Infectious pop melodies, electro textures and hip-hop grooves combine in the music of MØ. Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known to most simply as MØ is a Danish singer, songwriter and record producer.
MØ’s musical inspirations are as varied as The Spice Girls, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Black Flag. It’s perhaps not surprising then that her music is a blend of perfect pop with edgy punk attitude.
MØ released her debut single Glass in January 2013, with the follow up single, Pilgrim championed by Danish Radio. Pilgrim went on to reach number 11 in the Danish Singles Chart. MØ on to perform live on television at the Danish P3 Guld Awards for up and coming new talent.
October 2013 saw MØ support AlunaGeorge on UK tour dates with MØ’s single Don't Wanna Dance debuting on BBC Radio 1 in January 2014 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record.
MØ has continued carving out her own musical path internationally alongside tours of Europe and the United States. US television appearances include prestigious appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Saturday Night Live.
With top 5 singles in the charts across Europe, including a number one in her native Denmark, MØ is every inch the modern pop star. Her single Lean On gained over 2 billion views on YouTube as of April 2017, making it the ninth most viewed video on the site.
MØ and iConnectivity
MØ’s live shows mix traditional and modern instruments and technologies. Acoustic drums rub shoulders with state of the art keyboard rigs and a live guitarist shares the stage with a DJ.
With a live show as energetic and eclectic as this, MØ’s playback tech, Paul Docherty, turned to iConnectivity. MØ’s show makes use of multiple iConnectMIDI4+ MIDI interfaces; Paul was kind enough to give us a rig rundown from the stage of Coachella 2018.
The MØ live show uses iConnectMIDI4+ interfaces in a redundant role to control a pair of identical MacBook Pro computers. There is one redundancy rig for playback, and another which runs the virtual instruments used in the show.
The flexibility to connect two computers simultaneously, as well as the advanced iOS and Ethernet connectivity, really impressed Paul and the MØ team. It’s why the iConnectMIDI4+ became their choice of MIDI interface for the whole production.
After using the iConnectMIDI4+ and seeing how I could send MIDI throughout the system as I saw fit, it was exactly what we were looking for. It gives us plenty of options if the band want to switch things around with their setup onstage.
With so much MIDI running around the stage, there’s the need for a rugged reliable connection method. Paul makes use of the ability of the iConnectAUDIO4+ to connect via Ethernet, in order to coordinate all the MIDI data.
iConnectMIDI4+ interfaces sit on-stage on the show’s keyboard risers, and via Ethernet connection, are interfaced with Paul’s position at the side of the stage.
Another important feature of the iConnectMIDI4+ is the iOS integration and ability to connect an iPad directly to the interface. Paul makes good use of this for show control via his iPad.
We have a lot of MIDI running between here and the risers. We like to send MIDI from the iPad to the iConnectMIDI4+ to choose the tracks and also for Stop and Start. This then sends the MIDI changes to the keyboard rig for the DJ and keyboard player so they can play the samples they need.
We also send MIDI changes over to the drum- rack and the two Kemper [guitar modeller] racks which are onstage too. We can do that on a song-by-song basis.
MØ and iConnectivity - Travelling The World Together
From the main stage at Coachella festival in California to Radio One’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea in the UK, and everywhere in between, we’re flattered to be the choice of MØ, her techs and musicians.
Our big thanks to MØ’s playback tech Paul Docherty for being so accommodating and helpful. Cheers Paul! See you at a festival soon!