Artist Interviews

Q&A: Mew

By | Published on Tuesday 18 August 2009


High ranking CMU favourites Mew, comprising frontman Jonas Bjerre, guitarist Bo Madsen, drummer Silas Graae, and bassist Johan Wohlert, formed in Denmark in 1994, putting out two albums via their own label, Evil Office, before signing to Sony in 2003 and releasing ‘Frengers’, an album mostly consisting of re-recorded versions of old songs. In 2005, they released the acclaimed ‘And The Glass Handed Kites’, the long-awaited follow-up to which, ‘No More Stories’ (their first without Wohlert, who left in 2006) is released on 24 Aug. The band will also be touring the UK and Ireland in November. You should go and see them, they are amazing. We spoke to Bo Madsen to ask our Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
We were hanging around Jonas’ parents house and they had a lot of instruments lying around, so we picked them up and started playing them and it sounded great. From the first chord. True story.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
I would say that the music we had previously done brought us to the new record. And a lot of other music we were listening to at the time. And dance moves.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
We really try to give each track so much of its own personality as possible. It’s important that the track stands out from the others as well as tying in with them. It always will tie in with the other, I guess, as they all have the same DNA.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Go easy on the hashish, maaan.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
We will take it as it comes. We will be ‘lasse far’. That’s a Danish way of saying, ‘we will be chilled’. Hopefully we can multiply our audience.