The band’s nucleus core, consisting of Zoe Durrant, Petter Winnberg and Nils Tornqvist, met in a friend’s studio during a recording session and decided to have a go at writing songs for other artists together.
Before long, they realized the music they made was a fingerprint match to their own personal style. It just sounded better when they performed it.
Songs returned to sender, they formed a band and took the name Little Majorette – becoming one had been a childhood dream of Zoe’s.
Debut album “Rifle Heart” is out now.
Zoe Durrant accepted to answer some of our questions :
Hello Little Majorette, How are You?
Hello, we are all good thanks.
First off, tell us a little about yourself. How’d you get into the whole music scene?
Where are you from and whatnot?
Petter and Nils met when they were 15 at music college in Sweden, They joined bands in school and hung out. I was in London working and met a band called the Sneaker Pimps when i was in my early 20’s, They asked me to do some vocals for them and i really enjoyed working with them and being in their studio, then i started to sing and write in different bands from then on.
Never be the Same was produced by Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow and
Bloodshy & Avant). Who approached who and did this collaboration help shape the direction of the album?
Pontus is Petter’s brother, We all enjoy working together, Petter and Nils played live on the Miike Snow tour.
What’s the origin of the album title?
I came up with it for a song title and then we were looking for an album title and we thought Rifle Heart was a good one. The song is about how your heart can lead you into a turbulent life sometimes.
How different are the final songs from the demos?
Not that different really just louder and cleaner, no background giggles and coughs.
Is the Swedish music industry extremely tight knit, does everyone know everyone else?
I have been coming to Sweden hanging out for a few years now and yes it definitely feels like everyone knows everyone. And It feels like they are all really supportive of each other which is nice.
What is your point of view on the current Nordic scene and the international exposure it has gained ?
I think it is great, Theres some very talented people here and they deserve all the exposure they get.
What about the aesthetic and visuals which seem to be an important aspect of Little Majorette concept?
Its all part of the process it seems. To be able to add a visual element to our performance in videos and also live shows brings everything to life a bit more and also we like to dress up so its fun too.
How was the recording process for you and did the finished product surprise you in any way you didn’t expect?
We recorded a lot of songs three years ago but then when Nils and Petter were away on tour with Miike Snow not much happened for a couple of years and then when they came back last year we wrote a lot of new songs and they sounded quite different to the early songs we wrote, The finished product is a mix of old and new which is a combination of dreamy playfulness with an underlying sadness mixed with a ball breaking punch. 🙂
Where are you answering our interview questions from?
I have got a cold so I am answering them from the comfort of my German Handmade 1950’s sofa and my duvet.
What or who would be the 3 albums or artists who have influenced you most in your career so far?
There is so many but these are the ones in our minds right now, The Beatles, Charlie haden Liberation Music Orchestra, The Cure.
Can you tell me some words in French?
I love the French language but i am trying to learn Swedish at the moment so my French has had to take a back seat. Sous les etoile.
Any closing words for TEEZ’FM listeners?
Thanks to Zoe Durrant & Jessica
Thanks to Sebastien Guebey
interview by Thierry Jaussaud