Five min­utes with Dan­ish singer­song­writer Malo

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Dan­ish singer-song­writer and former Abu Dhabi res­i­dent Malo is set to re­lease her new sin­gle, Kiki Dots. She talks about her ap­proach to song­writ­ing and how coun­try le­gend Wil­lie Nel­son is her in­spi­ra­tion. The first al­bum I bought was 2Pac – All Eyes On Me. I was about 15, and we were liv­ing in Mozam­bique, but then my par­ents sent me home to Den­mark to go to board­ing school. They said they wanted me to dis­cover my Dan­ish roots, be­cause I had grown up liv­ing over­seas. I was in that teenage re­bel­lious stage at the time and re­ally did not want to move. So I would bump 2Pac, think­ing I was re­ally cool. My sec­ond al­bum was prob­a­bly Snoop Dogg – Dog­gystyle or Outkast –

Atliens. I was re­ally into rap at the time. Still am, but my taste in mu­sic has broad­ened quite a bit since then.

My first gig was in Dubai.

Well, that’s the first place I ever sang my own songs in front of an au­di­ence. It was a singer­song­writ­ing event at The Fridge in Al Quoz about five years ago. I went up and sang three songs, just me and a gui­tar player.

I was so ner­vous, but it went re­ally well. But the first time I ever got paid to sing was when I was 13 years old. I was one of the Queen of Den­mark’s (Queen Mar­grethe II) choir girls, which was a huge hon­our. I sang for her ev­ery Sun­day in her church called Fre­dens­borg Slot­skirke. One of my favourite mu­si­cians is Wil­lie Nel­son. I love his voice, it’s so sweet, and he’s so badass at the same time. No one sounds like Wil­lie. I re­ally en­joy old school coun­try, out­law style – like Johnny Cash and Way­lon Jen­nings and Hank Wil­liams. I guess I kind of like out­law mu­sic in gen­eral. I was never into boy bands and stuff grow­ing up. Too soft for me.

A song I wish I wrote is the

Wil­lie Nel­son song, Crazy. It was made fa­mous by Patsy Cline, and I love her ver­sion. But it was Wil­lie who wrote it, and I didn’t know that for many years, even though it was my favourite song. It’s def­i­nitely my go-to song at the karaoke bars. My songs are awe­some! To be hon­est, I don’t know how to clas­sify my mu­sic, but I guess it lies in the realm of in­die pop. My lyrics are very hon­est, and I do touch on taboo top­ics at times. I think my style is re­fresh­ing, not re­ally like any­thing else. But you tell me. I love cre­at­ing melodies, and I think they tend to stick in your head once you hear them. My next sin­gle, Kiki Dots, was out on De­cem­ber 29 and it’s ex­tremely catchy.

To learn more about Malo, visit her Face­book and Spo­tify pages

Malo made her solo de­but in Dubai nearly five years ago

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