Mendoza from Copenhagen is not a newbie on the Danish music scene anymore. No, she is quite experienced in getting her hands dirty with productions and live shows of her own. However, it has been a while since we have all heard from her, so when she released the single ‘True Meaning of Cruel’, I felt a reboost of interest in her music and jumped in for the opportunity to interview her before her concert in Aarhus on the 15th of April.
Mendoza has a special bond to every single one of her songs. When I asked her about the new single, she tried to explain how it became a little bit different from ‘Love Druggie’ and ‘Houdini’:
All three singles, I’ve released, have been very different. I rely on my voice and lyrics for a red thread. But ‘TMOC’ have this kind of year-2000-vibe, because of its simplicity and sound. All my songs are very different. I like to make songs and turn them into their own piece of music, without having to think about which genre they must reflect in order to fit the rest of my music. I believe my inspiration and my style is strong enough to shine through any genre. Or at least I’ve become better at trusting myself in this.
As Mendoza mentions, she likes to turn each song into its own separate piece. So I asked her, with all the effort she’s making, if she had a favorite song from her own production right now.
Uh that’s very difficult to answer…My songs are very different and they have different strengths. If I have a favorite song, it depends on what I need in that moment, when listening to it. But If I had to choose it would be ‘Keep Me Above You’ It kind of has no structure or hook that occurs twice. It’s just a song that starts one place and ends at another. But it has this crazy tension that builds up my emotions and makes me want to burst every time.
With regards to making her own music, Mendoza has actually begun to co-produce. And this is also reflected in small details of her new EP ‘Continuous Metamorphosis’ coming out the 15th of April:
This EP is made straight up digital – everything is made in Cubase. There can only be one set of hands at the computer, and my amazing partner in crime, Niels Kirk has been working those magic hands. I’ve been doing small changes by the computer, but nothing major.
When it comes to my co-producing it’s all about being able to describe what I want – finding sounds and references with my producer and making up hooks and melodies. We’ve been partners in this and we’ve have had equal influence on how the productions should sound. I’ve started producing my demos and creating vibes and melodies to use in the final productions. It helps the process a lot, and in a year or so I think I’ll be able to release my own productions with help from a sound engineer (depending on what I’m doing at that time).
For this EP, we’ve been sitting down together and creating all the details in the productions. “Raindrops” might be the song I’ve had least influence on production-wise, because the instrumentals for this was made, right when I started making music and didn’t know jack about it.
Mendoza has done a lot of thinking in terms of the artist she wants to be, and where she wants to go. The EP depicts Mendoza as a developed artist that wants to exploit herself and her possibilities:
I always thought I wanted to be an ‘album artist’ when I first started. I’ve even stated in other interviews that I wouldn’t be an ‘EP artist’. But things have changed so much, so fast. And I felt like I needed to take advantage of all the possibilities that and EP gives you. I evolve very fast as a person, not only in my ability’s but also in things I like. It changes all the time, so being stuck at one place at the time would kill my creativity. I’ve always thought that an album should be a masterpiece- that it should be a really huge and iconic thing that has used all of your resources. So I decided that as a new artists I needed to explore all the things I can do, before showing off my own first masterpiece.
For now, it’s difficult to place Mendoza in a specific scene in Denmark right now, as she moving in the dub, pop, electro, clubbish kinda genre. So I was wondering how she felt about that, and about the Danish music scene right now- is it evolving a lot or do we see a complete standstill? And it seemed to be a very relevant question for Mendoza, as she is so unique in her musical expression, that it may not even be so important to be ‘in the scene’.., It might be even better to create your own:
That’s actually a big problem of mine. I don’t feel like it is influencing me or that I’m doing anything fit for the scene right now.
We have LG and MØ, putting us on the map. That opens the doors for other artists, which is great. There are so many talented and amazing artists right now, but the mainstream music scene doesn’t inspire me.
But the indie scene has so much to offer. There’s such a great wave right now of artists taking things into their own hands and creating things for themselves.
I’ve become an artist stuck between those two worlds, and it makes it very difficult for me to fit in anywhere. Story of my life. Lol!
No, but really it’s just that I wanted to create something that represented ME. I wrote some of the older songs, when life was getting me down, big time. I was living at my grandma’s place with my daughter, because I couldn’t afford my own place. I was so broke and depressed about all the things my life had been and where it had lead me. On a personal level, it means so much to me that those are the songs people get to hear first. And not another love song or whatever song on a big production that didn’t mean anything to me. My music is connected to and written about big emotions and real experiences. I just need that to be a part of me, and what I send out to the world, before I take the next step. Those older songs were the ones that got me out of that depression and that place. Love Druggie e.g. is so much more than just a hit song to me. That’s the song that got me my apartment, my daughter more into my life and my life on track, so I could shine and be the best version of me.
So I honestly don’t care about fitting in. I just care about being able to live the life that music has given me.
I’ll just leave that final part to sink in.
If you want to experience a part of Mendoza’s dark pop universe, you have the chance at Atlas in Aarhus this Friday the 15th of April. It’s not everyday (quite the contrary) that you get to see Mendoza in her own mysterious environment, so this is your chance to let loose in her dark urban and electronic world.
Time: Doors open at 20.00
Price: 90 DKK