The Danish singer talks about growing up punk and transitioning into pop
Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted isn't coy about her broad view pop. It trickles down from all of her favorite music: She's romantic about Sonic Youth, citing Thurston and Kim as the ultimate lovelorn couple, and looked to the Spice Girls as the feminist girl-squad icons of her youth. After her 2011 release of "Glass," a snarky, anthemic song laced with sex-craved nostalgia, Ørsted found herself working alongside Avicii ("Dear Boy") and Diplo ("XXX 88").
Where does the name MØ come from?
It means to be a female child; a pure, unspoiled little girl. I think a straight translation is kind of like "a virgin" but this is more a reference to being pure and young.
It's not about being chaste.
No, it's much more about a kind of innocence.
The title of your album No Mythologies To Follow feels like it comes from a similar aesthetic idea.
Yeah, it's obviously about being young and lost and confused and trying to find your own path in the world. It's a rejection of others' ideas. Social media and the media are telling you what to look like and how you should be and it's horrifying to be perfect. Everyone tries to be perfect and that can really mess with your brain, especially when you're young and insecure. I want to say that we have no real guiding line, we have to find our own way. Nothing can be perfect.
Is that something that translates to your music? Are you satisfied with it when it's done?
The thing is that the times in my life where I've tried to be perfect, I've failed miserably. So I know that perfection is not an option for me. There are some things that I'm very specific about. Small things; when it comes to being honest or conveying something honestly, I strive for perfection in that. When I am doing the vocals, I want to be able to hear what I was feeling while I was recording it later as it is playing back. A feeling can never be perfect and recreating a feeling can never be perfect. It's a moment and that's what you want to show with your music. That's where I become very focused on catching something that's perfect.
When you say you tried to be perfect and failed in the past, what were you referring to exactly? Anything specific?
It's like when you try to overdo something and you lose what's real about it in the process. It's like when you're so in love with a guy and you'd do anything to get him — that's when you won't get him. It's about striving to be something you're not. That's when you'll kill yourself because you lose yourself in that process.
You've worked with other producers as well, right? How did you get involved with Diplo?
It all started because of a tweet, actually. I did a video for a DIY magazine in the U.K. and one of the questions that they asked me was who my dream collaboration would be with. I said Major Lazer. So some guy tweeted at Diplo and said, "Please make this happen!" Diplo wrote him back and said, "I love her!" So me and my manager contacted him and we were so excited that he wanted to work on some music.
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