DigiExclusive: Rebecca & Fiona InterviewAugust 2nd, 2012 ⋅ News ⋅ by Digi Moses
In a scene dominated by male DJ’s and producers, it’s rare to see any female artists that are successful, popular, and have a huge following. Swedish DJ’s Rebecca & Fiona, however, stand as an exception to that rule, having rocked the EDM scene both in the States and in Sweden with their heavenly vocals and sweet progressive house beats.
After a couple of releases of hits such as Bullets, Jane Doe, and Dance, the duo put their time together to create their new album I Love You Man, which includes the songs above plus a couple of new songs that had the entire club dancing away like no tomorrow. We caught up with the girls on the day of their album premiere at Dim Mak Studios to learn more about their new album and the girls themselves:
Good to see you guys! How are you?
R: We’re fine, just getting ready for tonight, but nothing that a drink can’t fix!
So we’ve got a couple of questions for you today. First off, how did you come up with you album title, I Love You, Man?
F: With our Swedish Record Label, there was a man we know
R: We called him Milsan, which is Swedish for girl, but he looks more like a dog. The first time we saw him, we thought he was a dog!
F: And he worked at my boyfriend’s music label, Stay Gold. Rebecca and I wanted to make music, so we took my boyfriend’s clothes and we went to the record label and we walked into this meeting and said that we wanted to release music. The music label that this man, or dog, worked at was Universal, one of the biggest record labels in Sweden that signed Avicii’s LE7ElS.
R: A year and half after he signed us after our first single, he called us and said: “Girls, this is not funny, you have to come up with a title [for the album], you’ve been telling us that you’ll figure it out, and you haven’t told us and we’ve been sitting here” and we had one day to come with the title, we forgot. We never wanted to have something pretentious, dark, or cool. It’s just us and our tracks
F: And our beer!
R: It was 2 days before they sent everything to the press.
F: We didn’t have time to come with an album title. We were reading a magazine and one of the article’s title read” I Love You Man”, and Rebecca read that out loud as a joke, but I thought it was a good name. We were joking about it, and [the record label] was like “you can’t be serious”
R: So we told them: “Fuck you guys, it’s going to be called I Love You Man!”
F: So Rebecca and I gott the vibe, high fived, and we did it to prove them wrong.
R: Then Milsan was like “Yeah, it’s not going to be funny tomorrow!” And we’re like, it’s still funny!
Did you have any other ideas for the title of the album?
R: We were thing of calling it Kristallnacht what a fucking night or Holy Night, but that would have been offensive! But we like to joke. Internationally, it’s also better (Laughs)
What has been your favorite collaboration?
F: The one with Kaskade. It has been the one with the most fun for us and the most different and it was a new way for us to work. We’ve done collaboration with a rapper named Spank Rock, which is on the album. It’s really dark and slow, and most people didn’t like at first, but it came from our hearts
R: We haven’t done a lot of collaborations, but we work with our family; Fiona’s dad is a producer, her boyfriend is a producer…her mom wants to be a producer.
F: One time my mom came to one of our shows and ran to my boyfriend and said: I love Tommy Trash!” and she is 51!
When he sent you the track, did you cover the vocals right away?
F: He sent us other tracks, but we didn’t really feel the vibe on it, and then we came to the studio to make it work. He accidently played “Turn It Down” and we were like “Ahh fuck man! Fuck we want that track!”
R: It wasn’t finished, the drop wasn’t made and it was only the intro.
F: And we got the good spot, we asked him for this track, thinking he’s going to say no, since he had a list on the wall for collaborations like Zedd, Skillex, Dada Life, all the cool people.
R: We already had lyrics and sentences written on my computer, and we put it together with Ryan [Kaskade] that day, so it was a fast process.
F: it took us two hours to download the track after it was finished, and we were nervous to hear it. We never had anything to do with the production process before, and this is the first time we controlled everything, so it was exciting.
Was there at any point you thought it would be difficult to create this album?
F: No. It was really simple, it just came out.
R: Some of the tracks took longer to make, some were made during a week. The tracks each have different feeling and sound wise, but it was a good match and it was a fun way to express our feelings into an album.
Where do you guys get your fashion sense?
R: We’re not interested in fashion actually.
F: We think the fashion industry is overpriced, and a threat to the environment actually. We decided early on that we wanted to be a good inspiration and good values and inspire people to buy good stuff. That’s why we wear vintage clothes. My outfit was $10 dollars.
R: Even my kickers were vintage.
F: We’re big fans of big comfortable, but we hate girls in Vegas who wear fuzzy boots, etc. and can’t walk. They’re very naked, and we’re not big fans of it.
What does it feel like to be one of the most influential women DJ’s around?
R: It’s us, and we’re doing what we do. But we realize while we’re touring that we’re the only ones doing this and we’re young and that we’re one of the only duos. The big difference is that not many girls are involved in production; most of them DJ other people’s tracks or provide vocals on other DJ’s tracks.
Do you get any trouble, praise, or criticism from other DJ’s? The EDM scene is dominated guys and I imagine it must be very different being one of the only women DJ duos that are successful.
F: It is different, for example. When we were playing a music festival in Canada Afterwards, we went to drink beer with the guys, and while we think of ourselves as natural DJ’s, they were discussing bass, plug-ins, kicks and so on without asking our opinions on it.
R: I was trying to be sneaky, trying to ask them “Have you tried this new hardware?” and so on, but they were not answering and they started talking to themselves and not include as part of their discussion.
F: It’s random that people will ask anything technical.
R: They would mostly try to teach us.
F: They only assume that we are only singing at most.
Are there any other events you guys will be playing soon?
R: Besides the grabbing the main stage at Tomorrowland, we’ll be playing with Tiesto in Ibiza this summer, other funny festivals and touring around America. We’re looking forward to drinking beer in Germany, because here they only serve light beer because we are girls!
So what is the direction you guys are planning to go forward with? More commercial, progressive music?
F: No. We’re going to get even deeper and darker!
Who are your inspirations behind your music?
F: Mostly bands, like Vampire Weekend, Suicide (an old English band).
R: Mostly bands yeah, but techno too. We love Tommy Trash and big room house, but we don’t listen to just one type of music. We got inspiration from a lot of old music.
Do you have anything to tell our readers and producers who are trying to get into the EDM scene?
F: Work hard and don’t feel pressured by the commercial atmosphere or promoters who try to make you change something you don’t like. Really look into your heart and decide for yourself what is good music.
R: take inspiration from anybody, but combine it with your own vision. Don’t try to copy and match what is already out, because that’s going to change.
F: It’s about finding the strength inside of you and it sounds cliché, but surround yourself with people who motivate you instead of put you down.
R: Most importantly, work work work and if you want to become a DJ, ask to play for free at bars and test stuff out. It’s important to be self critical and continuing to improve. It takes a while to learn or use a program.
I Love You Man is out and available for purchase now from iTunes and you can stream one of their hit songs off the album, Bullets, below.