Helping us to wrap up another phenomenal season of Nordic nights, Malmö-based duo Wy – aka Ebba and Michel – are all set to join us at FluxBau on Thursday 9th November, where we’ll collectively celebrate the release of their debut album Okay.
We wanted to find out a bit more about the record, so caught up with the pair for a Spotlight interview ahead of their performance – which will be the pair’s first ever live show outside of their native Sweden! Also set to perform on the night is Danish R’n’B starlet ANYA, fresh from releasing her latest single ‘Neverbeen’ and Finnish newcomer Mio whose debut single ‘Find It‘ premiered right here at Ja Ja Ja.
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In the meantime, step this way as we find out more about Wy…
Spotlight Interview: Wy
For those that haven’t met you yet, could you please introduce yourselves – who are you, where are you from, and how would you describe what you do?
We are Ebba and Michel, a city-boy and a country-girl from southern Sweden who have been a couple since our early teens. We channel our emotions through pop-music and we tend to drift a lot through genres. What we value most is the emotion, we never create anything that doesn’t feel close and personal to us. We’re both very shy but very expressive.
Your new album Okay was released very recently, so we have a few questions about it! First of all, if you had to sum up the album in three words (three words each!) what would they be?
Ebba: Vulnerable but strong.
Michel: Ambitious, dreamy pop.
Can you tell us a bit about the story behind the record? When and where did you write it, and what was your main ambition for its songs?
We have written and recorded the whole album at home over the past year. Our ambition was for it to feel bigger than the EP, and also to show people who we are and what we are about. Both in words and in sound.
What/who/where would you say are some of your biggest influences when it comes to creating music?
Ebba: I find a lot of inspiration in movies and from my favourite records. I appreciate a catchy pop-tune that hits you in just the right place together with writing that actually feels genuine and new. That’s what I strive for in my own writing. I want to write as openly as possible and edit my writing as little as I can.
Michel: Songs that make me think “YES!” in my head. Like Black Marble’s ‘Golden Heart’.
And we know that you’re supposed to love them all equally, but do you have favourite tracks on the new album?
Ebba: Gone Wild
You guys are based in Malmö which is a serious hotbed of great new music! So if we had one afternoon in Malmö, where should we go and what should we do?
You should definitely check out Plan B where we had our release-party. It’s an independent club/venue/collective who books a lot of great bands which other venues in Malmö doesn’t even seem to know about. You should also buy a falafel-roll at Möllans Falafel.
We’re very excited for you to join us at the upcoming Ja Ja Ja club night in Berlin! What should people who are coming to the show expect from your live show?
Our setlist includes headbanging, crying and dancing so be prepared for the feels.
Do you have any good new music tips to share with us?
Echo Ladies & Aura Oyasumi are both great acts from Malmö. Would also recommend Young Fathers, Mas Ysa and Mothers who are not even slightly Swedish.
And finally, what does the rest of the year hold for you?
Making songs out of our new demos and seeing where it takes us. There’s also a documentary about us coming out soon which feels weird but cool.