RUNAE (Christina Aaquist), 37 years old, is a musical artist from Denmark, Scandinavia. She came out with her first music release in the beginning of 2020 just when the pandemic lockdown happened. She spent the year of lockdown in her home studio writing songs and teaching herself music production from scratch.
Runae writes songs about duality and the hidden. It's all about the dark sides that are inevitably connected to basic human emotions; the dreams that stay unfulfilled, frustrations of human existence, and about love when it becomes an obsession and a power play. The premise is that there are several perspectives of a seemingly simple matter - there is always a hidden story and a level of complexity.
The musical universe changes between danceable with elements from 80s and 90s pop and more melancholy moods - but always with a dreamy, dramatic and mystical sound.
RUNAE's latest new single, Pirate's Blind Date is out on all platforms now.
Flow of nature and secret love
A reoccuring theme for Runae is the cycles of nature and how they affect the everchanging minds of all people. The artist name, RUNAE, stems from the Nordic name, Runa, which means "to flow" and "secret love". Runae sees this as a symbol of the flow of nature and the hidden stories and secrets we all carry within us. Two elements that affect us from the outside and the inside. It also symbolises Runae's own story of having kept her passion for music hidden inside for many years and the decision of jumping into the new adventure of pursuing a music career in her mid 30'ies.
Runae started taking singing lessons in the beginning of 2019 because it was something she had always wanted to do but for some reason had never got around to until then. As she says, life is full of complications and obstacles that can prevent you from looking deeply inside yourself and find out what you're truely passionate about. But it should never be too late.
She was encouraged to start writing her own songs, and she quickly realized that she wanted to do something serious about her dreams of making music. It became an outlet for creative expression that had been hiding beneath the surface for many years. Through a cooperation with musician and producer, Frederik Vedersø, she quickly found her own sound, and since then things have been moving fast.
Our hidden stories and inner conflicts
RUNAE's first single, Enchanted (released February 2020), tells the story about the struggle for something or someone you love. A story that also reflects Runae's own love for music, the struggle and her inner conflict she faced at that time, because she found it hard to forgive herself for not realising sooner that music was the path she wanted to take.
She followed up with the EP, Little Moon, during the fall same year. The EP goes deeper into Runae's mind and picks up the story again about the inner conflicts and hidden stories and secrets that we all have inside us. It's a journey you need to take, and Runae describes it as a journey to the Little Moon which symbolises the little hidden "something" inside us- the shadow side that we hide- which can be hard to reach.
After spending the first half of 2021 working hard on both her musical skills as well as her artistic and personal development, Runae released her single You're My Wild Storm. In this song Runae describes love as a wild and elusive phenomena, unpredictable like nature.
Runae lives with her husband, Peter, in Hundested (Denmark), an authentic old fishing village surrounded by the ocean and raw nature.
RUNAE's music is out on all major platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Youtube music, Soundcloud and more. Music can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon Music, and Bandcamp and here at runaemusic.com.
RUNAE's latest new single Pirate's Blind Date is out on all platforms now and is also available in the shop. Here you can buy the mp3 file and plant a tree to support the non-profit organisation One Tree Planted and their reforestation projects.
Reviews and interviews
Rising Artists Music Blog- Interview
Nagamag Music Magazine- Review of You're My Wild Storm
Keep Walking Music blog- Review of No Game No Change