Swide loves Sweden! It’s official. This love reached new heights when Rebecca and Fiona’s new video for ‘Dance’ was released in March and Swide’s Ben Taylor was determined to catch a few words with the duo… well, here is what happened…
Having been in each other’s pockets since 2007, Rebecca&Fiona have become a well respected duo who have toured with Robyn, featured and collaborated with a flurry of musicians, been nominated for Newcomer of the Year and Best Dance act and starred in their own T.V. show. After Swide introduced the electronic tinged pop coupling to you, our readers, it was inevitable that were going to have to hear what they have to say for themselves…
Rebecca and Fiona, how did you find each other?
We met at a friend in commons birthday party and it was instant love!
You’ve grown up on the Swedish music scene, what’s changed since you started out?
There has always been a lot of great music coming out of Sweden, since we were kids we have known that if you work hard you can make it as a artist! We have both been fortunate enough to study music in school for free and we hope that this opportunity will be there for the next generation of Swedes!
You’ve collaborated with various artists. How does releasing your own work differ to the work you’ve done with Kaskade, Adrian Lux etc?
With Kaskade we weren’t involved in the production of the track, only the writing and the vocals so for us it went extremely fast, only one studio session. Otherwise we’re putting months or sometimes years in to completing the tracks....
The web series gave you a helping hand and pushed your profile into the mainstream. Would you do it again? A kind of ‘5 years later’ idea?
Haha, I don’t know! We didn’t have that much to do at that time... I don’t know if we would have time for another show, it takes huge amounts of it and can be pretty annoying. But we like working with film a lot so will probably do something in film or TV again at some stage!
Your first single, Luminary Ones, was released in 2010 and you are about to release Dance. How do you think you’ve developed as artists since your first release?
A lot! We still learn everyday and are very interested in developing as producers and musicians. It is fun to listen to Luminary Ones, it is a timestamp of who we where then.... Very different from how we would think today.
The aesthetics of your recent videos are very different in comparison. What influences your choices?
We have been working with different people and just doing fun stuff. Sometimes we’ve had a very low budget and just wanted to put a visual on our track. We are not snobby with these kind of things, we just want to make cool and fun stuff with interesting people. Tommie X, our creative "everything", is the mind behind most of what we do.
Also, in the video for Dance you apply some pretty interesting makeup to each other’s faces. What’s the significance behind this?
Haha, that is up to the viewer to decide. You don’t think it looks good? It’s the latest style!
You’re both very experimental with your style. Ever had any regrets?
Of course, but there is no time to think about that!
The Swedish are known for their ability to craft the perfect pop song. What else should we be aware of?
Everybody who is planning a visit to Sweden should be aware of the polar bears patrolling the streets of Stockholm!
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?
Oh we get so much good advice from great people all the time but I think this phrase from Leonardo Da Vinci is the best:
'Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.'
Interviewed and Written by Ben Taylor