As far as pop stars go Robyn has not merely broken the mould, but smashed right through it. The Swedish-born, electro-loving, hyperactive songstress has gone from sickly-sweet pop singer to a much-loved indie favourite. Her reincarnation took place in 2005 when she grew out of her previous record label and realised the only way for her to pursue her serious musical passion was to start up her own record label. And so, Konichiwa Records was born. Cue beat-heavy albums, entrancing tracks and a flurry of rave reviews. Robyn’s music is difficult to pin down but is best thought of as a mash up of twisted love songs, synths galore and enough crazy dancing to put Lady Gaga to shame. As for her look, well of course it fits. From her bowl cut, ice-blonde hair dos to her awkward yet amazing music videos, Robyn just loves to keep us on our toes.
After spending summer 2011 supporting Katy Perry and last autumn supporting Coldplay, the starlet is still in the thick of touring, now headlining the shows. We managed to get some precious Robyn time to talk about her must haves on the road and what she loves most about touring.
What’s been your favourite gig and why?
I always expect every show to be my best one and it really can happen anywhere. So far it might be at Radio City Music Hall in NY in 2011 or a show I did two weeks ago in Auckland, New Zealand. I had never been there and the audience was super!
What have been some of your favourite stage costumes?
I’m wearing a lot of beautiful things from Kenzo on stage at the moment. The colours! And I love this Opening Ceremony/Adidas flowery bike pant and sweater thing that I have in the tour wardrobe right now as well.
What do you love about touring?
Getting to do work on stage, meeting my audience and playing with my band.
What’s not so great about touring?
Sleeping on a bus and being away from home a lot – pretty simple!
Do you have any must-have pieces to pack?
Yes, books! My huge Ungaro cardigan/blanket, some extremely comfortable Timberland platforms and a silk sleeping bag.
What in particular gets you through a long tour?
Good audiences, good food, Skype and jokes with the band and crew.
Are there any live performers you love or look up to?
Prince and Freddie Mercury.
There’s still tickets left for Robyn’s show at Brixton Academy, London this Thursday. Get them while you can!