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Misia Ff

Act Two

Jul 16, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Misia Furtak (otherwise known as Misia Ff) has just gotten off stage at Poland’s Open’er Festival. But before settling down for a chat about her music, she took a turn on the opposite side of the microphone, interviewing music fans about their festival experience for a local website. The Warsaw-based singer-songwriter (who also moonlights as a radio broadcaster) jokes about it being a hell of a task, but admits that by the end of her stint they all but had to pry the microphone from her hands.

“I like to give myself a lot of things to do, kinda around the same thing but from different angles,” she notes. “It opens your head up a little bit. It’s all connected. It sometimes sounds like it’s a lot of different stuff. But when you zoom out and look at it, it makes sense.”

Furtak isn’t a stranger to the can-do spirit. Previously she served as the bassist/vocalist for moody rock outfit très.b, a project that formed when she met band members Thomas Pettit and Olivier Heim at school in Copenhagen. When clerical error prevented her from continuing her studies in Denmark, the band moved en masse to Maastricht and Amsterdam before ultimately signing a record deal in Poland — despite the fact she was the only member with Polish blood.

The trio ultimately called it quit in 2013, shortly after releasing their spiky third album, 40 Winks of Courage. Furtak is pragmatic about très.b’s split, and carefully notes that she does hope that her former band will record together again in the future.

“All these years, we were really super close,” she notes. “Because it was that intense, when it didn’t feel that close, it just didn’t have that chemistry. I think it’s the wise thing to do. If the label pushed us to continue, it would turn against us.”

For now, Furtak is occupied with finishing her debut solo album, which she hopes to finish by the end of the year. Having released an EP of melancholy ’90s-inspired rock earlier this year (which featured a ballad cover of Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life”), she’s busy testing out new material with her backing band, and enthusiastically muses about the idea of incorporating some electronic beats into the process. But with most of the album still living as drafts in Garageband, she’s hesitant to speculate what the final product might sound like. Instead, adrenaline still pumping from her performance, she describes the live show, full of psychedelic solos and playful shouting.

“I have a really good band,” Furtak says, grinning. “We have this vibe that when we start playing, that’s when the energy starts properly floating. It just gets bigger and bigger.”

A growing presence in the Polish rock community, Furtak has also found herself as a de facto ambassador for the Lemkos people (a ethnicity that she shares with Andy Warhol). As one of only 11,000 people in Poland that identify as a member of the ethnic sub-group, it’s a fact that Furtak doesn’t take lightly.

“I started speaking about this heritage, and I started getting emails and phone calls from people who asked me how to deal with it,” she says. “Poland is very uni-national. There aren’t many ethnic minorities. If someone talks openly about their ethnicity, it’s inspiring. That’s definitely interesting to me, to explore that area. If that can add openness in Poland, even if it’s a little bit, I would be super happy to add my voice. I would like to stay connected to the community that’s spread out around the world and tell them that you can open up about it.”

Despite her activism, Furtak balks at the phrase “role model.” She also downplays her recent turn as a cover artist for Elle Poland, calling it an honor before changing the focus to the kindness and talent of the team behind the publication. Instead of wallowing in accolades, she turns the conversation back to the fact that she’s making a living having a good time and doing something she loves with people she cares about.

“It’s not my goal to make something iconic,” she notes. “It’s not in your power. It becomes iconic fifty years later. But, it has a very good chance of becoming iconic if while making it you have fun with your friends.”




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