We interviewed MØ in Groningen, where she’ve been part of the Eurosonic Festival line-up. It was a chat, quite in the darkness, wrapped in our coats under the open Dutch rainy sky, talking about her future album, but also about life in Denmark.
A calm person, I would have said, that just couple of hours later would have generated an infinite queue outside Simplon, rampaging on stage under shiny lights, asking her fan to catch her while stage-diving. That is how I remembered her from her Northside 2013 performance, but having had the chance to meet her in the dim light has been definitely quite of an experience as well.
You just released “Don’t Wanna Dance” – tell us about it
Don’t wanna Dance is probably the only positive outlet of the album. It’s a song about letting go, that is talking about the good side of being young and confused, just wanting to hang out with your friends and not think about too many things. It is one of the few really pop and positive song of the album, that has generally a more reflective approach.
So, tell us a bit more about the themes and feelings present in the album you will released on the 10th March.
The album talks about being young, restless and lost in our society. We are privileged by living in the western world, but as well, western society expect too much from us. Media and Social media preach a lot about how the perfect life looks like and how we have to be good in many things. That gives a lot of pressure to the youth, giving youngsters lifestyle diseases because youngsters do not know how to relate and feel about these pressure.
Do you think that youngsters might be feeling this way specifically in Denmark rather than other places?
I think it is a really widespread feeling in Scandinavia. Denmark is rich and you always live in a safety net: you receive money to study, if you are ill or unemployed, which is good if you are in need, but people gets easily exploited. You don’t have anything to fight for and your brain gets bored and you get sad. There’s always a dark side in good things. A lot of people I know, from my generation, feels there is a big pressure to live up to all these things society want you to. It is all about finding your path to navigate through society.
Do you think you’ve found your path then?
I still did not find who I am yet, but I feel lucky as I found that music is what I want to do, and I know that music is the way I can express myself while a lot of people do not have their platform, a place to express themselves. And having a platform is important because you can get out anger, sadness, but as well happiness. But, yes I am still a confused soul.
Regarding 2014. What are your feelings and future projects?
It is difficult to say because at the moment I am only thinking about the release of the album, everything that comes after the debut it’s quite blurred. My biggest wish is that people that supported me and the fans will like it and feel that they could relate to it.
But me and Ronni Vindahl are already working on the second album, my greatest passion is to write songs because that is the way of expressing myself and I am quite addicted to it. So I can’t wait to start writing new stuff, as well with Ronni, or other producers. But, you never know what future will bring
Which song do you think represent best your album, but as well the one you feel like you can relate the best?
It is hard to say, but if I have to pick I think “Pilgrim”. It has a minimalistic, fresh production, the lyrics are simple, but still embracing these themes about figuring out what you want to do. Although melancholic, it has a positive vibe, that “you can do it!’.