Mina Spiler: It is a respite and an opportunity to do something completely different
MINA SPILER TALKS ABOUT HER LATEST MUSICAL PROJECT KREDA, HER WORK WITH LAIBACH AND IMPRESSIONS FROM THEIR HISTORICAL SHOW IN NORTH KOREA, HER CURRENT LIFESTYLE AND OTHER INTERESTING STUFF
Mina Spiler is mostly known to the mass audience for her angelic voice in one of the most controversial and provocative bands of our time — Laibach. Laibach’s musical dramaturgy of the last decade was based largely on the striking contrast of Mina Spiler’s crystal clear voice and the infernal hoarse vocal of the band’s long time frontman Milan Fras. As well, Mina’s stunning and cold type of Slovenian beauty perfectly fits in with the grotesque and totalitarian style of Laibach’s shows and music.
However, Mina’s musical background goes far beyond her work with Laibach. She is also a member of the Slovenian synth-pop band Melodrom. With 4 albums and a lot of shows all around Europe under their belt, Melodrom is now having a break from creating new music and as Mina says is in a state of a dormant kitten that could snooze forever or be suddenly awakened.
At the moment, after many years of intensive recording and touring with Laibach, Mina Spiler is having a well-deserved break from this musical affair and is concentrated mostly now on her new project Kreda, which is going to be released this week. We had a chance to talk with Mina about Kreda’s musical origins, influences and ideas, impressions from the historical Laibach tour to North Korea, her current lifestyle, views on the opportunity of performing in the Pyrenees and other interesting stuff.
Interview: Dmitry Tolkunov
Hi Mina! Thank you for finding time for this interview. It would be interesting to know about your new project Kreda. What is it all about? How did the idea of the project come about and what are Kreda’s main songs and poetic directions and inspirations?
It is my pleasure, thank you.
Kreda came to life retrospectively. I’m sure each of us would tell a rather different story, but for me; the initial decisive thing was — besides of course teaming up with Matevž, Alastair and Atej — a trip to Venice. We had a chance to privately explore Palazzo Grassi where, just then, Damien Hirst was exhibiting Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.