Two Girls from Spain Explain Why "An Unreal Future is Coming"
In VOL. 3 we talk to Jazz and Carla, members of MOURN, a band that's been making waves in 2015. While all the members are still in their teens, they've caused a whirlwind of commotion in the music industry.
Right in the midst of their world tour, these girls already have their dreams at their fingertips, but they had a relaxed conversation with us as normal 19 year-old girls, not some "specially chosen kids."
Including my own review before in "AMP", countless music media outlets have taken up how wonderful MOURN's music is on their eponymous debut (sometimes I get the feeling they get taken up a little too indiscriminately), so with our Skype interview we hoped to present the girls in as real a way as possible.
"In high school we were frustrated with everything and put it all into our music"
-Sorry I'm late! We had some Skype trouble and it took about 20 minutes...
Jazz&Carla ：That's okay！ We both just woke up too, so don't worry!
-Thanks, we appreciate it! We can start the interview right away. First, what kind of music have you taken inspiration from and what kind of energy do you think it comes from?
Carla ：We listen to all types of music so it's hard to say one thing, but I guess you could say all of us love 90s rock music.
Jazz：Our music is born from having fun playing together as friends. It comes really naturally and then we make it deeper.
Carla ：Jazz and I make songs together in my room and then we share what we came up with the other members.
-In your lyrics there's a lot of frustration and anger towards boys. Does that just come from your everyday lives?
Jazz：Yeah. We wrote most of the songs a year ago when we were in high school, but we were really frustrated... It's not only about boys, it's about everything, you know? We weren't really learning anything in school, just sitting and listening..
Carla ：And a lot of songs come from our imagination. We just made that frustration into stories.
-I see. So you made that frustration into music, were able to debut around the world and now you're Skyping to Japan for an interview and will play at Pitchfork Music Festival in July. What do you think about all these changes?
Jazz：Very excited and grateful. Because we couldn't imagine this last year, when we were writing stupid songs... Doing the Pitchfork Festival and talking to Japanese media. Haha. We're in a place we couldn't imagine. It's just WOW.
Carla ：Actually today is Jazz's 19th birthday... excited
Jazz：Yeah! It's my birthday! (The interview was 2/20/2015)
Carla ：A year ago we had just finished recording the album and I wrote her a letter saying "we have to make our dreams come true" or something... Last year's dream is coming true. It's beautiful.
There's nothing embarrassing about having options.
-Carla is studying photography and someone in the band is studying animation. It feels like you guys can be calm because you have a Plan B just in case. Do you think that influences your music? I've heard things are pretty tough in Spain right now too.
Carla ：Those are just two independent things we want to do, but someday I might be able to help support myself doing photography, or music might help support my photography. I think they compliment each other well. I might get tired of just doing one thing... We don't know what will happen in the future for ourselves or Spain, so I think it's good to have different skills.
Jazz： Yeah. My father is a musician and that went well for him, but I've seen the really hard parts too. My father happened to do well with music, so that was good, but it could possibly not go well... And the music scene in Spain is poor and tiny.
Now that we're going international it's good for us because people outside pay more attention to what we're doing. We just needed to have a Plan B because anything could happen.