WHILE AT ADE 2017 IN AMSTERDAM FOR THE LATEST MUSIC RELEASES AND ULTIMATE PARTIES, WE HAD A CALL WITH YUKIMI NAGANO, VOCALIST OF BAND LITTLE DRAGON, THE SWEDISH ELECTRO-POP FOUR-PIECE. LAST APRIL THE BAND RELEASED THEIR FIFTH ALBUM, SEASON HIGH (BECAUSE MUSIC), AN HYPERACTIVE DANCE-POP ALBUM, A COLLECTION OF TRACKS CONFIRMING THEIR LOVE FOR SYNTH, BECAUSE "IT’S ENDLESS, LIKE A BLACK HOLE — YOU CAN ENDLESSLY FIND SOUNDS”, NAGANO SAYS. THE BAND WILL PERFORM IN MILAN ON NOVEMBER 22ND FOR LINECHECK FESTIVAL ORGANIZED BY ELITA DURING THE FIRST MILAN MUSIC WEEK.
Hello Yukimi, the last time I saw you live was in a spectacular show at Coachella Festival in 2014. Since then lots has happened i suppose. Did you had a break from music or worked on the new album straight away?
That’s an awesome memory I have to say, every Coachella edition has been so exciting. Well, that year we were touring a lot for new LP, Nabuma Rubberband, the follow up to 2011’s Ritual Union so it has been a busy time. After that tour i took time for myself but also for new inspiration that came together for Season High. And i had a baby, Jaxon, that is 14-month-old and it’s our lucky mascot now.
You and the band have know each other since 20 years. What’s the secret for such a long friendship and working relationship?
We have been together since becoming friends at school in Gothenburg more than 20 years ago. Being part of a band often means being on the road and from recording to playing to touring, i am constantly surrounded by my male band members Erik, Fred and Håkan and we are like family. We have been of course through a lot already but I think we know each other and that sometimes it takes an effort to stick together. I feel we are a band with a history.
Little Dragon is your nickname. Tell us more.
The band was named after my outbursts of frustration in the studio, a sort of moniker because of the “fuming” i used to throw in the studio. I learned to cool it down over the years but the name, however, remained.
Can you describe Season High in 3 words?
“Giving Something Time.” Because sometimes things speak to us right in that moment but it usually takes a while for a song to stick. I personally don’t like it when the melody feels weird because the words don’t flow. And this is what happened with our last work.
In the last years you also did great collaborations with flume, Kaytranada, De La Soul. Artists very different from one another, why?
Well, it means in a way to reinvent our musical style several times, to landing collaborating with a broad range of artists while maintaining my idiosyncratic style and identity. My favorite artists are those who have always kept a strong creative image and their vision for their art at the forefront and the people we have been working with have our same attitude and vision.
The flying picture is by David Uzochukwu
The red picture by Ibrahim Kamara
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