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Rebecca and Fiona: The House that Girl Power Built

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012 18:07

Rebecca and Fiona

Fredrik Skogkvist

Sweden’s It Girls have finally made it stateside and this weekend, the electro-pop songstresses Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick, professionally known as Rebecca and Fiona, are bringing their set to Wild Knight in Scottsdale.

Young, beautiful and loaded with catchy dance tunes, it wasn’t long before the duo wooed Swedish masses.

Hailing from Stockholm, Scheja and Fitzpatrick’s friendship developed into a powerhouse of vocal heavy, electro pop music that rocked Swedish nightclubs and dominated the radio airwaves. Their first single, “Luminaries,” put the girls on the map and led their own self-titled TV show that chronicled their life and work as DJs.

But it hasn’t been all glamour and champagne for these two. They hardly have any free time with the work they’ve put in to mixing and looping tracks in their recording studio for their latest album, I Love You, Man.

This summer, the girls are making their North American debut and couldn’t be more excited.

“It’s just so amazing to be in America for us,” Scheja said. “Like, it’s a relief to have a new audience. People are so hungry to hear new music here so it’s fun for us play our stuff because they’ve never heard it before.”

College Times: Are you guys having fun in Vegas?

Rebecca Scheja: Yeah, weare by the pool trying to take some time off before tonight. We’re playing at Marquee nightclub. We were actually off yesterday so we had a whole night of sleep for the first time in a week. Today we’re just hanging by the pool trying to get a little bit tan. We’re so pale compared to everyone else here. 

So how did the two of you team up?

We met through a friend like four-and-a-half years ago. We started off just hanging out and we realized that we had so many interests in common and we were talking about how we could combine our love for music and do it together, so we started booking DJs and promoting a nightclub in Stockholm together. But after a while we started DJing ourselves at our own club and that worked out very well, people thought it was fun to have two girls playing new music; we added a whole new attitude to the DJ culture. We started to get a lot of bookings, even some outside of Stockholm and year later we started to make our own music. It was a natural step.

Have you always been into singing?

Yeah, I went to a music school my whole life and I had always wanted to do something about it but I had no idea how to do it and who to do it with. We were pretty certain that we didn’t want to just be singers and make other people do all the music for us; we weren’t interested in that. We were more interested in taking control of the whole process and learning how to produce music ourselves.

You had your own Swedish television show a few years ago. What was it about?

It was a documentary about us in our early DJ career. They followed us very closely in the apartment where we used to live together, with friends and as DJs. It was two almost three years ago now, but it was a really honest documentary. It was just us being ourselves and people really responded to it. We also presented a lot of new music during the shows. It was cool because people got to see a different side of the DJ life.

You don’t see a whole lot of female DJs in the mainstream electronic music scene. How has being a female DJ duo affected you guys in your careers?

For us it works so well because people think it’s so much fun with us being girls playing heavy house music. People have really been taking us in. We haven’t felt any stress about it, even more so [in the United States] than in Sweden. People have been… I wouldn’t say surprised, but I think it’s refreshing for people…with us being girls and secure in what we do and not just showing our boobs or entertaining in that sense. We’re actually producing, and we’re actually DJing like all other guys.

Tell me about your live sets. Do you guys DJ and sing live?

Um… we’re not singing live that much just because we think it’s pretty cheesy with girls singing on house tracks, but we do sing, so we’re figuring that out — the live performances — but for now we’re just DJing and we take turns every other track. It’s very organic. We do a lot of our own edits and play a lot of unreleased stuff, like our friend’s music or we do big tracks we like with our own vocals. It’s pretty varied, and I think pretty much anybody can find something they like about our set.

What was it like to find out you girls won a Swedish Grammy Award for Best Electronic Dance Act?

That was so amazing! I mean, it just felt so cool and the other people that were nominated, like Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Adrian Lux. We totally respect them and love all of them as producers so that was a big, big win for us.

Rebecca and Fiona, Wild Knight, 4405 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, 480.213.9500, Friday, July 13, 9 p.m., $10

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