Rebecca and Fiona Talk The "Art of Being a Girl"

Rebecca and Fiona Talk The "Art of Being a Girl"

This super hot Swedish DJ duo is on the verge of pop-stardom, and V sat down with them for an exclusive interview.

This super hot Swedish DJ duo is on the verge of pop-stardom, and V sat down with them for an exclusive interview.

Text: Allyson Shiffman

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Swedish pop duo Rebecca & Fiona are a single entity, split into two bodies. For one, they’re prone to finishing each other’s sentences, as if they’re operating from a singular hive mind. They rarely (if ever) fight and their fearless, always on point aesthetic suggests they pull their sort-of-but-not-overly coordinated looks from a single closet. To be friends with one is to be friends with both. They even share an Instagram account.

Sure, there was a Rebecca Scheja and Fiona FitzPatrick before they became Rebecca & Fiona (often uttered as a single, run-on word: RebeccaAndFiona), but from the moment they met (by chance, at a mutual friend’s birthday party) they’ve operated as a unit. It’s this shared universe of girl power, unabashed hotness and good old fashioned fun that’s propelled the girls to inevitable success, first as DJs, now as a bona fide pop stars.

With their latest effort, Art of Being a Girl, Rebecca & Fiona invite us into this universe, leaning hard into the notion of strength through femininity they’ve been cultivating since their first DJ set in a grungy Stockholm basement. It’s a lush, endlessly listenable album, one that cements them as true artists. Still, there’s the underlying feeling that this is just two (especially cool and talented) BFFs doing their thing, a notion that makes them very easy to root for.

We sat down with Rebecca & Fiona at a café in their native Stockholm to chat over Heinekens.

How did you guys meet?

Rebecca: It’s very boring, actually. We had a common friend and we went to a birthday party. It wasn’t a boring party, but you know when it’s like a stiff vibe because you have friends from different groups and it’s a lot of, “ Hello, nice to meet you.” And it’s very stiff and we kind of…

Fiona: Connected on the stiffness.

R: We took a box of red wine and we sat away from everyone else and had so much fun. You know when you’re just vibing? Pretty much straight after that we started hanging out a lot. You were dating this guy and living with him…

F: So boring.

R: He was kind of boring.

F: So I started sort of moving out of his place and living with her.

R: He hated me, obviously. He called me the devil.

You guys have such a clear vibe and identity as artists. Did you ever discuss what sort of group you’d be or what kind of music you’d make?

F: No, it just sort of happened. And of course [our creative director and stylist] Tommy X was a big part of that - he’s been with us from day one. In the beginning he was our stylist and he’d come with clothes to our photo sessions and then he became more and more developed into the group and now it’s like the three of us.

What’s the most outlandish thing he’s ever tried to make you wear or do aesthetically?

F: He wanted me to shave my heads and have some dreads. I didn’t do that.

That was a serious suggestion?!

F: Yeah – he really wants me to be “the ugly one.”

A lot has come to light lately about the challenges of being a woman in this business. Is it just as challenging and crappy here in Stockholm?

F: We feel that we have been owning them, we never felt owned. We’ve always felt that they are our bitches. But still… if they own the account, they have control of us, even if we’ve been feeling in full control. So we figured that we had to get rid of them.

R: But we always had each other, throughout all the challenging moments. And we’ve seen so many girls falling apart and falling out because it’s so hard to stand up. Your vision is your vision but if you don’t have people supporting you, it’s very hard to stand strong. You say, “I want to do this,” and they say, “But oh, you’re not going to make money.”

Do you guys ever fight?

F: We definitely get that question more than we fight. I don’t remember the last time we had a fight, actually.

R: We learned early on that there’s no place to be an asshole – something that men haven’t figured out yet. But also our friendship is more important than our work.

F: …And having fun.

You seem to never stop having fun. What’s your secret? Do you have a great hangover cure or something?

R: Having fun! We were on vacation in Tulum with a friend who’s a doctor, and he told us, “This is really bad information for you, but the only hangover cure that works is alcohol.” You’re always three beers away. So if we have to do a show and we’re really hungover, we drink beer.

What’s in your green room?

F: Beer, and other spirits. Cigarettes.

R: Cigars, for Fiona.

F: I smoke cigars, yeah. And then we have ginger shots, fruit and random snacks, nothing special. For a while we had framed portraits of ourselves.

R: Oh, and we have Fiona’s brand of cold brew coffee as well.

What’s it like to share an Instagram account?

R: Actually, it’s very nice.

F: I was talking with my boyfriend about this yesterday, because he was chatting with some girl on our account, and he was like, “You can always just say that it’s Rebecca answering.”

R: But it always is me, so you’re not lying! We don’t have any secrets between each other anyway, so it doesn’t matter if she reads what I’m writing with someone.

F: And mostly when we connect with men on Instagram, we won’t tell them who they’re talking to. It’s like Russian roulette.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve gotten in your DMs?

F: We get dirty stuff.

R: Dick pics.

F: We usually get those on Snap though.

Rebecca, what’s it like to be named Stockholm’s number two hottest single?!

R: I should be number one! It actually feels pretty good. I don’t know if it’s a compliment or just a bad tinder ad or something… but I looked through the list and I didn’t see any good-looking men. So I felt really sad about that, but it’s nice to be number two.

F: It’s a good picture as well.

Let’s talk about this album a little bit. It feels like something new for you – less of a party anthem situation and more stuff you can listen to at home. How did you arrive here?

R: We were doing a lot of songwriting when we were signed with this major label, RCA. They wanted to take us in a direction that we didn’t feel comfortable with at all, music-wise. They wanted a lot of control over what we released and if we made a song with some big songwriter, they felt that was more important than the music we were making ourselves. We felt super trapped and not comfortable at all, which was the main reason we wanted to leave. But we made a lot of music during this time – demos, scratches or maybe a chorus or a verse – and when we finally got out of the contract we went into the studio and picked and chose from everything we made. It’s kind of like a puzzle or a scrapbook. It became the way we lived through this period, which is why it’s called Art of Being a Girl.

F: We really feel the way that we as women navigate through this patriarchy is an art. We really learn and develop, as opposed to men, who just walk straightforward in a line, without having to adjust.

R: In the beginning you’re promised all this great stuff – like you’re going to collaborate with Britney Spears, you’re going to go on this tour, stuff like that. We knew that it was American-style promises…

F: We try to just enjoy the ride.

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Credits: Photography: Mio Sallanto

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