Five minutes with Danish singersongwriter Malo
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