The one and only singer, songwriter, party animal and performer that ever exists in Milan is M¥SS KETA. This is what I’ve firmly believed for a couple of years already, in spite of coming across other music emerging from the same city. Following the release of her video for BASTARDA DA STARBUCKS we had a chat with the punk diva to find out the story behind the song and learn a bit more about her creative universe.
Could you introduce yourself and what you do a bit?
I’M M¥SS KETA: MODEL, SINGER, PUNK DIVA.
Who are the girls of Porta Venezia?
THEY ARE MY CREW, MY FAMILY, LITTLE PIECES OF MY HEART.
THEY ARE CLOSE FRIENDS OF MINE THAT I MET IN DIFFERENT MOMENTS OF MY LIFE – AND THEY ARE ALSO AMAZING DANCERS!
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were growing up?
A MIX BETWEEN PUNK, INDIE ROCK, BLOGHOUSE, METAL AND RAP.
I’M A REALLY INSATIABLE LISTENER, AND I ALWAYS SEARCH FOR SOME NEW MUSIC TO PUT ON WHEN I DRESS UP FOR THE NIGHT.
When did you start making your own music and what was it like to begin with?
I STARTED IN 2013 DURING A VERY WILD NIGHT – FROM THAT TIME I UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF WILD PARTIES, SO MY LIFE BECAME A WHOLE GIANT WILD PARTY.
What equipment do you use now?
MY AMAZING VOICE AND MOSTLY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, BUT IN MY LAST WORKS (THAT WILL BE OUT SOON) I ALSO USE INSTRUMENTS PLAYED BY GRRREAT MUSICIANS.
You just released a music video for Bastarda di Starbucks. What’s the story behind la Bastarda?
THE STORY BEHIND THAT SONG STARTED DURING MY LAST TRIP TO LONDON – I SPELT TO THE WAITRESS IN STARBUCKS “M¥SS KETA” ASKING FOR MY FRAPPUCCINO, BUT INSTEAD SHE WROTE “LA BASTARDA”.
AFTER THIS FUNNY MOMENT WE ALL WENT TO IBIZA. THE REST IS HISTORY.
The video has an aesthetic reminiscent of Boccaccio 70 but also Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, what else fuels your creativity?
THE GASOLINE OF MY CREATIVITY REALLY COMES FROM EVERYTHING: 90S ITALIAN TV PROGRAMS, FASHION RUNWAYS, UNDERGROUND ART AND AESTETHICS, BUT ALSO THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND EVENTS REALLY SHAKE MY IMAGERY – I ALWAYS SAY THAT M¥SS KETA IS POST 9/11.
FROM THAT MOMENT WE ENTERED IN A NEW CULTURAL ERA IN WHICH WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT SUGGESTIONS DAY BY DAY, AND THESE SUGGESTIONS ARE REWORKED FROM OUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. THROUGH THE LYRICS AND THE VIDEOS OF M¥SS KETA I TRY TO FOCUS ON THESE KIND OF FLUX, ON ALL THESE IMAGES THAT OVERLAP. THE SOUND, THE WORDS AND THE VIDEOS WORK TOGETHER GIVING THIS SENSATION.
What are the top things you’d suggest music fans visiting Milan should go and see/do/eat/drink?
THE PLACES OF MY HEART ARE THE DUOMO CATHEDRAL (I HAVE A LOFT THERE), PIAZZA AFFARI, CENTRAL STATION, JUST TO START.
TO REALLY LIVE MILAN YOU NEED TO WAKE UP AT 7PM, GO FOR AN APERITIVO, EAT A COTOLETTA AND AFTER THAT START LIVING THE NIGHT – EVEN THE BUSINESS AFFAIRS TAKE PLACE AT NIGHT, TRUST ME.
Where in the world would you most like to perform?
EASTER ISLAND AT NOON.
Can you send us a photo of the view from your window?
Interview: Anna Baqués