Adna writes music in order to function

Swedish singer/songwriter Adna resides in Berlin where she spends her days creating melancholic and delicate pieces of music (when not studying German). Radar had a chat about the new album and much more.

It was just over a year ago that Radar met up with (at that time) Gothenburg bound singer/songwriter Adna Kadic about her debut alum. Her quote “I really want to work with music as art, and I think that’s more possible in Berlin” later became reality and with that: a second album, being released on the 18th (but already out on Spotify).

Radar caught up with the young musician during a brief visit in Stockholm to talk about life in the German capital, writing music as a diary and how being alone can be… quite fantastic.


Why did you choose the ablum title Run, Lucifer?
– I read the word “Lucifer” somewhere and I knew it meant the devil but I read about it and found out that it also means “bringer of light”.

So is that the concept of the album, the contrast between light and dark?
– Yeah, sort of. I wanted it to be nine songs that work together, like an entity. But I don’t really like to analyze what I write about, it’s very personal and a way for me to process stuff.

Almost like writing a diary?
– Yes, you could say that.

You said, when you started working on this album, that it would have the same sound as your debut but would feel bigger, more developed. Do you feel that’s how it turned out?
– I hope so, and it feels that way. I identify so much with my music and feel that we grow together. You could say that Night, my debut album, grew up and became Run, Lucifer.


You live in Berlin since about a year back. Why did you move?
– Hometowns have a tendency to feel too small after a while, and the unknown felt appealing. I also wanted to focus on my music full time and wanted to go to a place that I didn’t have any prior relationship to, a place where I wouldn’t feel any pressure.

Like a clean slate?
– Yes!

Where in Berlin are you living?
– In Neukölln, like all the other Swedes…

What’s the best and what’s the worse thing about Berlin?
– The worst is definitely the Greman bureaucracy. And the best is probably – even though it’s a bit of a cliché – the openness. I think most people feel that the city is very welcoming.

Do you speak any German?
– Yes, I study German!

So combining both studies and studio time, how would you describe a typical day in your life?
– I get up at around 6:30 am; I like to have that time for myself in the morning. And then I have school from 9 am to around 12:30 pm, then I might have lunch with a friend and after that I go home to work at my home studio.

Do you work with your music every day?
– Absolutely, I kind of have to, to function.

What’s your favourite spot in Berlin?
– I have a lot of places I love. Tempelhof for example, the old airport, which is right where I live. And the Grunewald forest is beautiful.


Adna taking over the camera for a breif moment to photograph her own shadow.

This spring shows are coming up in Sweden, Germany, the Balkans, UK and later on France. Adna looks forward to getting to play her new album live but claims she still hasn’t gotten completely used to being on stage.
– I get very nervous but I’m working on it. I do feel I’ve gotten much more secure and comfortable with myself and my music compared to before.

Do you have any big dreams for 2015, maybe becoming completely secure on stage?
– I would really like to play at Way Out West, that would be amazing.


You’ve said before that you don’t really want to work with other people when it comes to your own project, just when it comes to side projects. Is that still the case?
– Yes, I have such a personal relationship to my music and it’s also a matter of knowing exactly how I want my music to be.

Do you do everything by yourself?
– I write, arrange and produce but I worked with a co-producer, Simon Hagstöm, on this album. I did however produce my first album by myself. I think I’m quite disciplined and if I get stuck during the process I just go out for a beer with friends or take a ride on my bike to just clear my head.

Don’t you get lonely working by yourself?
– No, I think it’s rather fantastic…


Photography by Liam Warton. View all photos on top.