Anneliese Pomering, Sydney - Australia - on 13/9/12
The list of what Swedish powerhouse duo Rebecca & Fiona can't do appears to be getting shorter by the minute. DJs, producers, singers, performers, televison stars...you can put a big tick next to all of those. Meeting through a shared interest in dance music, the pair quickly conquered Sweden's club scene and in 2010 released their first single, 'Luminary Ones'. Since then the only way has been up for the girls, who have found themselves now playing all around the world alongside the likes of Tiësto, Kaskade, Axwell and Steve Angello to name a few, not to mention picking up the award for Best Electronic/Dance at the Swedish Grammy Awards this year. Clearly not just pretty faces, then.
And wouldn't you know, the gals are on their way to Australia this month for a nationwide tour, so Pulse's Anneliese Pomering got on the blower to speak with Rebecca Scheja of the duo ahead of their impending arrival.
Pulse: Hi Rebecca! You and Fiona are touring Australia this month, have you heard much about the Australian music scene? Rebecca Scheja: We’ve got friends who have toured and performed in Australia and all of them tell us there’s a really good house scene and the crowd is really cool and the festivals and clubs are really into our kind of music, so we’re really excited. And generally we haven’t been to Australia so we’re really excited to go and see the country.
What have you got prepared for this tour? Any new music? Yeah, a lot of our own new stuff that we’ve been introducing and working on over summer, so we’re going to try and finish them up in the next couple of weeks and hopefully play them when we get to Australia. We have a lot of new stuff but also we’re going to try and re-do our old stuff on our album, well it’s old now to us.
I want to ask you about the album because you made it so early in your career when a lot of DJs and producers don’t do albums, why did you two choose to make an one? From the beginning we were only interested in releasing singles, and each single having a theme and a video that really suited that kind of track, but then we were also really interested in being more like a band and as performers. And when we had about ten tracks, we figured they really fit together and they would make a great album, and it would be fun to actually release an album rather than just do singles because everybody else is doing that. So we just decided to do it and it was a lot of fun doing the actual album.
Because you both write, produce and sing on everything, what do you try to create with your music and style? We just want to do whatever feels right and what we feel will develop us as musicians and producers and singers. So we’re trying to find new sounds that actually fit us. It’s a combination of a more organic electronic sound and house music. So I think what we’re trying to create is only what we really, really like and what we feel is us rather than trying to adjust to the business or the hit music or whatever. We just want to do music that feels good for us and the same thing with our style. Everything comes from us. We don’t look to anybody else, or try to take after anyone.
Do you have a favourite song off your album or a favourite to perform? Just recently we really like the tracks that haven’t been on the radio and stuff because you get tired of them. Like the tracks you have to play when you DJ, that people expect you to play. So tracks on the album like ‘Golden Gate’, ‘Church Is On Fire’ and ‘Sleep Alone’, they have their own life almost, they’re more underground. We figured we really love them right now because they have their own spirit kind of, because they haven’t made it on radio the amount of times as the other tracks, so we really like them.
Do you think because you DJ when you tour, this overshadows your talents in singing and production, because a lot of people may only know you for your DJ sets? DJing has been our performance act since we started, before anything else, so it’s natural for us to be behind the decks because it’s a lot of fun. But we also love to produce and sing and perform, more as a band, so I think we’re going to try and combine them in the future more. Maybe more like an electronic DJ act like as a live event rather than just DJs at clubs. But for now we’re fine with just DJing, because it’s so much fun and we know that we are good at it!
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