Sunday, December 03, 2006Who's that girl?
Thursday and Friday last week saw the Robyn whirlwind roll into town with short, intimate gigs in bijou Notting Hill and hipster Hoxton. The Notting Hill gig was astounding, the crowd was absolutely ecstatic for Robyn's first ever UK gig. Do you know Robyn - Swedish Robyn? Does the name ring a bell? In 1997 she had a few pop hits, Show Me Love most famously, and Max Martin, the man behind Britney Spears' early work was her writer. She was only seventeen at the time and disappeared from the British charts. In the meantime she moved between record companies released albums withwhich she was not happy and decided to buy herself out of her record deal and set up her own record company, Konichiwa, so that she could do what she wanted. She collaborated with the Knife on her amazing single, Who's That Girl? which features on her self-titled album finally due for a UK release in March 2007. Read my review of this album here.
I was so impressed by the rawness of her performance and the different levels of her music and personality it revealed that I set about organising an interview as soon as she was off-stage. I secured one for the following afternoon and she was absolutely lovely, the most professional pop star I've interviewed. She's experienced so much and knows exactly what she wants, but is so down-to-earth and warm. I can't wait to let people see the interview in the forthcoming issue of Wears The Trousers.
Her gig on the Friday night at the Hoxton was bigger and just as ecstatic. There were, of course, a load of Swedish people there to check her out in a small venue, but a real buzz among the indigenous music-loving population. She is releasing Konichiwa Bitches in February, followed by the album at the beginning of March and will be playing some more shows around that time. I'd definitely recommend checking her out, she means her every word. You can listen to some songs from her current EP on her MySpace.