Dragonette

Dragonette

PH GABE AYALA

STYLIST MALCOLM BACANI

TYPE/FACE:
Where are you right now?

DRAGONETTE:
TORONTO

TYPE/FACE: What albums do you currently have playing in rotation?  Do you feel they are influencing the direction of the new music?  Anyone that would surprise us?

DRAGONETTE:
I just downloaded a bunch of music from Cameroon. I think it’s from the 80’s. I love it so much. It’s literally impossible to feel anything but happy when you listen to it. It’s a style of music called Makossa. I’d never heard of it before until I went on an iTunes exploration. The artists names are Hoigen Ekwalla, Charlotte Mbango and Grace & Ben Decca. They are in HEAVY ROTATION. But I also just bought the new Lucius record and the new Santigold. Both idols of mine and neither have disappointed.

TYPE/FACE:Would you say you feel more at home in the studio or on tour?

DRAGONETTE:
I actually think i find my home in both places, and I get equally fed up with both existences. They each run their course and by the time you are sick to death of it, it’s time to turn back to the other well.

TYPE/FACE:
You’ve had great success with your tracks with Martin Solveig, amongst others, who is your wish list for future collaborations?

DRAGONETTE:
Seems like every day there is a new young 18 year old producer that’s got a track that is blowing everyone’s mind. I can’t keep up. I loved Jamie xx’s last record though. I would love to get involved with that genius.

TYPE/FACE:
Your music videos have a strong aesthetic, and the album packaging has been superb.  What is your process for developing the visual companion to accompany your sound?  How important is visual presentation to the band?

DRAGONETTE:
Why thank youuuuuuu. We spend a lot of time on the visual side of stuff. It takes us what seems like 1000 hours to cut each song so, ya know, we better make it look good after spending that much time writing and recording it.

TYPE/FACE:
What do you normally do during your down time?  Do you always feel you need to be creating something?

DRAGONETTE:
I’m generally making something in my free time. I think i might have an addiction to making things. I get high from it and I feel very down and quite worthless if i’m out of touch with my creative. Making is my drug. Drawing, building, sculpture, sewing, knitting, cooking…. anything to satisfy my urges.

TYPE/FACE: I understand you’re prepping a new summer single, what can you tell us about it?

DRAGONETTE:
We are! It’s very exciting. Been a little while, hasn’t it? It’s a sad song disguised as a party tune. You’ll see….

TYPE/FACE: What can we expect from you next?

DRAGONETTE:
We’re going to be playing some summer shows leading up to the release of the album and after that i guess its up to the world what happens next…. dun dun dun….