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Fireworks Magazine Online 55 - Interview with Mia Klose

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Interview by Nage Drake

A young Swedish girl comes to London. Years go by and she winds up having her own rockin’ solo project, singing some cool tunes and wearing studded leather clothes a la 80s LA. And of course, she records and releases her own first album - LONDON. That’s not only where Mia Klose lives, but also the name of the album she put together with a couple of other musicians. Coming across her song ‘Never Too Late’ by random (thanks Facebook!), I instantly fell in love with the style and rock ‘n’ roll attitude this girl represents. Seeing her live and reviewing ‘London’ left me with a lot of questions. Who the hell is Mia Klose? How come I haven’t heard of her before? Assuming it wasn’t just me wanting to know more, I invited the Swedish bombshell of 80s rock for a coffee and chat, discussing her life, music, fashion amongst other things...
 
First I would like to talk about your life and about London. Why did you move to London and how long has it been?

I’ve been here for five years and I moved here because I was just tired of Sweden and I wanted to explore a little bit more. So I’ve been visiting a few times before I moved and it was like… it is easy to move to London from Sweden. I could have moved to LA but that’s much bigger step. London was an easy choice and then I got stuck here.

Same here. Got stuck.

Yeah, it’s the same for most people, I think. They go here because it’s easy and then you get friends, you get contacts and then you want to stay I guess.

So was the only reason that you came here from Sweden that you got bored of Sweden?

Yeah, I think I just wanted to see a bit more of the world and I was tired of Sweden and you know, same old. I wanted to live my life so I came here for that reason.

Five years then. You’ve been at the rock scene for a while. Can you compare it to Sweden? Have you had a band in Sweden as well?

Yeah, I played in lots of different projects. I went to a music college in Sweden and played in lots of different projects there. And I’ve done quite a lot – like session stuff and played with lots of different musicians, and in different bands and projects. When I moved here… I’ve done the same basically. I’ve gone to a music school here as well, and I’ve been in lots of different projects and… that’s it really.

How come you didn’t end up in some other band but you actually made your own project? How did that work for you and when did it start?

I was in another band about two years ago and when we split up I quickly got in contact with the two guys who I’ve been working with on this album. We started writing songs together. We didn’t know from the start if it was gonna be a band or what. We didn’t know if we were just writing the songs but then in the end we thought that it being a solo project would be the easiest option at the time. So we did it that way.

So who are the guys who work with you in the band?

The album was written and recorded by Danny Drama and Melly and me. Then when we play live we have Connor, my bassist, and so far we have a drummer, that’s a guy called Rob. Yeah, it’s me, Melly and Danny who’d done the album and then we’ve got these other guys when we play live.

You named your first album LONDON. Why London?

I think it’s because all the tunes on the album have been inspired by London in some way. For me it was – when I was thinking of what I’d call the album it was… yeah, it was a natural choice! Because everything that’s the songs are about on the album has come from London in some ways. Either the people I met in London, experience that I’ve had in London, places in London.

For you London is the rock city, right? [Track 8: City of Rock]

Yeah. Yeah, I think it’s a rock ‘n’ roll city. The whole life-style here is very rock ‘n’ roll. Then… I mean the scene is probably bigger in Sweden but the life-style here is so much more rock ‘n’ roll.

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What are your favourite places to go to on a night out?

It depends really on what sort of night you want. Obviously you’ve got the classic places like The Intrepid Fox and Crobar which are natural to go to if you like that sort of music. But sometimes I go out in Dalston as well, and sometimes I go out in Shoreditch which I know is for some rockers like ‘Oh, I hate Shoreditch!’ but I quite like it there! I don’t necessarily just go to places where you have to go when you’re a rocker. I enjoy it. And I enjoy going to Camden as well. I’m not limited just because… where my heart is, is like where my music is played - in Crobar and Fox. And obviously at Decadence. But I’m not tied to that. I can have a good night out anywhere.

How did you get into the 80s style? Have you always been a fan of 80’s rock and metal?

Yeah, I think because I’ve always been [a fan]. When I really got into it was when I went to the college in Sweden. There were a lot of people listening to that kind of music and there were a lot of people playing that kind of music. So I tried once to sing that style and I thought it really fit and I really found it fun to do. That’s when I really got into singing that music style. I’ve always liked Metallica and I love to listen to all of those bands, ever since... I can’t remember when, but when I got into singing it, it was in college in Stockholm.

Since you’re a female singer in a rock/metal band. Can you tell me what your female influences from the rock scene are?

It’s obviously Lita Ford of course and Joan Jett. But then I also love Samantha Fox and some people hate when I say this but I love Madonna too, like her 80s stuff. Some rockers are like ‘Oh! I hate Madonna!’ but I love her. She’s a very big influence for me in many ways. Even though maybe not with the music, but the style. Also, she’s got some really good songs from the 80s that I love. Then I like Gwen Stefani from No Doubt. She’s been a big inspiration for me through my whole life since I can remember hearing her first time when I was little. That’s probably my main influence.

Your style is very alternative even when it comes to fashion. Can you tell me about the way you dress and where your clothes are from?

I have a lot of clothes. I have a very big wardrobe. Some clothes I bought. Most of my clothes are quite cheap actually. Stuff that I get from charity shops, stuff that was on sale. Most of it is vintage stuff. I rarely buy new things and most of my things that are not vintage pieces I made myself. I put studs on things and I like to have old jackets that I remake and… What I think about clothes is that I don’t really find it very interesting if they don’t have a history of some sort. I don’t really like to buy new things. I like when they have a history or if you find something on the streets on a night out and you take it home and you make it into something new. That’s what I love.

The photo-shoots you’ve done for the album are amazing.

Thank you. I’m happy. They turned out quite well, but I’m not a model in the sense that I would want to make my career out of it. , I don’t really want to be a model but I have done some model jobs to get money from it. But it’s not anything that I would put my whole passion into. The reason that I did a photo-shoot for a vintage boutique was that it was quite fun because I got paid. But it’s not what I would want to do as my career. I’m not a model.

How is it going with reviews and feedback from the album?

I have seen a few reviews. I try not to read everything that is coming up because … I think it’s good to get positive and negative feedback, but I also just want to continue doing what I feel is stimulating for me. I really love this album and if people like it, that’s great. If they don’t like it, you know, bad for you, then you don’ have to listen to it. But I think all the reviews that I’ve read have been really good. There is always gonna be one that is not as good as the others but each one that I have read has been really good. So I’m very happy.

You’ve done quite a few live shows as Mia Klose act now in London. Are you planning some proper UK tour or even other countries?

We want to go on tour as soon as possible, but at the moment we’re just looking to see what gig opportunities there are. And we want obviously to take the gigs that will make it worth for us to go; we don’t want to just take a rubbish pub gig that is not gonna do any favours for us. And you know, when you go somewhere it costs to travel and there are expenses and all that. So, we’re just really waiting for the right offers to go on a tour in the UK first, to start with. And then go to the rest of Europe and hopefully to America also, because we’ve got a lot of fans over there.

Are there any particular bands that you would like to go on a tour or play a gig with?

Mötley Crüe [laughs]. I’d also love to go on tour with Hardcore Superstar or Backyard Babies, or even Crashdïet would be really cool. That’s for me, personally. I don’t really know what the other guys have on their wishing lists. One of those Swedish bands that are doing really well would be really cool to go on tour with, definitely.

Yeah, with all the bands you named you’d do very well because you match their style. You’re not a signed artist, are you?

Well I’m signed to my own record company that I own together with the two guys I’ve done the record with, but I think for the second album we’re probably looking to get a deal of some sort with someone else. We haven’t discussed it more but probably we’ll be looking for a deal. We’ve done everything ourselves so far but we’re also looking for a management and a booking agency now once things are starting to roll. But so far we’ve done everything – just us three people.

And the last question is: who’s the Lady Killer mentioned on track six?

That is someone that… I don’t know if every girl knows a lady killer but I think most girls have met a lady killer at some point in their life. And I think if you’re a guy and you don’t know who the lady killer is, then you are probably the lady killer yourself. It’s basically about when you get trapped in a feeling and you can’t take yourself out of it and it feels like that guy is slowly killing you. That’s the lady killer.

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