9 posts categorized "Robyn"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

And The New Robyn Single Is "Indestructible"


A bit of a surprise really. Basically it's the last acoustic song on "Body Talk Part 2" but something tells me she's hiding a beefed up electronic pop version for the next album release...it is Robyn after all.

So here's the deal. "Indestructible" will be released on November 22nd and the big bad final and complete "Body Talk" album follows shortly on November 29th and will feature fifteen tracks .  The best five from each of "Body Talk Pt 1 & 2" will be featured plus FIVE brand new songs! 

So can't wait to hear it!  You know it's gonna sound mega!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Body Talking With Robyn Part 4 - "Dance Music Is Almost Considered to be a "Dirty Word" in America".


And here we are...the last part of our Body Talking with Robyn Interview segment as part of Robyn Takeover Week on EQ.  In this last segment, Robyn talks about American audience reaction to her music, The VMAs, her thoughts on her iconic classic "With Every Heartbeat" and how she has gotten to where she is now. 

I just have to say, I really enjoyed this interview with Robyn and hope you have enjoyed Robyn Takeover Week on EQ.  I seriously can't wait for album three to come out this year and it's truly a joy to see Robyn's audiences getting bigger and bigger - she just doesn't stop!  Thanks to Robyn and Leanne for making this interview possible and once again, if you don't own "Body Talk Parts 1 or 2" yet - get it on iTunes!

Revisit all our EQ Robyn Takeover Week content on this link.

EQ: What was it like performing on Letterman recently? When I saw that I thought – wow, Robyn has truly arrived in America.
Robyn: I've actually done Letterman before and it's always great when you get asked to perform there - it's such an important show. But what was really interesting with doing "Dancing On My Own" this time there is that you never really know how a song is going to do in a country until you actually perform it there. Doing that song there was before the tour and I was nervous because it's a dance record and I didn't expect it to "feel good" in that environment - I imagined it being a little awkward like, because dance music is almost considered to be like a "dirty word" in America so I was expecting it not to really resonate there. But when we went on stage and did the song, I could feel this energy from the audience and people really responding which was awesome! Every one working there on the show was like super happy, but also the feedback we got from people watching the show has been amazing. Then going on tour and performing that song was like the highlight of the evening - the crowds just went crazy. I'm doing the song on the VMAs in couple days too...

Wow - that really is a whole new level for you isn't it?
I know, I guess it's just nice because it means that people care about what I do. At the same time, I'm not pursuing success in that sense. If it happens, that's great - I'm not gonna fight it! But the coolest thing about it is that it feels like I've been able to get here on my own terms and that's what really matters.

I still get chills when you perform “With Every Heartbeat” at your latest shows. Do you mind that the song will probably be a trademark song for a lot of your fans?
I feel great about that! For me, "With Every Heartbeat" was one of those songs that just happened so naturally and the way it became a hit here in the UK was just through people requesting the song through radio and that very rarely happens these days, so it was quite special for me and Kleerup as well.

Can you tell us anything about the third album in this project?
NO! I can't because I'm still working on it and I don't know really what it's going to be yet! I'm in the studio and I'm still writing and there are a couple songs finished, but I don't know yet what's gonna happen with them yet - if they are going to be good or if I'm gonna scrap them. I'm in the studio the rest of September and we'll see after that! Everytime I start writing again, it's always fun and it's always easy. What's hard it just getting to the point where your inspired and balanced enough to focus on that. That happens when you're on the road for five years promoting one album - you totally just lose all your inspiration - most of all you just don't find the focus. That's what's differnet now about working this way, I'm not going to be away from the studio as long. I don't think I'll make three albums in one year again...but I think I will keep working in this format to keep the songwriting up - that's the whole plan. As someone who has been releasing albums since I was sixteen - I feel this is now what's working for me, not being away from the studio or touring for so long...

Any closing words for our EQ readers!
I'm just so happy you know about me and stuff!
Thank you for your well-informed questions!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Body Talking With Robyn Part 3 - "We didn't realize that we'd written a song that could be interpreted as an HIV, gay anthem or anything..."


It's day three of Robyn Takeover Week here at EQ and as you would expect, we have some more exclusive interview footage with Robyn.  In this third segment, the tiny but mighty pop powerhouse talks about the concept for the "Body Talk" artwork, touring with Kelis, how she came up with brilliant track "Love Kills" and what it's like working with Snoop Dog. 

If you haven't bought "Body Talk Part Two" yet, make sure to grab it on iTunes and you can follow all our Robyn Takeover Week coverage on this link.


EQ: Talk me through the artwork for "Body Talk Part 2" – it was a very cool concept.
Robyn: Well we shot all the covers at the same time. It was shot in Sweden. Me and my friend Mary Furgo have worked together on all the visual concepts for this album project. We also decided to work with an artist called Lucy McGray - she used to be a dancer, then she became an architect then she became an artist. She does something that is called "body architecture" in which she experiments with the constitution of the human body and movement. She creates these beautiful things that she puts on herself and other people that's fun and playful, but it's also very smart and interesting. So we worked with her and she's the one who made the paper things and it was shot by Johan Rank who also did the "Handle Me" video. I wanted to shoot all three of the covers at the same time to tie them together. All the visuals that we did on print, even the first promo cover that had the logo with all the different stuff, it's something that we could have done in post, but we wanted it to look real. Even though it has a modern feel to it and has a reference to technology, I wanted it to feel kinda lo-fi and real. I think the covers have that too. You know how the CD looks like a CD-R - it's just really cool.

What was it like touring the US with Kelis?
It went really really well. I was like so blown away by the audiences we were performing for. I think both our audiences liked the fact that we were touring together. We both try to make pop music in an unexpected way and we both like making music that feels real. It really resonated well with the crowds. I never experienced any crowd like that before - it was really nice.

It really seemed like the perfect pop pairing of two powerhouses getting together...What's Kelis like?
Yeah it was great - it was a really cool time. Kelis is a great girl. She's really super nice and down-to-earth. She's a cool chic - she knows what she likes and we had some good times!

My favorite song on "Body Talk Part 2" definitely is “Love Kills”. Can you tell me what you were thinking when you were writing that song?
Well I stated on the song originally with a producer/duo on the club scene in Stockholm called Savage Skulls. Originally it sounded different so we decided to re-work it.  We really didn't realize that we'd written a song that could totally be like interpreted as an HIV, gay anthem or anything [Laughs and slumps down in her chair]. You know how the song goes...(Robyn starts singing) "Protect yourself or you'll wreck yourself, cuz you know that Love Kills"...[laughs some more]...it's like super dramatic and we were like "what did we just write!"

Wow - I didn't quite get that from the song, but now you've given me a whole new meaning!
Neither did we until it was done! I loved that it had that reference because the production was going in that direction anyways even before we wrote the lyrics. You know I grew up with dance music in the 90s with like The KLF, Robin S and Snap! and all those artists have something quite dramatic about their songs, so I wanted to do something that was quite dramatic and dark. So when we came up with the song title "Love Kills" it just totally grew from there! I love that it has that layer to it.

You worked with Snoop on “U Should Know Better” – what’s it like being in the studio with him? Is he really as laid back and cool as he seems on TV or is he different in the studio?
Yeah - he's super cool and very down-to-earth, sensitive and very intelligent and he loves music. He's a real music lover - that's how we connected and that's how we decided to work together. He's really open to try stuff and we tried a lot of diffenet ideas.

Continue to Part 4


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