Swedish singer-songwriter Dotter is a fascinating anomaly in the indie-pop world. Boasting a sounds that feels like “a cross between Abba and Lana Del Rey” (Popjustice). She captures the spirit of the finest female artists of the 70s like Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Stevie Nicks combined with a modern sound to the likes of Florence and The Machine, Lorde, Björk and Lana Del Rey.
Born Johanna Maria Jansson (she adopted the name Dotter – Swedish for daughter) in the striking and artistically-friendly environment of Arvika, not far from the Swedish/Norwegian border, she started playing music “so early that I must’ve been born a musician.” Enamoured by her parents’ record collection – which featured everything from Led Zeppelin to indigenous music to Enya – Dotter experimented with home recordings and started writing piano compositions as a child.
After collaborating with producers online, she decided to head to Stockholm: not only to study music, but also to benefit from the potential connections that can be found in a capital city. “I found a guy who wanted to record a demo with me,” she recalls. “And then we fell in love, so I’ve stayed in his studio ever since.”
That connection with producer Dino Medanhodzic also sparked a rich creative partnership as they crafted her breakthrough single ‘My Flower’, her follow-up ‘Dive’ and ‘Evolution’.
Since releasing ‘My Flower’ and ‘Dive’, Dotter has focused on developing her live show, with a huge homecoming festival at Arvika’s Hamnfest a particular highlight to date. Mostly, however, she’s been working extensively on new material, both for herself and as a songwriter for other artists for example with Sabina Ddumba for her debut album ”Homeward Bound” with the song ”I Cry”.
She’s been working with well known producers such as Christian Waltz (for her follow up ”Rebellion”) and with London-based producer Michael Angelo (single ”Heatwave”), whose credits include Sam Smith and Lady Leshurr. It’s a natural progression for an artist whose ambition is to reach audiences in the UK and North American, as well as at home in Sweden.
In between the releases of ”Rebellion” and ”Heatwave” Dotter participated with the song ”Cry” in Swedish Melodifestivalen which received much praise from the reviewers. The song went number one on iTunes and got a third place position on Viral 50 in Sweden. ”Cry” has already over 2 million streams on Spotify.
Possessing a unique approach that separates her from the pack, Dotter’s inimitable charm will be the calling card that enables her to be discovered by the wider world.