|UK chat @ Virgin Studios - February, 10th 2000|
Q: Hello Lene !:) It's so refreshing to see a new real singer on pop scene!
You're so talented and I wanted to know where you find your inspiration.
It is amazing to see how sensitive and good are your lyrics, especially
compared to current teenage idols... And that's great to see how
successful you are cause you really deserve it ! :)
A: I find my inspiration from my own experiences, my friends, things that
I see, different stories that people tell me and so on.
Q: what's most surprised you about the life of a pop star?
A: It's very busy, it's alot of work. t's not as glamorous as people think.
Q: When you write your songs,do you them in Norwegian first and
translate after or do you write them straight in English?
A: I write them straight in English.
Q: Hei Lene. Kanskje jeg skal skrive detta p engelsk, s skj nner folka som
styrer med detta skj nner hva jeg sp r deg om. OK. Unforgivable Sinner is
not representative for your album, how does it affect you that it went so
popular, espesially in Norway? How does it affect your songwriting from
now on? Beklager skrivefeil. Hils Erland Dahlen neste gang du ser ham.
Han var trommel reren min p vdg. Kos deg.
A: Folkene rundt meg nok ble nok veldig forvirret da dette kom. De
forstaar jo ikke norsk, stakkars. Uansett. Alt som har skjedd er en stor
overraskelse, jeg har litt vanskeligheter med aa fatte alt sammen.
Men jeg er selvsagt vanvittig glad for alt som har skjedd. Hvem er
forresten Erland Dahlen ? Trur aldri jeg har om han... I hvert fall:
Kos deg du og, og takk for spoersmaalet. Unnskyld, men det mangler
noen bokstaver paa dette tastaturet. Klem fra Lene
Q: When people think of Scandinavian artists, they think of AHA, The
Cardigans, Aqua, ABBA too name but a few. I wondered if anyone from
the afforementioned bands have given you any advise; and where can
you see Lene Marlin in say a years time in regards to the music
A: I have no idea where I'll be tomorrow! I try not to look so far ahead
in the future, I just look at one day at the time. Live for the moment.
Q: Hi Lene - I just wanted to ask, what do your family think of all this
sudden pop fame?
A: They are really happy for me, they are really supportive but they find
it kind of weird seeing my face on television and in newspapers.
Q: Is it your handwriting in the booklet of "playing my game?"
It's very smart.
A: Yes it is. And thank you very much for that. But honestly it took me
some hours to try and not make any mistakes.
Q: How many Velentines Cards did you send this year?! And how many will
A: It's not even Valentine's Day yet!!
Q: Do you still have a pet? What's it called?
A: I had a pet some years ago, but unfortunately it died...it was a
hamster, his name was Tim.
Q: Dear Lene, How would you react if someone about whom you made a
song in secret would find out that you are talking about him ?
A: They will definately never find out, I can say that for sure.
Q: what do you most miss about home when you're travelling?
A:Having the opportunity to go to bed whenever I want to and wake up
when I want to. And I miss my family and friends of course.
Q:Hey Lene - I am one of your VERY first and most truly fan... WHEN will
you release a brand new single in Norway? We are longing for new
material from you now, so I hope you have not forgotten your roots when
your travelling all around the world... Lots of good luck and love from
A: Hei, vil egentlig skrive paa norsk, men det er jo ikke akkurat mange
som forstaar det. Saa jeg maa nok svare paa engelsk.: I dont really know
when my next album will be released in Norway but I have already written
the songs for it. I really look forward to recording them but this will
take sometime, I'm sorry. Anyway I would like to thank you for your
support and for being such a true fan. Klem fra Lene
Q: What's your favourite food? And do you miss home-cooking when
A: My favourite food is chicken and burgers but I do miss good
homecooking food when I am travelling.
Q: Hi Lene!!! Do you think webchats are a good idea? I do except I wish
I could see you as well!!!
A: Yes of course because I get the opportunity to talk with my fans and
thank them for their support. So thank you!
Q: Do you remember signing your first autograph?
A: Yes I do and I thought it was really weird, I didnt understand why
someone wanted my autograph.
Q: Do you go clubbing?
A: I enjoy going out with my friends but I hardly have time because of
all the travelling.
Q: Out of all your songs, which one is the most personal?
A: That's a secret! :-)
Q: do you think you will always live in Norway?
A: I have no idea but I really really love living there, right now I
can't imagine living annywhere else.
Q: Since I write songs myself, I d like to know how long time you
spend on a song.... (Your songs are really amazing)
A: Thanks. Every song is different, some songs come really quickly
some of them not so quickly.
Q: do you like making pop videos?
A: I've made 4 videos already. I must say that I do really enjoy it,
the people I work with are really professional and I have had a great
time making the videos.
Q: When you go out on the street,do people reconigse you? Or do you
wear sunglasses so they do see that it's you?
A: I never wear sunglasses if its not sunny outside, it is important to
protect my eyes! If I get recognized, well that depends on where I am.
Q: I have got a huge collection of you records, presses from all over
the world incl the album pressed in Taiwan! On the Japan release of
Unf. Sinner is a track called "I Know". Is this
song only released in Japan?
A: Yes it is. Well done for getting hold of that.:-)
Q: Do you have any fears?
A: I was afraid of heights until I had to sit on top of the tallest
building in Norway while making a video and now I'm cured! But I am
afraid of darkness, big angry dogs and other weird scary creatures.
Q: what's the main difference between being a popstar in norway and
being a popstar in britain? I love you by the way!!!!
A: Well, am I really a popstar in Britain, I havent even been released
here yet:-) But thank you so much anyway.
Q: Are lyrics or music more important in your songs?
A: They are both equally important.
Q: Are you gonna sing only in english ?
A: Yes, I think so. I don't really see myself making a
Q: Do you have any sisters or brothers?
A: Yes, I have a big brother 5 years older than me.
Q: Everybody goes on about the frozen north and dark northern
nights - but you have midnight sun as well - how is that???
A: Yes, we have the midnight sun but it's a nightmare as it's
light all the time and it's difficult to sleep.
Q: Kommer du te holde din firste konsert her i Troms°?
A: Det haape ae virkeli. Unnskyld, men det e litt vanskeli aa
svare paa norsk fordi det mangle en del bokstava. Likevel, hvis
ae faar det som ae vil saa blir min foerste konsert i Tromso. :-)
Q: i like chicken and burgers too! but what kind of norwegian
homecooked food do you like? Do you geitost? and Gravlax? and r kelaks?
A: Nei, nei, nei. Jeg er veldig lei fisk etter aa ha vokst opp i Tromso.
Ellers saa spiser jeg mye annet forskjellig. :-) Lene
Q: Is there an official Lene Marlin fanclub that I can join?
A: No there isn't but there are many unofficial fanclubs,
Q: Do you like flying ? (I don't!)
A: It's okay, I have to, but I don't like all the waiting at airports.
Q: Do you sometimes wish, someone you made a song about would find
out, that you were talking about him?
A: Maybe, but unfortunately they will never find out because I
don't make it very obvious.
Q: i've heard you're a star in japan... have you been there yet?
what did you think of it?
A: Yes, I was there last April for almost two weeks and I had a great time.
Q: Hi Lene! I know you like computer games a lot. What's your favorite
game at the name and what is is about?
A: I really like playstation, my favourite game is Tekken 3 and Driver.
Tekken 3 involves alot of fighting while Driver involves more driving.
That's the best and easiest way to explain it.
Q: I heard you're always writing songs, even when traveling. Do you have
a favourite new song right now that you cannot wait to record?
A: I can't wait to start recording the next album. I really really am
looking forward to that.
Q: Hi Lene! Can you explain your feelings for the swedish national
ice cream Piggelin? =)
A: I just love that icecream, I always have alot of those when I'm
in Sweden. I have eaten them since I was a child :-)
Q: If you could change anything about your appearance, what would it be?
A: Many many many things, doesnt every girl want to change something.
Q: How must we pronunce your first name ?
A: Leynah...or something.
Q: how important is it that you're in control of your image and your
career? you seem really sorted and focussed ... but are you ever asked
to do things you don't want to do???
A: It is really important for me to have control of my career. I don't
want anyone to force me to be someone I am not. Of course I am asked
to do many different things I don't really want to and then I just
say no. But hopefully those people respect my decision.
Q: What films have you seen recently - and what did you like most?
A: I haven't been to the movies for ages but hopefully I get the
time when I get a holiday.
Q: Where are you at the moment? At home or on tour?
A: I'am sitting in the Virgin offices in London. So yes,
I am on tour.
Q: Hi Lene. Have you got the car license?
A: No, unfortunately not but I really want to get it.
Q: are we having argentinian beef steak for dinner tonight and
maybe a beer for me please?
A: This is actually my manager asking me this question :-) Well we
can have a beer but remember, we have an early start tomorrow!
Q: Do you play other instrument than guitar ?
A: I play some piano, but I dont know any chords so it's kind of
difficult, but I wish to learn it properly some day.
Q: Has being famous changed your lifestyle
A: Yeah, absolutely. For example, I have never been this busy
ever in my life.
Q: Do you still live with your parents? Is that OK?
A: I don't live with my parents anymore, not even in the
same city as them.
Q: Do you know that Where I'm Headed is now #1 single in Italy!!
A: YES I do and Thank You so much Italy.
Q: will you do another connection with us in the future?
A: Yes, hopefully I will, I really want to - this is my last answer
as I have to go off on another appointment. Thank you very much for
all your questions. I have had a great time. Tusen, tusen takk.
That's Norwegian for Thank you. :-) Lene
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