Maria Køhnke

FRESH: ‘Don’t Look’ EP – Maria Køhnke

Get into Maria Køhnke’s new EP, “Don’t Look”!

With sparkling pop tunes that navigate between the anthemic and the intimate, Maria Køhnke makes her entrance on the music scene with confidence and a bright musical vision. With her debut EP, “Don’t Look”, comes a stunning animated music video for “Don’t Look At Me” made by acclaimed Dutch digital art duo TeYosh. Maria’s vision for the video is to display a representation of the introverted mind.

Comeback in a new fanciful dress might seem a more fitting description, since Maria Køhnke is an experienced vocalist, producer and songwriter, having already made her mark on the Scandinavian music scene. Køhnke has had a long revered career, having recorded and toured with Swan Lee, Nikolaj Nørlund, Nicole Atkins, Robyn among many others. After a long void in her musical life, where Køhnke embarked on a highly succesful career as a digital designer, she teamed up with Anders Stig Møller (ex- Turboweekend) and Fredrik Okazaki (Robyn, Röyksopp, Seinabo Sey), who respectively co-produced and mixed the new songs.

Maria Køhnke’s music is a confident and genre-diverse expression with reminiscences of French music, 80’s evergreen hooks, the artpop sophistication of Kate Bush and Tame Impala’s alternative approach to modern music. Alluring and catchy, Maria sounds like all the things you love and at the same time like nothing else. In 2007 she released her debut solo album “Collector”, featuring contributions by Christian Bech (Pleasure Machine) and Sune Wagner (The Raveonettes). She is also part of the danish choral ensemble Korage with 12 female solo artists including Sharin Foo. With the EP release comes a new music video for “Don’t Look At Me” launching Friday September 25th. Maria Køhnke met TeYosh on a design conference (being a digital designer herself).

For more about Maria, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!