Danish newcomer Mendoza has been described as the sound of the future. Her newly released debut single Love Druggie is not only her first single but her first song ever to be made. We caught up with her about her music and hopes for the future.

At the age of 22, she’s struck the world with her electro sound, described by the singer herself as alternative pop mixed with definitely indefinable. Mendoza started out as a part of DJ duo Slumblogmillionaire and was recently signed to Universal Music. We caught up with her about her music and hopes for the future.

How come you became interested in music?
– When I was a kid (around 5-8 years old) I sang a lot of karaoke with my dad. He used to take me to clubs he worked at and we would perform together for fun. We would mostly sing: Barbie Girl I was Barbie and he was Ken of course. Then later, when I became an awkward teenager and my voice wasn’t all cute and adorable, I got really shy about it. I started developing stage fright. I really wanted to perform and sing though, so I started playing the drums in the school band for a year, but because drumming wasn’t my “true call”. I dropped out after our first concert. So I was always very interested in music. I was just to afraid to admit it to anyone and do anything about it.

I was always very interested
in music. I was just to afraid
to admit it to anyone

What did you listen to as a child? And do you think that has influenced the music you’re making today?
– As a teenager I listened to almost the same things as I listen to today, but mixed with a lot of really wack, soft, teen music back then. Marilyn Manson, The Cure, System of a Down, Sex Pistols, The White Stripes. I still listen to them all the time and they are still my heroes. They’ve inspired me in lyrics, fashion and strength to focus on my goals. They’ve all created a world around them that has become their reality and truth. It forces me take decisions everyday about what and how I want my reality to be.

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Tell us more about your Love Druggie debut single.

– I guess the main theme would be getting disappointed by love and friendship. When people around you keep prioritizing unimportant things above you, then at some point you start focusing on what’s important to yourself and stop expecting things from people around you and also stop living up to expectations. It might sound a bit cynical, but I wrote it from a emotion that focused on that point of view of partying hard. There’s always many sides of a story. I’ve learned a lot from it and obviously a lot of good things has come out from it. I find it very positive to do everything for yourself, you might think that it’s selfish, but in the end it’s affected my loved ones in a positive way.

Do you need to actively seek inspiration? And if so, where do you usually find it?
– This album is mostly written in retro perspective, emotions that I see in other people, emotions that I wish I had etc. The next song that people are going to hear from me is called Rapist. It’s not a single, more like a kind of modern b-side to Love Druggie. I try to combine my personal experience and other girls’ stories with rape into one song.

My ambitions are endless

How would you describe your sound?
– Alternative pop/definitely indefinable

What do you like to listen to yourself?
– Besides what I have already told, I like listening to Queen Adreena, Arctic Monkeys, Beastie Boys, El-P, Mötorhead, Rammstein. I actually just listen to the same bands over and over again. I notice new songs and new things in the songs all the time. I like a lot of music. I just love and listen to few.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

– My ambitions are endless.

Listen to Mendoza’s debut single Love Druggie above. 

Photography by Kiva Brynaa