A Music Blog, Yea? recently had the opportunity of speaking with Copenhagen electronic-soul artist MØ (Karen Marie Ørsted) over the phone. In our interview, when asked about her influences MØ told AMBY, “I haven’t really listened to that much music, you know? I don’t want my music to sound like music I just listen to.. You don’t just want to copy a sound.” Having released her debut album No Mythologies To Follow in February, MØ is mixing nuances of electronicia, soul, and pop into her music to clearly define her own sound. Dive into our interview below as we discussed punk music, men’s underwear, her love of touring, and the debut album.
AMBY: Hello MØ, how are you today?
MØ: I’m good, thank you.
AMBY: Thanks for speaking with us!
MØ: Thank you. I’m happy to [laughs].
AMBY: Well, first off, congrats on the release of your debut album No Mythologies To Follow; what’s the response to the record been like so far?
MØ: Thank you very much. I mean, the response has been nice so I’m very, very happy. You never know what to expect so I’m thankful.
AMBY: I’m glad to hear it. While creating the record, what were your biggest influences or inspirations?
MØ: It’s been a long process making the album, one year and a half. Since we started making the album we’ve been really busy touring and building up everything. I mean, I haven’t really listened to that much music, you know? I don’t want my music to sound like music I just listen to. It’s very much about what we feel like. My producer and I have been making the music we needed to get out and making songs about communicating and saying something. You don’t just want to copy a sound. I don’t know where the references come from [laughs], they’re just there. It’s hard to say what the direct references are; I guess it’s just a combination of everything I’ve ever listened to.
AMBY: And regarding the album title, what’s the significance behind that?
MØ: It’s very much about being young in this modern world and society where we don’t really have guiding lines; it’s more so about the social media and people preaching about what the perfect life is like. It’s very much about projecting yourself in the best possible way and “me me me me me” and wanting to be perfect. It’s about wanting to escape that and trying to find your own way to create something for yourself that isn’t necessarily a perfect life. I think you should try to not be perfect all of the time.
AMBY: Definitely – what a great message from an album title! Geez.
MØ: [laughs] Thanks you.
AMBY: Aside from the recent release, you also recently started your No Mythologies To Follow tour. What do you most look forward to regarding that?
MØ: Right now we’re driving in a nightline; like big bus where you sleep. You know?
AMBY: A tour bus.
MØ: Yes! It’s very exciting [laughs]. I think the most exciting thing is to go places where we’ve never been before and then hopefully people will show up and we’ll play the album. Truth is, I’ve been touring so much and it seems so familiar and so natural since we’ve been on the road for more than a year and a half. It’s just great to have the album out now and see fans who might know some more songs. It’s nice that they can get that now, that’s great.
AMBY: You mention being on the road for more than a year and a half there. What would you say is one of the best moments you’ve had while touring? I saw a video you posted about Tour Life with the boys, and it seems that you’re all very close.
MØ: Yea, that’s right. They’ve become my second family [laughs]. We’ve played so much; last year we played 110 concerts and now this year we’re playing a lot, so it’s hard to say what’s the best. But, we’ve had some great moments! We had a very cool night out in Manchester last year which was just hilarious and we had a great night.
AMBY: Being on the road so often, I wanted to ask what was your first concert experience like? Do you feel it had an impact on your music and the way you perform?
MØ: I’ve been playing in bands since I was a little girl so I saw a lot of other young bands playing. The first band to really impress me though was… When I was a teenager, I was very much into left-wing politics and punk music. I remember the first time I went to a real punk concert, that was something that really touched me. In punk music, it’s all about letting go and giving it hell, you know?
AMBY: [laughs] Exactly. While touring, what’s one of the weirdest fan experiences or encounters you’ve had so far?
MØ: I remember when we played in Ireland, there was someone who threw a pair of white boy shorts, boxers, boxing shorts, boxshorts… [laughs]
MØ: Mens underwear!
AMBY and MØ: [laughs]
AMBY: And they threw those on the stage?
MØ: Yea, and on them it said MØ [laughs].
AMBY: Something I must bring up due to its success is your cover of the Spice Girls’ hit Say You’ll Be There. That cover has had nearly 370, 000 views and I’m loving your SoundCloud remixes, they’re definetly in constant rotation with me!
MØ: [laughs] Cool.
AMBY: What’s next as far as covers or remixes go?
MØ: Right now we’ve started to make new songs. We’ve had a long time where we’ve been building up to this new album, so it’s nice that it’s out and we can start to make new songs now.
AMBY: Oh okay, so you’re making material for a new record already?
MØ: Yea! Or an EP or something.
AMBY: That’s great. Well, now we’re sadly at the last question, which is what’s something about MØ that nobody knows yet?
MØ: I used to be a professional runner?
AMBY: Really? In school or—
MØ: From when I was eight to fourteen or something like that. All of the dreams of being a musician came later since I did running on a professional level [laughs].
Thank you MØ, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout