On the road promoting “FEVERS,” her new EP under the pseudonym of Mr Little Jeans, Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based techno-pop artist Monica Birkenes woke up jet lagged in Washington, D.C.. She slept in past 11 a.m., something she calls “not normal.” She adds, “But I went to the gym, I’m having some fruit now for brunch, and then I’m going to drive to New York. So I don’t have a normal 9 to 5 routine, and there is no such thing as an average day for me. And I wouldn’t like one if there was.” She appears in San Francisco this week.
You’ve been in L.A. for a while now. Do you have any pets yet?
Yes! I do now! Well, uh, I have a new boyfriend now, and I’ve become his dog’s mom, so she’s not mine. But she feels like mine. So I walk Zoe every morning and every night, and Zoe’s my best friend.
Is the new fellow a Cali dude?
Yeah, he is. I met him on Bumble. It’s a dating app, like Tinder, but better. It’s much better quality, and the girl has to make the initial contact and start the conversation, so you don’t get random dudes. So that’s perfect for me, because I love taking that initiative. And then you get to weed them out, because I like to say stupid things and see if they get it. And if they don’t get it, they’re weeded out. That’s it.
What was his test?
I think I asked him if he could help me with my computer problems. And his profile said that an Amazon Prime membership was included with a date, and I said, “I already have Amazon Prime. But do you offer Netflix?” And that was just our initial contact. The really crazy stuff came later.
Your last boyfriend inspired sad songs on your 2014 debut album, “Pocketknife.” And now?
Well, I’ve started working on my second album, and I just wrote my first song for this boyfriend. And it was about the very beginning, which was a bit rocky. But it’s hard to write really happy songs and not sound cheesy and stupid. So I had to add a little turmoil in there. He hasn’t heard it yet. Mainly because I mumble and people can’t really understand my lyrics.
So you swear by dating apps?
It’s the very first time I’ve ever done it. And I liked Bumble, but I hated Tinder. But because I don’t have a regular job, I don’t meet a lot of people. So I’m really glad that I was brave enough to try it.
IF YOU GO
Mr Little Jeans
Where: Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Dec. 1
Tickets: $17 to $19
Contact: (415) 255-0333, www.slimspresents.comFeversMonica BirkenesMr Little JeansPop Musicsinger-songwritertechno-pop