Born on March 28th, 1996, Casper Fonberg grew up in a small town outside the capital of Denmark. Passionate about music and singing, he was always in charge of the entertainment in his early years. He is now on top of the world with his debut single ‘Lost in the Seven Seas’, which was released on December
Who are your top 3 favorite musicians? Who do you want to be compared to?
– I have always been listening to an array of different artists spread over multiple genres. It depends on the day who my favourites are, but when I was little Michael Jackson, Cher and Pink were my absolute favourite, but I also listened to a lot of Eminem and Linkin Park, because my brother favourized those two acts. It’s really hard to pick three, so if I have to look upon my whole life, I believe that Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Cher and Lady Gaga are my absolute favourites. Not necessarily because I love their music the most, but because their music has changed something in me and because I idolize them the most.
As I grew older I noticed my generation’s British “Mighty 3” as I call them – Ed Sheeran, Adele and Sam Smith. I have heard a lot of artists be like “I don’t wanna be compared to anyone, I wanna be the first me”, but the thing is, for me, that I don’t really care, because when people are comparing me to anyone, it is just an example of a compliment. As long as an artist is not a rip-off of another artist, I don’t see the problem in being compared to anyone. Throughout my life I have been heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, Cher, Lady Gaga, Sia, Sam Smith and Adele. And a good mix of them all is what I’d like to be compared to. I want people to recognize my warm and deep voice, I want them to be emotional, but I also want people to see that I can create up-tempo anthems that brings joy in the summertime.
What real-life situation inspired your music?
The reason I started doing music was because of some unexpected support at a sports camp in 2011. I had always been afraid to engage with my music and give my all, but at this particular camp I hung out with a couple of girls who heard me sing and wanted me to pursue the music. Me, who had been torn between going for it or leaving it behind was very quickly convinced and when I got home, I started to take singing lessons.
Is the artistic process lonely? How do you counteract the downs?
I’m alone, but not lonely. To me, the artistic process is like a therapy session, this is where I get all my deepest and darkest thoughts out and where I can just say/sing whatever I feel like. It sounds very cliché to say, but I wouldn’t have been alive today, if I didn’t have my music. It has been pure therapy. Then, at some occasions, I collaborate with other people and that is just always so much fun. To learn from others and to adapt to other people’s way of doing things. It’s very interesting.
What do you dislike about the genre you’re involved in?
My music is very much pop music, and what I don’t like is the specific sound demands there are. To be interesting when doing pop music, you have to follow the trends and if not, you won’t be interesting. But if you make rock, alternative or something else, you can somehow create your own sound and be interesting. You can also create your own sound in pop music, but you have to implement the trends in your songs and adapt to what is on the radio, if radio is what you want.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Musically, the best advice I’ve received is to say yes and try out “everything”. Because whatever you choose to try, it will always either be a success or a failure that you will learn from, and I just think it’s such a nice thought and it gives a nicer picture of what failure really is. A failure is nothing more than a lesson.