Twenty-two-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter Girl in Red, born Marie Ulven, always wanted to write emotional, vulnerable music that people could relate to — but she never expected to become a queer icon. Her stage name has become something of an LGBTQ code word, with queer women asking “do you like Girl in Red?” to potential partners to determine if they’re interested in women. “I just think it's such a dope thing, because it's so rare for an artist to make a cultural impact like that,” she says over Zoom. “It's like, 'Yes, go you, get that bread!'”
Girl in Red poured that same kind of high-energy enthusiasm into her upcoming debut album, If I Could Make It Go Quiet. Its single “Serotonin” has helped the singer hit a new level, earning her first entries on Billboard's Hot Alternative Songs and Emerging Artists charts. The hit also allowed the artist to work a favorite producer of hers: FINNEAS.
“He probably gets requests every single day from people being like, 'You made a gigantic record with Billie Eilish, we want the same, give us that,'” she says. “Having someone that you look up to tell you, 'What you've made is so cool’ is just so dope.”