Malja & Nordberg – 12/08/2007
By: Sabine van Gameren
Lapko… true followers of our website have seen this interesting band already
a few times hitting our frontpage. Time to get to know them a little better
– How are you?
Malja: “We are fine! Today is our last gig for the week.”
– How would you describe your band for potential fans?
Malja: “I would say it is a cross between Iron Maiden and Prince. It’s
also something on which you can smile and cry at the same time. That is what
I hope. It depends on the songs we are playing. The case with Lapko is…
we have all kind of contrast.”
– When we want to get know you, we want to know more about your personality.
If you would be an animal, what animal would you be, and why do you think this
animal matches your personality?
Malja: “A Cadillac! Because it is the fastest one. I think he *points to
drummer* is a bear… because he is a bit angry. He get angry very fast,
but in the same minute he can be very calm. And he *points to bassist* would
be a little dinosaur because that is how he behave all the time.”
– When did you guys started with making music?
Malja: “We started about 12 years ago. We have been skating together. And
we have been watching NOFX. In that time we did not have dvd’s. So we were
watching the video from the gigs and we thought we could choose that lifestyle.
You know… every night party’s and met girls… I guess that was
our magical movement.”
Nordberg: “Somewehre between 1997 and 1999 we saw this artistic thing.”
Malja: “I think Lapko is more then just music. It is the way we look at
things. You know… we the guys from Lapko stand alone in the team…
from football. Without any cooperators.”
– Your lyrics sounds quite emotional. Where did you get inspiration from when
Malja: “Uh… I don’t know. Maybe hangover is a good one. We don’t
have anything specific where we could get inspiration from. Just from everyday
things. For example, right now… from you.”
Nordberg: “I would say we are making some sort of soundtrack for Lapko.
About our lives.”
Malja: “Right now, I just want to be alive. Sometimes… it comes to
my mind that I have to do some lyrics. I don’t know why, but I just have
to do it.”
– Is there a hidden message in one of your songs?
Malja: “*long silence* well, of course there is some message, but with
Lapko, we don’t send any straight messages. It is not the theme. I think
we are kind of hippie style.”
– You just released “Young desire”. Can you tell us something about
Malja: “It’s an album about desire. Surprise! *laughs* I think it
is the best we have done. Ok, every band says that their new album is the best
they have done, but I think it really is. We have had a strong producer this
time and I think it makes us doing things better then last one. We have learned
from our mistakes, so now in the studio we knew what to do. It is an album about
angst of growing up. We are trying to escape from growing up.”
– We saw the video hugging the phone on your myspace. Do you have plans for releasing
another video from “Young desire”?
Malja: “Actually we did a video of Killer Whales, that was our first single
in Finland, but it sucks. We have not released it. Maybe we are going to release
“Young desire in October in Germany. Hugging the Phone will be the first
single I guess. But maybe if something happens in Germany, we will release another
video. We have some plans, but we have to be quiet about that.”
– When watching the video of “Stacey” we were wondering… What’s
up with the shoes in the end of the video?
Malja: “*laughs hard* As I said… we don’t have any straight messages…
It is just a thing… A very cool pair of shoes. *laughs again* We just thought
those shoes were pretty cool. Let’s bring them in the video. *still laughing*
– Do you have plans for releasing a DVD?
Maljo: “Uhm… I don’t want to die in the next three years. I think
it is better to release a dvd after a band dies. If we do it now, it could be
Nordberg: “When you release a dvd there is always some sort of documentary
on it. Then people would find out: those guys are stupid. We are cool on the
stage… but not backstage.”
– Do you have any upcoming plans for touring?
Malja: “Yeah we are going on tour to germany, Switzerland, Austria and
BeNeLux, but I don’t know any dates yet. End of this year probably. I don’t
know how wide the tour will be.”
– Where would you love to play?
Nordberg: “Well, uhm… maybe Mexico?”
– Do you see yourself playing stadiongigs, like Metallica does?
Malja: “yeah! But I prefer it if you say Queen.”
– Same idea…
Malja: “Yeah true. I don’t have any angst for big stages and big audiences.
Our music just works better in a smaller club. About 500 people. In summer we
have done some festival gigs. 15.000 people were there. I think that is cool,
but somehow I like it more in a club. Then you can give more and get more. More
like we are living at the same world. But it would be cool playing in a big
– When thinking of the future, is there anyone you want to collaborate with?
Malja: “Uhm… I don’t know… maybe Pamela Anderson.”
– Ok, what do you want here to do? Sing?
Malja: “I would say, let’s do a video.”