We recently had the pleasure to talk to Mightelle, a synthpop and electro artist from Denmark about her, her latest music and some other things…
Check out the interview!
Headphones For Robots: Who is Mightelle? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Mightelle: Hi! I’m Mai and Mightelle is my emo-electro alias. I’m from Denmark and am currently living on the West Coast in Esbjerg.
HFR: How did you start making music? Could you tell us a bit about your influences? What do you enjoy listening?
M: I started playing the violin when I was 6 and since then I’ve been in a lot of different music styles from classical violin to synthesizers in indie-rock bands. But Mightelle started from a back injury and a friends old laptop that had Ableton Live on it.
I like listening to many different music styles. At the moment I’m in love with Thom Yorke, FKA Twigs, Lorde, Jack Antonoff, SOPHIE, and Jenny Wilson. I’ve always loved a confronting and straight-up style in lyrics, so I’ve listened to a lot of different singer-songwriters but I also love love LOVE the more experimental genres as art-pop, avant- pop, etc.. I think Mightelle is somewhere in between all of it and in a way about different aspects of vulnerability. That’s why I call it emo-electro.
HFR: You have just released a single : Proton. What does it mean to you?
M: It means a lot to me. The song itself is near and dear to my heart; it’s about hoping that your loved ones will stay by your side when life is showing its teeth. I’ve been noticing that a lot of us tend to keep to ourselves rather than talking to each other when something is bothering us. That’s a shame, cause – as cliche as it may sound- we kind of need each other, you know?
Apart from that, I am ecstatic about having this single out!
HFR: We’re living in a singles (and playlist) world. Does it encourages you to or not to make an album?
M: Yeah we do, don’t we? To me, an album can do a different thing than singles can. It’s a sign and an indication to the world that someone is a serious artist and it offers a completely different insight into the world of the artist. In short, it is in no way discouraging me.
HFR: How did you approach writing your songs? What do you like to write about?
M: I like to write about anything and everything. Mostly the songs are about a feeling I get from something or on a certain topic; like Proton is about being vulnerable, hope and a hint of desperation. My songs are rarely about a specific situation with specific people in them. A lot of my lyrics are taking directly from my diaries. If my lyrics don’t ring true to me, I will not sing them. Sometimes they pop out of nowhere and sometimes it takes months.
HFR: Could you tell us a bit about your “go to” equipment? What do you use when writing a song and which are your favorite instruments? Do you prefer Software or Hardware ?Which one had an impact on you and your music?
M: My go-to is always Ableton Live – the place where everything is possible! When I perform I have my TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch and a novation launchpad with me. However, nothing compares to a cello and grand piano – they always hit me right in the heart.
If I had a lot of money I’d probably prefer a mix of hardware and software. With that being said, I’ve been spending a lot of time on trains lately, and there’s nothing better than being able to produce on my laptop wherever I am. So, for now, I guess I prefer software because of physical flexibility.
HFR: Do you play live?
M: I do and I love playing live! Sometimes along with my lovely friends CEAL PARO and ALOO from SØNTH collective.
HFR: Last words?
M: Thank you so much for your time! It means A L O T. I’ll have more songs coming out this spring – follow along on my socials if you feel like it, I’d love to have you. Take care of yourself and your friends and just keep holding on 😉
Proton on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/5zDIjxJBnvm8XW9ay5HEjN
SØNTH collective Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sonthcollective