Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Paria Ahmadzadeh, I am a Norwegian / Iranian artist. I spent most of my life traveling from place to place, which led to growing up with 3 different cultures. I was born in Iran and I moved to Turkey in my early teens, and to Norway when I was 16. I now live in Oslo/Norway. I grew up in a musical family, my mom and dad and my uncles played gigs all the time and they took me to rehearsals. I remember I was so fascinated by their music, so I realized I wanted to do the same.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
Well, I believe that the reason everyone of us being send to this world is to enjoy life and make some changes. I have been living like this since I was a child. I don't have huge worries, despite the fact that my life hasn't been easy. At times it did feel tough, but I found my remedy and satisfaction in music. I'm making it my every day. And if that is the only thing that makes me feel inspired, I believe that it will make others inspired as well.
Are there any other creative directions you explored before you pursued music? Do you feel like they helped you get where you are today?
I painted, and I still do when I'm inspired. it's a visual version of my thoughts and feelings. When I make music it's always tied to a picture. It's always the melody tied to a color or a figure that pops out in my head. That's always the start.
What are your thoughts about the pop industry? Do you feel like your music brings something new to the mix?
I am aware that every successful artist is now doing "mixed music". It's always a mix of the popular music that is trendy at the time with parts of their own unique ideas. I believe it's only then you will make people notice you and still be able to make the music you like. Every musician is kind of bringing something new to the music world. Because individuals are unique, so yes I do believe that I bring something new to the mix.
What is it like being a woman in the music industry? Could you give some words of advice for those who want to create within such a male dominated industry?
When I was a teenager I still lived in Iran before I moved out. I remember those days that I started daydreaming about being an artist, you know the standard things. I took my brush and used it like my mic and I mastered my Beyonce choreography, learning every song and even put on my moms high heels. I felt like I was a diva. But that was only a dream. Iran is a country where woman are not allowed to sing in front of men, so I had 0 chance of singing in front of people, not to mention becoming an artist. I could get arrested for having those Whitney Housten and Beyonce, and Micheal Jackson CDs. But as soon as I moved out of Iran, I started to learn guitar, piano, and performing in small gigs in turkey. It was a big dream come true for me.
Right now, living in a European country, I don't think that the pop industry is dominated by men anymore. I mean just look at the pop charts, it's Cardi B, Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyonce, and many other female artists that are on the top of these charts. It's a big hope for me and every upcoming female artist.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest single, "91"? What inspired this particular track?
I'm so excited to release this new single! I have been doing chill songs since forever. For not long ago I received a beat from HALP that just made me so inspired that I had to go into the studio and write the melody and record the vocals the same day. It's always the melody that comes first so I wrote the melody in like 15 min and then the lyrics took the whole day. I think it's the hardest part, writing the lyrics!
Could you walk us through your version of a perfect day?
My days are usually hectic. I work everyday as a barista and then when I come home I promote my music, have meetings with my manager, producers, and the music blogs, or I go directly to the studio ad record new tracks. I'm not complaining, that's something I love doing, but I think I could use a day off, so right now a perfect day would be out on a beach with a glass of mojito, staring at the ocean with my loved ones beside me.
What has currently been inspiring your self expression? Who are a few of your biggest influences?
It's always been hard for me to express myself through words so melodies are the only thing I can express myself 100% honest with. So the fact that I can put my heart out there with the music I write is getting me going. Beyonce always had a huge influence on me I remember the first time I saw her performing live, I was living in Iran and I was dreaming about being an artist, which would never happen. So when I saw her perform the way she did, the crowd was going crazy and I felt every note that she sang and the fact that she takes the performance to another level is just incredible. I watch that dvd about a thousand times and I promised myself that I will try everything to make my dream come true as she did.
What are a few of your goals for the upcoming year?
I am hoping to perform a lot and share my music with as many people as possible.
What makes you happy?
Well, I am the kind of person that is aimed to live a happy life no matter what, so I only do things that make me happy. My music, my family, my boyfriend, and every little thing in my life makes me happy. I believe that happiness is a state of mind and it is only yourself that can direct things in a ways that will make you enjoy them. So I choose to live that way.
Any closing comments?
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to put myself out there and sharing my music!