MIA - Uhlala
This is how Mieze, MIA’s female lead singer, tells the band’s story:
I met Andi in high school in the summer of 1997. All I knew was that he played the guitar. What I didn’t know was that we would form a band a few months later. At the time I was taking singing lessons and sung in a choir. My mom claims that as a baby before starting to speak I already sang. I wouldn't dare contradict her.
My singing teacher always warned me of rock and pop music, maybe that’s the reason I longed for an electrically amplified microphone and for howling feedbacks. So Andi and I spent most of our time listening to music ranging from Nirvana to Portishead. He played the guitar and sometimes the piano. I was equipped with my voice and pen and paper. Then we started looking for fellow musicians. In the fall of 1997 we ran into Bob and his bass, and Ingo with his guitar and horn (naming just a few of the instruments he has mastered). We spent quite a bit of time in our practice room, and when Gunnar joined the group with his see-through snaredrum and drumkit we were ready for the big stage.
The family was finally complete when we hooked up with our label r.o.t (respect or tolerate). Three partners, friends and as much a part of MIA as each of us.
MIA is all about music. About communication, learning, experiencing, feeling and sharing. And it’s always about limits, and how to give from the depth of your heart. To be on the go is like an addiction for us. From the practice room to the studio, to the club or the festival, into the car and then into bed to catch some sleep. Sometimes we’re at home, sometimes on the bus, and sometimes in a completely different part of the world. I'm unable to count all the concerts we've played, all the interviews we’ve given and all the challenges we've faced since then, but I don't want to miss any of it. Each one of these moments has kind of glued us together even more, we have a common (his)story and we’re going to keep working on it.