Icona Pop: From Cowbell to Times Square
Right on the heels of an exciting performance in Times Square to celebrate the launch of Samsung's new GALAXY Gear smartwatches (think James Bond swag for the rest of us), Caroline Hjelt of Icona Pop jumped on the horn with Yahoo Music to talk '90s, dancing the pain away and their obsession with Prince.
Tiffany: I saw on Twitter that Aino went to the hospital recently...
Caroline: She got sick, but now she's almost up and running. She had to spend some time at the hospital but she's better now.
What was the performance for Samsung all about?
It was so fun. It was in the middle of Times Square. They were launching their new product. We've been friends with Samsung for a long time, doing collaborations and playing at events, so it came very natural that we wanted to do something together and be partners. They launched their super cool new Gear, we played a couple songs, we also have a song where we mix our song "In the Stars" and their song "Over the Horizon" up together.
What was it like to perform in Times Square?
It was great, the sun was shining and you could see us on the huge screens. It was surreal.
What was it like to hear your song "I Love It" on the radio for the first time?
That was crazy, I'll never forget that moment. We were actually in Las Vegas for the first time doing a show, and the promoter was driving to show us around. We just entered the strip and our song comes on the radio, and that was the first time, we were just screaming. Really, really cool.
How did you guys meet for the first time?
We met almost five years ago at a party at my place. Aino was heart broken, really really devastated and she was lying in bed for like, two weeks. We had a mutual friend who forced Aino to come to my party saying, "Girl, you need to have fun." And I was pretty down at the time too, nothing was working with my music and my love life, so I just kind of danced my pain away, disguising everything in neon lights with my friends. We had the best crew, Aino came to my party, and it was love at first sight. We instantly felt like, "wow, we have something special" and next day Aino came with a bottle of wine and a computer and we wrote our first song. I remember calling my mom, "Mom! I'm in a band!" She's like, "What? What are you doing..." So since that day we've been inseparable.