November 12, 2014  —  by

Q&A with FEMME

credit: Femme for Nombre World

When you were younger, did you make a party when your parents weren’t at home?
Of course. Many. I was lucky that my parents had a big house so plenty of room to fit everyone in. I once hosted a 24 hour slumber party for my whole school class!

What’s your ultimate party song?
David Bowie – Fame. Or SBTRKT’s Wildfire. I love that tune, I can’t help but dance when it comes on.

How did you get into music?
I’ve always sung since as long as I can remember. But I only started writing my own songs when I was 16. I don’t come from a particularly musical family, it was just something I explored on my own as a teenager and then decided to take more seriously after leaving school and moving to London at 18.

What has led Laura to become Femme?
One day I woke up with pink hair. I’ve never looked back.

What would you take to a space trip?
Snacks! And a shiny helmet. And some kind of Gameboy with an everlasting battery. And a puppy for cuddles.

Femme represents the new generation of women actively struggling for their rights and their worldview in each of its steps, How does your music and job express this?
I am a female artist and producer operating in a still largely male dominated field and industry. A lot of people still presume that someone else is producing my beats. I hope my music inspires other girls and women to explore making their own music and exploring music production as a career. I’ve still got a long way to go but I am staying true to what I believe is right for me every step of the way. I won’t ever be comfortable with anyone else making my decisions for me.

You’ve sound-tracked two Stella McCartney catwalk shows in the past. Do you imagine working in fashion world?
I love fashion and have always approached it with a sense of humour and fun. My style is eclectic and sassy and sometimes experimental- getting it wrong sometimes is part of the adventure. I get excited by the collectons by up and coming designers in London and New York and like to collaborate with people in that industry because I find them very inspiring visually. And they seem to enjoy working with my music too.

What do you like to wear while you’re performing?
I like to wear shorts or trousers as tight dresses and skirts tend to rise up and annoy me because I do so much dancing on stage. I do a lot of moving around so layers are essential so I can have something to take off – it gets very hot on stage. I like lots of gold oversized jewellery and tend to stick to a colour palate of black and white with the occasional piece of textured (PVC/Faux Fur) colour thrown in. Nothing too girly. Maximum impact. I take a lot of inspiration from 1960s and 80s pop icons. Edie Segwick, Twiggy, Madonna, Grace Jones.

What was the inspiration behind your video for High?
In the video I wanted to allude to that dreamlike euphoria when you’re on top of the world, just before you lose yourself, without making the lazy and obvious reference to drug use. The song isn’t really about that. It’s about getting high any way you like and it’s just about elevating yourself. And right when you hit that space that you think you could live in forever, it’s about that one person creeping back into your brain. Just when you thought you’d shaken it off. Before you know it you’ve already dialled their number on your phone.

Could you confess an eccentricity?
I hate accidentally crushing snails and slugs underfoot so when it’s wet and dark outside (which is most of the time in London!) I put the torch on on my phone so I can see them as I walk down the street.

What are your top four influences?
People. Pop Art. Drama. Tumblr.

Technology and this era are mixing different fields, for example photography and music. Do you think that this could be the start of a new creative era?
Yes I hope so. It will be shame to lose some methods and practisces of the past because inevitably when something new comes along, something old gets forgotten. But I think it’s exciting that toddlers are learning to use iPads in nursery. It must be changing the way that they are using their brains and processing information and I think that will make for some interesting advances in music technology and the arts for the future. I don’t think anyone knows where we’re headed…

What’s your opinion about talent shows?
Fun to watch. Terrifying to be a part of. Don’t do it to yourself. The talent never comes out on top.

Your music combines catchy and beat-heavy with electronic pop. Do you just do your own thing or do you feel part of a wider movement?
I just do what feels right to me and make my creative decisions based on solely that. I have no interest In chasing trends or jumping on sonic bandwagons. I make my tunes. If people like them then that’s great.

How do you develop such a strong vision for the songs and videos you are creating?
I’ve never really stopped to think about it. The visually side of my project is something I enjoy exploring as much as the musical one. It wasn’t a big decision to make my first music video alone, it was just something I tried doing one day and I liked how it turned out.

Vinyl or MP3?
Vinyl for keeps. MP3s for everyday practicality. There’s definitely space for both medias in my life.

In Covers, you tackled a song from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. What is your opinion about those decades?
I love the 60s as I think it was a great time of progression in music and pop culture. 70s I’m not so bothered about. The 80s brought us Madonna and Michael Jackson. And the 90s was my childhood.

What impact do you think pop music makes to society today? and to the rest of music?
I’m not sure about what impact pop MUSIC has on society but certainly pop stars and celebrities seem to have more power and influence than ever before. I would argue that Beyonce is more widely respected than most of our politicians.

Can you identify a unifying theme or thread running throughout your songs?
It’s me! It’s my life. It’s my friends. It’s my dreams and my drama. My make believe and my fantasy. It’s all come out of one brain. Jump in why don’t cha.