Coachella Preview: Fever Ray
BY: ALEXIS FULLER
Transitioning from a band known as 'The Knife' with her brother Olof Dreijer, the Swedish native Karin Dreijer Andersson, is now a solo artist by the name of Fever Ray. Her unique sound, eccentric costumes and body art take the music culture by storm with her eye and ear-catching performances.DIG: How would you compare the dynamic between the Swedish audiences and the American audiences? Fever Ray: A lot of times the American audience is a lot more extreme than Swedish audiences. In America, people come dressed out, that almost never happens in Sweden.
DIG: In a previous interview, you mentioned your lyrics are few. Do you think less is more when it comes to songwriting?
FR: I try to use the vocals to accompany the music, to follow the music in some way. I don't think lyrics are necessary for music, so I think it's more of how you say something and how you think of something. The performance of the lyric is more important than the lyric itself. I think.
DIG: Your style is so unique. Where do you get your inspiration from?
FR: A lot of things, but I mean first I think the collaborations I have done with Fever Ray are very important. I have worked with Andrea Nuson who is an artist and a friend of mine. She has also directed some of my videos and created costumes for the live shows. And I've also worked with various producers on the album, so I mean I really like the collaborations with other artists so I think that is my main inspiration.
DIG: What made you decide to branch out on your own as a solo artist?
FR: I decided to come out on my own after being in 'The Knife' Olof and I wanted to take a break. We had been working for so long, we thought it would be interesting to try it out and see if it worked. When I started working on my own in the studio I didn't know that there was going to be an album after it. But I think it's good to work in different constellations.
DIG: How would you describe your sound?
FR: Well, I can describe it to my grandma, like, it's electronic, analog, but electronic, pop music (laughs) so I don't know.
DIG: Is this your first time performing at Coachella?
FR: Yes. It is.
DIG: What are you looking forward to most about performing there?
FR: I think I very much look forward to performing in the desert, which is very exotic coming from Sweden. And also, it's summer, so I look forward to the nature and the environment. And of course, I very much look forward to going back to the U.S.
DIG: What do you like most about being a solo artist?
FR: You don't have to fight with anybody else in making decisions.
DIG: do the costumes you wear onstage have any special meaning?
FR: Yes, I think the preparation for the concert is important. To make a good show I think it s very important to prepare. So putting on the makeup and costumes is an important ritual because it creates more possibilities.
DIG: When you perform onstage, what do you hope that the audience gets from your performances?
FR: I hope that they get moved by it in some way. I know that sometimes people get very happy, or sometimes very sad and shaken. And I think either is fine, but I think it is better if you just come with an open mind. And then we'll play much better.