Mia Klose, the Swedish bombshell of 80’s rock – exudes confidence and sexy charisma when we see her at Hard Rock Hell VII: Cirque Du Rock.
Her music is a perfect blend of metal and melody and her talent for style and visual expression has led to fans around the world emulating her confidence and becoming inspired by her bravado.
On stage, Mia offers nothing less than the very best in entertainment. She is known for her strong voice and her theatrical stage presence. With an impressive writing and performing history behind her, she is also a consummate professional with an excellent understanding of the business of music.
Her début album “LONDON” was released in August 2012. We had a chance to chat to Mia at Hard Rock Hell about making the album, living in London and about touring.
I have lived in London for a few years now (about five years) … It is a very inspiring city … the people I have met and the feelings I have encountered when living in London have inspired the album … we now (pretty much all) live in the Victoria Park area of the city now. People in Sweden (it’s a very beautiful country) expect you to follow a certain pattern – sometimes they won’t ‘let you be’ – and I like living in London because people are sometimes more open – and in London (you get the feeling) that no one copies anyone else … it’s all original. You go to Paris or New York or Stockholm and you see people copying what they do in London. In London there are no ‘hipsters’. People in London dress the way they do – or act the way they do – because they do. They are the originals. London is an original place. That’s why it is so exciting. The rest of the world copies what London does.
IT’S VERY FLATTERING, TO CALL YOUR ALBUM ‘LONDON’ FOR THOSE REASONS … VERY FLATTERING FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE …
I find it interesting to imagine what I would have turned out like if I had not started living in London. I thank the people of London for what I have become.
DID YOU MOVE TO THE UK ON PURPOSE – TO FURTHER A MUSICAL CAREER?
I didn’t have a plan. I thought I would stay for just 6 months… I just had a small bag – one pair of jeans – and I came over on Ryan Air. But then I started performing with a band every weekend. I got a lot of contacts very quickly. And soon I fell in love with London.
SO YOU COME FROM A MUSICAL BACKGROUND?
I never noticed the moment when music came to me. Music was always there. It was as if I was born with music inside me. My dad was a violin player and played to me when I was a baby. My mother says that I was totally mesmerized by the sound and the movement of the instrument when he played it. My first performance was when I was about three years old. I started to play violin when I was five. Vocal is my first instrument. I never practised enough to be a professional violinist …. but I played in an orchestra from aged 5 years to 14 years. We played quite folky material … and sometimes blues/rock.
SO YOU WERE IN A ROCK ORCHESTRA FROM THE AGE OF FIVE?
Yes, it wasn’t metal but it had a beat to it. I miss it sometimes. It was symphonic. From there I started to pick up the drums and I also learnt to play guitar quite well …
DO YOU NEED THE REST OF THE BAND THEN?
[Laughs] No I don’t really need the rest of the band … they are there to just look cool.
WHEN YOU WRITE NEW MATERIAL, HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
I have been writing with Jonny (the guitarist in the band)- actually I have been writing with the two Jonnys. [Jonny Scaramanga & Jon Evans.] And I am going to be writing some material with Connor also. [Bassist C-Rexx] When I get some weeks free for writing. The process of writing is a bit like … Jon sends me a riff – I write a bit of melody for it – and then we all help each other out with parts for it. We tend to write a song in a smaller group. Then make a demo. Then send it to the other guys for rehearsal.
We made ‘London’ in a bedroom studio in North West London – we used all London-based engineers.
HOW DID SWEDEN ROCK GO FOR YOU?
Really well. Really, really well. I could finally get to invite my family to see me. Just after my album came out,my family could see me at the biggest event in Sweden. Having them on the guest list was such a goof feeling. And Skid Row – Kiss – and Europe – they were there playing. Our heroes. After that I realized I would like to play some more gigs in my home country.
WHERE ARE YOUR MOST EAGER FANS?
In Germany. Well UK and Germany. We have played more in the UK. But we have a lot of fans in America too.
IF YOU COULD TOUR AMERICA – WHO WOULD YOU IDEALLY TOUR WITH?
Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Kiss and Slash … but with Mia Klose headlining. I think that is a pretty good line-up. [Laughs]
YOU HAVE SAID THAT YOU ARE COMPLETELY INSPIRED BY THE WHOLE 1980’S HAIR METAL THING… BUT … HOW CAN THAT BE? HOW CAN YOU REMEMBER THE PERIOD?
I was too young to be there. It’s true. But maybe that’s part of it for me. Maybe the people who were there are tired of it now. I don’t know. But I love performing … and in the Eighties the music was fun to perform. It was happy music. Party music. My kind of music.
WHAT IS NEXT ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU?
Writing our second album. We haven’t had long enough sessions to tie everything together yet (we have written a lot though) and we need to choose what songs we want to place on the album. We are recording our teaser single (in January) and we will be recording a video for that to get fans to focus on. And hopefully we will have some good gigs lined up for the summer.
Thank you, Mia Klose
– © Neil_Mach January 2014 –
MIA KLOSE is on tour with STEEL PANTHER UK DATES this MARCH 2014