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The links between music and other art forms are inextricable. Many great craftspeople have soundtracked their progression towards mastery and created unforgettable works of art with music as inspiration.

Spotify and Sonos have teamed up with five upcoming Swedish artists to explore how music has impacted their lives and work. Fashion designer Ida Klamborn, hip hop musician Amr Badr, film director Rojda Sekersöz, jewelry designer Göran Kling, and visual artist Johanna Burai opened up in a series of interviews discussing their art and relationship with music. Each artist then created an exclusive playlist available on Spotify so that people can discover what they’re listening to.

We’ve chosen some sound bites from the interviews as a teaser but you can read them in full here.

Ida Klamborn on choosing music for her fashion shows:

The music is really important. Together with the clothes and models, it creates a certain atmosphere and helps express my concept. For my last show, it was a remix of Pipilotti Rist’s version of “Wicked Game,” then an acapella version of “Believe” by Cher and then ABBA. A fantastic mix!

Amr Badr on finding inspiration for new tracks:

Most of the time, it just comes to me. But it can also be based on tracks I’ve heard maybe a few months earlier. It happens subconsciously, but I always try and avoid sticking too closely to existing tracks. I try to create something completely new instead.

Rojda Sekersöz on what made her want to work in film:

Billy Elliot and The Believer are the two films that made me as a 13-year-old want to become a director. There was something about them that reflected the way I saw the world and the people in it.

Göran Kling on an album that means something special to him:

I lived in the US in 1994 and borrowed AmeriKKKa´s Nightmare by Spice 1 from a classmate. It had that typical Bay Area sound, yet was pretty hardcore at the same time. It completely knocked me out and I listened to that CD until it broke.

Johanna Burai on the difference between political art and political music:

There’s absolutely no difference between them – they’re just two different art forms. I think they’re a good way to spread political messages and reach people who aren’t interested in politics or don’t feel included in the debate.

Check out all the playlists here and read the full interviews via the link below.

Words by Aaron Howes
Branded Content Editor