This week, we’re crushin’ on Swedish singer-songwriter, Menke.
After being the first artist signed to Size/ Cosmos (owned by Swedish House Mafia’s, Steve Angello), she released her debut single, Moln, at the end of last year and we can’t get enough. Here’s what went down when we grabbed five…
How did it all start for you?
Wow, it’s difficult to set a start point. I started playing the lyre in kindergarten and then I taught one instrument by another. But it was first in high school I started writing music and preforming live. I and my friend had a duo and we were rehearsing and writing music every day and that’s when it started for real.
What does your typical day look like?
I spend my days in the studio, recording and writing. I record some parts in my home studio and some parts with my producer in a more full-scale studio. If I’m not in the studio I’m rehearsing or writing.
Describe your sound in three words…
Melancholic, soft and mysterious.
What was your most memorable gig?
It was in Berlin. I played with my friend in many small bars. Not many gigs can be compared to those in Berlin. The audience is so respectful and reverential. You enter a smoky room with a boisterous crowd but the minute you start playing it becomes silent and you could hear a pin drop.
What did you have on your playlist growing up?
My early inspirations are Sigur Ros, Kate Bush, and Joanna Newsom. They still are my all-time favourites.
What’s the last song you listened to?
It was the new album of Nils Fram – All Melody.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve met?
My Siberian husky Aisha
If you could collab with anyone who would it be and why?
There’s a Swedish string quartet called ’Fleshquartet’. That would be a cool collab I think.
What does 2018 have in store for you?
I have a lot. More music coming, shows and writing and recording.
What advice would you give anyone wanting to get into music?
When I went to school we always got this advice, to find your own thing and to create a good contact network. I always thought it sounded cheesy but I’m starting to realize there is actually a lot to it. My style is… When it comes to my music I’m very picky and sometimes a bit too pretentious.
I really can’t live without… My wine glasses, lyre, piano, banjo and computer. Music simply.
At the weekend I can be found… In the studio having weekend session or in the darkroom developing photos.
My special skills are… My stubbornness. I never give in or give up.
I’m always talking about…My dog and my music
The hashtag I always use is…I’m not that good with hashtags but it’s probably #husky.
A word or phrase I overuse is… I have no idea.