My darling YOU! [Sweden]

MdY! & myspace

We were very glad to have My darling YOU! performing to us live in Tallinn on 9th of December. And we are even happier that they agreed to answer some questions about their life and music and plans. Here is the interview, which was sent to us by Klas on behalf of My darling YOU! Thank you both!

MdY! latest song was made for Christmas and was recorded by their mp3-player, it's called "i had beautiful strenght & armored heart".

i had beautiful strenght & armored heart [mp3]
we break up on friday [mp3]

Tell us something about yourself. How do you spend your days? Work, school, hobbies, music? And in case you work, do you feel you get to concentrate enough on music as well?

I work in a warehouse, or stock-keeping or something like that. It's a place packed with screwdrivers and nuts etc etc. I don't like it at all, but I have no other ideas of how to make my living right now. Christoffer studies to be a teacher of Swedish and history and I think he will be really great.

The thing is: if I didn't work, I probably would have much more time to create, but I'm not sure that I would create more anyway. But sometimes, like when you have a lot to do on a recording, or so, and you have to work, it would be much better to do it without a j.o.b.

Where did you meet each-other and thought of starting to create music together?

We met in school when we were 16 or something like that. Christoffer already was in a band and they wanted me to play keyboard, and I did. Soon Christoffer was in another band (called Hübsch) together with me and two other guys, where I wrote the songs. And since then we've been good friends.

MdY! was formed in the fall of 2004, after I lived a year in Christoffers flat. We had talked about it for a while but we were not sure of how we would perform it until then.

My darling YOU! - who thought of the name and what is the story behind it?

It was me who thought of the name and it actually has no real story. I like words and phrases and I thought this one was fitting. The way it's texted - with capitol Y-O-U and the “!” mark - is important for the whole name and idea.

Could you tell a bit about the process of creating your music? Where do you get the ideas? Do you do it together?

Often it starts off with me coming up with some short phrase of lyrics. Then I usually take walks on my lunch break and come up with more, and probably even a melody. This goes on until the song is finished. In that process I have gotten ideas for the whole arrangement of the song, so it's just to go home and record it. Then when I record, I get new ideas and inspiration for the track and it's easy to make them happen since I have my equipment (synthesizers and other instruments) there. Then when everything is recorded except bass and vocals, Christoffer comes by and we record it too.

Your songs have especially good lyrics, how are they shaped out?

It's got much to do with my love for words. But a lot has got to do with the things that have happened and I want to write about. Sometimes there's a lot to say, and it is easy to write about. Sometimes there's a lot to say, but it feels like it all can be summed up in one short sentence. I usually write down what I have in a book and leave the places, where I don't have any lyrics yet, blank. Then I walk around and sing the song for myself until I come up with more, and then I write it down.

Is Göteborg a good place for creating music?

Suppose so. Lots of good music and nice people.

Are you involved with the Göteborg music-scenery and do you interact or co-operate with other bands there?

No we don't co-operate with other bands, but we meet them at parties and clubs and we're acquainted with some of them.

microlips has written about other projects of Klas. Is there anything else important going on at the moment? Is MdY! a priority or do the projects complete each-other?

Hmmm... right now I'm planning the release three 2track cd's with atk/\dcy and I want to have time to finish the Boitage de 6 debut (). Probably soon. My darling YOU! is a priority but I don't do any other music that competes with MdY! either, so I think the projects complete each other anyway.

How often do you give concerts and how many have there been abroad?

Since summer it's been almost every weekend and it's a little bit too much actually. So in November we decided not to do any shows. We've been to Estonia (x2), Latvia and Scotland, so that makes it 4 times abroad. Now I'm not sure if anything's planned. I think we will record more in a month or so.

Are there any future plans considering music? New album? Have you though of releasing a vinyl LP? ;)

We will record a new EP soon and I guess it will be released pretty soon too. Not sure which format though.

Name your top5 all-time favorite songs.

Tricky one. This changes all the time but here is my (Klas) list:

Lime - It's gonna be allright
Tom Waits - Take care of all of my children
Sparks - Eaten by the monster of love
Donna Summer - I feel love
Elton John - Your song

What kind of music are you listening yourselves at the time?

Right now I listen to Tom Waits and Allan Edwall and tomorrow when we'll have a New Years Eve party here I think there will be lots of Italo and sweet electronics.

Which bands or projects, we might not know of, would you recommend for us to check out?

Check out this:

You have visited Estonia twice now, how do you like it here?

We like it a lot. Nice people and the same weather as home. Sweet!


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