Honest-pop. That's the really naff genre description we've come up with to describe RABBI. Made up of Johanna and Felix, RABBII (Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception, if you were wondering) make straight up beaut pop songs, with some very powerful messages behind them.
We had a chat with J&F, and they gave us one of the most honest and interesting interviews we've had in a while. Grab a cuppa, enjoy the song, and have a read of an eye opening interview...
Hey Rabbii, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade. Can you tell our readers a bit about who you are and what you do?
J&F: We’re two people trying to get rid of the ghosts in our head and make music instead of killing ourselves. And we’re also really happy people. We write and produce songs that we like and try not to think too much about what others think. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s hot right now. We want to be lukewarm always. We’re interested in topics like envy, the darkness inside ourselves, broken hearts, the things we’re ashamed of, and preparing for the socialist revolution :)
Chameleon is a KILLER pop song. It’s so eclectic, but with some super slick pop production / melodies. How did that song come about?
J: Thanks! I’ve been in this business for a while now. And it sucks. It’s an extremely sexist environment where women are supposed to be young and experienced, flirty and mysterious, cool and quirky. After a while I didn’t even know when I was me and when I was faking. It’s built to never let anyone feel good about themselves. It’s hard to love yourself when you don’t even know who you are. Chameleon is about how fucked up society and this business makes you, and how I really lost myself for a while.
And the video is pretty damn awesome too. Was it fun to film?
J&F: It was awesome! We filmed in an old quarry with giant inflatable smiley heads, whats not to love? The directors Josefin Hinders and Nemo Stocklassa Hinders are the most wonderful people ever, and we plan to stalk them until they agree to do our next video. The kind of dark yet kind of weird way they did the video really felt fitting to the song.
What can we expect from the rest of 2016 for RABBI?
J&F: We basically want to just release songs as soon as we’re done with them, but people with more business sense than us have explained that in order to make money you should basically never release anything haha. And then release a shit ton when you least expect it. So our guess is there’s a bunch more songs coming this year, and we plan to come play for anyone who will have us. Just found out we’re playing at Blissfield in the end of June, so that’s fun!
What gives you guys the bigger buzz? Crafting a song in the studio, or playing it live?
J: Writing music can be kind of therapeutic, but buzz isn’t really the word I’d use. Playing live is buzz bonanza, except for Felix who has stage fright haha.
Speaking of live shows, what can peeps expect from a RABBI live show?
J&F: We want to explore the place where humans and technology meet, and win around in that pool. We’ve built an instrument of two mini computers that we’ve programmed, so a bunch of bottles light up and make sounds when we touch them. It’s awesome. We’re also really in to projection mapping, programming a Kinect to register Jo’s movements etc. So a really emotional show with lots of cables everywhere. Sounds amazing, right?
What’s your earliest musical memory? Was there any point where it just “clicked” and you knew music was what you wanted to do? Or has it just always kinda been there?
J: My parents are deaf so music kind of became an escape for me when I needed to find myself as a kid. So this has always been my safe place in a way.
We are a pop site, so we have to ask - who is your favourite popstar of all time?
J&F: Have to say Jarvis Cocker. He is the perfect blend of sexy and cynical :)
And who are you loving musically at the minute? Whether that’s local or not.
J&F: Zhala is fantastic! We hope she makes it big!
Finally, where can peeps find ya?
We'd like to thank Rabbi for taking the time to answer these questions!
How sick is Chameleon? We loved getting a bit of an insight into RABBII and hope you did too. And those RABBII live shows... they sound epic!
Make sure ya follow 'em on those links they gave ya above, and hold tight for the RABBII revolution. We're sure it won't be long.