Copenhagen born ‘In Atlas’ spent her formative years in Athens, attending modern greek studies and becoming immersed in the underground music scenes of the Greek capital. She is half of Athens-based post-punk outfit V.V.I.A., sharing the project with her musical partner ‘Venus Volcanism’.
In her solo guise In Atlas makes emotionally charged art pop, draped in a deep formative love of punk and its derivatives. It is seething beauty and blasts of longing, it is wildfire and its brittle remains. On stage is where you want her. In Atlas’ is an explosive performer, her sets often tailored for the occasion.
1. I get very affected by the change of seasons and especially the Scandinavian fall, it makes me sad and and a bit depressed. I’m a spring person 100 percent.
2. I have a BA degree in Modern Greek studies, which means that I know way too much about Greece from around 1821-present day.
3. The worship of money leads to a hardening of the heart (bell hooks).
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Dreams. Dreams at night, dream worlds, hopes and dreams.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I always loved to sing and used to sing in different small bands. I tried to become a scratch DJ when I was a teenager, that didn’t really work out. But when I was 22 I got into a music school, where I learned the basics of music production. I also learned that you don’t have to play an instrument in order to play music. Intuition and a playful approach goes a long way, and often the mistakes and randomness can be the most interesting part of making music.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Damn, that’s so hard!
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Madvillain – Madvillainy
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Boy Harsher – Yr Body Is Nothing
Radiohead – Kid A
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Being hungover and laying around in a park somewhere in the summer. Freezing cold squats in the winter.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
My neighbourhood Nørrebro. It’s the place I have lived for most of my life. Even though it’s getting more and more gentrified it’s still the most diverse neighbourhood in central Copenhagen. There are still people here who are fighting for equality and different ways of living, and against oppression towards minorities.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would paint out my sadness for the loss of music.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
I just discovered Laura Krieg, a synth punk artist, from Montreal I think. I really like her energy!
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Beth Gibbons, Helena Hauff, Zola Jesus, M.I.A. or Fever Ray.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
It has to be as a performer in Vienna in 2018 together with my music partner Venus Volcanism. We were invited to perform in this place called “Vinylograph”, a studio with a vinyl cutting machine build by artists Natascha Muhic and Christoph Freidhöfer. We had to record 20 records live in the space and it was like a long duration performance, because people could come in and be around us while we played. It took two days. The first day we did the a-side and the following day the b-side and both days the same thing happened after playing the same track around 10 times. Somehow we went into a trance and it completely felt like we were high or newly in love. It was a very interesting feeling.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology is a necessity in my work rather than something I find super interesting.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have two step-sisters, but we have a very different taste in music.