“Måke” basically means seagull in Norwegian. We had this summer house near the coast, and every summer I spent there, I would wake up to the sound of seagulls waving their wings and screeching over our house. They have always been a symbol of happiness and good memories for me, so it felt kind of natural to go with that name. I also chose the Norwegian word for it, because I like the structure of the letters, aesthetically, and how it sounds when you pronounce it. I guess it would be pronounced like “moakey” in English.
Have you studied music before?
I’ve actually never studied music, although I’m most likely going to a school next fall where they specialize in producing and, like, just studio tinkering, so I’m really excited for that. I have just been spending hour upon hour isolated in my room, just learning how to play guitar and other instruments, as well as learning how to record and produce, etc.
How did you come to create your own music?
I’ve always loved music, and ever since I was a little kid, my parents played it for me. It was always something on in the CD player at home, so putting on a record when I got home from school and such just became like a daily habit, I guess. So I think my interest in music comes pretty naturally, growing up with it and all and I’ve always loved creating things. Like, the process of an idea or a concept coming to life has just always fascinated me.
Creating has always been an outlet for me. Whether it has been drawing, painting or making a movie or whatever. Visualizing different emotions or situations I’ve experienced. Things I need to get off my mind, things I need to distance myself from.
I guess I’ve always surrounded myself with creative and inspiring people, and that has definitely opened up my mind to a lot of different styles and genres and ways of portraying things. I bought a bass guitar a couple years ago, because one of my friends was like: “Hey, buy a bass and let’s start a band”. I had no knowledge of how to play anything, so I just rolled with it. The band didn’t really work out and I just sat in my room learning some songs, but it didn’t really get me as hooked as I hoped it would. So, I bought a guitar February last year, I think, and I just started playing several hours a day and I started to make some chord progressions and other things.
Being a musician had always been like a vast dream to me, something I thought I’d never really get to be. But I managed to get some recording devices and a microphone, so I just started making shady demos trying to combine what little skills I had in different instruments.
After a while I started to get the hang of it, and I’ve been making music for about a year now.
I have no idea how many hours or days I’ve sat in my room, just twisting knobs, plucking strings and just learned my ways around music and how to create it.