. That’s how it’s going to be probably for the rest of my life. So composing absolutely, producing maybe not and singing as long as I can, that’s the future.
Your next record /project?
Now I am working on a solo show project and I’m just in the middle of it. The theme is: I grew up in a big family, I have a lot brothers and sisters, and actually I have 11 brothers and sisters. And that’s not very common in Sweden. It’s stories about growing up in a big family with a lot of crazy stuff going on. I played some of the records to some music stations and they feel like this is going to be a new era in my career. And it feels really good to be in the process right now. But at the same time I travelled to other countries. During this time as well and I recorded a lot with musicians all around the world. I’ve been to the States and Dominican Republic for the Latin thing. Probably I’m going to Zimbabwe, just to record other kind of music. So I have two projects rolling. But the world music thing will take a couple of years, but it’s a process.
How hard is to be famous? Relationship with Press, TV…
The thing is I live in a very good country in that perspective. Sweden is really nice to their famous people, it’s quite easy, and I can take the subway and stuff like that. Of course, If I go to an amusement park with my kids on a Saturday when there’s a lot of people, there’s a lot of people taking pictures and writing autographs and stuff like that, that’s more like: if you want to keep your privacy and keep your focus on the kids, especially. But the thing with being famous is there’s nothing good with it, except for people come to you and see your gigs and buy your records. But otherwise it’s nothing I recommend. The best thing, in a perfect world, people would come and visit your shows and buy your CD’s and no one would recognize you. Press it’s always the same questions. I married my girlfriend after 20 years; no it’s not that interesting anymore.
How important is for you the Eurovision singing contest?
Well the Eurovision was something very fun. It wasn’t something important for me it’s a huge thing in Sweden. We call it the melody festival, the pre competition before you enter the competition. The winner of melody festival can compete in the Eurovision. And in Sweden it’s a huge thing. I have attended 3 times and I won one time so that’s why I ended up with the Eurovision. It was fun, but it has almost nothing to do with my career. So it was more like a spectacle. I went to Kiev, ended up on the 19 th place. I put some money on a booker thing, I put myself as #1, Greece is #2 and Malta is #3. Greece won and Malta came in on number 2 and I ended up at 19. But it’s not important, it was fun.
How important are sports to you?
Sports is a good thing to do, as an artist you need to have the energy and the strength to carry on during an entire show. And I work quite hard when I’m on the stage. For me it’s like 90 minutes it’s like a Body Combat thing. So for me it’s rally really good to be in a good condition. And I love being outside, doing the mountain biking. And when I’m on tour it’s really easy to bring the running shoes, so I can train wherever I go. And that’s a good thing. So it’s a good thing for me to do it on the show. I don’t do it to look good, I do it to feel good, and that’s the most important thing.
The girls… Tell us what you are doing at Playitas
We are trying to find out a new concept, we think there is a lot of training camps and travels in Sweden. It’s getting bigger and bigger, we like that but we want to put a little extra touch on it. That’s why all the leaders have a love for music and are very good at singing or playing a guitar, they’ve been in the music and producing stuff. So, all our leaders are musicians or singers or producers. And that put’s something extra because every night we can talk about that, we can talk about music, we can play a lot of music, so I think we’re adding something extra for the girls that we bring. So this is like a tryout where we see if the leaders manage to play during the night times and the leading the classes through the day time. So it’s going to be really nice to talk to the girls after this week and see what they think about it.
What kind of remarks do you have about Playitas?
Playitas is a great place it’s when it comes to sports, it has everything. If that is your focus it is absolutely perfect. The best thing in Playitas for me is the staff working here. Because everyone that I met during this 3 or 4 days is really willing to help and really concerned about what we think about the stay. That is the heart and soul of Playitas, you guys working here. I’ve been here in two different travels and this time I think the food is even better, there’s an energy here that I like, so love to the place. The healthy food concept is perfect and the girls really like it.
Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Do you manage your accounts?
Time to time I do that. I have people helping me out with starting up big events like if there are TV shows or tours or if I have a release of a new album, then the record company or the management need to put out some new information. But I think for me its ups and downs.
Sometimes I’m really onto it, almost every day. And sometimes it takes a week, or two, that’s not very good. But I run them on my own, especially Facebook and Instagram and I think twitter is just connected to one of the others. I’m somewhere in the middle, I’m not really good at it and not really bad at it. But it’s okay some of my posts on Facebook reach 1 million people. It’s agreat thing the social media you need to manage that and I should learn more. I need to be better.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Someone told me many, many years ago, maybe 25 years, that I am.. he called me the lone wolf, I think that’s something.. I believe in dreams and things that you see in dreams. And I imagine myself as a wolf many times and seen a lot of wolves. So I would be a wolf. I can be a team player when I need to because music is all about keeping a group together and creating something together, but a wolf can also be that strong that he can manage on his own. So that’s me, I’m a wolf, in a good way, a nice wolf.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
It happens stuff to me all the time, when I’m on tour there is always something going on. But for me personally a couple of weeks ago I just got married that was fun; it was one of the best parties I ever had. I can’t tell you the funny things that we laugh about in the tour bus. I can’t tell you. That’s not a good thing, to laugh at someone’s side.
How do you spend your free time?
I don’t have that much free time, I have three kids and I always work on Fridays, Saturdays and the evenings so maybe I have a couple of hours every day Monday to Friday, but then I do sports, I see my friends, almost everyone has regular work. Like common people. So I have to meet them at Lunch, that’s how I do my social thing. Sports.. but I write music and then I just try to spend as much time as possible with my kids. Twelve, Ten and Four years old. So there is a lot of fun going on.
Favorite place to live?
I love Sweden.
Most beautiful city you have visited?
Probably Venice or Barcelona but my favorite city is Rio de Janeiro.
What’s your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is lobster. I could eat that for the rest of my life.
What’s your favorite music?
If I could only choose one then it’s probably rock music, like Bruce Springsteen, U2 and a lot of Swedish artists.