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Describe your sound in three words:
IP Bittersweet electric pop.
Tell us about your setup:
IP We have a table between us with a lot of gear. We call it the spaceship. Then we also have other stations with instruments like drum machines and synthesizers. The spaceship is getting bigger and bigger. We think electronic gear is sexy.
What time do you usually go to sleep and when do you wake up?
IP We travel between different time zones constantly, which makes it hard to decide what time is real time. We sleep when we have time to sleep.
Do you have any rituals before, during, or after a performance?
IP We have a thing we call “rock pose” where we see ourselves like rock stars trapped in the bodies of pop stars. We collect all energy and then we stand in a ring and scream “YEIYYEAH” with our fingers shaped like horns. You get a spot in the middle of the ring if you’ve done something really brilliant or you are in need of good energy.
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to and where?
IP We played at the opening of Sweden’s biggest arena. It was about 50,000 people.
What is the most fun part of touring?
IP Seeing the world. We love to meet people from different places and to rage and dance with them. We love our gypsy lifestyle.
Least fun part?
IP We hate going through security at airports. They always take us aside and do an extra silly security check. Do we really look like criminals?
Do you have a team that helps you when it comes to putting your show together?
IP Dreams come true with our crew.
What’s on your rider that we might not expect?
IP Naked men and mozzarella sticks.
If you could play anywhere for anyone, what would be your most ideal set?
IP With David Bowie in Prince’s bedroom.
What is the biggest misconception about electronic music?
IP That you can’t play it live.
IP Throw yourself out there and trust your gut, because that’s what we do.
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