Unstoppable pop duo, Icona Pop, released their long awaited album, "This is…" on TEN/Big Beat/Atlantic Records, yesterday Sept. 24, which features their top hits “I Love It” and “All Night.” Yesterday, Examiner.com was on the scene for a Z100, KTU hosted special fan event, which consisted of a spa day of pampering for radio contest winners with Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of Icona Pop. Check out our interview with the girls below:
Tell us how “I Love It” feat. Charli XCX came together.
Caroline: It’s just been such an amazing year having that song and it reaching out to so many people. When we recorded it, we felt like we were going through very similar situations, so we were really pouring our hearts out and were singing, it’s a lot of anger in that song, so for now to see how many people that unfortunately know how it feels to get extremely dumped by someone and connect over that song is just incredible.
What’s the biggest thing that’s happened to you since the song dropped?
Aino: To be able to travel this country and be on a headlining tour in America for us is a huge thing. We went to the Billboard Awards, David Letterman and so many other things that we have going on right now, but I think the main thing is the tour.
What is the Icona Pop sound?
Aino: I think the Icona Pop sound is very dirty, but not in a sexual way more like shitty. It’s punk pop mixed with dance music and mixed with melodies, we love drums and we love when it’s dirty.
How does being from Sweden influence your music?
Caroline: I think it influences us more than we know. It’s very hard to put your finger on exactly what it is but I just think it’s like anything you listened to when you were growing up. The biggest music in Sweden is a little bit more indie even though it's pop.
Who are some the artists who have inspired you growing up?
Caroline: There’s so many we listen to so many different artist and genres.
Aino: Kind of everything we grew up with. The one hit wonders, 90’s music, all the girl and boy bands. We love The Chemical Brothers, The Talking Heads, a lot English indie pop.
Tonight, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 Icona Pop will be performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. To celebrate the release of their album, Icona Pop will be hosting New York’s favorite Thursday party at Marquee by Brandon Voss and Susanne Bartsch on Sept. 26 at Marquee.