The creative forces behind Miike Snow are no strangers to success. Prior to forming the indie pop trio, Swedes Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg were producing tracks for the biggest names in pop music (including Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” for which they won a Grammy). The addition of American singer/songwriter Andrew Wyatt to the project produced a potent creative spark that resulted in Miike Snow’s self-titled debut, which included the album’s wildly addictive lead single, “Animal.” Almost three years later, the trio released their follow-up album, Happy to You, and its equally addictive lead single, “Paddling Out.”
Between their time in the studio, relentless touring schedule, and creation of a new record label, it’s hard to believe the members of Miike Snow have time for much else, but they were able to carve out a few moments to answer some questions for LA Music Blog.
How would you summarize Miike Snow’s creative vision/mantra?
We never really had a specific vision or a mantra — it’s just based on what happens when the three of us get together in a room to make music.
Sweden has been creating music that adapts to current trends, is well-received abroad, and escapes being labeled as “Swedish music.” Any guess as to why that might be?
The weather is so bad in Sweden that kids can’t do anything but play their instruments, check music blogs, and play ice hockey.
Tell me more about the Swedish artist collective/record label, INGRID.
It was an idea that had been floating around for some time between us, Peter Bjorn and John, Lykke Li, Jocke Åhlund, Nicole Morier, and a few more. We wanted to take control over the situation rather than depend on labels and other companies to spread our music and ideas. We were all in the same position where we had our bands and artist careers but wanted to do more. It’s been around now for a couple of months, and we’ve released a bunch of stuff. We’re also planning to do shows together.
I understand that you all have backgrounds in music production for a wide range of genres (hip hop, pop, etc). Do your varied backgrounds ever make it difficult to produce music that’s in line with Miike Snow’s established sound?
We don’t think that much when we work on Miike Snow stuff; it all grows pretty organically and effortlessly. So I guess the answer is no.
Do you have a preference for producing or performing live? What about live performances with instruments versus DJ sets?
It’s all different. When I have been touring a lot, I can’t wait to get to work in the studio, and the other way around. DJ sets are a different thing; it’s more like going to a party.
Your songs have been remixed by countless other artists. Are there any remixes that you’re particularly fond of?
I like the Mark Ronson remix of “Animal.”
On a related note, are there any artists — living or dead — that you haven’t collaborated with yet but would like to?
Are there any crazy bonding experiences that you three have shared?
Playing 300 shows together.
Does the video for “Pretender” end the story of Jean Noel or will there be more?
No one knows. I’m very curious myself.
Tickets are still available for Miike Snow’s upcoming show at The Hollywood Palladium tomorrow night (October 30th). They’ll be joined by Niki & the Dove, which should make for a great night of music.
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