“Our first concert in Singapore, in the 1990s, was really memorable”: Interview with Kåre Wanscher of Michael Learns to Rock

It’s been a few years since MLTR performed in Singapore. Where’s the band been touring?
We’ve been visiting places such as Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Dubai, and other Asian countries—we’re always planning concerts and recording new music.

Why do you think Asia is one of MLTR’s biggest fan bases?
I think the way the songs are composed —melodic, romantic, easy to sing along to—is something that appeals to our Asian audiences.

What’s the secret to your longevity?
Our fans really motivate us and give us the energy to make new music.

How has touring changed for you over the years?
Our first years in Asia were very busy—there were so many interviews to attend, and as a result, we didn’t have a lot of time to sightsee. It’s a lot less hectic now, so we have time to relax and take in the sights of each city.

Which artists would MLTR like to collaborate with?
We would have loved to collaborate with Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, but they’re no longer around, unfortunately.  We would love to play with Bruno Mars.

What are the top three songs in your playlist right now?
I’m currently listening to “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, and some Justin Timberlake.

What has been your most memorable concert to date?
Our first concert in Singapore, in the 1990s, was really memorable. We had been performing at a lot of small gigs before that and we suddenly found ourselves in a huge stadium with screaming fans. It was really something.

Michael Learns to Rock performs on Feb 22 at The MAX Pavillion @ Singapore Expo, 7.30pm. $78-158 from Sistic.