Swedish pop-act Midnight Boy’s infectious 80’s influenced sound can be found on his latest single, “Don’t Say No.” Upon first listen, it would be easy to think that the song was actually recorded in the ’80s. Midnight Boy nails the sound and attitude of that era flawlessly with layered synths and an over-the-top performance.
Midnight Boy performances are known for their theatrics, and in one video he stripped down naked with the words, “When naked, there is no difference” smeared in a blood like liquid on his back.
Midnight Boy was kind enough to his thoughts on his music, inspirations, influences and thoughts for the future with Leading Us Absurd. Check it out below.
Your sound is very 80’s influenced. What is it about the ‘80s pop that inspires you musically?
It’s basically the melodies and the groove. Rhythm is a very important thing and I want to feel the music, not just listen to it. I’m also inspired by the idea of expression and all that 80’s craziness and lack of boundaries really speaks to me.
When did you decide you wanted to be a pop star/musician? Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
It got into music and theatre very early. Michael Jackson and Prince were my childhood heroes and I spent a lot of time in front of the mirror, dancing and singing their songs. It wasn’t like an official decision to become an artist. I think this music has grown on me very naturally and it’s become who I am and what I do.
Let’s talk about songwriting process for a second. Do you start off with a melody or sounds and go from there?
Most often I get the melody from either a cool sound or a beat. Again, the rhythmics are very important to me and I need to feel the groove in order to be creative. I also like to be effective when I work, somehow the songs you write fast often turns out to be the best ones. The most important thing though is just to have fun and to keep it playful. I like to feel that I can do whatever I want to in the creative process.
Your image is very much a part of your act. Do you see it as part of the complete package or just an extension of your music?
Many of my influences comes from different visual expressions and to me it’s something that just makes it more interesting. I think it helps when it comes to telling a story or to communicate my message. I want people to react on Midnight Boy and to do that they need to see the full picture.
“Don’t Say No” is a very fun song. Do you think the world needs more songs like this – that make people want to get up and dance without a care in the world?
Thank you! I think the world needs all kinds of different songs, including songs that tends to make you feel happy and careless. If I can get people to feel that way and also to be more comfortable with themselves that’s a fantastic thing.
Life is so surrealistic and complex, there are moments when we need to be serious but in general I think we should try to have more fun.
You’re very free with your body and we hear your next video you’re naked – how does that play into your music? Is being naked different then wearing clothes? What is it in your mind makes people scared about being naked?
I wanted to fulfill the vision with the song which was to make the video in that specific way. There’s a difference of course but I think it’s just one of many rules in the society that we’ve come to live by. The nakedness in the video is more of a symbolic thing but even if it wasn’t it’s nothing that I find uncomfortable. We’re all born naked and I think most people can relate to certain situations in life when it feels completely natural to be so. In the shower or even when cooking in the kitchen.
You recently toured in the US – how are US audiences different than the European ones?
That’s so hard to say since it’s such a general thing. Also European countries are very different from each other. But since I had some really wild nights on my LA tour last time I’d say the American audience is probably a bit more likely to get crazy and that’s a compliment!
One last question – what’s next for Midnight Boy?
I just released the video for ”Don’t Say No” in the U.S. and I’m gonna follow that up with some cool stuff. The video for ”When You’re Strange” will also be out soon. Meanwhile I’ve got some shows coming up, mainly in Sweden but I’d love to do a tour overseas later this year. I’m also spending a lot of time in the studio right now, working on some new songs that I’m very excited about.
Listen to “Don’t Say No” below and check out Midnight Boy on Facebook.