MIA. (alternate spelling: Mia.) is a German rock/pop band from Berlin. MIA. originally formed in 1997 when TV host Sarah Kuttner introduced schoolmates Mieze and Andreas Ross (who later changed his name to Andy Penn) to Robert Schtze and Ingo Puls. They took on Hannes Schulze as drummer and one year later the band, then called Me in Affairs, signed a contract with newly formed independent music label R.O.T. - Respect or Tolerate. They soon abbreviated their band name to MIA., but now claim the letters do no longer stand just for Me in Affairs, but also for things like 'Musik ist Alles' ('Music is everything') and that there is no such thing as a 'correct' translation of their name. In 1999 the band released its first single 'Sugar My Skin' on major label BMG, but due to artistic differences the members soon asked to be released from that contract. In 2001 they followed up with their second single 'Factory City'.