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Friday, 11 May 2012

SnapCacklePop Interview - Vanbot

There are very few pop stars music that make SCP drool and leave us gagging for more, thats until we discovered Vanbot. The Swedish singer who released her debut album Vanbot (001) full of dance/electro pop that has had the SCP HQ rocking since we heard it..! For the brilliance of that album we awarded Vanbot our 2011 Music Awards for OMG What an awesome debut album award and we were lucky enough to catch up with the singer to talk her new album, what she does in her spare time and does she believe in aliens? 

Check out our interview below..!

Hi Vanbot. Welcome to SnapCacklePop!

Firstly congratulations on winning the SnapCacklePop Award for OMG What an awesome debut album, how do you feel?
Thank you! I feel honored.

At SCP we have been in love with your album since first listen, its totally BRILLIANT! Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences are very different such as The Chemical Brothers, Crystal Castles, Empire Of The Sun. It can also be just a specific synthesizer in a remix or the way of building something interesting and to put the best conditions to the melodies. I would say that my melodies are what drives my music forward.

Where do you get your inspiration for your music?
I get inspired by art with an honest message, it could be a movie, a photograph, but often the songs that communicate something hidden. That´s what I consider to be the nerve and it´s not bound to any art or music style. And as you've probably read, a lot of my inspiration comes from riding my bike through Stockholm, that's when I feel totally free. 

We love the whole album, however Lost Without You is one of our favorites, can you tell us about that track?
I remember very clearly when I wrote that song. It was so obvious, the melody, the harmonies, the lyrics. I wrote it in 15 minutes and it felt just like that song waited for me to write it. It´s a wonderful feeling when that happens.

What is your favorite track?
Bitter is the sweetest part.
A lot of the tracks are full of dance/club beats, do you go out dancing a lot with friends?
I absolutely love to go out dancing! Me and my friends are the not the coolest, but the happiest crowd on the dancefloor!

What do you do in your spare time when you are not in the studio or writing tracks?
I´m really into gardening and baking. 

At SCP we have many alter egos in the office and we know you have your own alter ego called Vanessa, what is she like and how is she different to you?
My alter ego Vanessa i so much tougher and edgier than me. I let her reflect some of my characters and enhance them. She is driven by strong determination and true DIY spirit.

Does Vanessa get you in trouble? And what’s the craziest story you can tell us about Vanessa
It's really good to be able to blame Vanessa for my own mistakes! I don't really know, but I think she's the very tough negotiator in me. That sometimes put me in a little trouble. People don't expect that of me.

We know you are back in the studio, what are you working on?
I released a new single Got To Get Out (still available for free download!) in Februari and working on new songs for my 2nd album. It feels so good to be back and the studio! 

Last year was such a great year for you, what’s does 2012 hold for you?
This year started good with the release of the video for Numb, and the single Got To Get Out. I also brought my band to SXSW Austin Texas, which was US premier for Vanbot. It was so crazy and both the strangest and the best thing I've done with my band! We got the opportunity to meet and play for so many interesting people. We've also done a few shows in Berlin, which was also great. Now I'm gonna continue writing new songs and do some shows. 

Do you think the world will end in 2012 like everyone is talking about?
No, I don´t think so. 

If the world was going to end what would be some of the things you would do before “the end”?
Just keep on doing what I'm doing and hanging with my beloved ones. The simple way.

Any plans to tour in Australia? If so, when?
I´m afraid not... But I wouldn't hesitate if I got the opportunity!

Finally always end each interview with our Snap Cackle Pop Big 5 silly questions this week…

If you could be a superhero or have a super power, who would it be?
The Swedish children character Pippi Longstocking. She is very, very strong.

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be? 
What’s the last thing that made you laugh so much, you had tears in your eyes? Me and my friend went out horse riding and we all looked so lost and childish.

Which celebrity or recording artist do you have a secret crush on?
I get totally heartbroken when Bon Iver performs his version of I can't make you love me

Do you believe in aliens?
No. But I love hearing people speculate about them. 

Thank you so much Vanbot! We hope you'll remember us when you are rich and famous! We will say once again, YOU ARE BRILLIANT! Keep producing awesome pop songs! Good luck with everything in 2012!

P.S We’ll take you out sight seeing when you come to Australia!
Yes, I would love that!

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