Mia Klose and Jon Evans were next up on Mark Lloyd’s ‘Must Interview’ list at Hard Rock Hell – take a read of their conversation….
ML: Hi guys, how are you?
MK: Really good thank you.
ML: I have to say, I liked the way you guys dealt with the power cut during the acoustic set earlier.
MK: We just played a bit louder and carried on. That’s all you can do in that kind of situation. There were so many people there that we didn’t expect. When we first saw the size of the room, we thought that it would be empty because we were on so early, but there were so many that came.
ML: We saw you earlier this year at HRH AOR in Rotherham and you got a crowd there.
MK: That room was too small.
ML: What made you decide to do an acoustic set here?
MK: They asked us if we’d like to do it and as we’d supported Mike Tramp a couple of months ago with an acoustic set so we already had that settled so thought it would be great to play it here. I guess you’d need to ask the organisers why they wanted to have us acoustic but maybe it was after seeing us at AOR they wanted something different I guess.
ML: are there any more plans for tours in the pipeline?
MK: At the moment we are going to take a little break from playing as we’re recording a new single in January and working on new songs for a second album so we’re concentrating on that for a couple of months but I’m sure after that there will be more gigs coming in the New Year. We have some great things lined up for the summer which we can’t say anything about at the moment, but it’s very exciting and I can’t wait to tell everybody.
ML: Can you tell us anything more about the single and the album?
MK: The single is going to begin recording asap along with a music video as well. That will be a taste of what the second album will sound like. We can’t say what it will be but we’ve played a couple of new ones in recent sets and one of them gets a really good response.
ML: As a band, do your musical influences differ?
MK: Yeah, I mean Jons favourite band is Misfits. I have many but I guess my favourite is Guns ‘n Roses.
JE: Yeah we all have different tastes but there are a few overlaps. I mean she likes Kiss and I don’t…we do have a few arguments about music though.
MK: We played at Sweden Rocks and we were watching Kiss and Jon was just standing with his arms folded all grumpy. I wanted to kick him.
JE: I think I was the only person there that didn’t like them.
ML: How does your home crowd differ from a British crowd?
MK: I think it’s different in that the further up north you go here, the more excited the crowd gets. The London crowds are so used to having bands play all the time, but I guess it’s different up north when there’s not as much going on.
ML: Was it a dream come true for you to play Sweden Rocks?
MK: Oh definitely a dream come true for me. It’s one of the milestones in my life and my career definitely.
ML: Are you hoping now that you’ve played it once, you can go back again?
MK: Now we’ve done that there are so many festivals we want to play. It’s like “What’s next on the list?” I do hope that they will ask us back sometime in the future though.
ML: If you had to pick a festival to play, which one would it be?
MK: I think I’d like to play Wacken festival.
JE: For me it would probably be Download. I’ve been myself so many times
MK: It’s like his Sweden Rocks. For me, that’s where I’ve been going since I was 16 years old.
JE: But having said that, anywhere in Europe is great for us. Every time I go out there it’s so exciting.
MK: Wacken would be good for us because we have so many fans in Germany, it would be really cool to actually go there. I think my debut album sold the most copies in Germany and I’ve never even played there but we will do it!
ML: What do you guys do for relaxation?
MK: I never get any free time.
JE: Mia pretty much works 24/7.
MK: If you’re a musician nowadays, you have to literally work all the time to get anywhere. It’s not just about rehearsing once or twice, it’s constant. We don’t earn anything so you need to be really passionate about what you’re doing that you can’t think that you’re going to do anything else. It has to be the one thing and because there is no money, you have to have a day job. I work at the day job a couple of days a week then full time with the music so I don’t have time for anything else.
ML: Is it difficult having a day job knowing that the music is what you really want to do?
MK: I try and take inspiration from every source that I can so you just make the best of it really.
JE: I think when you know that you’ll be spending the rest of the week doing what you love, I don’t think you really care that much.
MK: I do lots of different work too. Sometimes its acting as an extra, sometimes I work in a clothes shop so I just meet different people and think positive about everything.
ML: How does living in London compare to living in Sweden?
MK: It’s great. I wouldn’t want to move back to Sweden now as I really like the pace of life in London. It’s hard to be yourself in Sweden if you’re creative. In London, it’s easy to let your creativity out and express yourself in a way that you find suitable. I like London for that and I’m planning on staying a long time.
ML: Are you all based around London?
JE: Yeah we’re quite lucky really cuz we’re all in the same area which is quite rare in London. Usually people are dotted around all over the city so it makes our lives easier.
MK: Yeah I can just walk to Jon’s so it’s helpful for rehearsals.
ML: Are you staying here for the whole weekend?
MK: We’re here until tomorrow.
ML: are you hoping to catch any other bands while you’re here?
MK: I was hoping to catch Michael Monroe tomorrow but we’re leaving before he plays, but I hope I get to meet him.
JE: Think I’m going to try and get to see States of Panic.
ML: Thanks so much for talking to us guys. Good luck with the new album and single and look
forward to seeing you soon.
MK: Thank you
Interview and Photo by Mark Lloyd (Amplified Gig Photography)