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There is a striking courage present, both in this young artists musicality and lyrics as well as in her presence as a performer. It is a sense of stark strength that results from the vulnerability that miranda shares with her intimate performances.
“Something that has given me a lot of inspiration is the ability to for a moment be someone else. These short moments of friction, when my world is rubbing up against the world of another human being, or a moment, lived a long time ago. These moments where you forget what is yours and what is someone elses. And moments, when you’re surroundings are seeing you in a way that simply makes you doubt who and what you are, which place is your place, which place is mine. This is the perfect setting for a song to come alive, cause music is something we all are carrying around inside of us, and something we all inherited. There is something very free and inspiring about melodies and stories, they are always there somewhere but they can never really be owned.”
Miranda grew up in Malmö, Sweden as the daughter of two young artists, her father, a composer and producer and her mother, a costume designer and cello player. Her parents have always been very close to her in her artistical work. She is often playing concerts with her mother on stage. And her father has been writing several arrangements for her songs. Most recently he rearranged her song Polly Pocket for a string quartet based in berlin.
Ever since she was a child music has been a big part of her life, always surrounded by musicians. Spending her childhood in rehearsals, theatres, studios, sound checks, hanging around in backstage rooms or playing games with the bar staff.
At the age of 9 she had her first band, the hip hop trio “Shakespear´s daughters.” But the interest for music was still not very big so they split up after a year.
Until she turned 14 Miranda was quite sure that music was nothing for her. But then suddenly she picked up the guitar and started to write songs, many songs.
Two years later she had made herself known in her hometown, as the “PJ Harvey of Malmö” and was playing concerts around all sweden in festivals, clubs and bars, keeping her minor age a secret. 2008 she was nominated by the Swedish independent music awards “manifestgalan” as the unsigned artist of the year.
She kept on exploring her creativity, composing and performing music for a theater play “Vandrarinnans blues” set at the art venue “Inkonst” in Malmö.
Developing a more playful, cabaret inspired sound, playing mostly piano and pumporgan. Her sound has always been suited for all kinds of ages, so apart from the “normal” music scene she played on theater stages like the “Helsingborgs Stadsteater” (City theater of Helsingborg) for an audience with 60 as an average age.
She´s been recording and playing live with her father Martin Gjerstad and his college the producer Tore Johansson and their music collective “Instead of Gospel” regularly since then and appears as a backing voice on several of their productions.
Miranda moved to Berlin, 18 years old, starting off singing swedish folksongs in the u-bahn stations. Hand in hand with her friend they sang every morning for the people who went to work.
Slowly she started paying concerts, and after a while she came in contact with the Berlin based band Lonski and Classen.
They are now working together, both in the studio and on stage.