Alt-pop sensation MØ was in town recently for a killer show in support of her new music releases. We spoke to the unconventional star, where she shared what it’s like returning to Singapore after 20 years, who she counts as “music family”, and when you’ll be able to hear her next album.

Expect nothing short of 100% from Danish singer MØ. Whether it’s levitating in her music videos, topping charts across the globe with Major Lazer, or electrifying the stage with her live show, MØ is an undeniable force to be reckoned with. She brought that bundle of energy to her maiden Singapore concert last Sunday, packing the venue’s dance floor with a buzzing crowd that comprised mostly of eager-eyed hipsters and fervent expat fans. 

While an early minor technical glitch briefly made for some confusion, trust MØ to continuously scale up the attitude as her setlist progressed – and it was clear that her energy bounced off the audience. While the songbird’s catalogue made up mostly of dancey electro-pop numbers, she pranced around with the dynamism of a full-blown punk rocker through hits like ‘Nights With You’ and ‘Drum’ – jumping relentlessly, flicking her hair to every beat, and even attempting a crowd surf towards the end of the night. 

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But it was the epic closer of her chart-topping ‘Lean On’ with Major Lazer that drew the loudest sing-alongs and biggest smiles before MØ wrapped up the 70-minute set with a final bow alongside her band, but not without one last ecstatic “Singapore!!!” exclamation of gratitude from her. And judging by the warm reception that night, we wouldn’t put it past her flourishing success for a return on our shores on a festival stage, or to a larger crowd in the future.

Speaking to us at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore ahead of her gig, MØ kept a contrasting laidback approach for the interview, where we delved deeper behind her artistry and knack for crafting out bona fide hits.

Hi MØ! Is it your first time in Singapore?

It is my first time coming here for a gig but I was here as a kid when I was 8 years old actually. The last time I was here, it was 20 years ago and it was a long time ago. But I remember that I hadn’t been in a country that was so hot and humid [until then] and I remember it was clean, beautiful and had exotic plants. I was just [gasps] and there were temples. When I came in last night, the moment I stepped outside the doors and felt the humidity, it reminded me of being here previously. They say that everything changes quickly here, so I guess there’s a lot that’s different since 20 years ago.

Was there any food that you wanted to try again, or you’ve yet to try?

This morning I had this amazing food that I remembered I had too when I was here as a kid. But I don’t remember what it’s called – it was this bread with some kind of curry. It tastes so good!

Congrats on your recent EP When I Was Young. Why did you release it as a surprise?

I like the whole thing about doing surprises. But it was also ‘cos I’m working on my second album and it’s almost done now, but it’s been taking so long between my first album to my second that I felt like I had to put out something. I’ve been writing so much music within these years and I kinda needed to put out some songs that go way back, mixed with some new songs and put them in just a little EP. I really wanted to do that.

What was it like having so many songs over the course of four years in your back pocket, then choosing which to put on an EP?

My second album’s coming out next year, and I think for the EP, it was not that hard to pick [which songs] actually. I had a pile of songs that I knew were going for the second album and all these “maybe”s that I love as well. Then there’s the whole thing about what fits together better. I also have the title for the album, so it’s that whole thing about creating the concepts. Picking the songs for the EP was not super hard because it made sense for this thing, while the others made sense for a full album.

There’s a lot of the colour red and imagery of a rose for your When I Was Young EP. What do those signify?

The red rose symbolises fertility and maturity. If you see the video for ‘When I Was Young’, I’m was actually really inspired by a painter Edvard Munch from Norway who has these paintings of ‘The Woman in Black, White and Red’. Red obviously is the bloom of life, White is about the pure youth and unspoiled beauty, and Black is about death, the coming of age and getting older. I think the roles are very strong and super symbolic.

You’ve done a ton of killer collaborations with everyone from Iggy Azalea to Major Lazer. Which has been the most fun to record?

Everyone that I’ve collaborated with, I have huge respect for. And many of them are my friends, but I think it’s Major Lazer. I’ve collaborated with those guys so many times and they’ve really become music family to me. They’re my favourites for life.

You clearly have a great relationship with them. Do you guys balance work and play in the studio?

A lot of the time when I’m with them, it’s because we’re doing a show or we’re in the studio or something like that. It just feels very family when we hang out. We always work when we’re hanging out, and we have a lot of fun! It’s one of those things where you’ll know it yourself when you hang out with someone a lot, it becomes normal and there’s chemistry.

A personal favourite is ‘Final Song’. What would be your ultimate song you’d want to hear at the end of a night?

So, at a party or whatever, my favourite closing song – and I’m totally bias here –  but it’s Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’. That song is just, the best song! But my favourite song at the moment is… I really like that one that goes “ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks now!” (Portugal. The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’) 


Credit: Upsurge Productions 

One thing that’s really interesting about yourself is that you’re mainstream, yet still keep an obscure reputation. How do you find the right balance between the two?

I think it’s always hard to find the right balance within those two, because it’s two things that’s contradicting each other. But I really have love for both sides of it. I really love the obscurity but I also really love pop music. And it’s so hard because a lot of people think you have to choose one and I totally get that, and maybe it’s true, maybe I should choose! But I am just kind of stuck between it though. What is a good place where you can marry those two things without it seeming weird? But I’m up to search for the right balance.

Stay tuned for more of MØ coming soon. In the meantime, check out a special message from her below!

Special thanks to Upsurge Productions and Sony Music Singapore.

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Get Schooled On K-pop By BTS Stans

28 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

K-fans all over the world will know the pain of having to explain the intricate nuances of K-pop to non K-pop folks. Whether it’s nodding knowingly at their exclamations about how every dude looks unexplainably gorgeous, or refraining from violence when they ask why we like listening to music of a language that we “don’t even understand”, the struggle is real. Which is why Jimmy Kimmel’s conversation with BTS fans – where they schooled him on the bare basics of K-pop totally gave us life. 

As you probably already know, BTS has been making the rounds on popular TV shows such as The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! And while we’ve had our list of things we anticipated/would love to see happen, the epic exchange between Jimmy Kimmel and BTS fans during a commercial break caught us by surprise.

It started by Jimmy casually striking up a conversation with the question: “Just out of curiosity, how many of you came specifically to see BTS?” As the audience responded with hearty screams, he continues, “I didn’t even know what a BTS was! I swear to God, I was like ‘What is this? What’s going on?'”

Obviously the dude now knows very well what “a BTS” is (the awesome group that’s imploding ovaries across the globe, duh), so he tests out the water further by quizzing fans on their favourite songs, how they found out about BTS (“YouTube”), and why they liked the group (“Because their music is awesome, all seven of them are very attractive, and also they dance really well.”) 

Then came a question that probably befuddled many non-Kpop fans: “There are seven guys… Seven is a lot for a boyband, isn’t it?… I don’t think there’s ever been a boyband with seven members in it before.” 

Sorry Jimmy, but we’re sure that at this exact moment, K-pop fans’ everywhere rolled their eyes so hard they could see their brains. Luckily, said BTS fan stepped in coolly to correct him, saying that Super Junior had 13 members… (She also said that SEVENTEEN had 17 members, which is totally wrong but she gets a free pass for being an awesome BTS fan.) Not surprisingly, Jimmy was AMAZED. “How does that work? Does each of them make $8 a year?” 

Moving along, Jimmy continued asking about the most popular K-pop groups,”Right now, it’s BTS,” the fans share, “BIGBANG, EXO…” Of course, we hear the audience scream out GOT7 and BAP as well. As the conversation wound down, the fans also ended up teaching Jimmy about RM’s updated name – it took Jimmy a little while to understand the new moniker, but he eventually got it. 

Watch Jimmy get his impromptu K-pop lesson here: 

BTS’ performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be airing on 29 November, Wednesday on ABC, so keep a look out for more BTS goodness as they come! 

What is the most ridiculous K-pop related question you’ve received from a non-Kpop person? Share your experiences with us in the comment section!

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It's Official: KARD's Coming To Singapore For Their Asia Tour!

27 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

Breakout Korean group, KARD is headed our way come 21 January 2018! Are you ready to catch these wildcards in action? 

Catching the world’s attention with their insane vocals, popular co-ed group KARD is headed to Singapore as part of their 2018 WILD KARD TOUR IN ASIA. Their second fan-initiated tour, KARD has achieved plenty in their short time since their debut; such as being selected as one of Billboard’s “Top 5 K-pop Artists to Watch in 2017” and having their first world tour in 25 cities including London and New York. 

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Presented by MyMusicTaste, KARD will be kicking off in Bangkok and headed to Singapore afterwards. Fans can expect this powerhouse group to bring older favourites such as their debut effort ‘Oh NaNa’ and newer hits from their latest EP, You & Me

2018 Wild KARD Tour in Singapore

Date: 21 January 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 7:30pm 
Venue: Zepp @ Big Box
Tickets: 
Ultimate Kard: $238 (includes hi-touch and group photo) 
Wild Kard: $168 (includes hi-touch) 
General admission: $88
*All tickets are standing 

Presale tickets for MyMusicTaste users who requested KARD’s show in Singapore will be available on Apactix on 4 December at 4pm, while general sales start from 7 December at 4pm. 

For more info, head to www.mymusictaste.com or MyMusicTaste’s social media channels

Will you be catching KARD in action? Sound off in the comment section!

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Produce 101's JBJ Is Coming To SG For Their First Fan-Meet!

25 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

Attention all  Singaporean fans of Produce 101’s JBJ, your dreams of seeing the boys in the flesh are coming true!

The boys of JBJ (which stands for Just Be Joyful) kicked off their first-ever Asia fan-meeting tour recently. Titled ‘Come True’ the  six-member group from Produce 101 Season 2 had their very first tour stop in Tokyo Japan, and they will be headed to Singapore come 30 December! 

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JBJ 1st Fan Meeting ‘Come True’ in Singapore

Date: 30 December 2017
Time: 6pm
Venue: [email protected]

Ticketing details have yet to be released, but stay tuned for more updates!  In the meantime, prep for JBJ’s first show here by listening to tunes off their debut EP, Fantasy.

 

Will you be catching JBJ live? Let us know in the comments section! 

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Harry Styles Brings His Charm To First Solo Singapore Gig

24 Nov 2017 by Bryan Yeong

The Harry mania is in full force. Returning solo following a prior gig with his ex-bandmates of One Direction back in 2015, his live concert at The Star Theatre to a 5000-strong sold-out audience  proved to be a much more intimate affair.

Speaking to the media at a very private press conference before the concert, Harry was fully aware his solo shows would be vastly different from the 1D productions we were used to before. On the beginnings of performing alone, he revealed with a grin, “It was one of the most nerve-wracking things I think. During the shows, there were always a couple of places where I had to do things or speak or whatever. I was very aware that I was on my own. So that was interesting. But I really enjoyed doing that and trying to embrace it, it’s a lot of fun. I guess I enjoy the attention.”

 

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It’s not like the absence of his previous bandmates put any dent to his spectacle of a show. Sauntering onto stage decked in his now-signature floral suit, the dapper 23-year-old was all smiles as he launched into ‘Ever Since New York’ and recent hit ‘Two Ghosts’, igniting a frenzy among his fans that comprised mostly of screaming teenage girls. Why majority of his followers would be female is clear – the dashingly handsome British crooner knew every cheeky smile, wink and crowd-pointing move to get decibel-rocketing squeals from the crowd. Perhaps his firm stance as a pro-femme next generation pop star also resonates positively. 

“I think music is and should be a safe space for everyone. I don’t see why that would ever or should ever exclude women. It’s often dismissed a little bit – younger girls’ taste in things. I still don’t really understand that at all. Women and girls, in particular, are very much the future and our future. I feel very lucky to get to play in front of such an amazing group of strong women and men every night. It’s something that I feel very honored to get to do”, he shared earlier in the press conference too. 

While he only has an album of 10 songs, he made up for a potentially short set with covers that got the wildest cheers of the night. First breaking out into a soulful hit he penned for fellow star Ariana Grande ‘Just A Little Bit Of Heart’ before surprising with rockier versions of 1D’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, they were purposeful reminders that Harry has somewhat ditched the pop roots he built his name on for a more genuine, bluesy rock sound truer to his artistry. That notion couldn’t be more evident on the soaring ballad ‘Sign of the Times’, which – despite a slight hiccup at the start of the song – drew the 75-minute short set to close on a high.

Image credit: Hélène Pambrun
Image credit: Hélène Pambrun

Fans who missed the chance won’t have to wait long for his return either – one that he’s teased will be significantly different from his solo live debut. “I’m starting to think about what that show is going to be now and I’m trying to get some ideas together. So, going into the next one, there are a lot of things that I’ve learned that I didn’t know before. It’s always been important to me that the show is good because I want people to come even if they’re not necessarily the biggest fan of the music they can leave and appreciate the show and come and have a good time. It’s important to make sure that the show is always growing, change some stuff up and put some surprises in. So I’m looking forward to working out exactly what’s that gonna be.” And come May 2018 when he takes the larger Singapore Indoor Stadium stage, rest assured that it’ll be an even grander occasion than what we witnessed.

Image credit: Hélène Pambrun
Image credit: Hélène Pambrun

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Tickets to Harry Styles Live in Singapore 2018 are available here

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