Swedish- Australian duo Say Lou Lou recently released their new single Games for Girls. The Swedish- Australian twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey had their breakthrough with their single Maybe You in 2012 and received international attention quickly. Since then they have done two tours and been on the cover of V magazine. Radar met with them for a chat about their latest single and what’s next.
How has your music changed since you first started?
Miranda: We have been performing a lot more live compared to before the release of our first single. Back then we had never ever even performed on a stage, and now we have been doing it for a while which have led us to make our songs more tailored after how well they would sound live. During the creating process we just go “ This song would be super fun live”. And also singing wise, is this going to sound good? Would it be fun to sing it live? What would the crowd like? That has changed for us. Before we were just in the studio. Our music has evolved into disco, especially with out cooperation with Lindstrom.
Your sound has been described as pretty dark and you told Radar two years ago that you were working on making it a little bit “softer”? Has that happened?
M: Yeah it’s softer now, for sure.
Elektra: Of course it’s still dark though, since darkness is in everything we do pretty much. But at the same time we’re not dark people, we are pretty upbeat and we want our music to be both. Not too much of one thing, a good mix is what we’re striving for.
The fights we had as teens were a lot worse than the ones we have now on a professional level
Since you’re twins, what it is like working together? Do you sometimes feel like you’re mixing business with pleasure?
M: It’s never really been pleasure between us, spending time with each other has been automatic. So I don’t feel like we’ve lost anything, neither our relationship as siblings or our friendship.
E: On the other hand it can become very intense and sometimes we fight a lot, but I don’t think it’s any different compared other whom are working together. And with friends it can sometimes be even harder to confront problems and you just let it lie under the surface and grow.
M: The two of us knows immediately when something is wrong and so we deal with it quickly.
But are you ever scared of it coming in between the two of you?
E: Of course, but we have fought so much in the past, and the fights we as teens were a lot worse than the ones we have now on a professional level.
You also told Radar that you described your creative process as a doll where you put make up on her etc but it’s the producers who make the final touch ups. Do you feel like that has changed at all?
M: We have always been in charge but we received more help before, with the start and with the end. And we still receive a lot of help from other people, because it’s super fun and inspiring to cooperate. So I don’t know if that has changed, I would probably say that it has evolved rather than changed. The production is the core of the song but everything is pretty much codependent to be able to work.
E: Exactly, we are not producers ourselves so we have to explain to others what we want and that is something that has really improved. We are better of relaying our visions and sitting next to the producers. We used to be bad a communicating.
We were just reflecting over gender roles and took it from there
How has that worked with collaborations?
M: For example, with Lindstrom it was really easy. He just sent over a track and we just wrote the song and after that it was just minor details. And the key to the whole thing was just open communication, since we never even met him. And it was the same thing 2 years ago when we did “fool of me” with Chef Faker, the communication went solely through email. It’s weird but it works and you also choose people you know have the same kind of approach as you.
Can you tell us a little about your new single Games for Girls?
M: We didn’t really think about it so much, we we’re just humming and just felt that it would be fun to do some sort of geishaish sound. And we were just reflecting over gender roles and took it from there. And the melody is really fun.
So what that be the kind of song you would be excited to play live?
M: Absolutely! It has a lot of energy and is more of a song that you would dance to. And since it is a collaboration of course it sounds different from the songs that we usually write.
What’s next for Say Lou Lou?
M: First we’ll prepare for the release of our debut album Lucid Dreaming which will be out February 2nd. And after that we’re going on a European tour and hopefully preform at as many festivals as possible next summer. And then we’ll start making our next album.
Photography: Victoria Stillwell
Watch the video for Games for Girls below.