Sabotage Times was lucky enough to catch up with the Swedish Rockstar, who recently released her debut album.
Sabotage Times: You’ve just released your debut album, how does it feel?
Mia Klose: Really good, of course. Very good.
ST: Who is your target audience?
MK: It’s everybody that likes Rock ‘n’ Roll music, basically. I mean, the music is inspired by the 80’s rock and heavy metal; very old school. So, I guess it’s for anyone that likes that, really and hopefully, you know, we can win over some people that wasn’t into that particular type of music. It’s anyone really that likes Rock ‘n’ Roll music.
ST: Who would you say your main influences are?
MK: All the bands from the 80’s and 90’s era, such as Guns ‘n’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Europe, Def Leppard, Whitesnake; all of them old school bands. I take my inspiration from a lot of different sources, but mainly it’s obviously music from that time. I like a lot of 80’s pop, such as Samantha Fox and I love No Doubt and Madonna, even though that’s a separate style.
ST: You said you like Madonna; how has she influenced you?
MK: Madonna relates more to the style. She’s an amazing artist and an amazing business woman. She’s got so much drive; I read her biography and I got really inspired just to go for it. Her influence on me is possibly more with the style than the music, but it still relates back to the 80’s tunes; I love them!
ST: Would you say you have any modern influences, for example, any of the music that is about today?
MK: I love No Doubt’s style from the past, but I don’t really listen to the latest music they have produced. I mostly listen to older music. I’ve never listened to Lady Gaga or Rihanna; artists that are big now. But there are a lot of 80’s inspired bands around at the moment. For example, in Sweden, it’s quite a big thing.
ST: Coming from Sweden, how hard has been to crack the English market?
MK: The market for rock music, for classic rock music, is bigger in Sweden, but I think it’s started to take over within the UK as well. When the bands from Sweden are playing over here, it’s always packed and the last couple of gigs that we have had have also been really crowded. I think that there is a crowd for it here, even though it’s bigger on television and it magazines back in Sweden, but it’s starting to slowly take over here as well and there is definitely a lot of interest.
ST: The album has been out for just over a month now; how are things progressing? Is everything moving at a rapid pace?
MK: Yeah, it’s going really well. There is a lot of interest for interviews and contacting loads of people. The album has opened up a lot of new doors.
ST: Any major gigs coming up around London?
MK: We have one that is coming up on the 28th of September at the Barfly and we’re on after Ginger Wildheart; we’re playing with a band called Riot Noise and I’m really looking forward to that show. We have another show coming up on the 20th of October in London at the Boston Music Rooms together with Peep Show, a band from Scotland, and Hell To Pay and then we’re looking to book a tour, unplanned, and just get out across the rest of the country and hopefully to Sweden quite soon.
ST: You mentioned gigs around the country and going back to Sweden; is there a big interest further afield, around Europe, for example?
MK: Around Europe, Germany, Spain and Italy in particular, there is a lot of interest. We also have quite a big fanbase in America and in Brazil; they quite like the type of music as well. Hopefully we’ll make it over there really soon.
ST: Who would you say is your core fanbase?
MK: It’s focused a lot on the older...older guys [laughs] not old, but all of them that were there in the 80’s, but there is also a younger generation that listen to this kind of music. For example, I was too young in the 80’s to be a teenager and listen to Iron Maiden. There are a lot of younger people that listen to the all the old school music. It’s all varied.
ST: By the sound of things you’re quite busy at the moment; is that the case?
MK: It’s a lot to do; you wouldn’t really think how much work it is; when you say you’re working as a musician, maybe you’re doing a rehearsal every week or something, but it is a lot of hard work. Everything on this album is done by three people. Everything from answering e-mails to booking shows to contacting the magazines and the radio stations; I can sometimes answer e-mails for two days straight! There is always something and I’m always quite busy [laughs] but it’s all good; it’s all fun.
ST: Have you had any major bands or big name stars approach you and tell you that they love your music?
SK: Yes, yes we have! [Laughs] I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Billy Morrison, who is the guitarist from Billy Idol, and he contacted me on Twitter and told me he loves it, so I was really happy because I’m a big fan of Billy Idol and Billy Morrison, obviously, as well, so I was like ‘score!’ [laughs] when he contacted me, I couldn’t believe it, but it’s really good and I was really happy with it.
ST: What does the future hold for Mia Klose?
MK: To take over the world! [laughs] I think in the near future, we’re trying to book as many shows as possible and get on a tour with a bigger band to support then make another record, go out on a world tour, go to America and play in LA.
'You Drive Me Crazy' from the album 'London'
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