Jan 09, 2015 12:05PM

MØ Loves The Spice Girls And Aggressive Dance Moves [Interview]

Her advice? Just do you!

Karen Marie Ørsted, best known by her stage name MØ, is the long lost Danish sister you need to become acquainted with. Attributing her musical influences as everything from pop — cue Spice Girls — right through to a pretty serious punk persuasion, she's kinda got it all. Touring her LP No Mythologies To Follow with a fierce devotion to being herself, she's basically sticking the finger to the man and it's pretty fantastic. We woke her up at 6am to chat ahead of her recent Field Day gigs and here's what she had to say.

Sarah Mulholland: You just played at Field Day! How do you like Australia?
MØ: You have summer there right now and it's cold and rainy here and... very cold [laughs]. The only thing I usually fear is the super long flight, you know? It always creeps me out when I have to sit in a plane for 24 hours.

That is my favorite part of travelling. I'm all about the in flight entertainment and delicious plane food.
Very true, both of those things. I used to love it too but I have been flying so much it's starting to creep me out a bit

What did you think of Australia last time you were here? Did you enjoy it?
Oh yeah, very much. I was only there for a few days but it was really nice. I really loved the venue I got to play at, Goodgod. The show was sold out and it was one of actually, and I'm not just saying this because I'm talking to you, but it was one of my favorite shows so far. I felt like everything was just flowing in the best way.

I'm a huge fan of all of your videos for your songs. How involved do you get in that aspect of your music?
I have all these black and white trash videos, which I use when I play live, and those I direct myself. [For] the professional ones we hire teams but I am always in close dialogue with the director. I think it's very important that, as an artist, you have a hand in everything so that everything that you produce comes from you and you feel that it's true to your vision. Also I did study art for five years [so] I guess I also can't let go of that aspect. I need to be a part of that.

So you studied art, how about dancing, do you have a background there? There's a lot of powerful pose striking, hand movements, hair flicks and the like in a lot of your videos.
No. I did go to some dance classes but I always felt so miserable. I was so bad at dancing! [Laughs] I think I learnt those moves because I was in a punk band for five years and it was all about going crazy and moving and being energetic. I think that's where I began to evolve those kind of punk moves, now that's just how I move.

It's the same in your live sets I've seen, which is very similar to how I dance when I'm out on the town. It's definitely a good way to get away with not being the best dancer.
Yeah kind of like aggressive right? [Laughs] Yeah it's cool, you just gotta believe in it.

You're very open about your love for the Spice Girls. Are there any other music acts that have been particularly influential for you?
Through my life I've had these crushes on different acts. The Spice Girls was my first crush. I didn't really have another big crush until I met Sonic Youth in my teen years. They were my heroes, and in a way still are, they inspire me. My music doesn't sound anything like Sonic Youth but it's their attitude and the whole feeling that they project and what their music stands for. I also fell in love with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I could name drop a lot.

Do you feel like as a female artist you've been able to take charge of your image and your sound? Or do you feel pressure from the industry to conform to a certain type of image?
When it comes to my image and what it stands for, like how I am projected in the media and stuff like that, I'm just being myself. I feel very comfortable being myself because I would really, really suck at playing some kind of character that I'm not. I would just really fucking suck at that. I know that the only right thing for me is to just be myself. So in that sense I don't feel any pressure. Of course sometimes with things like costume or song writing you can feel pressure but when I'm myself I am fine.

So, what's the plan for the next couple of years? What's your one big dream for your future?
Right now I've been so busy touring and doing promo and other things you've gotta do when you put out an album. It means I've had such little time to write music, so right now I look forward to having some time to really concentrate on the music. That's what I'm really excited about — making new music and finding new paths, everything that goes along with it, I love it all. 

Interview: Sarah Mulholland
Photography: Hill and Aubery
Fashion: PC Williams
Make-up: Oonah Anderson using MAC Cosmetics
Hair: David Wadlow using Alterna Hair Care
Fashion Assistant: Andrea Moran