Back in 2011 one of the hit songs of the summer was “Hello” by Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette. It didn’t matter what kind of part you were at, you were sure to hear the fun, lighthearted track. Nearly six years later Dragonette is still going strong and making great music. The band recently released their fourth studio album, Royal Blues, in the fall of 2016 and wrapped up a North American tour as well.
Lucky for us, we managed to catch them despite their busy schedule for a quick interview.
Brandon: You got your start in Toronto, which is awesome, since I have Canadian blood and another one of our favorite artists here (Lights) is also from Toronto. You spent quite a bit of time in the UK though after forming the band. What were the major differences you experienced with the two music scenes?
Dragonette: Well, London was, and still is, a place where so much of the music world passes through. We saw shows we would have never seen anywhere else, and met people we’d never have met anywhere else. It was also such a daunting and challenging place to be a relatively unknown band…it made us grow up as a band pretty quickly.
B: Now let’s talk a little about your latest album, Royal Blues. The album is so enjoyable. Tell us a little more about the making of it and how you ended up collaborating with artists like Dada and Mike Mago.
D: The majority of Royal Blues was made during a difficult time in our relationship, which had made writing together really unproductive. It made sense for Martina to try writing more consistently with other writers, which at the time she’d done only a few times before. Both Dada and Mike Mago are people who Martina really likes working with…quite a lot of songs, or at least song ideas, came from those writing sessions together.
The last few songs of the album came out of the more “traditional” Dragonette writing method…we started writing together again.
B: I have to ask… Since you have a song called “Darth Vader” on the album, have you seen Rogue One yet and if so what are your thoughts? (Note: I am a terrible person and haven’t seen it yet.)
D: We haven’t seen it! Dying to, though…just need a day off.
B: Although you guys always have this very fresh sound, there are still some hints of nostalgia from the 80s and 90s. Which bands/artists continue to inspire your sound the most?
D: Most of the time it feels like our inspiration comes from nowhere in particular. Sometimes ideas bubble up years after hearing what we might later identify as the original inspiration. And sometimes we might start by trying to copy something intentionally then end up with something completely opposite from what we intended.
B: You just finished up a Canada/US tour as well. Which city exceeded your expectations?
D: Denver, CO, because we’d only ever played a small club there before. We were pretty sure the venue had to be a mistake, but it turns out there are way more fans in Denver than we expected.
B: You guys obviously deserve some down time after releasing Royal Blues and the tour, but would it be wrong to assume there are some plans already in the works for 2017?
D: Writing songs. Playing shows. Taking pictures for Instagram. You know…the usual!
You can pick up the fourth studio album, Royal Blue by Dragonette on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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