Monday, October 22, 2007

interview: the teenagers




Newcomers The Teenagers are a band to know. Half Brit, Half French, they sing about Scarlett Johannson and homecoming queens. I had a short but sweet chat with lead singer Quentin and tried to delve beneath the mystery...



Firstly, why "The Teenagers"?

Because we are not THAT much older!


What kind of approach do you have to fashion? Do you consciously think about your own sense of style?
My own style comes quite naturally but you tend to be influenced by the people around you, trends and Trinny and Susannah. I’m kidding...

Do you have any issues with real fur being used in the fashion industry?

I love a good PETA warrior hijacking shows!


If you could swap lifestyles with anybody, who would it be?
Mmm, my landlord so I could fix the fucking boiler!


If you were limited to shopping at just three shops or fashion houses, which would they be?
Any second hand store.


Paris or London... Explain!
London now and then Paris later; that’s the plan.

If you could be photographed by any photographer, who would it be?

Juergen Teller forever!


How much input did you have into the Homecoming video? What kind of inspiration was used for the idea?
We chose Kinga Burza! (London based director who has also worked on music videos for Kate Nash, Calvin Harris and The Thrills) and had major input. She came up with a good pitch which was about having a very sweet and very soft video that was not narrative, since the song is a rude and narrative it was a smart move. We love the feeling of it.

If you would be the muse for any designer, who would it be?
Christopher Bailey

Describe your style at the moment.. Cardigans + Jeans= Love!

As a band, do you and Dorian and Michael make a conscious decision about the band's image, style-wise?
No, we don’t have style rules.




In addition to making music, what else do you do to express yourself creatively?
I do the artwork for The Teenz; from covers to tees. It’s cool to do but I’m a self taught Photoshop user so its gets tricky sometimes!

What do you hope that The Teenagers will achieve with their music?

Make people dance.


Are there any celebrities whose style you admire?
Price James, who did our Starlett Johannson video; shorts and high socks and glasses!


Do you think that fashion magazines will be able to survive with so many style blogs popping up?
I don’t see blogs taking over magazines in the near future. You still want to see seasonal fashion adverts in the magazines, don’t you?


Name one of your current favourite songs.
Gimme More by Britney Spears.


Anything else you'd like to get off your chest before you go?..
Starlett Johansson single is out 12th November and Homecoming on Kitsune with really ace remixes on is out now too and lastly, album to come March 08. I feel better now!




48 comments:

coco said...

oooooo very good post
get you miss profesional interviewer hahahahha

susie_bubble said...

Love The Teenagers! But their songs sound a little old now since they've been out on MySpace for ABSOLUTELY YONKS!

I do love that Kinga Burza video though....

Very pro interview!

MOLLY GRAY said...

they seem nice.. i'm gonna check them out later...
molly*

riz said...

I like that they mentioned Christopher Bailey and I love the Cardigans + Jeans formula...

Meg said...

I did do quite a bit of Teenagers love a while ago but I've got to agree with SB that constant listening ruined it a wee bit for me...that was my own fault though.

Dulcie said...

I was just listening to their CHROMEO remix! but ja can we have some new songs please?
oh and can someone ask micheal if he will marry me please? I sort of love him.

discothequechic said...

yeahh, I have the same problem as all of you, but they're working on their album, which as Quentin said, is dropping early next year.

Nice to hear from you Dulcie! Where are you from by the way? London?
xx

Dulcie said...

yup...North London, but am currently with the grandparents in the country...BORING

however your interview with the teenagers seriously cheered me up, thankyou

-S said...

i've never heard of them before, and they sound really interesting so i think i might check them out!

molly said...

oooh wow interviews with musicians
this is a very fancy schmancy blog!
i enjoyed the interview, they sound very cool

yes, i too love the concept of people being patriotic with the Top Model shows
sadly, i am not.
i LOVE canada, but our Top Model is low-budget with massive product placement

emsie said...

yeh, i've heard some of their songs
liking lots :)

x

Blue Floppy Hat said...

How'd you get the interview? It's fun to hear from them, and good to know there'll be a new single, I'm tired of listening to the old ones..

Aretha said...

Funny guys, they seem to have great style

Cris Lazoru said...

Ohh great post! Very good job,

C.

Aisha said...

You should totally be a journalist =)
Nice header ;), the pictures you used are lovely =)

mwaah!

Hecuba J. said...

great interview! didn't know this band. their sound is cute but i luved the videoclip. great thank you :)

stephen said...

fab blog, darling!
you are being placed into my links immediately. keep up the lovely work!
cheers,
stephen in seattle!

Miss Woo said...

yaaay interview with The Teenagers! I'm still dancing to that very rude song about Nicole years on..

Adéle said...

I meant palestina the place

I like your blogg btw

jayne said...

wow! i am idiot! let me explain- your blog is fantastic, why the hell is this my first time really visiting it!? i must must must link you! besides you've already linked me as a "fashion expert", cool!

btw, awesome post! great very prof interview :)

btw, we stayed @ the essex house, a very nice, but very expensive hotel. but my new motto now is, if its not good enough for tomkat then its not good enough for me. haha jk! ;)

Teresa said...

Ooooh the teenagers! Goodness you are a grand interviewer! You too cool.

Aisha said...

Maybe should download some music by them =)

blog soon
mwah!

cotton candy said...

ooh new band. what style of music do they sing?

Adéle said...

thanks!! I became really glad of your comment.
maybe someday in the future I will write in english, but until then, you have the pictures:)

Julia said...

oohhh i just did something about christopher bailey and now i read that the teenagers want to be his muse! good match. i totally love them!

Juliet said...

Oh, I love these interwievs you have ! And the band was compleatly new to me. Nice.

And Suvi is doing great. I can't believe how far she has gone since the tv-show 'finlands next topmodel'.
gotta love her.

juliet xxx

L. said...

Great interview. Really interesting questions. I love Kings Burza heaps and muchly.

coco said...

I always get that thing when you see someone and they look totally different
and I ALWAYS think you are the girl in glasses in your comment pic
its funny as I know that isn't you

coco said...

I always get that thing when you see someone and they look totally different
and I ALWAYS think you are the girl in glasses in your comment pic
its funny as I know that isn't you

coco said...

No it was apparently from Lily Et Cie which i think is a boutique in LA
It is one of the most amazing things the Olsen's have ever worn!

Jen (MahaloFashion.Com) said...

I'll have to check the teenagers out, they look pretty cool
love your new layout!!

Jen (MahaloFashion.Com) said...

Oh wow suzy commented on your blog!!! wow!

Romeika said...

Great post, loved the interview!

Chic Looks said...

The interview is superb, ive been waiting to hear new songs from them for a while now, its good to know they are working on their album cos I was starting to think they were some sort of one hit wonder band.

coco said...

Yes it was Selma Blair it's quite an old picture of her
My mum always wants me to cut my hair but I have a small little sqaure head so I think it would be a bad idea

I have seen Atonement but I wasn't that keen on it, I liked the beginning and the costumes obviously, but after they left the house I got a bit bored.
I think The Notebook was better but I really love Rachel McAdams

SICK. said...

'i loved my english romance, i fucked my american cunt'.

that song was played too many times this summer.

x.
jh

Mer said...

wow, I just love your blog! They seem fun, I really like the video. Thanks!

Jackie said...

very awesome post.
Nice interviewing skills :)

and I love the header.

V*Kstro said...

wished i would of seen this sooner. they have also done some great remixes.

Anonymous said...

I'm obsessed with the teenagers!! thats soo cool you got a interview!

Dilemma said...

I love love love the Teenagers. You're so lucky!

indie said...

great blog + awesome interview, thanks!

Diana @ So Fash'on said...

love jurgen teller too!

Bojana said...

Great!!! I love the song, it's so funny. My friend made me listen to it some weeks ago. And the video is a blast! Awesome interview, too.

In Yr Fshn said...

Meant to say before that these guys have great style...

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*** MeMiLy EdD *** said...

I do so love the teenagers
they have such quirky songs and i wish my brothers dresssed like them
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