Petra Marklund was born determined. By the time she was twelve, she
was already in studios recording. At seventeen, she was singing in a
rock band and when she graduated from Swedish high school, at a time
when most teenagers worry about what to wear to their interviews for a
job at McDonalds, Petra had already nailed a record deal. A big one.
Calling herself September, the then 18-year old had hits like
"La la la (Never give it up)", "We can do it" and
"September all over". The songs were written and produced by
dynamic hit making trio Jonas von der Burg, Niclas von der
Burg and Anoo Bhagavan, and with Petra, they made a
great team where Petra found exactly the kind of high-quality dance
music she was looking for to make. While danceable and catchy, the
songs always have its base in Petra's dark, surprisingly sad voice that
lingers in your ears, making them stick out from the hit parades on the
Two years and a well-needed vacation later, September is back to
do what she does best: singing. This time, she has turned over a new
leaf with a new record label behind her. Without bashing her old label,
Petra says there was some indifferences concerning her image - there
were things she didn't want to do, like putting too much focus on her
appearance, or performing playback. To her, each performance is
important, and she has high expectations on herself. It's all about
singing - and dancing. (The
multi-talented 21-yearold has been taking dance lessons for ages, and
in the video for the single "Satellites", Petra had to dance non
stop for 28 hours!)
- I'm really happy with my new record label. From now on, it's all
music! She exhales so much energy it's enough to make anyone else feel
old and tired. Although she grew up mostly singing jazz, there was
never any doubt concerning what kind of music Petra would make a living
- I'm crazy about house music, says Petra who love Kylie Minogue and
Annie, and holds Britney Spears "Toxic" as an all-time favourite video.
Her first single of the album, "Satellites", was an instant hit
in Sweden - the rare kind both the audience and the critics love. It's
been the most played song on both commercial radio stations as well as
Swedish national radio. (It's been #4 on the Swedish singles chart, #2
on the Swedish Dance Chart, #8 on Scandinavian Dance Chart and one of
the most downloaded songs on Itunes... we could go on here
forever) But at the same time, credible Swedish music magazine Sonic
named it one of the best 15 euro disco songs of all time. "The team
of producers behind this lush dream, painted in equal parts viscos and
house, have understood the genius of the eternally simple",
writes their reviewer Sara Martinsson.
Although Petra loves writing and does frequently compose own songs, all
songs on In Orbit are written and produced by Jonas, Niclas, and
Anoo. For Petra, it's ideal as she loves their work.
- My favourite song on the album is probably "Cry for you". It's about
a relationship that just keeps going on although there is not much love
left, so the girl in the song decides to leave, says Petra.
She always tries to picture the story of the song while singing it. Her
emotional singing has its base in the fact that she is a very emotional
person - she laughs a lot, cries a lot and stays up at nights (she
still lives with her parents) singing, writing songs, or painting.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
More or less interesting facts about September:
- Probably that I would be some kind of a bimbo just because I'm blond
and love dance music.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Petra knows exactly what she
wants, and you know she's going to get it.
Now, September is getting ready to take on the world. Deals have
already been concluded with over 50 countries, among them USA, France,
Germany, Russia, Africa and Australia. Petra can't wait:
- I'm one of those people who simply loves touring. Being on stage is
what I live to do, she says.
It's a good thing. Because with such a head start, it looks like
September has got quite a lot of touring coming up.
Petra Marklund was born in September. Her stage name was
influenced by the fact that the daughter of producer Jonas is named
Juni (Swedish for June)
Her mother comes from Slovenia and once participated in the
Slovenian Song Contest.
Her father is a professor in space physics. Yes, he actually is.
This has, however, nothing to do with September’s No 1 hit "Satellites".
Her great grandmother was a fortune teller and Petra herself has
been known to dream dreams that turn out to be true.
Petra has lately earned a reputation as a fantastic acoustic
performer playing amazing versions of her dance tracks with only
acoustic guitar on Swedish national radio and TV shows.
She also has artist qualities: she loves painting and designing, and
her sister designs clothes and illustrates.
second single from In Orbit is a masterpiece. including 3 remixes of
Looking for Love. Be
shure to get your hands on it.
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fifth single from In Orbit is a masterpiece. Be shure to get your hands
on it Cry For You.
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