26. august 2008
Jon: We actually formed the band as we were waiting in line at our local bar. That was back in 2001, I think. We had been partying and listening to our favorite music as we were realizing that no band at the time played that kind of ballsy and raunchy party music that we were into. It was like, “C’mon, let’s start our own band, and we’ll make music to hammer down beers to.
Calle: How did the band come up with the name “MamaKin”. Has it something to do with Aerosmith?
Jon: You know, we don’t really have a funny story about that. I guess we had been listening to that song that night or something ‘cause it just popped in our head and we just rolled with it. We pretty much just made clear that the name would fit as a chant, you know “MA-MA-KIN! MA-MA-KIN!”, and it did, so we went with it.
Calle: What got you into music in the first place?
Jon playing his bass live
Calle:Who are your biggest influences?
Jon: For MamaKin as a band I would have to say KISS, Ratt, Def Leppard, you know bands like that. I’m not sure how much we actually sound like them though. We’ve always had the ambition to do our own thing. For me personally, as a bass player, I’ve always loved the work of Leon Wilkeson from Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Calle: Name 3 “older” bands and 3 “newer” bands you can recommend?
Calle: How do you write the songs in MamaKin?
Jon: Ward, our singer and guitarist, writes most of the music. Usually, he has the chords and the melody done when he comes to rehearsal, and then the band members add their own touch to the music.
Calle: Where do you find the inspiration for the songs?
Edwin (drums) Elias (guitar) Jon (bass) Ward (vox & guitar)
Calle: How far are you in the making of the debut album and when can we expect it to come out?
Jon: At the moment we are awaiting the final mix of the album by our producer Rikard Löfgren. Everything has been recorded and I can tell you, it’s gonna blow your mind. It’s difficult to explain, but the whole project has felt so right from the get-go. We created a working environment that was perfect for us, so we’ve all stayed inspired and at our best throughout this whole recording.
Calle: What can the fans expect from the album?
Jon: I’d say you can expect a really big rock album. This is the one thing the four of us done in our lives that we’re the most proud of. Our ambition was to create a grand and unique sound, and I think we did it. And Ward has really written some killer songs.
Calle: If you could choose one song you wish you had written, what song would that be?
Jon: Highway to hell – AC/DC
Jon: It all started with a few bands that formed around the same time at different locations in
Calle: Speaking of the rock/sleaze scene in
Jon: Yeah, Sweden Rock Festival would really be something extra, that’s for sure. It’s such a great festival with a good atmosphere, good arrangement and a really good crowd. Hopefully we can do it soon.
Jon: Chaos has always been surrounding this band, which makes it difficult to choose just one thing. But I’ll never forget when Ward took a piss in a living room at a party we crashed after a gig in
Calle: Do you or the band have a “special thing” you do before going on stage?
Jon: Not really. We’re getting prepared in our own different ways. It could be getting some sleep or having a beer, but we don’t have anything we always do.
Calle: What can the fans expect from MamaKin when you play live?
Jon: I would like to tour with AC/DC. Always wanted to have a beer with Cliff Williams.
Calle: Where do you see MamaKin in 5 years?
Jon: You would probably find us on the road somewhere, maybe eating some disgusting meal at a diner somewhere. Haha, no but I certainly hope that we’re on tour. That’s my favorite part of this gig.
Calle: If you could put together a dream band of your own heroes (not including anyone from MamaKin). Who would be in that band?
Calle: What’s the best advice you can give to other up-coming bands?
And now some questions outside music:
Calle: What was the first LP/CD you ever purchased?
Jon: High Voltage – AC/DC
Calle: What do you do when you’re not playing music? What’s your other interest?
Jon: Family, food, beer and the occasional pool game.
Calle: Being in a rockband you probably have a drink or two before the gigs (and after). What’s your favorite drink?
Jon: I dig scotch whiskey like Talisker or Lagavulin. Beer, of course. And I’m a sucker for Dry Martini.
Calle: What’s the first thing that comes to your mind if I say
Jon: Beer, a Hereford Beefstow and pretty women.
Calle: Any last words for the fans?