producer and DJ
Marie Sahba is an Norwegian-Iranian artist who make alternative pop with a hint of her Iranian roots. She writes, produces and releases her music on her own label «Sahba Records». Her debut-EP "Out of Control" was released November 15th 2019.
In January 2019 she released the song "Take Me Back» which was the first song she produced and released on her own label. It made it to the H&M international in-store playlists, New Music Friday and Norwegian radio etc. It was also featured in the critically acclaimed TV2 series "Heksejakt". She continued with with the strong follow-ups «Dancing Alone» and «Out of Control». «Out of Control», which is also the title track of the EP, is all about life and crisis.
– After losing many people dear to me, and with the on-going climate crisis, I felt like life was out of control and everything would go up in flames, says Marie Sahba.
A few years back she decided to leave her management and label and relaunch her project on her own terms and with full creative control. Therefore she started learning the ropes of production.
—2019 was a huge learning experience. Finishing up the EP and releasing one song at a time on «Sahba Records» has been crazy. Even though it’s been stressful, it has also been such a wonderful journey. Especially since I’ve experienced not being independent and in charge of my own music and vision in the past. Ultimately, creative freedom, in every sense of the word, is what I’m striving for.
To finish it up she teamed up with her brother, Benjamin Sahba (best known as hardstyle DJ and producer «Refuzion»), and all the pieces fell into place.
— I love working with my brother. He’s honest and brings me back to earth. My productions tend to go a bit overboard so it helps with his critical eye and creative approach. We complete each other.
Marie Sahba has received great reviews from her past live performances and has proven herself to be a strong live artist. In 2017 Adressa wrote that Marie Sahba «is a wonderful force of nature» and that «the concert at Trondheim Calling was a powerful demonstration». She has also been nominated for by:Larm’s «role model»-prize, played at by:Larm, Pstereo, Sørveiv, Rockefeller, Sentrum Scene, Øya warm-up at Parkteatret and guested P3-Ruben.
When she’s not creating and performing her music, she’s also a busy DJ in the Norwegian club scene.
—Actually, I just realized the other day that my DJ’ing has had a bigger influence on my music than what I originally thought. There’s definitely some club elements on the EP and mixed together with the Eastern sound and my background as a classically trained pianist, the EP feels like a whole and natural representation of me as an artist, songwriter and producer.
Reviews (in Norwegian):
Trondheim Calling 2017: http://bit.ly/2jLa0Ql
Trondheim Calling 2015: http://bit.ly/2f4t4EM
Pstereo 2015: http://bit.ly/2eLsMpJ
Feminalen 2015: http://bit.ly/2gHHElH
Photo by Ida Bjørvik
DJ MARIE SAHBA is known for her solid sets and big love for music. She has shaken many dance floors in the Norwegian club scene both solo and with the duo CAVAGOTCHI (with her partner in crime Cosmo Kessler). She has also played festivals such as Trondheim Calling, by:Larm + public & private events.
Her diverse taste in music translates into a variety of unique sets such as old school pop, rnb, hiphop, latin, hits from the past four decades, new beats and jams to eastern house, funk, soul & disco.
Weekly sets are announced on both her Instagram and Facebook page.
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