THE CREATIVE AND TALENTED MAJA KARLSSON -------- (sv)(eng)
Maja Karlsson mostly works with pop music and has self-released approx. 16 records since 2001, of which 9 were full length. Throughout the years Maja has performed under different monikers to keep each project separate from the rest: Le Bombe, Just Like A Boy, 53CR37/SECRET and lately MAKEMAKE.
Every project have delat with the boundaries of pop music in their own way, and have been balancing between being accessible and worrying, easy-going and anxiety-ridden. The texts have always been in the forefront. They have been in Swedish, except for the project Just Like A Boy. The form have shifted between 90's poetry, prayers and confessions, political outcries and everyday snapshots. The content is often dealing with mental health and societal and cultural imprints on our bodies. Some recurring motifs are insufficiency, escape and the alienness of skin.
Since 2003 Maja has been on stage with these projects in Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Roskilde, Copenhagen and Berlin, often in queer contexts.
In 2013 Maja started writing lyrics inspired by hip hop, having been impressed by the new Swedish wave. In it, Maja saw an urgency and stories that seemed to be missing in other Swedish pop music. These texts diverged from everything Maja had written before. In the form of hip hop she wrote furiously and nakedly about the experiences of being a trans woman. MAKEMAKE took shape as an answer to an emptiness in Swedish culture: the lack of truly queer art, art that is not making excuses and not trying to explain itself to the majority. MAKEMAKE wanted to create art by and for monsters.
Lyrically MAKEMAKE can be uncanny, unfit and embarrasing. In form it is a hommage to hip hop, with injections from Majas history within indie pop.
Apart from the artistry Maja takes assignments as a composer, songwriter and producer. She has also worked as a touring musician for Swedish pop band The Radio Dept.