Interview with Ada Aik

A newcomer of experimental pop moves between fantasy and realism, Finnish musician Ada Aik produces electronic music that flirts with the uncanny valley effect. Ada Aik is a alter-ego for the musician Karin Mäkiranta, who is known from bands such as Karina and Babel. Now she hides under a plastic wig and lives in a dollhouse, which is the scene for her 2022 forthcoming album. Each track represents a room in the dollhouse. Here you can read more about the ‘rooms’.

Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!

I’m Ada Aik, living in a dollhouse which I’ve built myself. It has nine different rooms that each represent different moods of Ada’s inner world.

What made you decide that music is the right path for you?

I’ve always loved music and can’t stop doing that until this day. Lately I’ve been very interested in composing music to a space as I did with this record.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

When I compose an album I like to go somewhere far and keep my focus on music only. I try
out all kinds of styles and song ideas and just play with the music for a week or so. After coming back I listen to the demos and rate the songs I like the best. This might take a while and I usually do this several times before having the collection of songs ready for the next album. The lyrics are always the last since I love to fit the sound of the text to the composed music.

What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?

I’m doing a performative piece which is also an album release gig for this album. The premiere
is in Fall 2022. The house of Ada Aik will be put on stage and Ada Aik will have to face herself.

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

With this record I started by collecting dollhouses. The miniature world is somehow emotional, all those little chairs, dishes and fruits reminded me of my childhood. I didn’t want the house to
be too nostalgic so I made Ada’s house more minimalistic, keeping the focus on the feeling of the room more than the sweet little furniture. I created the story of the rooms before composing the music. It helped me a lot during the process since I already knew what kind of music I was looking for for each room. I love to limit my creative choices, to make it more simple when producing. With this album I didn’t really choose anything,the house showed me the right path to go musically.

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