Nineteen-year-old Zara Larsson is obsessed with the ’90s and early 2000s. Everything about the era turns on the Swedish singer-songwriter.
“I just feel like it was so revolutionary in so many ways,” she says. “The music was amazing. I love hip hop and R&B and that was the era in which those genres lived or became big. It was just revolutionary. Even the fashion; I just love everything about it. It was a good vibe.”
Larsson enjoyed it so much that the teen, who opens for Clean Bandit on Saturday April 8, at the Marquee, wanted to make sure it was represented on her debut album So Good.
“It has a throwback little vibe; an early 2000 R&B feeling to it,” she says “I personally love that. I wish I was born in the ’80s so I could experience the ’90s.
“I personally love my album. I feel I can have it on repeat without getting tired of it. They’re catchy and cute songs.”
She has a knack for writing catchy songs with co-writers like Charlie Puth. She landed two back-to-back multiplatinum hits in 2015 in the form of “Never Forget” with MNEK and the platinum-certified “Lush Life.”
She landed on Time magazine’s coveted “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016 list, while joining the “Billions Club” on Spotify.
On the road, she closed the UEFA Euro 2016 with David Guetta and shared the stage with Beyoncé for the European leg of the Formation Tour. Following a performance at the MTV European Music Awards, she received “Best New Act” and “Best Swedish Act.”
“The EMAs was one of my favorite moments,” says Larsson, who last visited America to open for Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony. “I thought that was really cool. I love performing at festivals. I loved the V Festival (in London) last summer. The Euro Cup was really cool. The Formations stage was amazing.
“I’ve done so many great, great things. However, first and foremost, I’d like to be on stage and do my set a little more often. That’s my dream.”
Clean Bandit, w/Zara Larsson and Starley, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, $22.