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When American socialites start DJing, it's never pretty. But when Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona hit the studio, the rest of the world takes notice for all the right reasons.
These fashionistas are more than just pretty faces; they're masters of the modern synth-pop sound. That's why Kaskade tapped them to sing on his track "Turn It Down," and that's why they're touring the U.S., promoting their debut album, I Love You, Man.
This Sunday, these fierce DJ-producers will invade Set with high-energy beats and summery vibes. So we caught up with Rebecca Scheja as she checked into her L.A. hotel room.
New Times: Is this your first trip to America?
Rebecca Scheja: No, not at all. We've been touring the U.S. all spring and summer. And now we're going to continue the tour pretty much the whole year.
How do you like it?
We love it! It's amazing.
How do American audiences compare to the crowds in Sweden. Are people feeling the music so far?
Yeah. People are more hungry in America to hear new music. They're really into the whole lifestyle around house music and EDM, as they call it. For us, it's really nice to just be able to be DJs and producers, and play our music.
Recently, you did some work with Kaskade. How did you get hooked up with him? And what was it like working together?
We had teamed with my boyfriend, Adrian Lux. They had a gig together and Kaskade overheard our vocals on one of Adrian's tracks. Then Kaskade wanted to work with us. We talked to him and we knew about him and we liked his music and stuff. So one year later or something, we ended up meeting in the studio and we made the track. It was a really fun experience and it was really easygoing. He's a great guy and a great producer, and it was fun to collaborate with him.
What's the story behind the title I Love You, Man?
We didn't have a name. We were, like, one week before release in Sweden and our record label dude called us, like, "Girls! You need to figure out a name. You can't just call it Rebecca & Fiona —that's weird. You need to have an actual name." And we looked through a magazine trying to figure out something to call it. And we didn't know really, because we didn't want to be pretentious or, like, have something deep and dark.
So we saw the title of "I Love You, Man" in the magazine, and it kind of summarized our whole values around making music. Like, me and Fiona, we love each other and we're happy to be able to do what we do, and we're girls in this male-dominated business. So it's kind of a joke.
Often with female musicians, the media will make a big story out of the fact that they're girls. But do you think your music is particularly feminine?
We're often called "female DJs." And for us, that's a shame and really weird, because we're just DJs, just as male DJs are DJs. So we never really think about it, and we try to avoid all the negative energy from people who try to put us in a different category. We don't think it's a big difference for girls and guys to make music.
In electronic music right now, everything is very heavy. There's a lot of aggression. But your style is more fun and summery, almost light. From where do you draw your inspiration?
We get inspiration from each other pretty much, and our friends and family. We only try to make the music that we like, and we're combining the genres we were listening to when we grew up. We're trying to make music that's timeless. We don't want to match the commercial stuff that's on Beatport.
Anything you want to say to Miamians before you get here?
Tell them to come! We want them to dance!