Mekdes has already published two singles, been at two-and-a-half record companies, studied at MGK, said no to X-Factor and written a musical. You can say that she’s got plenty going on and she is definitely a musician deep under her skin; we talked about singing your whole life and looking serious on a stage, even though your best friends are part of the crowd.
Having a simple image means a lot to me, so people, instead of focusing on my looks, can listen to my music – because I am just a musician. When my mom has to describe who I am, she says ‘Christina, you are music’, and that I sang, way before i started talking. It has just always been like that.
When I was little, I pretty quickly discovered how good I was at music, and therefore, I became a real nerd. I spent my afternoons, setting up a camera and filming myself while performing and then writing down what I had to improve; because I was sure, that the only thing that mattered, was that I had to become who I am today.
The fact that music meant so much to me, meant that I stood out from the other kids – they sometimes had a hard time understanding why I would rather spend my time on music, and therefore I was probably seen as a bit of a weirdo.
My family is in no way musically gifted either – it’s a real danish ‘handball-family’, so all the creative and musical parts are probably something I brought with me from my roots. Nonetheless, my family has always supported my music, both personally and economically, so I was able to devote myself to my interests; and for that, I want to thank my parents and my big brother extremely much.
As a child, I was very wild and occasionally I had a hard time distinguishing between right and wrong – therefore, my parents had to enforce some slightly strict rules, so that I could learn to understand things a bit better. Without them, I never would have become such a disciplined person and I might have made some bad choices; they are without a doubt a huge part of the reason why I am who I am today, and that I kept playing music – and then we moved to Kolding, and suddenly I also started getting credit for being talented, because people here are much more creative and share my interests to a much higher degree.
I am very, like, real, and it is extremely important to me, that good rumours circulate about Mekdes, and that people think that working with me is cool, so they want to keep playing with me.
That’s why, writing the music to for the musical (Munkensdam Musical, ed.), meant so much to me; because I had to go and be a ‘coach’ for my friends, being their friend at the same time, and that was extremely difficult – especially because I was so stressed: I went to school and MGK at the same time, and basically didn’t sleep for 6 months, but people liked the music – and being told that you were cool to work with, felt like a huge accept.
But it is still difficult to differentiate between music-Mekdes and friend-Mekdes, especially when I’m playing a concert for people I know, because you have to keep the show going without messing around.
I played in “Mølleparken” in Århus, and a lot of people I knew showed up; and I was like ‘how am I supposed to look cool now?’ – but ended up dancing all throughout the whole concert and I was so out of breath, because I was barely fit enough to keep up. Being a musician is tough.
My music is very hopeful because I have been through so much, but now I know where I am, and I know that everything is going to be fine. No matter how many downfalls you have, things will work out, if you get together and believe that you are good enough.
It’s also about being true to yourself and who you are – I am a huge adversary of social media, because I think it’s such a shame, that your image on the internet means as much as it does; because to me, it’s just so important to avoid being someone I’m not.
For example, I’ve been told to post as much to Instagram as possible, so people can keep up with what is going on; but it always ends up being videos of the music I play, instead of selfies and such, because that is what means something to me – and I will do my best to just be me, instead of being someone who’s nice to look at.
It has been important to me in all of my career and has actually meant, that I’ve turned down a lot of things because they wanted me to do something that I couldn’t vouch for.
My career started with me, at the age of 14, uploading a cover to Instagram, and suddenly I was on the phone with X-Factor, who very much wanted me to come on the show. Even though I was only 14, I knew that I hadn’t fought for so long to become famous in a flash and then forgotten afterwards. So I sent them a nice message declining their offer.
A few years later, in 2.g, I got a message from Warner Music, who had also checked out my Instagram and they also thought that I was cool. They asked if I would be interested in meeting with them, which, of course, I was stoked about. I went to the first meeting, which was awesome; but gradually they started talking about the kind of music I would make, and immediately i thought like ‘what, I’m not making my own music!?’ – so, even though we were already in the midst of a collaboration, I ended up saying, thanks, but no thanks, because I wanted to be able to control who and how I was.
It was wildly frustrating, because it was a huge opportunity, while at the same time, there was a risk that it would be my only opportunity.
Luckily, Warner then contacted Trinity Music Group, which consists of three guys, and they were like ‘this girl is very cool and she just wants to make the music she herself has in her head – we think you could help her with that’. Then Trinity contacted me, and they are the ones I’ve made my first two singles, and the three upcoming ones, with.
My second single, ‘Out of Here’, we published in collaboration with Copenhagen Records, who heard it a few weeks before it was supposed to be released, and they were super ready to publish it for us. Later on, they actually contacted me and offered me a soloist-contract, but i politely declined; because like with Warner, it just didn’t fit in my pace.
But we still started looking for potential cooperative partners at record companies and now I’m with Mermaid Records, who care a great deal that I get a solid and good career.
So even though it has come at a much slower pace than if I had said yes to Warner the first time round, I’m glad that I said no – ‘cause they were without a doubt going for some more commercial music than what I would have preferred.
I don’t think it’s good for anyone to leap directly into enormous fame, so it’s nice to be able to do it this way; being true to myself all the way through.
I am proud of the artist I’ve become. I’ve spent my whole life practicing how to perform and I’ve ended up somewhere, where people think that what I do is nice. So, contrary to how some of the upcoming musicians are a bit shy when it comes to advertising themselves, I have no problem with going out and saying ‘hey, listen here’; whether it’s in a lectio-message to all of Munkensdam, or it’s in a GoMore from Kolding to Copenhagen – I’ve actually done that a few times, presented my songs while on a drive, and people always get like ‘Uh, thanks for the preview’ – I find that hilarious.
Essentially, everything I’ve experienced has taught me how extremely important it is to take yourself seriously. I’ve figured out who I am, who I want to be as an artist and what I do and don’t want.
I’m looking forward to the future – especially till Friday, where my new single ‘On My Mind’ is released. It’s gonna be nice!
Mekdes has new music published on Friday, 15/03/19 – and her two singles which have already been published, can be found on Spotify, TIDAL, Youtube, iTunes etc.