We’ve all witnessed the thirst with which fans are known to pursue the attention of headlining DJs these days. So, when you meet Rebecca and Fiona, it’s not hard to imagine a parade of fan-boys and girls squealing after the lovely Swedish duo. To my surprise, the pair reported that short of a few marriage proposals, their male fans pursuits have kept fairly tame. “Keep ‘em coming. It would be fun to have some more rowdy proposals or crazy people,” Rebecca says, un-phased. And in the very sweetest of Swedish accents, Fiona adds “We’re up for it.”
Facing prejudice as women in a male dominated industry, Rebecca and Fiona have proven themselves the hard way, carving it out in the studio and growing from the ground up, while still managing to have some fun. “As a female, you always get compared to other females, even though the only thing you have in common is gender, it’s not even the same music or the same anything,” said Fiona of the process of establishing themselves as a female duo in Sweden, one of the world’s hubs for electronic music. “We had to take a lot,” added Rebecca, of baring that burden, “Even when we first started making music, they couldn’t believe that we made the music ourselves, but it’s been such a long time now, we don’t get those prejudices anymore.”
Now firmly established as DJs and producers, the girls have even inspired a trend at home, paving the way for girls in Sweden, where female DJs represent nearly half of all the electronic music performers. They’ve even gone as far as coaching young girls at DJ schools put on by Adidas. Fiona explained their commitment to the fans and how it ties into their performance, “We’re very devoted. We get really emotional every time. We feel really bad if we don’t give everything we have, every time. I guess it’s sensitive for us.” While nearly every DJ will tell you how much they appreciate doing what they’re doing, these girls exude a genuine gratitude and love for their fans.
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Around midnight, we finished our interview and rode the elevator down to into the gears of a fully cranking club floor—the place was primed. I took my place among the rabble; the girls approached the decks with natural grace and a pair of loving smiles, then stepped up and proceeded to wreck The Estate.
As a music fan, I’ve been let down lately by the trend of great house and trance producer/DJs coming all the way out to Boston just to phone in a progressive set off the Beatport top 40. Rebecca and Fiona shattered that routine with one of the most refreshingly non-commercial groove-soaked sets Boston has seen in any recent history. Everyone in the room got a lesson in track selection, danced to jams they’d never heard and loved every second.
Their set had a hard hitting 90’s rave, punk groove not entirely unlike the vibe of Fatboy Slim’s festival sets, but with a string of sexy percussive tracks laced throughout and their own vocal tracks to which the girls were elated to sing along with the crowd. The fact that they are more than a little easy on the eyes and share a vicious fashion sense is no record label gimmick, these are simply byproducts of their general awesomeness—Rebecca and Fiona are the real deal.
Boston fans got the show they wanted and needed. Don’t be fooled by the future school girl punk outfits, Rebecca and Fiona will blow you a kiss and knock your house down.
Interview by Greg McCarriston