There are lots of amazing electro cover versions of rock songs, but MÖWE are not the usual laptop geeks; they are whole-blood musicians. At 14 years of age, they started their musical careers playing in several indie rock bands. Their youthful charm may surprise, but has not prevented them from developing a finesse and diversity in their music. Their songs inspire not only their Austrian diehard fans, but they have already established a household name in Germany, the U.K., the U.S. and even in South America where their talent is heard. They have managed to gather a lot of fans around them with their unique fusion of live sets and DJ sets, rocking clubs and festival stages around the globe. So far as a duo, but MÖWE are ambitious to set up a full-on band for their live concerts.
Mel & Clemens met for the first time in 2012. But music had been the center of their lives long before that. Mel wrote music with her grandma, while Clemens’ dad was the one who bought him a bass guitar. In their early teens, both were already in a band, playing guitar and bass. Mel’s band, Merry Lost Her Pathos, developed a very characteristic emotional Rock sound and was a recognized talent in the Indie scene of Vienna. Jeser´s Banquet, Clemens’ band, impressed the scene with complex arrangements and surprising sequence changes. In 2012, there was no “magic moment“ or big bang as the two bands met and took the stage together. It was possibly pragmatic but life-changing when Mel and her band recognized the talent of Clemens’ bass playing and simply asked him if he wanted to join the band. He agreed.
Bringing five different characters together turned out to be a bit difficult. Instead, Mel & Clem met separately and developed their own songs on the computer. Together, they noticed that their workflow was more spontaneous, faster, and less complicated. Clemens explains: “We sat in the studio throughout the night, had a few beers and produced music. That’s how MÖWE was created.“ Mel and Clem posted their first song, ‘Blauer Tag’, to their friends via social media. “We didn’t tell anybody it was our song. Instead, we posted: “That’s a new super-hot newcomer from Berlin. The next day, our Facebook exploded.“ The track went viral. The positive feedback was unbelievable and soon the first label requests came in. Being huge fans they decided to sign with Stil vor Talent, Oliver Koletzki’s label.
The song “Inside“ is about the moment in which you realize you have to draw the line in a relationship, because your partner cannot.
‘Seven days’ is a beautiful duet. Mel comments: “We always say: together we are strong. We balance each other in the right moments. We are like a single, extraordinary voice.“
All these first songs were original productions. Soon, however, they started working on cover versions. Besides their covers, where they are able to transport their developed style, they also create bootlegs and remixes. Alongside their own songs, they crafted up the very successful ‘Birds Flying High’, a milestone in their career. The track features a Nina Simone voice sample and turned out to be a big hit in the US. Another breakthrough was the remix they did for UK band Hudson Taylor.
Since 2015, MÖWE's music is exclusively released by record company Armada Music, co-owned by Armin van Buuren.
Having thought about their live show for a long time, it became clear to Mel & Clem that there would have to be live vocals. They experimented with DJ equipment, but soon realized MÖWE songs are not made for mixing. Thus they decided they should stick to their own tracks.
After a while, MÖWE became a breath-taking live act, combining somnambulistic confidence with spontaneity and creativity. Their biggest shows so far have been the MS Dockville Festival in Hamburg, the Social Club in Paris, the Utopia Island Festival in Switzerland and the Shambala Festival in Canada.
Both don’t remain standing. They continue to work on their live show and their vision to soon integrate a drummer to the stage performance. With this project in mind they hope to accomplish their dream of bringing electronic, acoustic and instrumental music together.