Matthias Kertal (left side) and Simon Nola (right side) are mika. not to forget honorary mika Lea Sonnek, who joins the guys for vocal recordings and live-action when she's in town. Rainer Binder Krieglstein, Simon's recording-room-mate, joins mika as a on demand live drummer. well, that's mika in a Nutshell and a lot's of people supporting us over the years.
Mika's musical home cannot be defined clearly. There is no such thing
as a clear-cut definition of Mika's musical style. Their music cannot
be squeezed into any simple category of short term trends. Simon Nola's
and Matthias Kertal's passion consists rather in catching special
moments, moods and emotions. They take great care in fusing together
diverse musical styles: electronic music somewhere between song and
track, between dancing, sitting, standing or lying. All this is spiced
up by a nice bit of pop, the wonderful voices and moods of Simon Nola
and Lea Sonnek.
upon a time a tribe of toys occupied a room in a small village
named 'Maerchenwaldsiedlung' (english: fairy tale settlement,
far away from civilisation, in the eastern part of austria).
They called the room the 'playmobilzimmer'. for about a century
the tribe lived in peace, until playmobilzimmer - chieftain Matthias
Kertal fell in love with other toys: guitar, drums & bass. after
a while of abusing these new toys with neighbourhood friends,
one of them Simon Nola, it was time to get rich and famous
by recording a breakthrough record. so the guys gave money to
local recording-stars, got a tape, listened to it once.... and
never again..... tired of wastin' money, Matthiaswrote an email
to the band laika, asking them, how they recorded their wonderful
'sounds of the satellites'. in a very nice reply, laika's margareth
fiedler introduced him to a thing called homerecording. encouraged
by this email, Matthias began to built a homestudio, simon discovered
some old synthesizers in his closet, and together they started
to produce music in a slightly different style.
C in october 1999 the guys left for vienna, to finish their album at t-on studio. 14-studiodays with t-on's great flow (twentysomethingrecords) 17 mixed tracks, lots of salad, eaten at vienna's naschmarkt, lots of pizzas and beer after each session, lots of discussion about austrias future (the days, weeks after the election, some thoughts about emigration, because the blue guys gained so much vots. hard work, joy & some stress... in november the studio work was done..... some time passed and several other kleinreleases.....until it was warm enough to release the mika album.... end of spring, beginning of summer 00... boiling heat in vienna.. the right time for refreshing tunes...
D in october 00 mika prepared the dessert for their first album, the opposite of silence. in april 01 they became nominated for the amadeus alternative award by the listeners of radio fm4. thank you for the buffet! :-). among several concerts in austria mika played at the opening of the museumsquartier in vienna one of their biggest concerts so far (among kleinrecords fellows mum and seelenluft) in september 01 mika and christian candid spend 2 freezing amazing weeks in an old factory near vienna to record the basic of their second album. it needed a lot of time to get it ready because in the meanwhile mika abandoned the playmobilzimmer, simon went to graz, Matthiastried to conquer vienna the second time (an succeeded) and lea spent some time in london. however, after lots of sessions, mika got finally where they always wanted to be: at the 'right place,right time'.
design: elisabeth richter
additional design and all the techiques: MatthiasKertal
content: mika and some pics and texts taken from our label www.kleinrecords.com
the name: mikaella is the name we used at our short tour in bulgaria.