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OK: What’s the story behind Blondes, at least it seems that you are not naturally blonde yourselves?
B: The curtains don’t always match the carpets
OK: Genrewise, I’ve noticed that you’ve been called almost every dance music genre out there: from Hypno-dance- / Chillwave- / Psych-house- / Synth-duo and Trance reinventors for example. When cutting out the categorising, what is it that you prefer to be filed under or described as?
B: Blonde wave / e-lox / psych grime or grime psych / let someone else do it house. But all the ones you mentioned apply.
OK: You have said that your goal is to make music that you experience in the same way the audience does. Your music really is something to dive in and get lost to, trippy and mesmerizing. So how does your working process look like and is it easy to get yourselves in this state of trance, naturally high on sound?
B: Totally, though I would say it’s not our goal it is our process. I would say that it’s something to dive into and get lost in because of the fact that we’re lost in it while making it.
OK: With making psychedelic dance music, you probably into some earlier prog-rock and some spaced-out stuff as well? Mentioning some names who do you follow and like, you know, big-time?
B: A lot of the 70s German kraut kosmiche thing has been a huge influence: Manuel Gottsching, Neu, Klaus Schulze, Popol Vuh, etc. They have inspired us to arrive at a certain vibe or feeling in our music.
OK: A few words about the remixes that you’ve made – from Rihanna to Harald Grosskopf, which is a pretty wide spectrum, so if doing a remix, do you see it as a field of opportunities blending your own vision with the original piece, or how would you describe it?
B: We see doing a remix as basically making a whole new track with elements that we grab and manipulate from the originals. It’s more like sampling than remixing really. With Rihanna we were really into that synth loop that was constantly playing on the radio at that time and wanted to build it into a faster party jam. Most of the other remixes are us playing our gear making something new.
OK: As I heard Robert Miles did a remix for Pleasure on your new album, I felt like getting into a time-machine and traveling to euro-house era at mid 90s. No, I mean in a good way because the remix is pretty ace… but how do you find your way to collaborating with different artists? (Like having Meredith Monk in your track Lover).
B: Meredith Monk was just a sample we grabbed from an old recording called Rally. We’ve yet to collaborate with anybody actually.
OK: Congratulations on the day that your brand new debut album is out – there are already some very nice reviews. So what’s the year/future going to be for you, lots of touring around or working on new stuff?
B: Thanks! Yeah, that’s the plan. Still figuring it all out, but it’s basically just touring and trying to get back into the studio. We’ve just finished a remix for the Field too, so keep an eye out for that. Really excited to come to Estonia and play in Tallinn on Friday!
OK: Finally, what should people expect from your gig? I’ve heard they say that Blondes’ live sets are always different, I would love a comment on that.
B: They can be different as we improvise a lot of the structure and match the vibe of the show. We foresee a magical bumping party full of love. Come say hi.
OK: Thank You very much, guys! Really looking forward to see you on Friday! Dress warm! We also made an origami-screen for your special visuals!
Ott Kelpman is a DJ (Ottimo) and promoter, hanging around a lot of Tallinn parties with wonderful people and a pleased look on his face. A nice guy, really.