Interview with Lotti of Mizuna Greens

Mystic: How did you come up with the name Lotti and the Mizuna Greens?

Lotti: Lotti and The Mizuna Greens is the name we had before. Now it´s just Mizuna Greens. Green is a favorite color and Mizuna is kind of exotic we thought and also Mizuna Greens is an oriental vegetable.

Mystic: How did all of you meet?

Lotti: Richard and I have known each other for a long time and we both love the creative process of making original music. Richard is a great producer and genius coming up with good melodies and create beautiful sound landscape. So I asked him to listen to my demos and he suggested we should work in his studio.

Mystic: Can you tell us a little about who you are, for those who don’t know?

Lotti: My name is Lotti and I am the lead vocalist in The Mizuna Greens. I am a truly nerd on music. I love all kinds of music, and when I am driving my car I am sure the whole town can hear my loud music. Music makes me feel alive and creating music makes me even feel more alive. People searching all kinds of different ways of making them feel alive, mine is simple: The process of making new song. Richard is also a nerd. He is a songwriter, producer, and has this amazing studio on the country side: HH studios. He also plays in Night Flight Orchestra, a great band with the singer from Soilwork and Jay Smith and the reservoar dogs.

Mystic: What got you started with music?

Lotti: We both started in bands when we were young kids and we kind of stuck into that atmosphere and we just can´t think of a life without it. It´s a very good place to be in!

Mystic: What is it like being performers from Sweden?

For us is more that we just can´t think of being without that whole music process. We write music and then we put it out there for you to listen and hopefully you like what you hear. Then when you find the right place to perform at, it´s when magic happens, you simply connect with the people in a magical way.

Mystic: Where do you get your inspiration for your music?

Lotti: The inspiration comes from the people I know or heard a story about or sometimes of course from my own feelings. We sometimes work with this wonderful person Molly Apel, she is writing the lyrics and we somehow find a perfect way for the lyrics to fit into the music. And also this amazing artist Eva-Maria Junker that have being part of writing lyrics.  And all the songs begin in my kitchen, after putting my kids in bed. I have a ritual and that is: I put a candle on the table, I make myself a good cup of tea and then I start the process, I just simply play on the guitar and see what melody comes up and when I think I come up with the best melody, I try to find a better one and sometimes it takes days to find the perfect one. Then I let Richard continue the whole production and also coming up with other melodies……so I am never alone in this process, it´s a team work.

Mystic: How would you describe your music?

Richard and I we both like strong melodies and we have a wide range on our repertoire. I would say our songs are classic pop songs.  We usually play all the instruments but some of the guitars we have handpick musicians like Pelle Holmberg, Tom Shike, Bo Eriksson that we especially are happy to have work with. Sadly Bo isn´t with us any longer. You can hear him play heavenly beautiful on our song Complicated.

Mystic: What has been the hardest struggle as a band?

Lotti: It´s more that today you can find music everywhere and everyone wants you to listen and like their music so I believe people have hard time to choose between all the songs that is out there. So you need to somehow get thru and make people to wanting to listen to your music. So nothing comes easy , you need to work hard and if you like what you are doing then I guess you find that “time” and you need that time to get out there with your music.

Mystic: What do you have planned for 2014?

Lotti: Write more new songs and hopefully to have a mini tour in England or US, that would be lovely and also that our new song Remember me will reach worldwide.

Mystic: What is your favorite song you have written/produced?

I really love our new song Remember me, it has a little folksong in it and the melody is simply beautiful.

Mystic: What is your favorite part of performing?

We had this performance on an old theatre and it was just a perfect place for our music, it sounded good and we had that magical atmosphere in the room.  You really didn´t want to end the show……

Mystic: Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

Lotti: That our passion for music continues, that the spark never dies.

Mystic: “Remember Me” is your newest song you have released. It is a beautiful song, what are the inspirations behind it?

It´s a about an older women , waiting for the man she believed in her head was the love of her life, she thought they finally would have that perfect life together, but she waits for eternity, she ended up alone. It´s kind of sad story.

Mystic: You are ranked number 13 for the ReverbNation Pop/Country Rock Charts for Sweden, what does that feel like?

Reverbnation is a perfect way to reach out with your music and it feel great to be number 13, but isn´t that a bad number though?  So I guess we better climb fast on the chart!

Mystic: What is the hardest part of creating music?

Lotti: For us is not hard we love being in that process and could easily work nonstop.

Mystic: Who are some of your role models/inspirations?

Lotti: Mine is the old ladies like Rickie lee Jones, Joni Mitchell. Emmylou Harris but also new artist like Adele, and Kate Perry because our song There´s no room was suggested for her.

Mystic: Your lyrics are so deep, and you can feel the emotion as well as relate. How long does it take to make a song complete?

Yes I am deep, I´ve always been that way,  but I am also the opposite, I like to have a good laugh and gathering people for a music party in my house, I simply love life, I want the depth but also the light . I really love all Nick Drakes music…….Complicated I believed took a couple of days to write and it´s a song I believe many can relate to.

Mystic: If you could perform with anyone, who would it be?

Ha ha that´s a good one. And of course that would be Adele or Emmylou Harris, I love them both.

Mystic: Would you prefer to be on a record label one day, or continue being solo?

Lotti: Well, Richard corporate with Sony Music, Warner and other labels. Right now he produces an album for Frontiers records. But the process with bigger labels can be very slow and we really want The Mizuna Greens to be an independent music project where we can be free to do what we want. When we release music on Richards own label “Handsome Hard music” the release of the song can be worldwide a week after the song was written. It’s a very creative feeling. You don’t want to wait for three years for your song to be release. But then again , the marketing from a bigger label could be great. We got a contact with Lava Records Jason Floom, maybe we work on that contact

Mystic: If you could work with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be and why?

Lotti: Maybe Daft Punk, The Killers or Miley Cyrus because we really like strong melodies. We really don´t care much about being in a specific style or so. We just love music and do what comes up in our heads. 

Mystic: Anything you would like to say to your fans?

Lotti: Keep on supporting us and listen to our music.
 Is there anyone you would like to thank?

Lotti: That would be our fans, you are so important to us and we appreciate your support.

Mystic: What message do you hope gets passed along with your music?

Lotti: The massage would be don´t give up your dreams, live your life well and don´t forget to help someone who’s needs a moment.

Mystic: What is something most people don’t know about you?

Lotti: That I have two kids and Richard has three kids and that Richard has one blue eye and one brown eye.

Mystic: What was the scariest part about performing for the first time?

Lotti: That you are so nervous that you can´t perform well, you better get over that feeling, it´s a killing feeling and not good at all.

Mystic: What would you say to someone who is trying to make it in the music industry?

Lotti: oh that would definitely be write your own music and try to have gigs as much as possible. And of course promote music everywhere.  Find a great studio that makes your music even better, that’s really important. Save your money to make a great recording instead of something that in the end doesn´t sound well. Because you just ending up being disappointed.

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