Interviews

Icona Pop's Aino on Their Fans: "They're the F*#king Realest"

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New Times: So you just finished a tour with Miley. How was it, and was there twerking involved?

Aino: I would lie if I said there wasn't! The tour was crazy and her fans are turnt up and ready to party, like we are. It was too much fun. We had too much fun.

Would you tour again with her in the future?

Caroline: Oh, definitely! We're like a big family.

Your album came out in September. Have you been overwhelmed by the popularity?

Aino: it's overwhelming but fun. There so many things going on. It's cool that we get to meet our fans who tweet us, or Facebook us or whatever. People don't realize that Sweden is such a small country and for us to tour and have a selling album, that's huge for us!

Describe the difference between your U.S. and Sweden fan bases.

Aino: Our Swedish fans have been with us for a long time. There, celebrities can walk around and no one really says anything. Here, you have people taking pictures, trying to talk to you... We have to work hard to get our Swedish fans.

Caroline: But our fans are amazing.

Aino: (nods) Yeah.

Caroline: We have fans who will drive 8 hours in a car to see us.

Aino: They're the fucking realest.

I read an article recently where it says you guys first met at a party. How did that go down?

Aino: I was really heartbroken at the time and had a friend, that forced me to get out of bed and go out, meet new people. I went to the party, well, it was her party [motions to Caroline], I met her, and I fell in love.

Like a friend crush?

Aino: Yeah! [Turns to Caroline] And you were heartbroken at the time too, no?

Caroline: I was.

Aino: We just clicked. It was like we were the same person.

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