Massiv Dansk Invasion [Sweden]

MDI & netlabel & myspace

[mp3] Tarzan bjuder på tårta och Jane
[mp3] Hej På Dig, Göran Kropp
[mp3] Kris för Milanosyrror (C. Hülsbeck cover)

Massiv Dansk Invasion is Niklas from Sweden who generates catchy computer-game soundtrack electronica and also plays synths in Massiv Dansk Invasion live group. He has released a self-titled album and you can download it free from MDI homepage. And the live-show video seems pretty cool, eh?

As MDI homepage is only in Swdedish I decided to chat with him and let him translate it and asked questions about MDI, Niklas and music. He also said tehere is English version in Alces2 web, but our chat-log is here:

mlips Tell me a bit about yourself.
MDI My name is Niklas Eriksson, a pretty common name in Sweden. I live in Sweden, in a province called Småland. In that province, there is a town called Värnamo. That's where I'm from. I'm studying on my last year of gymnasium. I'm not making music all days. I need some time for inspiration too.

mlips Are you happy living in Sweden when it comes to music?
MDI Well... I think we have a great tradition of popular music if you look for example at Abba, Robyn and all the electronica you've uploaded on to your blog. So, I must say that I'm a bit proud. I remember how proud I was when I heard The Knife from the radio in a store in Paris.

mlips Sometimes I'm a bit jealous to Swedes, thinking of music, but I'm also happy to live so close to Sweden :)
MDI I understand that. Don't think I've ever heard something from Estonia.

mlips Talking about your own music. when did you make your debut-album?
MDI I've done music for pretty long. But I released my so called debut-album in the spring 2005. I was 17 then.
The oldest songs from the album are from august-september 2004.

mlips Have you changed your taste in music or have it always been electronica?
MDI I can really tell that I have. In some ways. For a while ago I enjoyed metal-music, but I got tired, that it seemed to me that they were just competing of being the most skilful players. Now I think it's more important HOW the instrument is used, not how good it's played.

mlips What is the deal with live shows? I understand that you make your music alone, but you also have a band named MDI. Is the music the same that on the record?
MDI Almost. We don't have the same possibilities to make the same sounds as on the records, but the songs are the same. The instruments aren't the same either. This makes that we sound more like rock band than a electronica band live. But in Värnamo it makes no difference. There aren't many listners to electronica here. And much less electronica musicians.

mlips I watched the video from youtube - is that the first live show?
MDI That's right. The first with the band. I think it was a pretty good show. The crowd was drunk and we played as good as we could. But the microphone was at another part of the stage. I had to walk across the stage all the time. The stage workers didn't think we would speak anything just because we don't sing anything.

mlips How many live-shows have you had?
MDI I've counted them to six.

mlips Which do you like more - making music alone or with the band?
MDI When I'm creating music on my own at home, I have more freedom. If I'd like to add another channel I don't have to be able to play it live. Or I should be, but I don't want those obstructions when I'm making music.
But of course it's more fun just to play live to all the people who doesn't care anyway.

mlips And finally, do you have any recommendations or tips for us about bands we would probably like but haven't fond yet?
MDI Have you heard Slagsmålsklubben? Then I say pluxus, but I don't think that they're playing anymore. Unarmed Enemies, 047.


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